Are you concerned about the effects toxins can have on your health?
If not, you should be.
With overeating, lack of exercise, and pollution on the rise, your body is at risk for toxin build-up. Toxins can enter your system through your diet and environment, sapping your energy and spreading disease. Today more than ever, detoxing is essential.
But with the right diet, exercise and natural remedies, you can keep your body toxin-free.
But Wait: What Toxins?
Before we get into how to detox, you need to know why detoxing is so necessary for good health – and thus, what kinds of toxins are probably in your body. And sorry, folks – there probably are some traveling around in your body, doing damage as you’re reading this sentence.
In fact, there are many different toxins that may be floating around your body right now, acting alone or reacting with others. It isn’t necessary, though, to understand every toxin and its effects. In fact, all toxins can be put into one of two groups: colloidal and crystalline wastes.
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1. Colloidal Wastes
Colloidal wastes do not have a definite form, and they are soft and malleable.
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Colloidal wastes, such as phlegm, are responsible for illnesses such as bronchitis, oozing eczemas, acne, varicose veins, and cellulites, and are eliminated by the liver, the sebaceous glands and the respiratory tract. Really, anything gross happening with your body often is related to colloidal wastes.
2. Crystalline Wastes
Crystals are hard, firm, and often sharp, which gives them an “irritating” quality – for example, grit in the joints. Crystals trigger ailments such as dry eczemas, itching, arthritis, tendonitis and neuritis.
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Crystals are eliminated by the kidneys and the sweat glands. If you’re suffering from crystal buildup, you should stimulate your kidneys by drinking more fluids.
When you identify which of the two kinds of toxins your organs are affected with, you can pick the best treatment.
Why You Need to Detox
Followers of natural medicine believe that most of our health problems stem from dietary and environmental toxins. These chemicals can cause blood clots, organ failures, and inflammation, lowering our energy levels and resistance.
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Detox therapy can clean the “grit” from your “organic motor,” healing and fending off diseases while lowering your risk for infections. It also helps you to maintain high energy levels and a healthy weight, raising the quality and length of your life.
If you want to be toxin-free, go straight to the source. Toxins are often found in food; carbohydrates and fats produce colloidal wastes, and proteins and acids produce crystalline wastes. By cutting back on certain foods, you can reduce your risk for toxic buildup.
The best way to cleanse your body is to stimulate your liver, intestines, kidneys, skin, and lungs. These organs remove waste from your blood. Taking care of these organs will help rid the body of many wastes, bringing it back to health. Here are some steps to start.
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4 Steps to Detox
1. Drink 2.5 to 3 litres of water or herbal tea (without sweetener) a day to carry the toxins out of your body
2. Drink an infusion of dandelion or rosemary tea 3 times a day to stimulate your liver to eliminate the colloidal toxins
3. Drink an infusion of heather or bearberry tea 3 times a day to stimulate your kidneys to eliminate crystalline toxins
4. Jog one hour, 3 times a week to sweat your crystal toxins out
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By eating well, exercising, and detoxing on a regular basis, you can stay clean and healthy. Get the most out of your body; keep it toxin-free.
Christopher Vasey is a naturopath and author of Optimal Detox.
Originally published in August of 2013. Updated in July of 2014.