From the context of this detox article, detoxification is defined as the process of removing toxins from the body or neutralizing them and clearing out excess congestion. Many of the toxins come from poor diets, drug use, and environmental exposure, including food, water, and air. Internally, oxidized fats, free radicals, and sometimes even metabolic wastes can act as toxins.
How do we know we are toxic? Poor digestion, sluggishness in the colon, and reduced liver function are some of the signs of a toxic body. If the four primary pathways of elimination of waste from the body become too congested, you may also experience the following symptoms:
- poor elimination through the kidneys
- mucus buildup in the lungs and respiratory tract
- constipation in the colon
- diseases of the skin
Reducing the Toxic Load: Detoxification involves dietary and lifestyle changes that reduce the intake of toxins and at the same time improves the elimination of various toxic substances. To minimize the toxic load, try to avoid chemicals from:
- processed foods,
- refined sugar,
- refined carbs,
- refined oils,
- rancid fats,
- alcohol, and
Some of the initial steps in the detoxification process include drinking extra purified water and increasing fiber by adding more fruits and vegetables to the diet. It also helps to change from a more to a less congesting diet.
Detoxification is the Missing Link: In addition, many experts believe that detoxification helps to:
- clear wastes,
- jettison dead cells, and
- revitalize the body's innate functionality and healing capacities.
It appears that detoxification is the missing link in nutrition. If we weave this process into our daily lives, we could prevent the onset of many minor ailments and major diseases.
When is the best time to detoxify? We need to sync up nature's cycles with our own cycles. The seasonal cycle is really the most important with regard to natural, detoxification times. If we can harmonize with the cycles of nature, we can do much to stay healthy.
Seasonal changes are the key stress times in nature and also the times when we most need to lighten up on our external demands, as well as reduce our consumptions, and pay heed to our internal rhythms that mirror the outer cycles of nature.
That said, spring and fall are the key times for cleansing and detoxification. At least a one-to-two-week program, which is from 7 to 14 days in duration, is recommended during these times.
Why should we detoxify? We detoxify for many reasons, but mainly it has to do with health, vitality, and rejuvenation. Some of the many reasons why we want to cleanse including the following:
- Prevent disease
- Clear symptoms
- Rid the body of toxins
- Rest organs
- Weight loss
- Clear the skin
- Slow the aging process
- Improve flexibility
- Improve fertility
- Enhance the senses
- Boost our energy level
We also cleanse or detoxify to rest our overloaded organs of digestion including the stomach and small intestine, as well as our organs of elimination including the colon, lungs, and skin, and our detoxification organs, which include our liver, gallbladder, and kidneys. It allows them to catch up on past work.
That concludes the Detox Primer article.