Tuesday’s post, The Skinny on Cleanses, suggested cleansing was a good way to lose weight but redundant if you’re already healthy. This post considers the health benefits of cleansing for maintaining health and preventing illness.
Did you know… the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates in its Toxic Release Inventory National Report that within one year in 1989:
- A total of 5.7 billion pounds of pollutants were released into the environment in North America.
- More than 1 billion pounds of chemicals were released into the ground, contaminating the soil and water table.
- Over 188 million pounds of chemicals were dumped directly into our waterways.
- More than 2.4 billion pounds of chemical emissions were pumped into the air.
According to a recent report by the National Research Council, 70,000 of the chemicals in commercial use today have not even been tested for neurotoxic effects.
Times have changed since the industrial revolution. We live in a toxic world now and all of our life sustaining elements (air, water, food) are now tainted. Their nutritional values have been diminished to a point where some say even a healthy diet sadly lacks vital minerals and vitamins for optimal health.
Dr. Rashid Buttar, board certified and a diplomat in preventive medicine and clinical metal toxicology, and Vice-Chairman of the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology, declared:
“I can now very comfortably and definitively state to you that, in my opinion, based on the evidence, every single chronic insidious disease process is related to one word: toxicity. You cannot address the issues of aging unless you address detoxification. Five years ago I wouldn’t have said this, even a year ago I wouldn’t have said it. But the more success we’ve had, the clearer it has become: All chronic disease is toxicity. You get rid of the toxicity and you put out the fire. You may need to rebuild afterward, but you must put the fire out. Conventional medicine is just covering your eyes so you don’t see the fire.”
Everyone has there own level of tolerance for toxins. If your exposure to these toxins is greater than your capacity to naturally detox them, you’ll reach your individual tolerance level. At this point, the body becomes overwhelmed and toxicity can eventually lead to chronic and degenerative diseases, like arthritis, ulcers and psoriasis.
No need to fear, though. There are early warning signs that you’ve reached your acceptable tolerance levels of toxins. The following symptoms may be an indication that your body needs help with the detoxification process:
- joint pain
- recurrent respiratory problems
- back pain
- allergy symptoms
- mood changes
- sinus congestion
- food allergies or sensitivities
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, sluggish and just not yourself, you might want to try an easy, gentle cleanse for the first-timer. For those who’ve tried cleansing before and want to step up their game, I’ve also posted a safe, enlightening 3 day fast here on Live Lighter.
Check out this interview with Kevin Gianni of the Renegade Health Show where he discusses detoxing. And stay tuned for next week when I’ll share a list of nutritional supplements that help support a cleanse!
Do you think cleanses are a good way to maintain health and prevent disease and illness? Or do you believe they are redundant and maybe even a bit dangerous? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below.