The solution to pollution is dilution.
The idea that toxicity within our body aids in the development of disease has been around for centuries. In the pursuit of health and longevity, detoxification programs utilising diets, fasting, sweating, and herbal remedies continue to be used successfully by many cultures world-wide.
Bioaccumulation of chemical compounds found in our food, air, water can lead directly to a variety of immune, metabolic, and disease states. For instance, allergy, asthma, depression, neurological illness and even cancer are examples of chemical toxin related illnesses. Research continues to confirm that in order for our bodies to maintain good health, toxin exposure must be reduced while the detoxification pathways of the body optimised.
The first step to any detoxification program is to reduce the toxic load on our tissues and immune system. Start by practicing basis principles of good health, nutritious eating and exercise, stress management and environmental health.
Avoid sugar, white flour, colas, tobacco, coffee, alcohol and foods that contain additives and preservatives. These foods create a toxic and acidic environment on our tissues and stress key organs such as the liver, kidney, bowel and lymph system. Consequently, this blocks normal cellular metabolism and alters our healthy body chemistry in a manner suitable for disease development.
Our bodies consist of 70% water. Water is the medium that dilutes, diverts, and removes toxins from our body so drink plenty of pure filtered chlorine free water. Water contained in juices, colas, coffee, and tea does not count, as it is obviously different and may stimulate undesirable reactions in our body.
Acidity in our body favours disease development, so drink slightly alkaline water if possible. Most tap water is acidic. Alkaline energetic water can be produced by certain filtration systems.
After you have increased your water intake to approximately two litres per day it is essential to sweat.
Exercise creates sweat and detoxifies our body by manually pumping lymph fluid. Lymphatic fluid bathes each cell and is most important for maintaining proper cellular activity. Capillaries bring nutritious fluid to each organ cell, and the lymphatic system removes waste products from them. A breakdown in this process by toxins or lack of lymphatic movement initiates cellular dysfunction, inflammation, and possible cellular death or cancer.
Examples of toxins that alter this environment include mercury, pesticides, food colorants, industrial gases and formaldehyde from furniture outgassing.
Specific medical treatments can aid in the detoxification process. One great method is sauna detoxification. Infrared sauna detoxification works best because it penetrates the skin more than 2-1/2 centimetres stimulating detoxification in tissues deeper than can be achieved by normal steam saunas. Increased blood and lymphatic fluid flow through cells detoxifies tissues.
Many experience odorous or dark elimination of sweat. Massage, specifically lymphatic massage, a rebounder, usage of homeopathic, botanical, and appropriate vitamin and mineral supplements aid this process.
Very toxic people often require a comprehensive treatment plan. Often this includes adding appropriate intravenous supplements and natural medicines followed by sauna to achieve intensive detoxification.
For instance, oral and intravenous administration of B vitamins, zinc selenium and Vitamin C along with N-Acetyl-L-cysteine, glycine, and glutamine are great for formaldehyde detoxification. Likewise, mercury detoxification treatments include selenium, zinc, and vitamin C and E with glutathione and lipoic acid. Homeopathic and herbal remedies such as Lymphdiaral and Lymphomyosot provide excellent treatment to detoxify the lymph system.
The liver and kidney serve as the master organs to process toxin that are mobilised from the lymph or bowel. For instance the liver requires specific nutrients to neutralise its toxicity in a way so as to eliminate it via stool or urine. Sulphur containing foods such as garlic and onions aid this process.
Likewise, certain supplements and amino acids like N-acetyl cysteine, methionine, and well as MSM, glutathione, Vitamin C, lipoic acid, B-vitamins insure proper elimination. Botanicals and homeopathic remedies help here as well. Balancing the bowel flora also reduces toxic material associated with bacterial or fungal imbalances. Great ways to support a healthy bowel includes food sensitivity avoidance, digestive enzymes, using friendly bowel bacteria like acidophilus and bifidus, and when required using appropriate herbal treatments to reduce unfriendly bacteria and yeast such as candida.
General types of detoxification programs such as water or juice fasts are a great way to periodically cleanse the body. Vegetable juice fasts provide valuable quantities of nutrients and are alkalising to the body allowing tissue detoxification. If you have never fasted before it is important to seek medical advice prior to fasting so that your experience is safe and pleasant.
The intensity of a detoxification program depends on whether it is being used for health maintenance or for disease management. In either case adopting healthy habits to minimize toxic exposure is primary. In many ways our bodies’ environment is no different from the external environment we live in. Educating ourselves on ways of reducing toxins in both environments will significantly contribute to better health and longevity.