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Detoxify Your Body

The range of detoxify options is astounding. Most of these are pricey cocktails of herbs, vitamins, minerals and fibre that can be found on pharmacy shelves promising a quick fix. While detox-in-a-bottle approach is fine, it is a short-term solution. A few days of herbs, teas and juice simply cannot scrub away toxins our bodies accumulated over months, if not years.

Detoxification is a complex process, and a more comprehensive approach is necessary for lasting changes. Toxins are widespread. Pesticides are found on our vegetables and fruit, mercury contaminates certain fish while processed food can be loaded with sugar, trans fats and chemical additives. Added to that are numerous environmental chemicals that surrounds us on a daily basis.

While our livers and kidneys are constantly at work cleaning out toxins, this is no easy task. One study shows that even people with a healthy lifestyle have an average of 91 potentially harmful toxins in their systems. Over the last 20 years, more than 40, 000 food products - including margarine, cookies, and potato chips - containing damaging trans fats have found their way onto out plates.

These highly processed items also contain other chemical additives. Foods additives have been linked to childhood asthma, allergies and even behaviour problems. So how can we reduce our exposure to harmful toxins. The idea is simple, start consuming as few toxins as possible to ease the body's burden while nourishing it with health boosting substances that will support its cleansing activities.

And keep doing it. Start by adding fresh fruit and vegetables and other whole foods. Fresh, preferably organic, whole foods such as whole grains, nuts, seed, fruit and vegetables are good for you. In Japan, an umeboshi a day keeps the doctor away. This pickled plum is acidic but strangely produces an alkalizing effect in the body, which stimulate digestion and eliminate toxins. It is also touted to have anti-bacterial properties.

Drink 2.5 litres of water. Adding more water - about a glass of water, herbal or green tea an hour - helps limit the amount of coffee, tea and other drinks you take. The most damaging is fizzy drinks. Stay away from them as much as possible. A good rule of thumb is to increase intake of foods close to their original state. For the processed foods you do eat, get into the habit of reading food labels to look out for hidden sugars, trans fats and chemical additives.

Detox: Yes Or No?

Yes No
Detox procedure allow your live and kidneys to rest and recuperate. The gut, liver and kidneys are enough to rid your body of toxins.
It helps to boost your energy levels and rehydrate your skin. These natural processes are not made any more effective by fasts or colonic irrigation.
Eases the body's burden when it can't cope with the added amounts of preservations and processed food of our modern diets. Those who take them detox rituals too eagerly often suffer from headaches or furry tongues.

Verdict: The "benefits" perceived by detox worshippers can also be achieved with a sensible diet and lifestyle habits. By making sure you eat at least five servings of fruit and veggies daily as well as cutting out junk food, you are already doing your body's detox mechanisms a big favor. Quick fixes like fasting and colonic irrigation should not be done on a regular basis.


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