Sunday, December 16, 2012

Detoxification 101 (Part 1)

What does it mean to Detox?

Detoxification is a process by which your body releases massive amounts of toxins that have been accumulated in the body, while providing it with nutrients, water and oxygen. Toxins in the body take many different forms, such as aches, pains, inflammation, illness, disease etc.  These unwanted toxins are a major sign that our bodies are undernourished and oxygen deficient. 
 
Detoxification takes time and full detoxification can take months, sometimes years. It is important to note that a special diet isn’t a must to experience detoxification. However, we do need to change our eating habits if what we have been putting into our bodies is less than ideal. A diet that consists of mostly plants is sufficient to begin a detoxification process, and most importantly, to ensure that your body is always engaged in detoxification and healing.

With assistance, we all can provide our bodies with what it needs to heal. Mother Nature provides more than enough to help in this detoxification process in massive amounts of plants, herbs, and plants. 

For example, I have made it my mission to always have fruit or vegetable with every meal and drastically limiting meat in my diet. This way, I am making sure that I am flooding my body with the necessary fiber, vitamins, minerals and water needed for tissue repair, healing, detoxification, and daily bowel movements. 

In my opinion, detoxification should be on going.  It is a lifestyle change. You can’t detox for 3 days only to go back to old, unhealthy habits. It just doesn’t make sense. 

Detoxification means many things for different people. There are many ways to detox the body, but first, it is important to know why you need to detox and how. 

Only you can truly know if your body needs a tune up. However, experts in the field recommend a detox program for symptoms such as unexplained fatigue, sluggish elimination, irritated skin, allergies or low-grade infections; bags under the eyes; a distended stomach even if the rest of your body is thin; menstrual difficulties; or mental confusion.

Your body has 6 major detoxification or elimination channels:

  1.  Liver
  2.  Skin
  3.  Kidneys
  4.  Intestines (colon)
  5.  Lymphatic system
  6.  Lungs

** In upcoming blog posts, I will discuss each of these major detoxification channels. So stay tuned**

If you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts or experiences on detoxification, please feel free to share them in the comments. We can all learn from each other!

P.s.This was a requested blog post and I'm more than happy to share what I know.
I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or a specialist. I'm just one individual sharing what I know and my experiences.

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