We are exposed to many toxic elements in the air, including pollutants, on a day-to-day basis.
Our body is geared by nature to attend to the natural process of eliminating or neutralising toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymphatic system, and skin. But, constant exposure to pollutants is something we cannot avoid – it is inevitable.
This applies equally well to even some of our blessed friends who live in clean environments and eat organic food. Despite sylvan conditions, they are also prone to attract toxins in the system – over a long period of time.
We tend to accumulate a host of unwanted elements – fats, mucous, faecal matter, mineral/toxic chemicals, and so on, too. These can lead to a build-up of toxic effects in our body systems, including the major organs and tissues, and affect the overall functioning of our body.
The problem gets compounded by the fact that toxic chemicals, over a period of time, cannot be easily eliminated from, and by, our body. They re-circulate and get stored in the liver, body fat, or other parts of the body. They are a major source of illness.
- Frequent, inexplicable headaches
- Back or joint pain, or stiff neck
- Chronic respiratory affections, or sinusitis
- Unusual body odour, bad breath, and coated tongue
- Food allergies, poor digestion, or chronic constipation with gas
- Brittle nails and hair
- Psoriasis, skin problems, including adult acne
- Abnormal weight gain
- Abnormally poor memory, chronic insomnia, anxiety, depression, and irritability
- Chronic fatigue, or environmental [in]sensitivities, especially to smell.
It may be mentioned here that cancer and heart disease are two of the major toxicity-related illnesses. So are arthritis, allergies, obesity, and many skin problems. Add to this a variety of problems such as headaches, gastro-intestinal problems and immune disorders, and they present a huge toxicity portrait – whether you live in a city, or natural surroundings.
Types of detox
There are simple detox treatments that can be taken by mouth. They provide for cleansing our colon, the blood, and the kidneys. You also need to think of the lungs and the skin, which are major organs of elimination.
Exercise is one primary method of detox. Doing physical exercises in the fresh air and sunshine are recommended detox plans. They are as good as drinking water – which is a natural detox agent.
Remember – it is essential for you to keep your liver function at its optimal health, because the liver is the “toxic waste depot” of the body. Only when the liver functions well would our body be able to perform the several complex chemical conversion activities needed to reduce toxins and also eliminate them from the body.
Simple detox plan
Even if you are eating a well-balanced diet, you may still be affected by toxic build-up in the body. Or, even if you feel you are healthy, it must be mentioned that a cleansing agent can re-establish body vitality in the wake of environmental toxins that are in the air and carry disease-causing bacteria, viruses and parasites.
It is not that you always resort to a major detox programme in the event. Just drinking an extra glass, or two of water than you usually do, during the course of the day, could be useful to eliminate more toxins from the body.
You could also adopt a fasting programme in consultation with a nutritionist, with good effect, not by yourself, or by way of a much-hyped self-help plan.
Do you know that simple dietary supplements have it in them to help your body eliminate toxins? Just embark on a diet rich in fibre, vitamin C, and other anti-oxidants such as vitamin E, licorice, or chlorophyll, and the amino acid, glutathione, and you would do your body a world of good.
Better still – you can add herbs, such as garlic, red clover, echinacea, coriander, or cayenne [capsicum], including herbal tea, to your diet. Herbs promote detoxification.
It may also be mentioned that some alternative medical practitioners prescribe sauna, sweat, and niacin therapy, to cleanse the body and eliminate toxins.
At the same time, you may also practice a deeper level of detox by using fresh fruits and vegetables, raw or cooked, and whole grains – both cooked and sprouted. This diet works well because it keeps fibre and water intake high and promotes colon detoxification.
Brown rice is a perennial favourite in detox programmes with many people. It’s also good if you make sure to eat lots of sprouted greens, wheat, buckwheat, sunflower, alfalfa, and clover, sprouted beans, soaked or sprouted raw nuts, and fresh fruits and vegetables, on a regular basis.
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