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Body Cleanse: 6 Ways To Do A Body Detox

Friday, June 10, 2016 7:31
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If you follow this website, you know that detoxing is a subject of huge importance to us. In fact, performing regular body cleanses and detoxes are a core principle of my beliefs on health and healing. I talk about them so much that I sometimes take it for granted that others already know what I’m talking about. Maybe I should explain myself for the benefit of new readers.

What exactly is a detox? Simply put, a detox is a process in which a person makes lifestyle changes to clear their body of toxins. These lifestyle changes typically involve abstaining from certain harmful things and optimizing body processes. Some changes are temporary, such as a following a cleansing diet, others are permanent.

I should also explain my use of the term “toxins”.

Toxins are any substance that can be poisonous or cause negative health effects. “Toxin” refers to all the metals, chemicals, pollutants, artificial food ingredients, pesticides, and poisons that cause the body harm.[1] “Toxin” is a very broad term and it’s even, unfortunately, become a bit of a buzzword to some. Artificially created chemicals can be toxins, but naturally occurring substances can be toxic, too. Arsenic is a natural toxin. Technically, so is cobra venom (though you’re less likely to find this contaminating your town’s water supply).

We are in constant contact with harmful organisms and pollutants. They’re in our water, in our food, in the air we breathe… it’s very difficult to get away from them. The source of many health issues is the toxins that have built up in our bodies over the years.[2][3][4]

There is no practical way to protect yourself from all the toxins in the environment. You would have to live the rest of your life in a hermetically sealed suit (and it would be a short life since you couldn’t eat or drink.) Fortunately, there are ways to counteract some toxins and pollutants. Your body’s natural detoxification processes exist to deal with the ones we can’t avoid. You can help your body perform these processes with the help of regular cleansing.

First, let’s understand the natural ability we have to cleanse ourselves.

The Body and Detoxification

I try my best to educate people that the human body has a natural ability to detoxify itself. In fact, the body has several systems in place for removing waste. The excretory system plays the largest role in detoxification. The most obvious job of this system is defecation and urination. The main organs that compose the excretory system are the skin, liver, lungs, large intestine, and kidneys.[5]

I know that you’re a little grossed out thinking of your skin as part of your excretory system, but it’s true — the skin aids in elimination through the sweat glands. The main job of sweat is to regulate the body’s temperature, but it’s a multifunctional system. When sweat passes through your sweat glands, it takes toxins with it.[6]

The roles of the other organs are just as important. It’s the liver’s job to filter and excrete waste, hormones, drugs, and other foreign substances.[7] The lungs help remove carbon dioxide (the waste gas resulting from breathing).[8] The large intestine has several important jobs. It absorbs water and remaining nutrients from food. It also converts waste into stool to be expelled from the body through defecation.[9] The kidneys filter the blood and help remove waste from the body through urination.[10]

The entire body relies on this system to live a healthy life. Your body is detoxifying itself all the time, around the clock, 24/7. Even your brain flushes out toxins while you sleep.[11] It’s essential to take care of these organs and allow them to do their job.

6 Ways To Detox Your Body 1. Choose the Right Foods

One of the best things you can do to support your body’s detoxification process is to lighten its load and decrease the toxins you put in your body in the first place. Choose organic vegetables and fruits over fast food and other processed foods. GMO products and pesticide contaminated foods add harmful toxins to your diet. Avoid them like the plague.

2. Exercise and Meditation

Exercise and meditation help maintain a healthy body. Exercising helps you sweat, and sweating helps release toxins through your skin. Studies have found trace amounts of arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury in sweat.[6] Meditation helps you clear your mind and reduce stress. Stress can be as toxic to your health as chemicals. A troubled mind can cause the physical body to function poorly.

3. Diet

Detoxifying your body is not only about what you avoid, but also about what you consume. Following a healthy diet can go a long way. There are also many foods that aid detoxification — garlic, lemon, broccoli sprouts, mung beans, and raw vegetables.

There are many diets that can help cleanse and detoxify your body. I personally follow and recommend a strict raw, organic, vegan diet, but there are other options if this isn’t for you. You could also try:

  • Raw/alkaline diet is a temporary cleanse consisting of consuming uncooked fruits and vegetables along with raw nuts, seeds, and sprouts. This diet helps detoxify your colon and liver.
  • Juicing involves drinking fresh juices made from fruits and vegetables. Remember to choose organic to avoid adding toxins to your body.
  • Kosher or Halal if desired or for reasons of belief

These are just a few of the many diet options.

4. Purify the Air You Breathe

Breathing clean air is another way to reduce your exposure to toxins. While you can’t control the whole environment, presumably you do have some control over your home and work areas.

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