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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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Are You Constipated?

5 Sep

How do you know if you are constipated?

You are constipated if you have 1 or less bowel movements each day. That ‘s right. You need to have a least one Every Day. Preferably more. Ideally one meal should push out the next.

One of the most common reasons people have a hard time with constipation is that they are dehydrated. If your colon is not absorbing enough water, it will not be able to push the toxic stuff out. You know what happens to this toxic stuff? It stays inside you, making you extremely uncomfortable, fatigued, possibly even giving you a headache from all of the extra toxins. If you have a toxic build up inside your colon, it makes it extremely difficult for your body to absorb nutrients and burn bad fat off your body; so you will have a harder time losing weight too.

Sometimes even after transitioning from a not so healthy diet of processed foods to a new healthy nutrition plan you have to deal with constipation. This is because you are probably feeding your body more natural foods that contain a lot more healthy fiber than your body is used to and it may just take some time to adjust 😦 Drink as much water as you possibly can!!

Those are just 2 of the many reasons you may be experiencing constipation…there are many more. The important question is how do you tackle this uncomfortable problem?

I do not recommend OCT laxatives or even natural herbal laxative formulas on a regular basis. Many laxative supplements, natural or otherwise, can cause painful cramps or send you sprinting to the bathroom. Even if they do not have an extreme effect on you, they can become habit-forming and help you form an ongoing problem with constipation. Certain herbal formulas are OK during a cleanse or detox- but try some of the more natural suggestions first.

1. Make sure you are drinking enough water each and every day!!!  You should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you need 100 ounces of water. You don’t have to start with that amount all at once but make sure you slowly build yourself up to drinking your targeted amount- drinking a minimum of 64 ounces each day.

2. Add extra fiber to your meals!!! Freshly ground flax or chia seeds are a great choice. Fresh flax or chia seeds can be purchased at most health food stores and at Vitacost. I grind mine up in a coffee grinder and have 2 TBSP in my protein shake every morning. You can also add a tablespoon to a bowl of morning oatmeal, yogurt or even to salads or on top of fruit. Not only will you be increasing your fiber content for the day, you will be adding extra healthy Omega 3′s to your meals. There are many other great choices for fiber and it is a good idea to use a variety. Fiber is very important and I will do a whole post on it soon.

3. Make sure to include enough raw foods into each one of your meals. You should have at least 1 raw component with each meal. For example, for breakfast and snacks include some fresh fruit or raw nuts. For lunch and dinner have some raw veggies (cucumbers, carrots and tomatoes). Cooked vegetables are great (I love sautéed spinach and cooked cauliflower) but you will benefit more from the naturally occurring enzymes in fruits and veggies if eaten raw so make sure to include both cooked and raw into meals.

4. Try a squatting stool during a BM. I know, it  sounds crazy, but the natural way for doing your business is in the squatting position. A stool is one simple solution for helping you achieve better elimination while going to the bathroom. A simple toilet stool helps you eliminate faster and more complete by putting you in the squatting position right over your own toilet. Seriously, you cant imagine how much this helps. Go to the Squatty Potty site and watch their videos. Too funny, but very informative. I have a great sense of humor, but being constipated is never funny. (Unless it’s not you lol)

5. If you are still having a hard time try starting the day with this great “digestive tonic”: 1 TBSP fresh squeezed lemon juice in one 8 oz. glass of water with a dash of cayenne pepper. This morning concoction will help to stimulate your bowels and release whatever “bad stuff” may be stuck to your colon walls.

6. Try an enema. I know, I know. But they can very cleansing and refreshing. Seriously. And it is not that big of a deal in the privacy of your own home. I promise 🙂

More about Enemas:

An enema helps cleanse the colon so nutrients can be absorbed properly and help to keep diseases from taking hold of the body.  Almost any ailment can be helped by cleansing the colon.   An enema can bring relief  and a turn toward recuperation when someone is feeling very ill.  During a fever, an enema can quickly remove toxins from the body and relieve symptoms. When you feel like you are catching a cold or something more serious, often doing a water and coffee enema will quickly help your body shed the infectious poisons.

Enemas can release old encrusted colon waste, discharge parasites, freshen the intestinal tract and make the cleansing process easier and more thorough.  Enemas accelerate any cleanse for optimum results.  They are especially helpful during a healing crisis, after a serious illness to speed healing, or to remove drug residues.  Migraines and skin problems like psoriasis are also helped with enemas.

Coffee enemas are a great way start the detox process in your body.  The coffee travels from the colon thru the hepatic vein directly to the liver.  The coffee stimulates the liver to release toxins, opens bile ducts, encourages increased peristaltic action, and produces the necessary enzyme activity for healthy red blood cell formation. Coffee enemas enhance digestion by increasing bile flow.

While enemas may seem uncomfortable the results are worth the inconvenience.

*** Please note that pregnant women should not do enemas as it may cause the onset of labor

SEE my newer post on COLONICS

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