Detoxification: The Complete Package
If you Want to Dextoxify, do it Right!
Think about your kitchen drain. You use
it a lot. You pour all sorts of things
down it. It occasionally gurgles, but it
But, sometimes, you may notice that it drains more slowly or that an odd odor lingers above it. Then it is time to clean it out. You use a drain cleaner, or perhaps a "natural remedy" of vinegar and baking soda. Maybe you have to operate-go under the sink, open the pipe, and clean it out.
Whatever you have to do, you clean it, and the water flows smoothly again. Now think about your digestive tract. You use it a lot. You pour all sorts of things down it. It occasionally gurgles, but it usually works.
But, sometimes, you may notice that it doesn't work so well. You have a stomachache, heartburn, bloating, or gas. Maybe worse. Perhaps you feel tired and run down. Then it is time to clean it out. We call this cleaning detoxification.
Why Detoxify?We do pour a lot down our gullets, and we don't always handle it well. Unfriendly microorganisms, badly absorbed foods, carcinogenic agents, and toxic metals and chemicals can get gummed up inside our digestive tracts and cause problems.
These problems include inhibited absorption of nutrients and, per-haps, increased absorption of toxins into the bloodstream. When toxins do enter the bloodstream, they can result in digestive tract pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea, skin problems, fatigue, offensive breath, constipation, and other symptoms. Many health practitioners link such health concerns as acne, allergies, arthritis, PMS, hypertension, and gastritis to a body drowning in toxins.
Detoxifying cleans out the digestive tract. While a clean kitchen sink means more efficient disposal, a clean digestive tract means more efficient waste disposable, more efficient and better nutrient absorption, and better all-around health.
DetoxifyingSo, how do you detoxify? It is a simple process, but you should do it right. This means preparing for detoxification, detoxifying, and maintaining detoxification.
PreparingThe first step in preparation is having the desire to detoxify as well as a firm grasp of what detoxifying means. It means changing your diet and perhaps undergoing some discomfort when the process begins. It means having a commitment to seeing it through.
Make things easier through diet One of the prime causes of a toxic body is diet. It is hard to avoid toxins found in the air and in water, but we can do much to eliminate them from our diets. To improve your diet, eat less of some foods, and more of others.
Processed sugar and flour, processed foods, and other "junk foods" should be eliminated. Processed foods contain many additives and sweeteners, which can be toxic, and overly refined foods can "get stuck" in the intestinal tract, forming a sort of "paper-mache‚" crust within. Needless to say, this makes it difficult for nutrients to be absorbed. This crust also slows down transit time-the time from ingestion to excretion. This is important, because the longer partially digested food stays in the body, the better chance there is that carcinogens and toxins will be absorbed.
Eat less meat, as meat is more difficult to digest and contains unhealthy fat. It also may contain xenoestrogens (foreign estrogens) as a result of animal growth hormone shots.
Eat more raw fruits and vegetables. They supply live enzymes, which ensure you get more bang for your nutritional buck. The enzymes found in raw foods help the body's digestive enzymes break down the foods we eat to free up the nutrients within. Helping the body's digestive enzymes means they do not have to work as hard, which frees up energy for other important tasks.
As well, after the age of 40, levels of digestive enzymes begin to decrease. This means you do not digest food as well as you might, which can result in getting less nutrition, but also in more waste material remaining in the digestive tract.
Loosen and Flush through Diet and SupplementsWhat you need is something that will dissolve the "paper-mache‚" and sweep it out of the intestinal tract. Fortunately, substances that do this are easily found. Psyllium, a type of soluble fiber, is an excellent intestinal cleanser. Because it is soluble it carries water and can help lubricate and loosen encrusted matter. It also absorbs other toxins and waste materials and escorts them out of the body. Psyllium, and other fibers, is an important part of any detoxification program.
Herbs are also important in detoxification. Gentle, natural laxatives, such as cascara sagrada, soften caked food, making it easier to eliminate. Black walnut hulls also help do this, as well as having the extra advantage of being an antiparasitic. Licorice root, according to Planta Medica (50: 1984), may help the liver detoxify. Marshmallow and shavegrass are classified as lithotriptics by herbalists, which mean that they dissolve and discharge urinary and gallbladder stones.
Drinking a lot of water is also important. Water flushes toxins and waste from the body and transports nutrients to where they are needed. Try to drink eight to ten glasses of water a day.
Stimulate your Body Systems through Exercise and "Skin Brushing"Exercise stimulates body systems so that metabolic efficiency is stepped up. This includes the systems that are integral to cleansing, such as the digestive tract, lymphatic system, and liver. Bouncing on a rebounder-a "mini-trampoline"-for 5 to 15 minutes a day can help drain the lymphatic system. This stimulates the lymph nodes, which start to drain toxins into the bloodstream and out of the body. Brushing your skin is also helpful. This also stimulates the lymphatic system to discharge toxins. After rising in the morning, use a brush with stiff bristles and brush the skin.
Strengthen the Immune System through Stress ManagementStress affects us physically. It weakens the immune system, robs the body of important nutrients, and hinders digestion. Try using stress reduction techniques before meals: muscle relaxation, deep breathing, visualization, or listening to relaxing music.
Deep Cleaning through EnemasDepending on your own feelings, you can take intestinal cleaning further by using enemas or colonic irrigation. Enemas clean the lower 12 inches (36.5 cm) of the intestinal tract and can be done in the home. Colonic irrigation cleans the entire colon, but should be performed by a health practitioner. Sanitary procedures and ingredients are essential.