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Friday, 02 January 2009 17:59

Detox: Reclaim Your Healthy Glow

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Have you tried a simple detox plan yet?  Following some basic body cleansing techniques with modifications in eating habits can improve your skin tone, reduce cellulite, slim the body and give you vitality and mental clarity.   

Detoxification doesn’t have to be a big deal. You don’t have to fast or take time off work to realize health and beauty benefits.  Of course you can take your cleanse to more serious levels, but the main thing is to make the decision and get started.  A short detoxifying program is generally safe; in fact, scientific studies show that a detox is beneficial for health.

Detoxifying is not recommended for nursing mothers, children, and patients with chronic degenerative diseases, cancer or tuberculosis. Consult your health care practitioner if you have questions about whether detoxing is right for you.

Below is a post on the subject by my sister Jeri Ross that takes some of the mystery out of detoxification.

What is detoxification?
Jeri Ross, MPH
Institut’ DERMed Health Educator

Detoxification is a natural approach for improving health and vitality that dates back thousands of years that was practiced in China and Ayurveda holistic healing arts in India.  By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding the body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health.  The practice assists the body to rebalance and renew the immune system and cleanse the blood.

Why is detox important?

To have a healthy body that functions optimally, it needs extra help from time to time. It is recommended that you do a detox once a year, kind of like spring cleaning. No matter how well we take care of ourselves, we still breathe in polluted air, bathe in chlorinated water, and take in chemicals from our environments.  It is estimated that modern society has more than 800 times the stressors and environmental pollutants than society pre-1900.    Over the years, toxins from the environment, processed foods, and foods with chemical additives accumulate in our bodies. While the liver, kidneys, sweat glands and lymph system work hard to rid your body of toxins, these detox systems can’t always keep up the pace.  

What are some of the benefits of a detoxification program?

•   Improves skin tone

•   Reduces Cellulite

•   Slims the body

•   Increases energy

•   Improves digestion

•   Improves circulation

The other significant benefit of a detox effort is that afterwards you not only feel better, but you are much more aware of those eating and drinking habits that may not be so good for you. This awareness can alter your lifestyle choices for a longer lasting change that better supports your health.

How do I get started?

A 7 day program is the usual time frame. There are detox packages you can purchase at health food stores that typically contain supplements to increase fiber, vitamins, herbs and minerals.   You can also design your own detoxification approach that includes some or all of the following:

•   Drink at least 2 liters of purified water per day to keep you skin hydrated and smooth. Water also helps to flush out toxins that have accumulated in your body over time.  This can include herbal teas that do not have caffeine.

•   Boost your fiber intake. Include high fiber foods such as brown rice and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.

•   Lower fat intake.  You may consider not eating dairy for the 7 days or eat very little low-fat dairy products.  No red meat.

•   Drink only fresh fruit and vegetable juices for 3 days for a more intensive cleanse.

•   Eliminate sugar completely.  It is also beneficial to eliminate simple carbohydrates such as breads and pasta. It’s just for a week!  If you have a sugar craving, eat a piece of fresh fruit or a raw carrot. Carrots are very sweet!

•   Eliminate coffee. This can be challenging if you are a coffee drinker. Especially the first couple of days.  Try a cup of hot tea with lemon to give you comfort. 

•   Eliminate alcohol. Alcohol will have negative affects on your liver. Since the liver is the bodies filter you want it working in top shape while you clean your system. 

•   Take vitamin C, which helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins.

•   Sweat in a sauna so your body can eliminate wastes through perspiration.

•   Dry-brush your skin with a natural bristle brush in upward circular motions before your bath or shower to stimulate lymphatic drainage and circulation. D

•   Do mild exercise like walking, stretching, yoga.

•   Think positive thoughts about your body and yourself for making the effort to be healthier. 

Sources

Detoxification (2005) Linda Page, N.D., Ph.D (Healthy Healing Publications)

Cellulite Solutions (2003) Helen Foster (Hamlyn Publishing)

7-Day Detox Miracle (2001) Stephen Barrie, N.D. Sara Faye (Crown Publishing)

Cellulite Revolution Six Steps to a New Body Ecology (1992) Leslie Kenton (Random House Publishing)