If you’re still unclear about detoxing and wonder why people do it, then please keep reading today’s guest post by James Smith. He covers reasons why we might want to consider detoxing and an overview in how to do it.
The onslaught of environmental pollution due to chemicals like insecticides and pesticides, tobacco smoke, vehicle emissions, heavy metal poisoning due to industrial contamination, the administration of hormones and antibiotics to animals and the use of food additives, preservatives and taste enhancers; chemical cleaners and detergents, the list of substances that have a detrimental and toxic effect on the human body is endless.
The sad but undeniable truth is that our bodies are a veritable chemical cocktail of modern-day industrial chemicals, not to mention the residues of pharmaceuticals, legal drugs (like alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine) and illegal drugs (like heroin, cocaine, and marijuana). We have created a living environment that is poisonous to our bodies, not to forget the increased exposure to u-v radiation due to use of aerosols, CFC’s. In our quest for growing more food, we have drastically compromised on the quality of food.
High levels of mercury have often been reported in fishes like mackerel, shark etc. hence should be consumed with precaution especially by pregnant and breast feeding women.
Apart from this, people are under a lot of stress, have unhealthy food habits and follow a demanding and frantic regimen, so much so that they do not have time for physical exercise or any form of relaxation, the result being, a buildup of harmful elements in the body that lead to various mental and physical disorders.
The body gets naturally detoxified through the skin, kidneys, colon, lungs, liver, lymph and intestines. However, cleansing treatments become necessary when the body’s natural detoxification systems become overwhelmed leading to toxemia. Some people’s digestive tracts become unable to digest food properly, due to years of overeating and diets that are high in fat and processed foods and low in fiber (the average American diet). When this happens, food cannot pass through the digestive tract efficiently. Instead of being digested properly or eliminated from the bowel, food can literally rot inside the digestive tract and produce toxic byproducts.
Researchers have found many hazardous chemicals like carcinogens, substances that can cause birth defects and abnormal development and affect the brain and nervous system in the blood and urine of people living in polluted cities. Researchers have found many hazardous chemicals like carcinogens, substances that can cause birth defects and abnormal development and affect the brain and nervous system in the blood and urine of people living in polluted cities.
Symptoms for those suffering from toxemia may include increased:
- allergies, intolerance to certain foods,
- indigestion or digestive disorders
- hypersensitivity to common materials
- unexplained fatigue, headaches and back pain
- general malaise and disability
- low grade fever
- sore throats
- sudden weight loss or gain
- lowered resistance to infection
- memory failing and
- brittle nails and hair.
Detoxification may also be beneficial for patients suffering from many chronic diseases and conditions, including diabetes, low-blood sugar levels, high cholesterol, heart disease, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, mental illnesses, obesity and fibromyalgia. It can be a preventative measure and a tool to increase overall health, vitality, and resistance to disease by boosting the immune system and enhancing the hormone system.
Detoxification is performed in a variety of ways including:
- nutritional supplements,
- herbal mixtures- blood cleaners, skin cleaners
- herbal laxatives and diuretics
- oral chelating agents
- safe mercury removal
- intravenous injections
- colonics, high fiber foods such as psyllium seeds may be given to cleanse the digestive tract and promote elimination.
- 24-hour juice fasting
- Detox diets
- skin cleansing
Sweating helps release those toxins that are stored in the subcutaneous (under the skin) fat cells. Saunas, therapeutic baths, and exercise are some of these treatments. Body therapies may also be prescribed, including massage therapy, acupressure, shiatsu, manual lymph drainage, and polarity therapy.
Once heavy metal burden is relieved, other parasite, yeast and organic detoxification proceeds easier.
Long-term detox programs should include, but are not limited to:
- dietary changes such as avoiding meats, high-carbohydrates or sweeteners
- eating more vegetables and fruits, include turmeric, lemon and garlic
- drinking plenty of fluids (water, vegetable and fruit juice, herbal tea)
- Taking vitamins and supplements
- Switch over to natural cleaning agents like baking soda, vinegar etc.
- Use natural beauty products for hair and skin
It is also recommended to exercise (Yoga, Tai Chi), try alternative therapies such as hydrotherapy, homeopathy, acupuncture; and try methods to reduce stress like meditation massage or herbal soaks.
About the Author
James Smith is a passionate health and lifestyle blogger who loves to write about trending trends. He is a featured author at various health and fitness blogs.
Have you ever detoxed? I have and it’s challenging but very rewarding. After the initial unpleasant side-effects, I remember gaining a clarity of mind and experiencing a euphoric feeling! I wrote about my detox diet in 5 Steps to Losing 25 lbs in 3 months.