Toxins, a word that gets tossed around so much so that we take for granted that we know what it means. But do we really? Do we fully understand the implications of toxins and how they critically affect our health. A toxin, by definition is any poisonous substance that is either produced by the body through natural metabolism or is introduced into the body externally via the diet, through the skin or inhaled. The video by Dr. Cook, shown below, goes into the details of how toxins are introduced into the body. So now that we have determined what a toxin is and how we become toxic, the next question must be how do I know if I am toxic?
Well, here is a list of symptoms related to toxicity in the body:
* Recurring fatigue
* Chronic constipation
* Having excess weight
* More occurrences of colds and flu
* Frequent headaches
* Insomnia or sleeping for longer than usual
* Joint pain
* Varying mood swings
* Reduced sexual fulfillment
* For the digestive system, you may have indigestion, heartburn, bad breath, constipation, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, protruding abdomen.
* You may also experience hives, eczema, very dry or oily skin, dark eye circles, puffy eyes or rashes
* As for the immune system, you may get allergies, more colds and flu, tiredness and cancer.
* Sore joints, neck/back pain and fibromyalgia are signs of a muscoskeletal system being loaded with toxins.
* You can suffer from sore or swollen lymph nodes if your lymphatic system is not working well.
* For the endocrine system with high toxin levels, you may suffer from over-sweating, night sweats, diabetes, strong food cravings and being overweight or underweight.
* Indicators of a toxic-overloaded nervous system include insomnia, dizziness or hyperactivity * High blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease point to a cardiovascular system having high toxins.
* Having irregular periods, yeast infections or PMS indicate a toxic reproductive system.
If you have even one of the above symptoms that is a sign from your body that you could benefit from a cleansing program.
The next question that I am sure will enter your mind is "how"? How do I go about detoxifying my system? Most will begin with an on line search which will lead them into an endless maze of advertisements of the "greatest" "best on the market", "the one used by Oprah" and all other sorts of claims to get you to try their product.
The first step is to make a commitment to make some minor changes in your lifestyle. Some examples of minor changes could be as simple as using natural household cleansers, utilizing natural and fragrance free products for skin care. Additionally, eating more whole foods especially raw fruits and vegetables, act as a natural cleanser for the body utilizing fiber, water and nutrients to detox the body. The next very important aspect is water, it is a common thought that drinking 64ounces of water is enough for the body. However, it is more accurate that a person's water intake should be based on their body weight. The general rule of thumb is half of your body weight in ounces is the optimum level of daily water intake (i.e if you weigh 160 pounds you would drink 80 ounces of water).
There are several additional methods for detoxing the body, including colonics and other holistic therapies targeted at detoxification, however, the most economical is going through a total body herbal cleansing program. The benefit to utilizing herbs is to assist the body in cleansing specific organs of toxins, herbs will speed up the cleansing process and has the ability to undo years of toxic damage.
In choosing a safe and effective cleansing program, you want to look for a full body cleanse which consists of programs targeted at detoxification of all the organs including the colon, kidneys, liver, spleen, lymphatics and blood. Most programs will consist of several products targeted at different body systems, like the one offered by Healthy Temple Herbals. Their Ultimate Cleanse and Support program is a complete system focused on total body cleansing as well as building of the digestive tract with one of the best probiotics.
While embarking on a detoxification program it is essential to eat a diet which consists of whole foods, eliminating processed and fast foods. Also it is highly beneficial to eliminate alcohol and high intakes of processed sugar and red meat during the cleansing period, which should last from a minimum of 7 days to more advanced levels of 30 days, however fourteen days is a good basic cleansing period.
But rather than trying to pick out a program on your own, you may want to seek the advice of a good herbal specialist who will ask you questions regarding your health to make sure any recommendations do not conflict with any medications you are taking. This is very important. They will also ask about your lifestyle because it may not be conducive to your lifestyle to go on a 14 day fast or use a product that will send you running to the restroom at any given moment. Several holistic practitioners, like Optimum Living Consultants offer on line health and wellness consultations.
The most important thing to remember when considering making any change to your lifestyle is best reflected in the quote that we have heard many times, "slow and steady wins the race". It is best to take baby steps and make changes gradually that you will adapt and make a permanent part of your lifestyle than to jump in and become so overwhelmed that you are unable to complete your mission. Taking the steps of cleansing and detoxification added with making changes to your lifestyle will lead to optimum health and wellness.