For years, I associated the word “detox” with substance abuse to drugs or alcohol and the need to “detox” to get clean.
My beliefs came from the many years of underwriting life insurance applications and seeing the term used in physician records.
But, it’s not just just about alcohol or drugs.
Detoxification (detox for short) is the physical or homeopathic removal of toxic substances from the body.
These substances pass through the liver.
And according to the good ole medical dictionary, detoxification is a widely used treatment in alternative medicine to rid the body of toxic buildup that can cause illness.
Thus, removing toxins and avoiding new ones is essential for healthy healing!
But how do toxins enter the body in the first place?
Toxins are everywhere
There are several ways for toxins to enter the body.
Environmental exposure can come from chemical fumes, road construction, and smoke entering your car when your windows are down.
Second-hand cigarette smoke from a stranger nearby is a form of exposure. Although this one is less prominent today smoking is banned in most public spaces in the U.S.
Fumes coming from the products you use everyday, may be toxic. Such as paint products, highlighter pens, sprays, and unknown substances that burn while cooking.
Manufacturing companies can release fumes into the air, and we can also breathe other random fumes without realizing it.
Consumption of toxins may come through processed foods and food preservatives, drinking water, and agricultural pesticides.
And we can be exposed to parasites and worms from pets, walking barefoot, and improper food preparation and cooking.
We can overuse medication and supplements.
All of these factors can hurt your body.
What are the positive effects of doing a detox?
Creating a healthier body to absorb nutrients more effectively is a positive result of doing a detox.
Another benefit is improving your mood and digestion and creating healthy bowel movements to relieve constipation and bloating.
On average, a person has 25 pounds of undigested food, mucus, bacteria, and dead cells in the colon, just waiting to be released.
These 25 pounds come from high-fat diets, artificially flavored foods, artificially colored foods, and foods loaded with preservatives.
The positive benefits of detoxing can include:
Other benefits include a clear mind and improved focus.
When the physical body becomes detoxified, the mind becomes clear to think and engage in mental activity better.
Another benefit of a detoxification process is that your organs will be cleaner.
When you consider the colon, kidneys, liver, and other organs, do the rigorous work day in and day out so you can live.
Doing a periodic detox can make all of your organs cleaner so they can function correctly.
How does detoxing work?
There are several ways to do a detox.
Some promote a total body detox as a sure-fire way to cleanse the body of impurities and substances.
This kind of detox usually involves cleansing the colon, kidneys, lungs, digestive, and respiratory systems – the whole body.
A whole body detox can be accomplished by eating whole and unprocessed foods, to juices and teas to specialized supplements or pharmaceuticals.
The key is finding a natural process that is easy to prepare and consume.
And preferably, the process includes a plan to improve your eating habits permanently.
What about you. What are your beliefs on detoxing?
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