It’s that time of year again when people try to make up for their dietary misgivings during the holidays. More and more people are turning to detoxifying as a way to jump start their health for greater energy, weight loss, and improved health. While detoxification can spell the difference between energy and fatigue, health and illness, not all cleanses or detox diets are created equally. And,some programs are downright unhealthy. I’m not a fan of the starvation programs and water fasts, preferring actual food instead. Go figure.
Toxins disrupt the normal healthy flow within your body, leaving you feeling fatigued, sore and depressed. They can also lead to serious illnesses, such as cancer, arthritis, diabetes and allergies. There are literally thousands of toxins and harmful synthetic chemicals in your food, air, water, homes, and workplaces. In the course of a day, you are exposed to toxic pesticides, herbicides, petrochemicals, industrial chemicals, food colors and additives, stress hormones and a host of other toxins that could be compromising your health.
I’m still amazed at the number of naysayers who tell me that detox isn’t necessary or doesn’t work–I’m sure I’ll hear from some of them in the comments. I ask them why their body insists on detoxing every minute of every day. Without ongoing detoxification, our bodies would deteriorate and, ultimately, die. We need detoxification to live. By eating a healthier diet and following a better lifestyle, we are simply removing obstacles to allow our natural detoxification abilities to ramp up their ability to eliminate harmful substances and restore the body’s natural healing ability.
While your body is equipped to deal with some toxicity, it can be overburdened by the volume and type of toxins found in our modern world. A good detoxification program helps eliminate toxins from your respiratory system, liver, gall bladder, kidneys and urinary tract, skin, fatty deposits (including cellulite), lymph and other parts of your body. However, be aware that most detox plans only target the liver and colon, which is inadequate for great health.
Here are some of the essentials for a successful detox. If you’re looking for more insight into cleansing all of these organ systems, check out my book, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan. And, keep in mind, that if you have any serious health issues, you should work with a skilled natural health professional. If you are pregnant, lactating, or diabetic, or taking essential medications, you’ll want to avoid a detox program. But, most of these essentials are suitable for anyone.
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