First Things First: Detoxification

“It can be strongly said that the health of an individual is largely determined by the ability of the body to detoxify.”       -Joseph Pizzorno, N.D., And Michael Murray, N.D., Encyclopedia Of Natural Health

Cleansing and fasting are integral to holistic healing. The basic principles of functional medicine are clean the body; remove any irritants, whether they be food, medicine, or microbes: provide the proper nutrients for the body to use as building materials; replace missing intestinal flora, enzymes, hydrochloric acid; and give the body the time to heal itself.

We are exposed to toxins everywhere- from the air we breathe to the foods we eat, even as a result of metabolism. These toxins cause irritation and inflammation throughout our bodies. Each year, we consume, on an average, 14 pounds of food additives, including colourings, preservatives, flavourings, emulsifiers, humectants, and antimicrobials.One of the many functions of the liver is to act as a filter, to let nutrients pass, to “humanize” other substances if possible, and to transform toxins into safe substances that can be eliminated in urine and stool.A thorough cleansing program works systematically, cleansing all the cells in your body of harmful toxins.

REMOVAL OF WASTE MATERIAL- DETOXIFICATION is essential to the healthy functioning of our bodies.During a cleansing program, your body more rapidly recycles materials to build new cells, take apart aged cells, and repair damaged cells.

Most detoxification programs focus on liver  or colon. The liver is, in my opinion, the most overworked organ of the body. It has responsibility for :-

  • manufacturing thirteen thousand different enzymes
  • producing cholesterol
  • breaking down estrogen
  • regulating blood sugar
  • filtering blood
  • manufacturing bile
  • breaking down old red blood cells
  • detoxifying harmful substances.

When the liver loses its ability to easily perform these functions, we begin to feel ill, with many systems out of balance.

It is the best if you follow a detoxification program under the supervision of a medical or health professional who can guide you through the process. Toxins released too quickly can make you feel worse than when you began and can aggravate your symptoms.

DETOXIFICATION PROGRAMS

Detoxification programs such as fasting, modified fasting, metabolic cleansing, colonic irrigation, steaming, mud packs, sauna herbal detoxification programs, and hot tubs all have therapaeuti benefits.

When choosing a detoxification program, it must meet specific criteria: it needs to :-

(1) work with your life and your values,

(2) be thorough, and

(3) be gentle and nurturing to your body.

I personally recommend three main detoxification programs that are effective and gentle:

  • fruit and vegetable cleansing,
  • metabolic cleansing. and
  • low-temperature steams and saunas.
  • I also recommend vitamin C flushes between cleansings.
  • Other professionals may prefer fasting programs or colonic irrigation, which in the right hands can be powerful tools for healing. 

Fruit and Vegetable Cleansing

In this challenge, you may eat all you want of FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, RICE AND USE OLIVE AND SAFFLOWER OILS as condiments for 7-10 days.

Fruits and vegetable juices are excellent source of easily assimilated nutrients and alkalizing minerals and can enhance the detoxification pathways.

IT’S IMPORTANT TO EAT EVERY 2-3 HOURS TO KEEP YOUR BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS NORMAL.

The main benefit of this detox method is that you can do this on your own without professional supervision. Of course, if you are under a doctor’s care or taking medication of any kind, you’ll need to let your physician know of your plans.

The first few days may require mental and physical adjustments to your new regimen, but most people feel a sense of general well-being. You may notice that many of your outstanding symptoms have disappeared or become less aggravated. You may also experience some discomfort during the first three or four days. Headaches, bad breath, skin breakouts, and changes in bowel habits are fairly common and may be the result of withdrawal from caffeine, sugar, alcohol, or other substances. They are indicator that toxins are being flushed out or that your body is going through withdrawal. To facilitate this, drink a lot of water, diluted juices, and all herbal teas except those containing caffeine. Dandelion tea is especially useful. Some people develop rashes or pimples as the skin works hard to eliminate toxins. Taking saunas, steam bathing, and massaging your skin with a soft, dry brush or loofa can help your skin. If you are constipated, make sure you eat enough fiber-rich fruits and vegetables (apples, broccoli, pears, sweet potatoes, peas, brussels sprouts, corn, potatoes, carrots, greens, blackberries, bananas strawberries, raspberries, and spinach).
Constipation opens up a chance for toxins to be reabsorbed into your bloodstream, causing symptoms such as headaches and nausea. So add a fiber supplement; psyllium seeds or psyllium seed husks work well. Begin with 1 teaspoon in water, and drink up quickly before it turns into a gel. Aloe vera juice may also help regulate your bowels.

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After the cleansing, slowly reintroduce healthful foods such as beans, tofu, chicken, and fish. Then add healthful grains, nuts, seeds, and cultured dairy products.

Metabolic Cleansing

Metabolic cleansing is a gentle yet deep method of detoxification, and it is the best, and most thorough program.