Detox- The Benefits of this Ancient Practice

Detox– I'm sure you have heard it before. It is not a new practice, as a matter of fact, it is an ancient concept. Practically all traditional medicine traditions practice some form of detoxification to improve or maintain good health. Throughout history, ancient cultures all over the world from Rainforest tribes, Native Americans, Indian, Greek, Roman and others have practiced methods of detoxification. This includes using herbs as medicine that is local to them. My travels to other parts of the world including Thailand and my home, as well as working together with holistic doctors has emphasized even more the importance of this process to maintaining good health. (I will talk about that more in detail in another blog)

But What is Detoxification Exactly?

It is the process of cleansing our bodies of waste and impurities.

Proper detoxification is connected to good health.

We are constantly bombarded by external toxins in each and every individual form such as environmental pollution, smoking, our diets (hormones, pesticides, antibiotics), among other things – that’s right, in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. Then we have internal toxins- yep that’s right, our bodies also produce them as a result of its many metabolic processes

Why Detox?

While our bodies are equipped with the tools to assist with its own detoxification through our detoxification organs (liver, gallbladder, kidneys, digestive system, lymphatic system, etc.) our systems can become overloaded and clogged with an increasing number of toxins our bodies are exposed to and they need extra help to keep up with the demands placed on them.

Think about it this way: We all agree (I hope) that bathing, washing our hair, and brushing our teeth routinely are all a part of maintaining a healthy body. All of these things are important to keep your outside healthy…but what about our insides?

We also change our air filters periodically. We don’t use the same filters for years to come, because it gets clogged with airborne pollutants.

 

 

 

 

 

You go to get the oil changed in your car, and also change the oil filter or cleaning out the old oil before dumping in the new oil, right? You are aware that you need to do that because your vehicle will not be running at its optimum level. But… what about our vehicle? Is it not the most important, after all?

 

Who Should Detox? Those who…

  • Eat processed foods
  • Drink alcohol
  • Consume excess sugar
  • Are exposed to pollutants/chemicals
  • Have Chronic Pain/Inflammation
  • Contract hepatitis
  • Smoke
  • Don’t get enough sleep
  • Experience stress
  • Need more energy
  • Want to lose weight
  • Have sensitivities (chemical, allergies)
  • Breathe 😉

Benefits of Detoxification

  • It helps support a stronger immune system
  • Helps support weight loss- A great jump start to your weight loss program 
  • It helps keep your digestive system on track and regular
  • It can increase energy levels
  • It helps you feel better both physically and mentally

Many have also reported significant decrease in pain and inflammation.

Where to Start…

Nobody said detoxing is easy, but with the immense number of benefits it is worth it! With some planning and discipline you can do it too. 

There are lots of programs and cleanses out there and sometimes herbalists prepare their own; but they may not be as accessible or convenient for everyone.

My favorite by far, that I have been using periodically for about 7 years now is the Nutriclean 7 Day Cleansing System. Its 7 days, which for me is not too long, but not too short. 

My patients have reported great results including: Weight loss, increased energy, improved digestion, and decrease in pain.

The Nutriclean 7 Day Cleansing System uses exceptional herbs and botanicals to detoxify, cleanse, and purify the digestive tract and liver. In providing select nutrients and botanicals, the nutraMetrix NutriClean 7-Day System mildly purges the body of potential or accumulated toxins. To ensure proper health, it is beneficial to begin with a clean slate. nutraMetrix NutriClean 7-Day System is a three-pronged approach that works diligently to cleanse the digestive system as it flushes out the colon, and supports the body’s natural processes of restoration and cleansing.

I choose to Detox every season as commonly recommended by traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic practitioners. Many find benefit from doing it twice a year as well. Either way, more than ever before it is crucial to detoxify your system of harmful toxins so that your body can function as intended.

In our next blog, we will discuss tips and tricks you can use to get the best out of your detox week. 👣💜

Scientific Studies For NutraMetrix NutriClean® 7-Day Cleansing System With Stevia*

 

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*If you are pregnant, diabetic, or under care of a physician for an ongoing medical condition, you may not be able to participate in a 7 day detox. Before you start a detox diet, you should consult your physician.These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

 

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