17 Apr Detoxing: Strengthening Your Body’s Defense Team – Part 1
Detoxification is a natural healing process that incorporates resting, cleansing, and nourishing the body from the inside out. By eliminating toxins, then fueling your body with healthy nutrients, a planned period of detox can strengthen your body’s natural “Detox Team” and help maintain optimum health.
Holistic physicians and proponents of detoxing suggest following a detox plan at least once per year, with spring and fall being the ideal approach. You may have heard critics argue the human body is designed with just the right physiological processes necessary to clear the body of impurities and maintain health. Unfortunately for many people, lifestyle habits and the environments where we live, work, eat and play often expose us to toxins that our bodies don’t efficiently eliminate.
Every day we are exposed to various toxins:
- heavy metals in the food and water supply
- environmental pollution
- chemical food additives
- smoking; overuse of alcohol or drugs
- use/overuse of Rx medication
- prolonged high stress
- poor quality diet and lifestyle habits
- frequent infections
Your Body’s Natural Detox Team
We are lucky that our bodies have naturally detoxifying mechanisms via “Detox Team” of organs that work synergistically to neutralize and eliminate toxins. We are self-cleaning system that provides removal of impurities from blood and cells. The liver leads the Detox Team by processing toxins for elimination mainly through gastrointestinal tract. The supporting detox defense players are the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph, and skin. When your body’s natural Detox Team becomes compromised or overwhelmed, impurities aren’t properly filtered out. This makes it a real challenge for the Detox Team to maintain or restore health and well-being. This means acceleration of aging and development of preventable diseases.