Detoxification Helps Your Body Heal Itself
Detoxification is a concept that has become important when
talking about general health and fitness. Often as patients begin a new effort
to try to restore their bodies to better working order their health professionals
will urge them to follow a detoxification regimen to help boost that
healing process. So what is detoxification, why is it necessary, and how do we
go about it?
Toxins can simply be thought of as any substances in our
bodies that are causing a harmful effect or putting stress on our biochemical
or organ functions. Some of these toxins we may ingest unknowingly, while
others we choose to put into our systems.
Our bodies are exposed daily to environmental toxins such as
air and water pollution and allergens. There is mercury in our fish
(especially albacore tuna and swordfish) and added hormones in our
chicken. Alcoholic beverages and additives and preservatives in our foods
also add toxic substances to our systems, as do hair dyes and hair sprays, paint
and paint remover, and countless other products.
Medications are another major source of toxins for
many people. Over-the-counter and prescription medications are man-made
chemicals that our bodies must figure out how to process. While these medications
can certainly be beneficial, over time they can build up to dangerously
poisonous levels in our bodies.
What Are the Symptoms of Toxicity?
People with high levels of toxicity may experience headaches,
fatigue, insomnia, unexplained rashes, and unexplained body aches and pains.
Other symptoms may include constipation, stomach bloat, poor digestion, gas,
weight gain, excessive mucus, poor concentration, poor skin, poor memory,
depression, body odor, and bad breath. People with a poorly functioning liver
usually wake up between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m.
How Do We Detoxify Our Bodies?
Our bodies have a natural process for eliminating toxins
from our systems. The liver cleanses debris from the blood. A healthy liver
means a healthy body and better quality sleep with more energy. When the liver
is not filtering well it is not detoxifying the blood. The kidneys also act as
a filtering system to cleanse the body of toxins. The intestines also must be
functioning proficiently to help the body remove these unwanted substances.
Although we cannot avoid them completely, we can educate
ourselves on certain ways to decrease toxins in our body. We can help our
body become more efficient in allowing the detoxification pathways to
function more proficiently.
Here are a few tips to start your detoxification process:
a whole lemon in 16 ounces of water each morning to help detoxify your
liver. (Stevia is a good natural sweetener you can use to make it into a
healthful lemonade. Stevia also has probiotics to help re-establish normal
1-2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar in 16 ounces of water
(sweeten to taste with Stevia) to help the kidneys in detoxification.
with sweating assists the lymphatic system to help rid the body of
toxins and build up the immune system.
25-35 grams of fiber daily to help the colon rid itself of toxins from the
body. Include both soluble fiber such as psyllium, legumes, oatmeal,
skinless fruits and vegetables and insoluble fiber such as whole grains,
seeds, and fruits and vegetables with skin.
Taking Detoxification to the Next Level
The above measures are simply a way of aiding your bodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s
natural cleansing processes. In order to embark on a serious detoxification
regimen, you should consult with a health care professional who can help set
up a program that is right for you. This may include using a combination of
botanicals and homeopathic formulas that work by stimulating the bodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s
natural processes of elimination to cleanse it of these toxins that build up
over time and negatively affect the bodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s health.
Proteolytic systemic enzymes can also help cleanse
the blood of debris and reduce inflammation in the body, thus reducing aches
and pains and certain vitamin and mineral supplements help decrease mercury
toxicity and restore energy. Counseling for stress management and lifestyle
changes can also play an important role in allowing the body to cleanse
itself and restore balances in its chemical processes.
Finally and most importantly, a good detoxification plan
should incorporate an individual meal program that includes fiber,
antioxidants, and low-glycemic foods that assist in the bodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s healing
One major principle of naturopathic medicine is that the
body has the innate ability to heal itself. Following a detoxification plan is
one way we can help our own bodies to effectively carry out this healing