In our current times, there are a growing number of toxins in our food and living environment – toxic not only to our environment, but to our species. These toxins are in the meats we eat, the pesticides herbicides, fungicides and insecticides that are sprayed over and cover our plants, fruits and vegetables – poisoning our soils. And what about the good times – the alcohol we drink, the gluten we lovingly eat – the list continues!
All this, together with the general oxidizing toxins of life such as the trans fats we ingest in our foods, xenoestrogens we consume from within plastics, cigarette smoke, smog, industrial fumes and at the top of the list – life! Just living life with all its 21st Century stresses is so toxic- whack a poor diet on top of that and it’s any wonder we are all falling off our perch far too young!
All these toxins are a burden to our struggling bodies that have no idea they are living a 21st Century lifestyle, where fast foods, inflation, over-population, industrialisation and immunization are the way of life.
What struggles silently alone through it all? Our biggest detoxifying organ – our liver!
Detoxification, oxidation, antioxidants and free radicals! Huh!? is what most people would say to those words! If one doesn’t know what they are, how is one expected to truly grasp an understanding of how important antioxidants are or how detrimental oxidation is to good health?
Oxidation can initiate biological changes that can result in the formation of tumours, the hardening of arteries and heart disease, loss of skin elasticity, wrinkling, and organ failure.
Antioxidants oppose and help reduce oxidation – they are anti ageing and reduce all of the degenerative diseases. Oxidizing is a natural biological reaction within the body; however we need to prevent oxidation from happening as much as possible. This is why it is so important to get antioxidants into your diet – as often as you can, and in as many various forms as you can!
Detoxification is also aimed at eliminating parasites, fungus and bacteria from your gastro intestinal system. You will notice renewed energy a reduction in bloating and gas that was previously caused by the dysbiosis of your internal micro flora. Re-inoculating your intestine with good micro flora will significantly increase your immune system, reduce your incidence of viruses and increase your ability to absorb nutrients, hence leaving you feeling energised! Ultimately, that is what we all want – ENERGY!
During a detox, dairy, meat, grains, sugar, coffee and yeast are out. And the liver-inflamingly obvious alcohol and recreational drugs are also included in your list of no-goes! So, prepare yourself mentally – it may seem like a long time, however the time will pass – whether you achieve your detox goal or not, the time will still pass – so stick with it!
It may seem hard to restrict the foods you are most probably “addicted” to. We often describe these foods as the foods we “love”. Actually you don’t love them – you are addicted! All the more reason to kick the insatiable habit of food addictions with a detox now!
Detox can be difficult in the first few days but exhilaratingly rewarding when you start to buzz with what it feels like to be clean and running on all cylinders.
Detoxing your body efficiently and correctly is a combination of timed metabolic phases through various organs. You are best to speak to a Nutritionist or Naturopath for an individual detoxification program that will best suit your current health status.