Natural cleansing is about ridding your body of toxins.
By definition a toxin is something that interferes with normal physiology and negatively impacts normal bodily function. And studies now show that every person living today carries measurable levels of several hundred synthetic chemicals and toxins, many of these are fat soluble, and end up being stored in our fat.
Toxins, when left in the body, cause irritation and damage to existing cells.
In an attempt to buffer the impact of these toxins, cells trap these toxins and coat them in mucous, creating inflammation. Today it is recognized that inflammation is a primary cause of disease, including the cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and immune disorders.
So the goal of an all natural body cleanse is to rid your body of both toxins and inflammation.
The role of Chinese medicine
According to Chinese Medicine a key component to staying healthy is to flush harmful toxins from your body.
To accomplish this dietary changes and herbal remedies are used to assist your body to detoxify. In fact, it’s a good idea to cleanse your system about once a year. And if you have been struggling with illness it may be helpful to detoxify more often.
Why filtered water?
Because 70% of our body is made up of water, it is SO important to drink clean, filtered, slightly alkaline water.
In fact, a recent study showed that millions of Americans drink water that is contaminated with Anti-depressants, hormones, heart medications, and other prescription and over the counter drugs. In light of this finding it has never been more important to filter your water.
If you can afford an expensive filter system that would be best. However, even a simple Brita system will help.
Toxins and your digestive system
Interestingly, both health and disease start in the intestines.
The intestines are responsible for all of our nutrient absorption as well as our first line of defense. Because of exposure to toxins from foods we eat, chemicals in our food, air we breathe, water we drink, much of the healthy bacteria, necessary for healthy bowel function is destroyed, leaving people with unhealthy bacteria running rampant resulting in overgrowth of yeast and mucous.
Common offenders include:
- color additives
- and alcohol
This causes our Gut Associated Lymphatic Tissue (GALT) to become coated in mucous, creating a constant immune response. Long term this can result in auto-immune disease where the body starts attacking itself because it is in a state of constant high alert.
This is why intestinal cleansing is so important.
What I also find interesting is that 80% – 90% of our serotonin is manufactured by the nerve cells in our gut. When the gut becomes coated in mucous these nerve cells no longer function properly, and serotonin production decreases dramatically. It is no wonder that depression is on the rise in our country and that anti-depressants are one of the most highly prescribed drugs.
I believe one of the best steps in eliminating depression is natural cleansing to clean up the gut.
Another interesting presentation of the gut is skin issues.
Every single time a patient comes to me with a skin rash I work with the gut. Examples would include eczema, psoriasis, and hives. When I work with the gut, skin issues resolve or greatly improve in most every case.
For most people, within the first week they are feeling much better. They have done their initial toxin dump and their symptoms are gone or greatly decreased. And some people experience detox symptoms like headaches, malaise, and body aches.
By week two you should feel much better.
Stay with it and you will rid your body of many of the toxins that can deeply impact your health.
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