The Truth About Detoxifying

By Kim Banting, Tags:

Detoxifying has received a bad reputation from so many enthusiasts jumping on board the latest lemon juice and cayenne pepper trend.  These people are of the belief that they can live an unhealthy lifestyle and then spend a weekend fasting on nothing but lemon water with maple syrup and cayenne pepper and all will be well.  These people are causing harm to their bodies not only by not caring about what they put into it on a day to day basis, but also by going to these extremes of fasting and not understanding what it is they are trying to accomplish.  Proper nutrition must be practiced as a lifestyle, consistently in order to be effective.

The world we live in is toxic; from the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat to the chemicals in our clothing, mattresses, carpets and toiletries. We are surrounded by molecules our bodies don’t recognize, therefore they cannot be broken down and eliminated and often remain trapped in our liver and fat cells for an indefinite period of time.  They interfere with all body systems and add extra weight and, as time passes we become increasingly more toxic and our immune system weakens leading to disease.

Many people eat diets that consist mainly of processed junk food and have little nutritional value.  This type of diet is low in fibre, causes constipation and eventually leads to autointoxication.  Autointoxication is self-poisoning that begins in an unhealthy colon.  The colon is the body’s main system of elimination for toxic waste.  When one is chronically constipated, bits of fecal matter become stuck and trapped in the intestinal lining.  This can cause weakening and thinning of the tissue, and allows toxins to pass through the gut lining and move into the blood stream and throughout the body.  These toxins affect every body system.  It is not possible to have a diseased colon and a well-functioning immune system.

Many people have come to accept the symptoms of colon toxicity as being normal.  They are not normal and they include:  fatigue, mental fog, depression, irritability, headaches, insomnia, bloating, abdominal gas, bad breath, constipation, distended abdomen, acne, eczema, psoriasis, body odour, overweight, haemorrhoids, food cravings, backaches, hypertension, asthma, allergies, Autism, ADHD, arthritis and much more!

A diseased colon can lead to bowel toxaemia and leaky gut syndrome, leave you susceptible to parasites and Candida Albicans and worst of all, a diseased colon can lead to colon cancer.  Colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer in North America and about 40% will die as a result of colon related disease.

While we can’t eliminate our exposure,  we can reduce the effects by eating a clean diet rich in whole, organic foods and periodically cleansing
our bodies.  When done correctly, detoxifying can be very beneficial to your overall health.  It is very safe and results in better functioning of organs of elimination which helps boost energy and immunity.

Civilizations worldwide have known the importance of colon cleansing for thousands of years.  Enemas date back to 5000 BC.  A healthy colon houses nearly 60 different microflora or bacteria which help with digestion, utilization of nutrients and controlling numbers of unhealthy
bacteria.  A person with a healthy colon will have 2 to 3 bowel movements per day.  Elimination should be fast and easy with no straining.  Stools should be large, soft and bulky with no offensive odour and break apart with flushing.

When you choose a cleansing program, be sure it targets the colon, liver, kidneys, blood and lymphatic systems.  If you have a weakened immune
system, focus on strengthening it before beginning to cleanse, as cleansing releases many stored toxins which can be overwhelming to the body.  As toxins are being released and removed from the body, one can suffer from flu-like symptoms such as head and body aches, fever, nausea and weakness.  It is recommended that you start a cleansing program when you are able to rest if necessary.  There is no one way to detoxify and any detoxification program can be formatted to your individual needs.  The kits you can buy in health food stores vary in quality and strength, so if this is your first time, it is advisable to speak with a professional before beginning.  Please, NEVER fast for more than one day on water alone, and if you take any prescription medications, consult a professional for advice, as there could be interactions between certain natural health
supplements and medications, both prescription and over the counter.  Just because it is natural doesn’t mean it is safe for you.