DETOXIFICATION KEY TO GOOD HEALTH
Are you experiencing the following conditions?
Do I Need A Detox? What If I Choose To Maintain My
Current Lifestyle & Diet?
A growing body of research suggests that many of the chemicals
we ingest daily through food, water and air can be deposited in
fat cells in our bodies. The toxins also known as the "body
burden" which can further lead to illness and has been linked to
Eczema (severe dry and itchy skin condition)
hormonal imbalance, impaired immune function, nutritional
deficiency, an inefficient metabolism, indigestion, bad breath,
fatigue, poor skin, vision problem, muscle and joint aches,
reproductive disorders, neurological disorders (such as
Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, schizophrenia), diseases
The above complaints are not just exclusive to elderly or those
such as asthma and cancer, and many others.
who are unfit, but are frequently experienced by almost everyone now – even children!
A diet that lacks certain vital nutrients may also impair our
natural ability to detoxify chemicals, which further leads to their
Why Am I Having Some Of The Symptoms?
build-up in the body. So, taking in consideration of the many
contributing factors as mentioned and its health consequences, it
All of us have been exposed to high amount of man-made
is an advantage and in fact, a necessary procedure if you wish to
chemicals daily. Synthetic chemicals are everywhere – in the air
achieve good health and a clear mind. Cleansing your body of its
we breathe, food, drinking water, carpets, wall-paint, foam-filled
accumulated toxins is a great way to boost well-being. You will
furniture and household products. Smoking, drinking alcohol,
be surprised once you get back in touch with how good you can
eating processed and/or junk (low nutritional value) food, taking
medicines and covering ourselves with personal care products loaded with synthetic additives are contributing factors too. In
There’s So Many Detox Diet Out There… But How Do I
addition to external toxins, there are internal toxins such as
Know Which Is Good For Me?
ammonia that are produced by the breakdown of protein. With the excess toxins in our body, no wonder we may be having the above symptoms.
Detoxification needs energy and nutrients to kick-start in the
body. It is essential to have some kind of support to help cleanse
itself of impurities. Diets are very important and are usually the basis of any detox programme, whether it is herbs, cleansing enema or any other detox programmes.
Commonly known as “Detox” - it’s the body’s natural, ongoing process of neutralizing or eliminating toxins from the body. Toxins (anything that can potentially harm body tissue) are
Detox diets will generally eliminate trigger foods, which may
transformed chemically to less harmful compounds and excreted
cause many problems with digestion and elimination. Foods like
via liver, lung, kidney, skin and gastrointestinal tract.
wheat (glutens) and dairy (milk and cheese) are often the cause of allergies. Sugar is eliminated because it provides empty calories, whereas meats are eliminated due to they are difficult to
Each of us have the ability to metabolise (break down and get rid
digest and may contain hormones as well as antibiotics. Caffeine
of) foreign chemicals. How well we perform this complicated
and alcohol are wise to avoid, since they have many ill effects on
job depends on our genetic ability and on the extent of the
the body's digestion. Refined, processed and junk foods are also
environmental burden of chemicals challenging us. Although
out for any detox programme to work effectively.
nearly every cell has detoxification capabilities, those in the liver carry out a large amount of this activity.
Some general guideline on detox diets are as follow:
Another major part of the detoxification occurs in the lining of
They contain substantial amounts of vitamins that feed and
the gastrointestinal tract. Bad germs, food additives, pesticides
nourish the bowel and the liver, as well as other eliminative
and preservatives can affect the detoxification process. This is
organs. In addition, they provide a valuable source of
the reason as to why it’s important to pay attention to what’s in
enzymes since most vegetarian diets are eaten raw. The
your food in order to successfully detoxify the body.
elimination of meat from the diet for a short period enhances detoxification because meat is difficult to digest
and requires many enzymes for its digestion. Fiber, as contained in vegetables, fruits and bran of grains, is needed
to stimulate good bowel movement. Therefore, vegetarian
diets are cleansing diets and aid the body to get rid of
can help in our detox
• Minimize the amount of chemical ingested. Take food in its
natural form; raw and organic food are great choices.
The use of ANTIOXIDANTS, like vitamins A, E, C and pine
• Increase the consumption of food that provide vitamins,
bark extract, are very essential for detoxification, and without
nutrients and antioxidants that the body needs for
sufficient antioxidants, it will be seen as catastrophic to one's
health. Antioxidants play crucial role with helping cells to
• Increase food that contain high fibre and water. These can
neutralize free radicals that can cause mutations and cellular
improve the frequency of bowel movements and urination.
damage. When our antioxidants are low and energy is not
available, detoxification cannot take place. Therefore, toxins are
What Will I Be Experiencing During Detox?
stored until they can be processed. The liver and other organs
are compromised in their functions and thus lead to impaired
During detox, you may have some symptoms, or known as
‘healing crisis’. One of the most common healing crisis is headache within the first few days of starting the detox diet,
The body needs an adequate supply of ENZYMES, not only for
often due to caffeine withdrawal. For this reason, you may
digestion purpose, but also for detoxification. Enzymes are best
decrease the amount of caffeine prior to starting a detox diet.
obtained from fresh raw fruits and vegetables, but may be taken daily with meals as nutritional supplements of multi-digestive
Other detox symptoms include excessive diarrhea, which can
enzymes formula. Enzymes in food helps to digest that food, but
lead to dehydration and electrolytes loss. Constipation may
many food today are processed, refined, heated (cooked),
occur if people consume excess fiber without increasing their
radiated and stored, which destroy enzymes and leave it not
fluid intake. Other symptoms can include tiredness, irritability,
acne, weight loss, and hunger. However, these are short term, depending on the level of toxins accumulated in an individual.
Detoxification is essential for good health to exist. Good health
And when the healing crisis is over, most people often report
is not hard to find, but does require diligence and lifestyle
improved energy, clearer skin, regular bowel movements,
changes which are compatible with toxin elimination. With
improved digestion, and increased concentration and clarity, and
proper toxin elimination through natural detoxification
increased in overall wellbeing after a detox diet.
programmes, our health and energy can be restored.
How Often Should I Go For A Detox Diet?
It’s recommended to have at least once or twice a year to
improve health and reduce the risks of diseases.
“Cleansing your body of its accumulated
toxins is a great way to boost well-being.
You will be surprised once you get back
in touch with how good you can feel.”
How About Health Supplements Or Herbs For Detox?
Generic diets for detoxification are good, but may not stimulate the liver, lungs or the kidneys as much as one would like. Therefore, herbs or supplements are indicated when we want to cleanse to a "sharp edge" and be organ-specific.
HERBS provide one with vitamins, minerals and enzymes for excellent nutrition. Herbs are powerful, as they may be combined together to fortify each other to aid and nourish specific organs.
Our bowel flora (friendly bacteria) is also important for detoxification and normal intestinal health. It has been found that these normal flora actually defend our body from the disease-causing bacteria and perform many vital functions, such as detoxification of toxic chemicals and making valuable vitamins such as the B vitamins. Taking antibiotics would kill off the bad bacteria as well as the good ones. Replacing our natural flora is a good step for preventing disease and keeping our
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