submitted by Shahrzad Nasrbad, Doctor of Traditional Naturopathy
What is a detox?
A detox is considered a period of time in which a person eliminates toxins from the body. Toxins are thought to accumulate in the body over time and are thought to be damaging to the nervous system. Where do toxins come from? Toxins can come from processed foods, air pollution, prescription drugs, illicit drugs, caffeine, and alcohol. Some people believe that the best way to purify (or “cleanse”) the body is by taking time to detox. .
How to Detox Nervous system?
A detox typically involves making various dietary changes such as increasing intake of fruits and vegetables, while eliminating consumption of processed foods, and in some cases, meats. Additionally people may engage in various types of exercise as a means to sweat out toxins and/or practicing meditation to calm the mind. Most detox periods last 1 to 2 weeks and follow a speciﬁc protocol or set of rules. While eating organic is ideal, even if you eat organic food and drink pure spring water, you've been exposed to environmental toxins. They are in the air we breathe, the clothes we wear, and many of the products we use. Studies have shown they reside in the fat cells of everyone's body, even newborn infants'. Your body is capable of removing toxins to some extent (well or poorly — based on your genes and lifestyle), but if you are exposed to too many toxins, the capacity to remove them will be overwhelmed and symptoms or illness may develop.
What it means
Toxins are a fact of life, but a two-pronged approach of avoiding them when possible and eliminating the ones that accumulate in your body can make a difference. Detox and cleansing is one of the most important functions that the human body performs. It is also one of the most difﬁcult and most uncomfortable things for the body to endure. When most people decide to detox their body it is usually because they are sick and are having a problem recovering from a long term chronic illness. They are trying to clean out years of built up toxins in all areas of the body. These areas include organ, glandular, blood, tissue and cellular. The most dangerous known substance are classiﬁed as Neurotoxins. A Neurotoxin can be any substance that invades our nervous system and interrupts communication throughout the entire body.
There are many parts of the body that handle detoxiﬁcation. The most common areas are the liver, lungs, kidneys, colon and skin. The liver is always one of the most important places to look during any detox or illness. Being the largest internal organ of the body it has well over 500 known functions and is ﬁrst in line with any chemical, food, drug, vitamin substance taken orally. The liver try's to stop any undesirable chemical or toxins from entering the blood. When it becomes overwhelmed or fails we are diagnosed with a condition called blood poisoning. One of the ways the body tries to correct this problem is by vomiting or creating diarrhea. The worst thing a person can do is stop these autonomic nervous system functions. The body knows how to deal with most simple toxins if we allow it to perform its job.
The colon speaks for itself. It eliminates all known toxins and most substances that are not digestable or absorbable by the small intestines. Most people with digestion problems also have difﬁcultly in elimination. Constipation is considered when there are less than 2 bowel movements a day. Constipation is one of the most important things to correct before starting any detoxiﬁcation program. Many forms of constipation come from a poor diet, lack of enzymes, sluggish liver or simply not taking the time to relax on the toilet twice daily.
Doctor of Traditional Naturopathy
If you are interested to learn more about Natural detoxiﬁcation in a non-invasive way, Call Doctor Shari, Doctor of traditional Naturopathy, Board certiﬁed Holistic health counselor. Check her website, www.mytraditionalyoga.com
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