By now, you have surely heard about detox or detox programs. You most likely know some friends or co-workers who have tried different detox plans and how they helped them or, how they would never do something so extreme again!
When you consider the amount of toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis, it becomes clear that our bodies, while being remarkable machines, need a bit of help to remove the dangerous compounds we come in contact with each and every day.
Air pollution. We live in a very toxin filled society.
The best way to remove a toxic buildup in the body is through a detox program. These programs run from 3 to 7 days, depending on the concept. There are a few detox plans that let you eat green salads, but almost all of them call for a fast - green juice, tea, and water only.
Unless you live on a mountain top, drink from a pure, underground stream, and grow your own fruits and vegetables and raise your own meat animals, you are exposed to toxins.
An easy way to identify toxins is to think about our ancestors. Think WAY back, to perhaps the cave man days. While it’s true that our caveman ancestors only lived through their 20’s this is because they frequently fell victim to accidents or became meals themselves!
One thing they weren't exposed to and that was the onslaught of chemicals we are forced to live with today. Their fish did not contain mercury, their water did not contain fluoride (except for a few places and that is natural fluoride) they had no air pollution, there were no antibiotics or pesticides in their food or animals, they had no plastic, no artificial colors, flavors, or processed foods filled with preservatives.
Once you begin thinking in this manner, it becomes clear that we live in a very toxin filled society.
Some toxins are easier for the body to remove than others. The body has 4 basic means of removing toxins:
You most likely read about this back in high school, but let’s take a refresher course.
The digestion and breakdown of the foods we eat is not actually done in the stomach or even by our intestines. The truth is that, living inside our intestines, are trillions upon trillions of yeast, fungi, and bacteria. It is these microscopic living organisms that do the work of digesting our food and reducing it to material that the body can actually use. This is a truly symbiotic relationship as without them, we could not exist and without us, they would not exist. Works really well most of the time.
We say "most of the time" because this is where environmental, modern day toxins come into play. A typical diet includes a great many carbs, both simple and starchy. These foods are acidic in the intestines, which are already, by nature, chronically acidic. An acidic environment allows yeast, fungi and bacteria to thrive. Since they are all living things, these tiny living organisms also produce waste, which is also acidic.
This overly acidic environment will gradually corrode the lining of the intestinal wall, making it thin enough so that yeast and fungi can actually pierce the intestine and spill their toxins and overgrowth into the abdominal cavity and bloodstream. This leads to a severe overgrowth of yeast, especially Candida, and fungi throughout the body. This is called leaky gut syndrome.
Alkalizing foods such as drinking delicious green juice is perfect for a gentle detox
A good detox program will help to remove impurities from the blood and intestines. By following a good detox program at least once a year, the organs of the body are allowed to “rest” while fasting, which stimulates the liver to remove more toxins from the body.
When the organs are resting, energy can be then be directed to the intestines and kidneys to remove waste products. Blood circulation will improve as waste and toxins are removed, and the body can be refueled through the consumption of healthy, natural nutrients.
While a detox program should be performed on a regular basis, one can also keep toxins to a minimum by eating and drinking plenty of natural foods which do a “mini” detox, if you will, each day.
Minimizing your exposure to household chemicals, using natural alternatives to many beauty products, such as deodorants and toothpastes, as well as avoiding or limiting stress, will also help the body prevent toxic buildup to begin with.
Although a 7 day detox is ideal, for some people, this is too much to handle, especially when you are new to detox. If that is the case, start with a 3 days and try a 7 day in 3 to 6 months.
You don't need to buy any special foods or equipment to do a detox. A very simple plan that will do the job just fine would be:
The process of removing toxins and repairing damaged intestinal walls takes time. You will start to feel better, and notice a tremendous improvement in your energy levels, with each passing day. Eating plenty of vegetables and drinking green juice on a daily basis will go a long way towards accelerating healing and keep toxins to a minimum!