By: Cherry Cadle
In my last article, I mentioned that many of us practice some form of Alternative Medicine and don’t even realize it. I would like to clarify that Alternative Medicine is a broad category of different treatment systems such as Holistic Medicine, Naturopathy, homeopathy, herbal medicine, Chiropractic, and a host of others too many to mention.
Of these systems, I personally use a variety, but my area of focus is on Holistic Medicine. Holistic medicine emphasizes the need to look at the whole person, including analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, social, and spiritual and lifestyle values. Holistic medicine focuses on the education and responsibility involved in obtaining achievable balance and well being in one’s life. You are encouraged to research and see which one of these systems work best for you and your family.
Although all the aforementioned systems promise to create balance and well being in the individual, I personally believe that the field of Holistic Medicine accomplishes this best. On the road to this balanced state, Detoxification is a very important step that aids in the healing process from the many diseases that are caused by toxic buildup. In today’s world, many of us think of Detoxification as a way to purge our bodies of trapped environmental pollutants or drug residues. But in ancient times, it was used as a way to reconnect with the divine. Detoxification is becoming valued once again as a pathway to spirituality, as well as cleansing.
The lymphatic system which is made up of the kidneys, colon, and the skin can be considered as the body’s cleansing system and is sometimes referred to as the body’s sewer system. When the exits to the kidneys, colon and skin are blocked due to accumulated waste in our bodies, we are more prone to developing a wide array of diseases.
In addition, poor diet, pollution, chemicals in the food and products that we use and consume, mental, emotional and spiritual stressors such as isolation, loneliness, anger, jealousy and hostility, lack of exercise, medications, overweight, internal toxins such as bacteria, fungus and yeast inside our gut as well as hormonal and metabolic toxins, have all led to an increase of toxic build-up in our bodies. The body tries to expel these toxins through the skin, urine and stools, but when it becomes overloaded, these toxins stay in the body and can cause serious health problems.
The reality is that many of you probably have symptoms of chronic toxicity in your daily lives, but didn’t realize it. These are manifested as: FATIGUE, MUSCLE ACHES, JOINT PAIN, SINUS CONGESTION, POSTNASAL DRIP, EXCESSIVE SINUS PROBLEMS, HEADACHES, BLOATING, GAS, CONSTIPATION, DIARRHEA, FOUL SMELLING STOOLS, HEARTBURN, BAD BREATH, SLEEP PROBLEMS, DIFFICULTY CONCENTRATING, FOOD CRAVINGS, WATER RETENTION, TROUBLE LOSING WEIGHT, RASHES, SKIN PROBLEMS, ECZEMA, PSORIASIS, CANKER SORES, PUFFY DARK CIRCLES UNDER THE EYES, PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME AND OTHER MENSTRUAL DISORDER.
At this point you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the monumental battle your cells, tissues and organs are being faced with each day. Look in the mirror and see the results of this war: premature aging, Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, Insomnia, Heart Disease, Cancer, Arthritis, Digestive diseases such as Crohn’s disease, Ulcers, Colitis and so much more. Proper detoxification is so essential for your health; you need to start enhancing your body’s ability to detoxify TODAY.
There are many types of detoxification programs AVAILABLE: colon and bowel cleansing, bladder and kidney cleansing, lung and chest congestion cleansing, liver and organ cleansing, lymphatic cleansing, skin cleansing, blood cleansing and the list goes on and on. I suggest starting with a simple detox plan that may be obtained at any of your neighborhood health food stores. These cleanses may incorporate raw food diets, herbs, supplements, enzymes, infrared saunas, fasting, vegetable juices, herbal teas, colonics, enemas, exercises, massage and the list can also go on.
Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D., has made it simple for you. Here are ten simple steps to Enhance Detoxification
Drink Clean- Drink plenty of clean water, at least eight to ten glasses of filtered water a day.
Eliminate Properly- Keep your bowels moving, at least once or twice a day and if you can’t get moving, then you need some help. This can include taking two tablespoons of ground flax seeds and taking acidophilus (pro-biotic) and extra magnesium citrate.
Eat Clean- You should also eat organic produce and animal products to eliminate the toxins, hormones and antibiotics in your food.
Eat Detoxifying Food- You should eat 8-10 servings of colorful fruits and vegetables a day, particularly the family of the cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, collards, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, ) and the garlic family ( garlic and onions), which help increase sulfur in the body and help detoxification. Note 1 serving is equivalent to ½ cup.
Minimize Drugs- Avoid stimulants, sedatives, and drugs, such as caffeine and nicotine, and try to reduce alcohol intake.
Get Moving- Exercise five days a week with focus on conditioning your cardiovascular system (Heart), strengthening exercises, and stretching exercises.
Avoid the White Menace- This includes white flour and white sugar.
Sweat profusely at least three times a week, using a sauna, steam, or a detox bath (add about 2 quarts of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide to a tub of warm water).
Supplement- Take a high quality multivitamin and mineral supplement. Try to find one that is food based.
Relax- Relax deeply every day to get your nervous system in a state of calm, rest, and relaxation.
IF YOU HAVE ANY CHRONIC DISEASES OR PROBLEMS, YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT TAKING SUPPLEMENTS AND SHOULD CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR.
A detox plan cleans out waste deposits, so you aren’t running with a dirty engine or driving with the brakes on. After a cleanse, the body starts rebalancing, energy levels rise physically, psychologically and sexually, and creativity begins to expand. Soon you'll start feeling like a different person.
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