Detoxification has been practiced for millennia by civilizations all over the world, including Ayurvedic and Chinese health systems. It is all about relaxing, purifying, and feeding the body from the inside out.
Detoxifying can help protect you from disease and refresh your capacity to maintain maximum health by removing and eliminating toxins, then providing your body with healthy nutrients.
Detoxification: How Does It Work?
Essentially, detoxification implies purifying the blood. This is accomplished by eliminating pollutants from the blood in the liver, where poisons are processed for removal. During a detox, the body also removes toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system, and skin. However, when these systems are damaged, pollutants are not effectively filtered, and the body suffers.
A body detox program can assist the body’s natural cleaning process by doing the following:
- Fasting allows the organs to rest.
- Stimulating the liver to eliminate toxins.
- Increasing elimination via the intestines, kidneys, and skin.
- Increasing blood circulation.
- Refueling the body with nutritious foods.
Detoxification works because it addresses the needs of individual cells, the smallest units of human lifePeter Bennett, N.D., co-author of 7-Day Detox Miracle with Stephen Barrie, N.D., and Sara Faye.
How Do You Know if You Need to Detoxify Your Body?
Bennett recommends that everyone cleanse at least once a year. Bennett, on the other hand, advises against detoxifying for nursing women, children, and people suffering from chronic degenerative disorders, cancer, or TB. If you have questions about whether detoxing is right for you, talk to your doctor.
With more pollutants in the environment than ever before, “detoxification is vital,” says Linda Page, N.D., Ph.D., author of Detoxification: Programs to Cleanse, Purify, and Renew.
It is recommended to go to detox if you have symptoms such as:
- Unexplained tiredness.
- Sluggish elimination.
- Irritated skin.
- A low-grade infection.
- Puffy eyes or bags beneath the eyes
- Menstrual troubles.
- Confusion in one’s mind.
How Do You Begin a Body Detox?
To begin a bodily detox, you must first reduce your toxic burden. Eliminate alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, processed carbohydrates, and saturated fats, which all function as poisons in the body and impede recovery. Also, substitute natural alternatives for chemical-based home cleaners and personal health care items (cleansers, shampoos, deodorants, and toothpaste).
Stress is another impediment to good health since it causes your body to produce stress chemicals in your system. While these hormones might deliver an “adrenaline high” to help you win a race or make a deadline, they also produce pollutants and slow down detoxifying enzymes in the liver. Yoga, Qigong, and meditation are easy and effective stress-relieving practices that reset your physical and mental reactions to the unavoidable stresses of life. Gaiam sells yoga mats, props, and accessories for beginning to intermediate yogis, as well as meditation chairs to help you relax.