Why Detox?

Do you know you are exposed to more than 80,000 man-made toxins, chemicals and noxious substances everywhere you turn? No matter how hard you try, you cannot avoid toxic exposure. Toxins are so much more pervasive than you think.

The fact is that the inside of your house is more toxic than outside. Almost all modern conveniences and items you use without a second thought contain harmful chemicals.

Here is a list of some of these items:

  • Synthetic fabrics are petroleum based and processed with many chemicals.
  • Residue from pesticides are found in conventionally grown vegetables and fruits.
  • Conventionally raised meat and poultry contain pesticides from feed, plus antibiotics and hormones.
  • Fish are contaminated with dangerous levels of mercury.
  • Processed food is loaded with additives, preservatives and coloring.
  • Carpets and upholstery out-gas formaldehyde and other toxins.
  • Mattresses contain flame retardants by law –  those chemicals are neuro toxins.
  • Wrinkle-resistant, stain-resistant, drip-dry fabrics all have toxic finishes.
  • Food Cans are lined with plastic that leaches chemicals into the contents.
  • Plastic food containers, food packaging and wraps contain highly toxic phthalates and BPA.

There are many more countless items like the above which are part of your world and are source of toxins.

Toxins enter your body from the air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat. Toxins are silent killers and diseases are expressions of toxicity.

Your Body is a Detox Machine!

Your health depends on your body’s ability to eliminate toxins and waste from your cells, organs and bloodstream. Healthy cells automatically detoxify themselves. Detoxification is a natural process that never stops in your body. Toxic materials and substances for which your body has no use are continually neutralized and eliminated.

Here is a brief on how your natural system works:

1. Your Skin is your largest organ of elimination

One way that toxins leave your body is through perspiration. You have to make exercise part of your life during and after detoxing.

2. Your Lungs filter the air

Polluted air causes asthma, bronchitis and lung cancer. Studies have shown that parents who smoke increase the risk of their children developing asthma from their exposure to secondhand smoke.

Your lungs filter the air and your breath expels many contaminants when you exhale. The blood carries used and toxic gases to your lungs to be eliminated with each exhalation. If pollutants get stuck in your lungs, they enter your bloodstream and travel through your body causing damage and can overwork other filtering systems.

Breathing properly is an important part of detoxifying your body. You have to breathe deeply and fully to oxygenate your body and brain.

3. Your Bloodstream System

The pumping heart fuels the bloodstream which moves cellular waste to the liver, kidneys, bladder, bowel, skin and lungs for expulsion. Your bloodstream also delivers oxygen, nutrition, and hormones to the cells.

4. Your Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is a major component of the immune system. It helps the immune system by removing and destroying waste, debris, dead blood cells, pathogens, toxins, and cancer cells. It absorbs fat and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestive system and delivers these nutrients to the body’s cells. The lymphatic system removes excess fluid and waste products from the spaces between the cells.

The lymphatic system does not have a heart to pump it. Its movement depends on the motions of the muscle and joints. As the lymph fluid moves upward toward the neck, it passes through the lymph nodes, which filter it to remove waste and pathogens. That is why lymphatic massage is helpful in removing toxins from your body.

5. Your Liver is a Detox Plant

Your liver filters poisons in the bloodstream, neutralizes them and sends them on to the elimination organs. The toxins pass through the liver a few times, damaging cells until the liver can neutralize the contaminants. This extra strain reduces the liver’s ability to do other jobs. The results are high cholesterol, imbalanced hormones, unregulated blood sugar, and raised blood pressure.

A healthy liver will keep you clean inside. It is important to cleanse the liver before weight loss, because it will have to work overtime to filter the released toxins that have been stored in your fat cells.

6. Your Kidneys

The kidneys filter and recirculate blood to flush out waste. They need plenty of water to do the job. The color of urine is the first sign of dehydration. A well-hydrated body produces urine that is mostly clear with only a slight tinge of yellow. If your urine has a strong odor or is dark in color, you are not drinking enough water.

Water is a vehicle for detoxing. What you drink should not contribute to your toxic load. For the detox, you need to drink naturally distilled water.

7. Your Colon or Large Intestine

The colon receives solid waste from the rest of the body. Your large intestine, like your kidneys, needs to be properly hydrated and cleaned to work efficiently. When the colon is not doing its job, waste backs up into the bloodstream. To make up for the colon’s inability to expel the toxins, the liver, skin, kidneys and lungs have to work harder.

When dead materials back up in the colon, high levels of bacteria, viruses, molds and parasites feed on the waste matter which they break down. The immune system moves in to help with elimination. Histamine is released to expel the waste, producing coughing, sneezing, a runny nose and diarrhea. Your body becomes inflamed to kill off and remove the germs. That is your immune system at work. When your immune system is overwhelmed, disease sets in.

Keeping your colon clean and clear is a crucial element of good health. Along with drinking enough water, eating vegetables and fruits is crucial to bowel health.

Source: This article is based on the book “1 Pound a Day” by Roni DeLuz and James Hester and we strongly recommend you to read this book.

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