There is little doubt that our environment is polluted with toxins and harmful substances. One of the keys to optimal health is to identify useful ways to detoxify our exposure to toxic surrounding elements including our air, water and food. The reason is simple—the more toxins you have in your body, the faster you age. Toxin overload can burden our liver, triggering Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS) and retard its recovery.
The concepts of internal cleansing and detoxification have been around for centuries. Detoxification of the body refers to the cleansing of the bowels, kidneys, lungs, the liver and the blood since these are the organs involved in the detoxification of chemicals and toxins from the body.
A toxin is defined as any compound that has a detrimental effect on cell function or structure.
Toxins can damage the body in an insidious and cumulative way. Fortunately, the body has a built in detoxification process working 24/7. However, once the internal detoxification system becomes overloaded, toxic metabolites begin to accumulate within. It is this accumulation of toxins over a period of time that can wreak havoc on our normal metabolic processes because the body has to work extra hard to get rid of it. As our body’s workload increases, we can then become progressively more sensitive to other compounds, including nutrients and drugs, some of which are normally non-toxic.
Toxins include industrial chemicals and their polluted by-products, pesticides, additives in our foods, heavy metals, anesthetics, drug deposits, environmental hormones, and secondary smoke. More than two million synthetic substances have been identified and 25,000 new toxins are added each year. About 30,000 are produced on a commercial scale. Unfortunately, only a minuscule percentage is ever tested for toxicity.
Benefits of Detox
- Digestive tract is cleansed of accumulated waste and fermenting bacteria, reducing food allergies and unwanted organisms such as candida.
- Liver, kidney, and blood purification can take place. This is not possible during routine eating patterns.
- Mental clarity is enhanced as chemical and food additive overload is reduced, diminishing brain fog
- Brain chemistry and endocrine chemistry is brought into good health resulting in improved moods, reduced anxiety and depression.
- Reduced dependency on habit forming substances such as sugar, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and drugs.
- Facilitates Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome recovery
- Major Detoxification Centers of the Body
- Improved skin health
- Improved immune function
- Improved digestion so food can be used effectively (reduces fatigue)
- Libido is improved
- Weight loss can begin as body releases toxins and protective fat can be released.
Major Detoxification Centers of the Body
- Skin – excretes toxins such as DDT, heavy metals and lead through sweat.
- Liver – filters blood to clear bacteria, bile secretion to eliminate cholesterol, hemoglobin breakdown products and extra calcium. It also purges prescription drugs due to amphetamines, digitals, nicotine, sulfonamides, acetaminophens, morphine and diazepam.
- Intestines – mucosal detoxification to rid toxins from bowel bacteria and excretion through fe1ces of fat-soluble toxins excreted in the bile.
- Kidneys – excretion through urine of toxins after they are made water-soluble by the liver.
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