Wouldn’t it be great if the environment you lived in was completely pure? Unfortunately, it’s not. Technological progress introduces evermore harmful substances into most of the world and into our bodies.
Over the course of life, your body receives countless doses of chemicals and toxins. From cold and flue medicine you took as a kid, to the preservatives in the foods, to the impurities in the water and air. Virtually all of the modern environment is polluted in some way.
The good news is that the body was designed with a number of defence systems. The lungs, the kidneys, the liver and limphnotes are perfect filters against external impurities. They work diligently to filter out the toxins from the system.
So is it necessary to help your body detox? And, is detoxing good for you? When it comes to detoxing, I find there are two opposite schools of thought.
Critics suggest that there is no measurable proof that detoxing actually removes chemicals from the system. They say that our organs are already equipped to handle these impurities and pollutants on their own.
They claim that detoxing can actually be dangerous by causing dehydration and disrupt the body’s natural metabolism. That it is more harmful to tamper with the body’s natural filtration process than to leave it alone.
On the other hand, there is significant evidence that our organs are unable to effectively deal with the excessive build up of toxins over a lifetime. The toxins get stored in our body fatty tissues where they continue to accumulate.
Therefore it is imperative to regularly cleanse our body and the filtration organs. For centuries, Chinese and Ayurvedic cultures implemented cleansing as their medicine. Detoxification cleans the body by allowing it to rest, removing the toxins and replenishing it with healthy nutrients.
A detoxed body, is less prone to sickness and fatigue, and is restored to its optimum health. So how do you know if you need a detox? Some symptoms that you may need detoxification are, having digestion problems or getting tired easily. Having allergies, mild infections, miscellaneous aches and pains and skin problems.
Best Detox Programs
Best detox programs are the ones that address your needs the best. A detox program can be customized to consist of fruit and vegetable juice diets, shorter or longer detox periods and even fasting. There are many good detox programs and recipes to choose from. Because it takes the body some time to successfully eliminate the toxins, 7 day detox programs are popular.
Where to Start
I think a good place to start is by cutting down or completely eliminating chemicals and toxins from your daily life. Smoking, coffee and alcohol all add toxins to your system. Household cleaning agents and personal care products such chemical based shampoos, deodorants and toothpastes should be replaced with natural alternatives.
I installed a water filtration system in my home. Before I moved, I lived near a major freeway so I had an air filter running there. Look at your particular environment to determine where your sources of toxins comes from.
I generally detox once a year. But, it’s a matter of personal preference and your unique circumstances. However, children, pregnant women and elderly should only detox under a doctor’s supervision or not at all. It’s advisable to consult a medical professional before embarking on a detox program.
I hope this helps you decide for yourself if detoxing is for you. In my opinion, detoxification is a natural process that together with psychological benefits of cleansing, can return your body to its original balanced state of health. In the worst case scenario, you’ll lose a few unwanted pounds.
Live well. Vlad