To detox, or not to detox, that is the question!
This seems like a simple question, and to some it may be, but for myself and my clients, it is a loaded question.
Doing a proper detoxification of our physical body requires a lot of self knowledge and understanding about how the physical digestive body really functions. Our digestive system is one of the largest organization in our physical body and requires an incredible amount of effort to maintain. Yet, it is often the one we ignore the most.
We quite literally take our digestion for granted. Unless there is an obvious pain or problem, we tend to ignore our whole digestive system. When there is a problem, we only focus on that one little area, instead of recognizing how interconnected it is.
Digestion is about the proper intake of the external. We choose, breakdown/digest, absorb, assimilate utilize and excrete all in one seamless, unconscious fashion. How well though, are we choosing, absorbing and assimilating?
The vast majority of people in today’s world are deficient in one or more of these areas by the time they hit twenty years of age. This is mainly due to improper food choices and toxic overload. If you are one of the many who had your appendix removed in your youth, then that is a good indicator that your diet early on was already improper and toxic. The appendix’s job is to capture and filter toxins from our digestive system so that we do not become overloaded. Without an appendix the is now one less filter in your system.
As one organ becomes overloaded, then another one needs to take on more work, which will eventually lead to its exhaustion, and so on. As you can well imagine, this is how chronic long term problems begin and are maintained because we can not survive properly without our digestive system functioning optimally!
It always amazes me how many people have their gallbladders removed by the time they are thirty. When there is a far more effective way to keep all our organs intact and functioning at their optimum. Detoxification is the key.
As a kid, I was severally hypoglycemic and had a lot of relatives die from complications of diabetes. I was tested quite often. My health had worsened by the time I was a teenager, and a decision was made to look for alternatives to my health issues. I began to work with a naturopath, who recommended serious changes in our food choices. A lot of digestive support ensued, like enzymes, minerals, nutrient rich supplements, colonics and strict detoxification programs.
It was no easy task to completely change the way I prepared and consumed food, but the result’s where fantastic. My energy and level of physical health skyrocketed. Detoxing annually became the norm, along with making highly self-educated food choices. Many years later, when I became a Wholistic Physician, this question took on a whole new light. When is the right time to detox, what type of detox, how long, etc.
Detox programs seemed to be cropping up everywhere and people where more willing to try them. However, one of the problems I was discovering was that if improperly done, done at the wrong time or for the wrong reasons was leading people to develop more problems.
So how do you know if a detoxification program is right for you?
Well, I believe everyone should work their way up to a full detox, gently. Whether you are an old hat at it or not. Starting in a simplistic fashion will ensure that your body can eliminate the toxins properly.
The only time you should NOT do a detoxification program is if you are severely suffering from an acute illness or have serious long term health problems. In these cases, it is best to first find a more wholistic approach to getting your symptoms under control and your life force more supported!
This week is Step 1. of a successful detox program.
Beginning this week, reduce your intake of all processed foods, sugar of any sort (even most fruit) and dairy products. Eat more fresh and raw or lightly cooked vegetables, light meats, whole grains like brown rice, lentils, beans, nuts and seeds.
Each morning begin your day with an 8 oz glass of purified, warm water infused with the juice of a half a lemon.
Be sure to take at least one probiotic capsule with a minimum of 50 billion, to ensure your bowels are balanced and working at their optimum.
These steps may look simple, but trust me they are not. Just try to do your best and your body will thank you for it!
Next week we will move on to Step 2, of a successful detox program.
Be sure to check out this weeks video that goes along with this theme.
In True Resonant Health,