Living in this modern world, eating the food we eat, drinking the water and breathing the air; we all take in chemicals and substances that were never intended to be in the human body. Since recorded history; we have been told that almost every culture had a process they used to cleanse their digestive systems. Religions and even cultures in general; down through the ages have recognized the benefits of using a cleanse or fasting to detoxify the body. From Native American vision quests to Yon Kipper, Ramadan and Lent, they are all used as a time of purification of both the body and also of the soul. Hippocrates was an advocate of temporarily suspending our normal eating habits for the benefit of healing the body. A cleanse can be a simple cleaning out of the digestive system or it can support the liver and kidneys. The liver is the body’s filter system; it filters out any chemicals, drugs, waste products from metabolism and sends them to the kidneys for elimination through our urine. It is important while doing a cleanse to drink plenty of water to more easily flush the impurities out of your system.
The list of chemicals we could have in our bodies are to numerous to mention; but here are a few; bisphenol-A (BPA), phthalates, PFOA, various parabens, colors,fragrances, formaldehyde, PDBE’s, and even heavy metals. These come from the houses we live in, the cars we drive, the foods we eat, the cleaning products we use, the personal care products we use, the water we drink and the air we breathe. Processed foods all have a list of ingredients we can not pronounce and we usually have no idea why it is in there. Alcohol, medications, and stimulants add to the load. These toxins can build up over time and can cause inflammation, impede critical bodily functions and even damage our DNA.
A cleanse is designed to take a load off of your overloaded systems; to allow them to come back with restored vigor and be more able to perform their jobs. To start a cleanse I would recommend a liver detoxifier or dandelion tea. If you are on prescription drugs you might be better to use the detoxifier; it works quicker. Now Liver Detoxifer and Regenerator has been recommended to me as being the most effective. You can also alkalize your diet by increasing your intake of vegetables and fruits that are high in the alkalizing minerals such a potassium, magnesium and calcium. Romaine, kale, skin on potatoes, bananas, dry beans and avocados are high in potassium. Green leafy vegetables such as kale, romaine and broccoli give you lots of magnesium. Calcium is supplied in abundance by kale, romaine, collard greens, broccoli and chard. You can print off a chart showing the alkalinity of most foods here.
A good brisk walk can get your lymphatic system moving, release built up toxins, restore circulation and improve immune response. Meditation can reduce stress, release pent-up emotions and release the associated toxins in your system. As I said earlier drink plenty of water, especially during a cleanse. There are many other things you can do to detoxify but this should get you to a good start.
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