Detoxify Your Body
detoxify your body? Feeling sluggish or out of sync?
Having skin problems, aches and pains, or digestive problems? Straying
from your healthier habits lately? It might be time for a detox.
Practiced for centuries by many cultures around the world —
including ayurvedic and Chinese medicine systems — detoxification
is about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside
detoxify your body by removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body
with healthy nutrients, detoxifying your body can help protect you
from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health.
How Does Detoxification Work?
Basically, detoxification means cleaning the blood. It does this
mainly by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where
toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins
through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin. However,
when this system is compromised, impurities aren't properly filtered
and every cell in the body is adversely affected.
A detox program can help the body's natural cleaning process
1) Resting the organs through fasting;
2) Stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body;
3) Promoting elimination through the intestines, kidneys and skin;
4) Improving circulation of the blood; and
5) Refueling the body with healthy nutrients.
"Detoxification works because it addresses the needs of individual
cells, the smallest units of human life."
How Do You Know If You Need to Detoxify Your Body?
Everyone should detox at least once a year. A short detoxifying
program is generally safe; in fact, scientific studies show that
a detox is beneficial for health. Consult your health care practitioner
if you have questions about whether detoxing is right for you.
Today, with more toxins in the environment than ever, "it's
critical to detox," says Linda Page, N.D., Ph.D., the author
of Detoxification. Page recommends detoxing for symptoms such as
unexplained fatigue, sluggish elimination, irritated skin, allergies
or low-grade infections; bags under the eyes; a distended stomach
even if the rest of your body is thin; menstrual difficulties; or
Where Do You Begin?
First, lighten up your toxin load. Eliminate alcohol,
coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats,
all of which act as toxins in the body and are obstacles to your
healing process. Also, minimize use of chemical-based
household cleaners and personal health care products
(cleansers, shampoos, deodorants and toothpastes),
and substitute with natural alternatives.
Another deterrent to good health is stress,
which triggers your body to release stress hormones into your system.
While these hormones can provide the "adrenaline rush"
to win a race or meet a deadline, in large amounts they create toxins
and slow down detoxification enzymes in the liver. So it's a good
idea to detox stressful life situations along with detoxifying your
body. Prayer and
meditation are simple and effective ways to relieve
stress by resetting your physical and mental reactions to the inevitable
stress life will bring.
Which Detox Program is Best for You?
There are many detoxifying programs, depending
on your individual needs. Many programs follow a 7-day schedule
because, as Bennett explains, "it takes the body some time
to clean the blood." His program involves fasting on liquids
for two days, followed by a carefully-planned five-day diet to allow
the digestive system to rest. He also advises supplements, herbs,
exercise, and practices such as dry-skin brushing and hydrotherapy
to enhance circulation.
Page recommends a 3-7 day juice fast (drinking only fresh fruit
and vegetable juices and water) as an effective way to release toxins.
Other popular detoxing programs include:
* Cleansing supplement packages, which generally contain fiber,
vitamins, herbs and minerals. There are several safe products on
the market, with easy-to-follow instructions.
* A routine of drinking only water one day each week — an
ancient practice of many cultures.
10 Ways to Help Your Body Detoxify:
After a detoxification program, you can cleanse
your body daily through diet, supplements and lifestyle practices.
1. Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically-grown
fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage,
broccoli, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying
2. Cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as dandelion
root, burdock and milk thistle, and drinking green tea.
3. Take vitamin C, which helps the body produce glutathione, a
liver compound that drives away toxins.
4. Drink at least 2 quarts of water daily.
5. Breathe deeply to allow oxygen to circulate more completely
through your system.
6. Transform stress by excercising.
7. Practice hydrotherapy by taking a very hot shower for five minutes,
allowing the water to run on your back. Follow with cold water for
30 seconds. Do this three times, and then get into bed for 30 minutes.
8. Sweat in a sauna so your body can eliminate wastes through perspiration.
9. Dry-brush your skin or try detoxifying patches or foot baths
to remove toxins through your pores. Special brushes are available
at natural products stores.
10. What is the most important way to detoxify? "Exercise."
"Yoga or jump-roping are good. One hour every day." Also
try qigong, a martial-arts based exercise system that includes exercises
specifically for detoxifying or cleansing, as well as many other
exercises with specific health benefits.
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