Detoxification: What It Is, Why It Is Important, And How To DetoxifyPosted on 17 Sep 18:26 by Diana N Ahuche
Detoxification is the process of systematically neutralizing and eliminating toxins from the body/blood.
Currently people are exposed to chemicals in far greater concentrations and types than previous generations due to increased industrial chemicals, pesticides in foods, food additives, heavy metals, food preservatives, pharmaceutical drugs, illegal drugs, cleaning supplies, beauty products, cosmetics, and radiation.
As the earth is becoming more and more polluted, the body is becoming a filter that “traps” and stores these pollutants. Most drinking water contains over seven hundred chemicals, including excessive levels of lead as reported in Our Toxic Times (Dec, 1992). “The current level of chemicals in food and water supply and the indoor and outdoor environment has lowered our threshold of resistance to disease and has altered our body’s metabolism, causing enzyme dysfunction, nutritional deficiencies, and hormonal imbalances,” says Marshall Mandell, M.D., head of the field of bioecologic medicine. “A body with a healthy immune system, efficient organs of elimination and detoxification, and a sound circulatory and nervous system can handle a great deal of toxicity,” says Leon Chaitow, N.D., D.O., of London, England. “But if they have been damaged from chronic exposure to environmental pollutants, restoring these functions, organs, and systems can be accomplished only through detoxification therapies, including fasting, chelation, and nutritional, herbal, and homeopathic methods, which accelerate the body’s own natural cleansing processes.
Restoring your body and your health and to preserve them starts with commitment to constant detoxification.
Detoxification gets a bit complicated. You have to know what substances, what part of the body or organ, and effective methods to use to detoxify them thoroughly.
There is a complex process and a basic process. For a complex and thorough detox, laboratory tests are done that involve analysis of stool, urine, blood or liver function, as well as hair to determine toxicity level and to detoxify them correctly. For basic detoxification, there are available effective methods simple as adding detoxification treatments to your drinking water and juices. Such detox treatments are parsley, spirulina, ginger, lemon, turmeric,dandelion root powder, moringa leaves powder, moringa seed powder/oil, etc.
Radiation is another big environmental threat that's wrecking havoc in recent years. Radiation from electronic gadgets, laptop, cell phone, smart television, microwave, to chemical sprays in the sky do take a toll on human biological functions and vitality of life. Radiation drains our energy, suppresses our mental clarity/functions and ability to think creatively, interferes with our immune defense among many other unacceptable effects.
Knowing these things and working with them will ensure you healthier, fuller, and even longer life. Your lifestyle and where you live can determine your level of exposure to radiation and other health-damaging environmental toxins, so you will need to take more precautionary measures to block or neutralize radiation waves from coming through or cancelled out.
Effective and Proven Forms of Detoxification
Several forms of detoxification are currently available. From fasting and specific diets to vitamin therapy, chelation (therapy that involves the intravenous infusion to remove toxins in the bloodstream) therapy, and colon therapy. Seek professional advice when choosing these detoxification programs.
Fasting and Diets
Fasting programs and specific dietary plans are some of the easiest, inexpensive, and effective methods of detoxification. They involve as little as enough to buy healthy food options. The results depend on the patient and the length of the fasting and diet detoxification protocol.
There are two basic types of fasts, water and juice.
Juice Fasting: Evarts G. Loomis, M.D., co-founder of American Holistic Medical Association and founder Meadowlark, America’s first live-in health and growth retreat, recommends vegetable juices in equal parts of (carrot diluted with water 1:1 and celery) for detoxification. Green vegetables such as green beans, zucchini, watercress, and parsley can be added. Dr. Loomis, also prescribes a “detoxification cocktail” that combines garlic, lemon juice, grapefruit, and olive oil for juice detoxing program. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, this cocktail is given at bedtime between 11:00 P.M. and 1:00 P.M.
Alkaline-Detoxification Diet: This three- to four–week plan, developed by Dr. Hass, helps to detoxify the body tissues of protein and acid wastes that can create inflammation and degenerative changes. Dr. Haas notes that “This diet plan is a gentle and safe way to detoxify,” “and can also help to reduce weight, increase vitality, and promote healing.” Dr. Haas adds that when foods oxidize in the body, they leave a residue. If the foods are acidic , they leave an acidic residue such as acidic ash, phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine, or uncombusted radicals, which are damaging to the body. This diet essentially consists of fruit and vegetable - mostly vegetables, plus fresh sprouts and millet. This diet focuses on particular eating principles, including chewing thirty to fifty times per mouthful (count how many times you chew a mouthful next time you chew, you will be amazed), drinking clean water plus the steamed vegetable water. It is advised to eat all the listed before 6:30 P.M.
Here are some guidelines recommended by Elson Haas, M.D., Director of the Marin Clinic of Preventive Medicine and Health Education in San Rafael, California:
- Take your time and chew very well.
- Relax for a few minutes before and after meal.
- Eat sitting in a comfortable position.
- Eat primarily some fresh greens and steamed vegetables.
- Have only herbal teas before and after dinner
- (I add... take small bits)
Caution - You may feel a little weak or have a few symptoms the first couple of days of this alkaline-detox-diet, but it will pass Dr. Haas points out. “Clarity and feeling of well-being should appear by day three or four, if not before. If during this diet, you start to feel weak or hungry, assess your water intake and elimination; if needed, you can eat a small portion if protein food (three to four ounces) in the mid afternoon. This could be fish; free-range organic chicken; or some beans, such as lentils, garbanzos, mung, or black beans.” Remember that even in a clean and healthy body; the full effects of an alkaline diet do not begin to be felt for five to seven days.
Morning (upon arising): Two glasses of water (filtered , spring, or reverse osmosis) - one of these mixed with half spoonful juice of fresh lemon. After a little stretching, have one serving of a fresh fruit such as apple, pear, banana, grapes or citrus. Fifteen to thirty minutes later, eat one bowl of cooked whole grains -specially millet, brown rice, amaranth, quinoa, or buckwheat.
Lunch (12:00-1:00 P.M.) and dinner (5:00-6:00 P.M.): One to two medium bowls of steamed vegetables; use a variety, including roots, stems, and greens. A seasoning- "better butter"- can be made by mixing a half cup of cold-pressed canola oil into a soft (room temperature) half-pound of butter; then place in dish and refrigerate. Use about one teaspoon per meal or a maximum of three teaspoons daily.
11:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.: One to two cups of vegetable water, from steamed vegetables. Add a pinch of Sea salt or Himalayan salt with kelp and drink slowly, mixing each mouthful well with saliva.
Evening: Herbal teas- peppermint, chamomile, pau d'arco, or blends.
Colonic irrigation is one of the most effective and proven ways to cleanse the large intestine of accumulated toxins and waste products. It functions to pull toxins from the blood and lymph back into the colon for excretion. With the assistance of a trained professional and a colonic machine, purified water (which may contain herbs, vitamins, friendly bacteria, or oxygen) is applied directly into the rectum. Colon therapy can be combined with massage, nutritional programs, and special diets to facilitate bowel cleanse and aid in the treatment of parasitic infections.
Vitamin C Therapy
Every year, more and more scientific studies prove that vitamin C is important in healing and maintaining good health. Exposure to toxins like lead and environmental pollutants can deplete a person’s vitamin C stores. Evidence also show that vitamin C deficiency can jeopardize the body’s natural detoxification process.
As a detoxification agent, vitamin C binds with certain toxins in the body and then destroys them, Schnare, D. W., Medical Hypotheses (1982).
In chelation therapy, a synthetic amino acid know as EDTA (ethylenediamintetis raacetic acid) is administered intravenously and binds with various toxic metals in the blood, including lead, cadmium, and aluminum. Although chelation therapy is primarily used to treat cases of lead poisoning, many doctors found out that EDTA effectively remove calcium and plaque build up in the walls of arteries in atherosclerosis, a major cause of one the leading cause of death, heart disease.
Hyperthermia (Heat Stress Detoxification-Saunas)
Hyperthermia is the only detoxification program that has proven successful in removing fat-stored toxins from the body, according to Zane Gard, M.D., and Erma Brown, P.H.N. “Heat stress” Dr. Gard says “can also remove calcium deposits from the blood vessels and break down scar tissue from their walls.” Other studies demonstrate that hyperthermia can remove chemicals such as DDE ( a metabolite of DDT), PCB's (polychlorinated biphenyls), and dioxin ( a group of chemically-related compounds that are persistent environmental pollutants that accumulate in the food chain, mainly in the fatty tissue of animals) from fat cells.
According to Dr. Gard, other studies show that hyperthermia (the condition of having a body temperature highly above normal), can have a serious negative effect on several body systems such as cardiovascular, endocrine, neurological, neuromuscular, bronchopulmonary, blood, skin, and immune.
Hyperthermia can be combined with other detoxification therapies to enhance the effect of the therapies. However, proper medical supervision and laboratory evaluations are necessary because removing certain toxins from the body can have potential adverse effect on the body.
The Biotoxic Reduction (BTR) Program:
The BioToxic Reduction (BTR) Program created by Drs. Gard and Brown is a medically managed detoxification program designed to reduce the body's internal "toxic load" of chemicals, heavy metals, medical drugs, street drugs, and alcohol.
Prior to starting the BTR detoxification program, it is necessary to have a complete evaluation by a physician. This includes a physical examination, health survey, immunologic profile, and heavy metal analysis, as well as the usual CBC (complete blood count), blood chemistry panel, EKG (electrocardiogram) readings, and personality and perception testing. Throughout the program, the patient meets weekly with the physician and has additional laboratory follow-up if needed. Anyone with a heart condition or prone to it needs to have frequent EKG monitoring and an authorization from a cardiologist to undergo BTR detoxification.
The BTR program should be undertaken for a minimum of two weeks, tailored to each patient and adjusted daily. It begins with therapeutic doses of vitamins, minerals, and oils, given in conjunction with exercise and dry sauna heat. The regimen consists of the following components:
- Daily doses of niacin
- Daily exercise routine prior to entering the sauna
- Sauna "sweat out"
- Daily nutritional supplementation including replacement vitamins, minerals, trace elements, oil, and amino acids
- Pre-and post-program blood chemical analysis.
Drs. Gard and Brown note that most patients notice increased energy and mental clarity, and that many also report a decrease in body aches and pains, positive changes in hearing and vision, and some positive changes in the texture of hair and skin. Most patients experience greater emotional stability and an overall sense of well-being.
Exercise, adequate intake of fluid, and proper breathing are emphasized throughout this program. "But, "Dr. Gard says, "it takes more than proper exercise and increased water intake to rid the body of the additional circulating toxins. We employ lymphatic massage at least three times weekly, and frequently give an intravenous infusion of five hundred millimeters of Lactated Ringers (a solution compatible with blood) with vitamin C, B-complex, and electrolytes."
Benefits of Detoxification
“I believe that the process of detoxification through special cleansing diets as well as juice and water fasts is the missing link to rejuvenating the body and preventing such chronic diseases as cancer, cardiovascular problems, arthritis, diabetes, and obesity,” says Elson Haas, M.D., Director of the Marin Clinic of Preventive Medicine and Health Education in San Rafael, California, “The modern diet with excess animal proteins, fats, caffeine, alcohol, and chemicals inhibits the optimum function of our cells and tissues. The cleansing of toxins and waste products will restore optimum function and vitality.”
Undertaking some detoxifying methods periodically will help to clear out dead cells, which occurs periodically and to revitalize the body's natural functions and healing capacities.
Dr. Haas pointed out that along with greater mental clarity, the most important and longest lasting effect of detoxification therapy is the reduction of stress on the immune system. Other great benefits that come from a good detoxification therapy or protocol include increased vitality, reduced blood pressure and blood fats (i.e. cholesterol and triglycerides), and an improved assimilation of vitamins and minerals in the body systems.
Detoxification is an instrument needed to maintain the normal function and integrity of the intestinal flora, and can enhance the natural ability of the body to resist infections, allergies, and skin disorders. Most people will feel mentally and physically rejuvenated after detoxification therapy, with a corresponding reduction in symptoms and disease.
Benefits of detoxification extends to restoring emotional balance (good mood), better sleep quality, stronger respiratory functions, reduced inflammation pain and occurrences, increase energy level, decrease constipation occurrences, combat lethargy (a lack of energy and enthusiasm) and so much more.
Tips to Promote Detoxification Therapy
When undergoing a detoxification protocol it is important to follow the following steps to facilitate the process.
-Abstain from what you are detoxifying from (for example, abstain from alcohol or smoking when detoxing from them)
- Use potent detoxifying herbs, spices, teas specific to the particular toxins and the body part you are working on to effectively cleanse
- Eat cleaner healthier foods and drinking cleaner water
- Incorporate quality nutritional supplements and isolated compounds for deeper detoxing and repairing
-Refuel the body with enough nutrients like superfoods, which are super rich in nutritional and medicinal benefits.
Other ways to properly detox:
- Hydrotherapy such as Epsom, Himalayan, Dead Sea, or Celtic salt baths with other detoxifying agents like orange peel
- Skin scrubbing (all over the body), to stimulate toxins to come out tissues and lymphatic system while initiating circulation of blood and oxygen
-Stretching and exercising
-Sauna and sunlight can help heat up the body and speed up detoxification through sweating
What To Do After Detoxing
Restoration of damaged organs and the entire body systems is a good measure after detoxification. After detoxifying the body and organs, it is extremely important to restore them so that the damages done can be healed and the particular body part restored back to a healthy. For example, feed the brain or liver with brain or liver promoting foods and supplements to restore it back to good standing after detoxifying them.
Follow these steps to restore:
Consume superfoods, which have large amounts of nutrients in high volume, super herbs and spices, which generally heal and restore the body, micronutrients, unlike macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat), are comprised of vitamins and microminerals that play crucial roles in the growth and development of human body. Include each of these food groups vegetables, fruits, legumes/beans, lean meats, diary, grains, tubers, nuts/seeds, and seafood in your regular diet to help restore the body prevent further damage. Use isolated organic compounds that can speed up restoration and quality nutritional supplements, which promotes overall restoration and health.
Maintaining overall good health and well-being after detoxification and restoration is the next step to follow. Try your best to consume superfoods, which have large amounts of nutrients in high volume, super herbs and spices, which generally help to maintain and boost the body. Include each of five these food groups vegetables, fruits, legumes/beans, lean meats, diary, grains, tubers, nuts/seeds, and seafood in your regular diet to help maintain optimal health and well-being now and in the years ahead.
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