March 2, 2017
In the world we live in today it is impossible to avoid being exposed to toxins. Whether it is environmental toxins (air pollution) or from toxins we consume through smoking, alcohol, medicines, drug use or even from eating processed foods. Some of the symptoms of toxins in our body are feeling tired, sluggish or even out of whack. One way of combating these symptoms and removing toxins from our bodies is to do a Cleanse.
Detoxification is the body’s way of eliminating toxins from cells, organs and the bloodstream. Our liver, kidneys and colon work hard to eliminate or neutralize toxins. This process can be very taxing for our organs and if they are constantly overworked it may lead to more concerning health issues. It is recommended that a person cleanses every six months. Spring (after Easter) and Fall (after Thanks-giving) are usually great times to do a cleanse. Individuals who feel they have a larger toxin load may even do a cleanse every four months.
There are many types of cleanses that a person could do to remove toxins from their bodies and to help reboot their organs. Some cleanses are as simple as drinking a glass of herbal tea. Others are a bit more complex and require dietary restrictions as well as taking a mixture of herbs which will help the body to release and remove any toxins. Depending on the cleanse you choose to do it could last anywhere from 7 to 30 days.
Detoxing by doing some form of cleansing is a great way to clean out your body and help with improving your organ function. After completing a cleanse you may have increased energy, feel lighter (weigh less), have better digestion, increased vitality and improved immunity.
To help round-out your cleanse try to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into your daily routine. Eating a balanced diet with 5 – 10 servings of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein will do wonders for your body. Including a probiotic (to help replenish healthy gut bacteria) is another great way to help your body to function properly. Relaxation techniques are important too. Some techniques to try may include a massage, a sauna, an aromatherapy bath, deep breathing exercises or even a simple walk could help to improve the way you feel.
This past fall I completed a 12 day detox. I have to admit the first 3 days were not very pleasant. I did survive, lost some weight and enjoyed the success of finishing. A detox can be challenging but the rewards at the end are what make the whole process worthwhile.
Jennifer B.H.Ecol. (Foods & Nutrition)
Natural Choice Advisor, Crowfoot
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