What is detoxification?
An ancient practice, detoxification is a time to rest, clean and nourish the body to achieve its optimal health. It is an important way for the body to stay healthy. When the body is devoid of toxins, and filled with healthy nutrients, it is more able to do its work of protecting you from diseases.
Why the need to detox?
Toxins are everywhere. You will be surprised to learn that almost everything we use contains chemicals that can be harmful to our body. Household products contain potent and harmful chemicals; even the personal care products that we use often contain unsafe compounds. And of course, we know how farming practices have changed over the years. Pesticides and herbicides are a common part of commercial farming and these are actually harmful to our body. Additionally, fumes from gasoline, diesel fuel, paint thinners and industrial cleaners all contain chemicals that can harm the cells.
How do you know that you need to detox?
- Our body has an intelligent way of telling us that something is not right, so we can act upon it and prevent further damage. Here are some common symptoms to watch out for:
- You suddenly feel tired and experience fatigue that you can't seem to explain.
- You have difficulty moving your bowels.
- Your skin seem to be problematic and sensitive.
- You are suffering from chronic allergic reactions.
- You easily get low grade infections.
- You see that you have puffy eyes or eye bags.
- You feel bloated.
- You are having problems with your monthly period.
- You lose focus and easily get confused.
- You can't seem to lose those excess pounds no matter what you do.
How do you start with your detox?
The first step to an effective detox is to eliminate certain foods and practices that are loaded with toxins, which include: alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats. Then you can also minimise your exposure to chemical-based household cleaners and personal care products. Try substituting these with natural alternatives.
Next step is to eat healthy, fresh whole foods.
Then, do a personal stress check. Stress is a known trigger that produces toxins in the body and slows down the detoxification process. Resort to simple techniques like yoga, qigong and meditation and try to add these to your daily routine.
How do you choose your detox plan?
The first step to choosing a detox plan is to evaluate your situation. Different individuals have different health concerns. Are you having problems with your digestive system? Is it difficult to eliminate wastes? Do you have stubborn weight gain? Can't seem to lose those unwanted pounds no matter what you do? Or do you have problems with your skin like annoying breakouts that are hard to control.
After assessing yourself, it is best to consult with your physician so that you know what products will suit your needs best.
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. Yoga, Qigong andmeditation are simple and effective ways to relieve stress by resetting your physical and mental reactions to the inevitable stress life will bring.
How does detoxification work?
Basically, detoxification means cleaning the blood. This is done 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. Page updated 06/04/18 12:47:36 p.m.