What Is Detoxification?
Detoxing is not a diet nor is it a strict eating regime. Just as you would spring-clean your home, when you detox you are in effect spring-cleaning your body, clearing out all the toxins and poisons that have accumulated inside you over the years. Toxins enter the body in many ways – from the air we breathe to the food we eat, from pollutants in the environment to the emotional stresses of everyday life, all these factors can contribute to toxic build-up. After a while they can knock the body off balance, leaving you feeling sluggish and lacking in energy. However, it is possible to eliminate those toxins, to bring the body back into balance and to return it to good health by detoxing.
In doing so you are:
– improving your immune system,
– improving your circulation,
– ensuring the body has all the necessary energy it requires to ‘look after and repair’ itself.
How does it work? The body is a complex machine and, like any machine, it needs regular maintenance to keep it working efficiently. The body needs a daily intake of fluid and food to provide it with energy, to keep it healthy and to help repair and renew damaged cells. Food is processed by the body’s metabolism. Once the internal organs have extracted the nutrients from the foods, the rest is simply waste and is transported to those organs whose role it is to eliminate waste products from the body.
Liver: This organ has many important functions, one of which is to transport unwanted or toxic substances that enter the body and to transform them into substances that the body can either retain or expel.
Kidneys: These filter and eliminate toxins from the blood via the urine. They also ensure that the body has sufficient fluid and that the balance of potassium and sodium, both important elements for regulating the amount of fluids in the body, is maintained.
Lymphatic system: Acting as a waste disposal unit, the lymphatic system is a network of vessels extending all around the body. It produces a liquid called lymph that absorbs microorganisms, dead cells excess fluids and other waste products derived from food. It transports them to the lymph nodes where the fluid is filtered, taken into the bloodstream and on to eliminatory organs where unwanted substances are expelled from the body via urine, faeces or sweat.
Skin: An important indicator as to what is happening within our body and the overall state of our health. As an organ, it excretes large quantities of waste, such as urea, salts, uric acid, ammonia and water. If these organs do not work efficiently, our long-term health will invariably suffer and the body will not be able to repair itself following stress or illness. The organs slow down, and the accumulation of waste and toxins builds up to such an extent that toxic overload becomes almost inevitable. This throws the body out of balance, and the only way to restore balance is by following a detoxification programme to cleanse the system.