Removing Toxins From Your Body

Modern chemicals expose us to harmful toxins every day. Thankfully, we now understand how to detox and remove toxins. Through food, water, skin, and the air we breathe, we absorb toxins. Usually, we are exposed to tiny amounts of toxins. Subsequently, the body can remove them easily. Certainly, over time though, we feel the effects of our bodies being bombarded consistently. Then it becomes harder to detox.

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There are some toxins that are “durable” or “persistent”. They accumulate in our tissues rather than released through normal methods. Even small amounts build up in our food supply.

Holistic health professionals now say that detoxing and cleansing your body is just as important as addressing nutrient shortfalls. The body has seven systems for removing harmful toxins: your skin, lung, colon, liver, kidney, bloodstream, and lymphatic system. These systems must be supported to safely detox. The toxins build up in the liver, kidneys, and colon. These are heavily involved in the body’s natural filtering processes.

Detox and Cleansing Treatments

Colon Cleansing:

Consuming an unhealthy diet low in fiber leads to the build-up of toxic waste materials in the colon walls. In colon hydrotherapy, water is used to stimulate elimination. Warm water is infused repeatedly into the colon to accomplish this. Herbs are also used to remove feces, parasite eggs, and any unwanted feces via bowel movements. Unlike chemical laxatives, colon cleansing does not promote dependence. It helps tone the bowels to function normally.

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You can cleanse your body of harmful toxins and bacteria with this method. Following a colon cleanse, it’s important to restore healthy intestinal flora for proper digestion and optimal health. A colon cleansing protocol that incorporates hydrotherapy involves two to three treatments over several days to a week. Every three to six months, the treatment is repeated as necessary.

Saunas and Steam Baths:

The largest organ in the body is the skin. It removes body wastes when we sweat. During these treatments, steam is used to open the pores. Heat increases lymphatic fluid. In addition, it increases circulation. This is then released by the lymph system.

Nutritional Changes and Dietary Supplements:

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Incorporate foods, spices, and herbs into the diet regularly to help eliminate harmful toxins. Many ancient cultures used herbal treatments for medicine. Vitamins and minerals with antioxidant properties (vitamins A, C, and E, for example) help the body eliminate harmful toxins. Mainly, 25 medicinal herbs are used worldwide for cleansing and detoxification. Herbal treatments fall into two categories: those used for purification and those used for revitalization. Herbal treatments soothe and strengthen the organs while eliminating harmful toxins. Lemon juice, garlic, cayenne, ginger, and turmeric are the most widely used herbal detox formulas. The herb cilantro helps to chelate heavy metals from the body.

To be effective, most detox and cleansing protocols require adherence to specific nutritional recommendations. Many also involve a few days of fasting and/or juicing. Water is essential during a cleanse because your kidneys need it to function properly. Eating a diet high in fiber is another fundamental requirement. The fiber in fruits, veggies, beans, whole grains, and nuts helps absorb and remove harmful substances.

Chelation Therapy:

This is used specifically to remove heavy metals like mercury and arsenic from the body. The administration of chelating agents, such as DMSA and EDTA, takes place either orally or intravenously. These agents function by making chemical bonds with metal ions, rendering them much less chemically reactive. Water-soluble, the complex can be absorbed into the bloodstream and excreted.

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Exercise and Breathing:

Your body is so amazing that the most fundamental thing we do every day, breathing, helps remove toxic matter from your body. We’ve already noted above how important it is to break a sweat regularly as movement is the pump for the lymphatic system.

Alkaline Water:

Alkaline water offers major health advantages over plain tap water or many brands of bottled water. Small molecules formed by negatively charged ions transport minerals, nutrition, and food more easily through cell membranes. It also helps get rid of waste materials, toxins, and chemicals. As well, alkaline water functions as an antioxidant, reducing cellular damage caused by free radicals. Drinking alkaline water on a daily basis is recommended.

Detoxing the body is a serious undertaking, especially when the techniques are used to draw toxins out of organs and tissues into the bloodstream. If the toxins are not quickly eliminated, they will simply relocate, which is why the detox process can actually trigger a healing crisis. It is possible to experience fatigue, headache, nausea, and diarrhea following a detox cleanse.  Always use trained professionals when undertaking a detox/cleanse, and consult with a medical doctor before beginning any course of treatment. Holistic health and wellness retreats like SpiritQuest Sedona, usually offer a mix of the detox options referred to above and can consult with you to determine which combination of treatments will work best.

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