Detoxification

6 Sep

Detoxification is the removal of toxic substances from the body. After years of bad lifestyle choices,  processed foods, toxic chemicals, & toxic emotions – often the body can no longer keep up with eliminating these substances. These toxins get re-circulated into the bloodstream, wreaking havoc throughout the body, or they get stored in the liver, body fat or other parts of the body. As toxic buildups begin to occur throughout the body, problems can begin to arise in different areas of the body. 

Some common signs and symptoms of toxic overload can include the following:


  • Headaches
  • Joint pains
  • Cough
  • Itchy nose
  • Immune weakness
  • Sinus congestion
  • Frequent illness
  • Unexplained illness
  • Indigestion
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Sleepiness
  • Mood changes
  • Skin rashes
  • Respiratory problems

 

Detoxification is a critical  process for achieving and maintaining health in our body. It involves the elimination of substances which are poisonous and/or for which the body has no further constructive use. All healthy cells automatically detoxify themselves everyday. Up to 80% of all processes of the human body are for detoxification. This means that 80% of a person’s physical health picture comes from their ability to efficiently detoxify and eliminate waste.

Our environment is full of toxins in our air, our water, and in our food. Detoxification should be ongoing if one is to avoid the unpleasant symptoms we feel when toxins accumulate in our bodies. Toxins keep our bodies from functioning optimally. Overloading the colon and liver, toxins inhibit normal cellular and organ system functions, and are carcinogenic.  Toxins also cause free-radical formation. Free-radicals are a huge component of disease and aging in our bodies. Toxic buildups and problems throughout the body can contribute to the development of a serious illness.   How each person handles his or her toxic burden is dependent on his or her genetics and lifestyle, but almost everyone needs to go through some type of body cleanse & detoxification a couple of times a year; especially after long winter months or periods of prolonged processed and fast food indulgence.

Detoxification starts with minimizing your intake of toxins.  FIRST, drink purified  WATER. We are made up of 70% water. It is very important to drink ½ of your weight in ounces of water everyday. NEXT, eat whole, natural, unprocessed food as much as possible. Look for foods that are organic, free range, &/or pesticide-free.  Not only are organic foods pesticide and hormone free, but they are grown in nutrient rich soil so their vitamin and nutrient content are much, much higher than standard foods. We cannot completely isolate ourselves from all toxins or eat a perfectly clean and nutritious diet; because of this we need to supplement our diet with vitamins and minerals. 

 

waves on rocksActively Detoxify

We also need to actively detoxify our bodies. Exercise is one of the easiest to detoxify.  Sweating through exercise will release many pesticides through sweat glands in the skin. Dry skin brushing is another great way to aid the body in detoxifying.  Dietary, herbal, and colon cleanses assist the body in removal of toxic waste. The colon has to be in good working order: optimally 2-3 bowel movements a day – before the liver and other systems can be effectively and properly cleansed. Herbal detoxification and cleansing products can invigorate the organs and help the body better process food nutrients and eliminate the waste and toxins it is unable to process. The result is a reduction or elimination of symptoms like headaches, pain, fatigue and so on.  Note:  in order to lose and maintain weight, the liver, colon and other digestive/intestinal organs have to be clean and functioning well.

As you body lightens its toxic load you should feel more balanced and energetic. Your mind will be clear and sharp;  and your skin will seem to glow. Your breath will be fresh and  your body odor will not be offensive. Detoxification will slow the physical consequences of aging down, and even reverse some of the signs of aging.

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One Response to “Detoxification”

  1. AnnaLinnehan September 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    Thank you for this great post. I try to do a detox per season and always so much better after I do 🙂

    “Health is merely the slowest way someone can die” ~Unknown~

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