Do you need a Detox?
The subject of detoxing has gained in popularity over the last thirty years or so. Some people may think it is just a passing fad, but in fact there is a lot of common sense behind it and its roots in history are actually thousands of years old.
Many cultures have historically recommended various kinds of detoxing including fasting to help replenish the spirit, to drinking various formulations to purge poisons from the body.
When we think of toxins in our bodies, we often think of them as causing just terrible diseases such as radiation or chemical poisoning. But there are a whole range of toxicity levels which can affect you in varying degrees.
Toxins can cause annoying problems with the gut, kidneys, liver or contribute towards things such as weight gain, skin problems, irritability, low energy levels and trouble sleeping etc. In fact many things that aren't typically associated with toxins or harmful chemicals in the body. So how do you know when you need to detox your body?
Before deciding whether or not you need to detox your body, take a good look at how you feel. Some of the things that indicate you have toxins in your system are as follows:
- Bad digestion
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Excess weight
- Food allergies
- Bad breath
- Acid reflux
- Parasites (you might see them in your stools if you look close enough!)
- Trouble sleeping
- Frequently getting colds and flu's
- Chronic headaches
- Chronic fatigue
- Skin rashes
All of the above can be caused by the taxing effects that too many toxins can have on your body. Your body needs to work harder to try to remove the toxins when they build up and this means that it might not be able to take care of some of the other things that it normally should.
The body can get overwhelmed. The immediate effects may not be noticeable, but over time it can slowly wear someone down. This can take months even years.
Read up more and then make a plan to do something about it.
A detox isn't something that you should do on a whim or treat as a quick fad or fix. It does at least need a bit of basic planning, such as making sure you get some decent food when doing a detox. We have a number of plans and programs, ranging from something a beginner can do, to something more advanced that can form the basis of a new healthier lifestyle.
Depending upon the type of cleanse being done, some should not be done permanently. Some gentle cleanses can practically be done on an ongoing basis, but some can be quite rigorous and should only be done a few time per year at most. The main reason for this is that it can stress the body if done too much. You have to apply common sense and take things a step at a time.
Doing one yearly or even twice yearly depending on the detox program is usually enough. Once a few cleanses have been done, and if you live a healthy lifestyle and eat healthy fresh fruits and vegetables, and as many organic foods as possible, you won't need to detox quite so often.
There are several ways to detox
Most peopel think that using vegetables or juicing is all that there is to detoxing. This can be a very important part, but it is not all. There are things you can do to make this even more effective. This includes using various natural herbal formulations to help spped things along.
When you start any detox program, you might feel a bit worse at times. If it happens, it can often happen during the first few days as the initial toxins are being purged from your body. This is one of the reasons why for most people it is best to take things gradually. If you take things too quickly too many toxins can be released all at once and make you feel poorly.
So long as you realise this, it can be overcome, but if you don't want to experience these sensations then just go more gradually. Either way, it is important to stick with the program for the full amount of time of the program, (usually one to four weeks), so that you as many toxins out as possible and start to feel vibrant and energized again.