Detoxification is the process of removing toxins from the body. It is a widely used treatment and concept in alternative medicine which is fast gaining ground in Orthodox medical practice. Detoxification utilises a variety of techniques and is based on the principle that illnesses can be caused by the accumulation of toxic substances
(toxins) in the body. Eliminating existing toxins and avoiding new toxins are essential parts of the healing process.
Detoxification has been used for thousands of years and Fasting, a popularly used method of treatment, is one of the oldest therapeutic practices in Medicine. In Ancient Greece, Hippocrates (the father of Medicine), recommended fasting as a means to improve health. In ancient Indian Ayurvedic Medicine detoxification is used to treat several chronic illnesses and to prevent illness.
Medical research has identified that environmental factors may play a significant role in a variety of illnesses.
Environmental Medicine is a specialty that studies exactly how environmental factors influence disease. Health conditions such as Asthma, Cancer, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and several others are strongly influenced by exposure to toxic or allergenic substances in the environment. It is believed that over 80% of all illnesses have environmental and lifestyle causes. With people becoming more aware of environmental pollution, detoxification has become a prominent treatment in several medical practices. It is thought that roughly 25% of the population suffers from some level of heavy metal poisoning. Heavy metals such as Lead, Mercury, Arsenic and Cadmium are by-products of industrial processes. Synthetic agricultural chemicals, known to cause health problems, are found in food, water and the air. The problem of environmental toxins is compounded by the fact that humans are at the top of the food supply chain and are more likely to be exposed to an accumulations of toxic substances in the food supply. Pesticides and herbicides are sprayed on grains fed to farm animals and the toxic substances are stored in the adipose (fatty) tissue of these animals. In addition, the animals are often injected with synthetic antibiotics, hormones and other chemicals.
When meat products are ingested, people are exposed to the full range of additives and chemicals used along the entire Agricultural Chain. This build up of toxins is referred to as Bio-accumulation. The bio-accumulation of toxic substances over a period of time is responsible for several physical and mental disorders especially those that have shown a rapidly increasing incidence such as Asthma, Cancer and Mental illness.
Detoxification is beneficial to patients suffering from chronic diseases and conditions such as Allergies, Arthritis, Asthma, Anxiety, Chronic Infections, Diabetes, Depression, Headaches, High Cholesterol, Heart Disease, Digestive Disorders, Low Blood Sugar Levels (Hypoglycaemia), Mental Illness and Obesity. It is also helpful in conditions influenced by environmental factors such as cancer as well as those exposed to high levels of toxic materials by accident or due to occupation. Detoxification has been found to benefit individuals with allergies or immune system malfunctions that conventional medicine is unable to diagnose or treat including Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Environmental illness/Chronic Chemical Sensitivity. The symptoms of such illnesses may include Unexplained fatigue, Increased allergic reactions, Food intolerance, Indigestion, Hypersensitivity to common materials, Low grade fever, Aches and pains, Headaches, Insomnia, Depression, Sudden weight loss or gain, Sore throats, Low resistance to infection and General malaise. Detoxification can be used as a preventive measure and a tool to increase oveall health, vitality and resistance to disease.
Toxins in the body include heavy metals, pesticides, pollutants and food additives. Drugs and alcohol also have toxic effects in the body. Toxins are also produced as a by products by the bacteria in the intestines that break down food. The body has its own natural methods of detoxification. The Liver is the principle organ of detoxification assisted by the kidneys and intestines. Individual cells are detoxified via the lymph and circulatory systems. Toxins may be excreted from the body by the kidneys, intestines, skin and lungs. Detoxification treatments become necessary when the body’s natural detoxification capacity becomes overwhelmed. This can be caused by the long-term effects of improper diet, overeating, stress, illness, lack of excercise and poor health habits in general. When a build-up of toxic substances in the body causes illness, the condition is known as Toxaemia. Years of overeating and diets high in fat and processed foods and low in fibre lead to digestive problems. Food does not pass through the digestive tract efficiently and as a result is not digested properly nor eliminated from the bowel. In this constipated state, food can rot in the bowel and produce toxic by-products. This state is known as Intestinal Toxaemia or Toxic colon Syndrome.
Flush Toxins From Your Body
The Colon, Lungs, Kidneys and Liver filter toxins from the bloodstream while the lymphatic system takes care of toxins such as bacteria and traces of chemicals found in pollutants. To keep the systems of the body running efficiently, it is advisable to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. This should be increased if you are above average in weight and if you exercise or drink coffee and tea. Staying well hydrated helps all organ systems of the body function properly. Too much water is dangerous as it can dilute electrolytes and essential minerals in the body.
Any cleansing program should begin in the colon, the last portion of the digestive system. The colon’s job is to compact the chime, absorb water, and receive B-vitamins that are produced by healthy intestinal bacteria. The function of the colon could be compared to a sewer system in a large city. Imagine what would happen if the sewers in our area became clogged by some debris. Undoubtedly, within a short time the whole neighborhood would be filled with filth and an unbearable stench. This is the same process that occurs in our bodies when the elimination system is not functioning properly. When the colon is clean and healthy, we experience an overall well-being. When it is congested with stagnant waste, poisons back up into the system and pollute the inner environment. This is called autointoxication or self-poisoning.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing autointoxication (a process whereby you are poisoned by substances produced by your own body as a result of inadequate digestion and elimination), and you might want to consider some type of internal cleansing program:
- Allergy or intolerance to certain foods
- Bad breath and foul-smelling gas and stools
- Constipation, diarrhea, sluggish elimination, irregular bowel movements
- Frequent congestion, colds, viruses
- Flatulence or gas and frequent intestinal disorders
- Frequent headaches for no apparent reason
- General aches and pains that migrate from one place to another
- Intolerance to fatty foods
- Low energy; loss of vitality for no apparent reason
- Lower back pain
- Lowered resistance to infections
- Needing to sleep a long time
- Pain in your liver or gall bladder
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), breast soreness, vaginal infections
- Skin problems, rashes, boils, pimples, acne
The detoxification process could be started by taking adequate fibre or fibre supplements. The fibre goes to work immediately by loosening the hardened faeces on the walls of the colon and gradually sweeps it ut of the body. Weight loss is an important added benefit to internal cleansing that most people experience. With a sluggish, toxic digestive system, metabolism slows down and energy levels drop making it difficult to start burning off stored fat through exercise or other means. An internal cleansing program can help restore balance in the body and increase metabolism, reactivating the body’s fat-burning mechanism. After a thorough detoxification program, most people are much more inclined to make healthier dietary and lifestyle choices. Through a detoxified system, improved digestion, balanced metabolism and a healthier diet it is easire to maintain a healthy weight.
There are preparations and supplements available to detoxify the body.
First the colon is cleansed with specific herbs to clean out all the toxic plaque, debris and parasites.
While cleansing the colon, the good bacteria that protects the flora balance as part of the immune system needs to be replenished. Then as a final step, using detoxifying herbs, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, the liver, blood, brain, tissues, basically the whole body is cleansed.