To detoxify means to rid something of toxins-which are harmful substances to the body. Detoxification has become necessary in our time because we tend to eat such a wide variety of dishes, ice-creams, smoothies, fizzy drinks and so on, inhale an array of fumes and gases and come into contact with so many chemicals.
Detoxification involves cleansing and resting the body from inside out. It is also important to note that feeding the body with healthy nutrients is part of the detoxification process. A body devoid of toxins is protected from disease and constantly has a renewed and improved ability to maintain optimum health.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The body, by its own make, removes impurities from the blood with the help of the liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, the lymphatic system and the skin. A detoxification program can help the natural cleansing process by:
- Resting the organs by fasting
- Stimulating the liver to eliminate the toxins
- Promoting elimination through intestines, kidneys and skin
- Refueling the body with healthy nutrients
IS DETOXIFICATION NECESSARY?
Everyone should detox at least once a year. Caution should however be taken when it comes to nursing mothers, children and patients with chronic degenerative diseases, cancer and tuberculosis. A healthcare practitioner should be consulted in these situations.
Detoxification is recommended for symptoms like unexplained fatigue, irritated skin, allergies, low-grade infection, puffy eyes, bloating and mental confusion.
WHERE TO BEGIN?
Lighten up the toxin load: Stop consuming alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats all of which act as toxins and serve as obstacles in the healing process. The use of chemical based household cleaning and healthcare products should be minimized and substituted with natural alternatives.
Another major barrier to good health is stress. It triggers a surge of hormones that enable one power through an unwanted situation but give rise to stratospheric levels of toxins. Yoga and meditation are effective ways to reset your physical and mental reactions to the inevitable stress life will bring.
Note that it takes time for the body to clean the blood.
What goes into the body should be devoid of toxins. A strict raw, organic vegan diet is strongly recommended. Another alternative is raw alkaline diet-a temporary cleanse consisting of uncooked fruits and vegetables and raw nuts, seeds and sprouts. Juice diets are also helpful but should be centered on consuming freshly made fruits and or vegetable juice.
SUPPLEMENTAL LIFE PRACTICES
- Plenty of fibre, including brown rice and organically grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Cabbage, broccoli, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.
- Herbs like dandelion root and milk thistle as well as green tea, cleanse and protect the liver.
- Take vitamin C, which helps produce glutathione-a compound that drives away toxins.
- Drink at least 2 litres of water every day.
- Practice hydrotherapy by taking a very hot shower for five minutes; follow with cold water for 30 seconds. Do this three times.
- Sweat in a sauna so your body would be able to eliminate waste through perspiration.
- Try foot baths to remove toxins through your pores.
Remember that detoxification goes a long way to prevent about 60% to 70% of chronic diseases, makes one feel generally healthy and increases both professional and social productivity.
Dr. Kelvin Akoto Gyamera
Source: Glitz Africa Magazine Issue 18