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Five Proven Techniques to Help Detox Your Body

By Mike Hirn · February 6th, 2008 · The Road to Wellness

Today's world is full of ways to get toxins into your body. The trick is to find ways to eliminate those toxins at the same rate or faster than they're introduced.

Our bodies do a pretty good job of eliminating toxins by filtering them out in the kidneys and liver and then eliminating them through sweat and our excretory system. The problem comes when these natural systems for detoxifying get overwhelmed and can't keep up, creating toxic overload. The results can cause respiratory, digestive and other general health problems.

Fortunately, we can help our natural systems keep up with toxic overload with these basic steps:

Change your diet: The foods we eat are the source of so much of the contamination we take in. Processed foods are well known for their unhealthy makeup. What is less known is that natural foods like vegetables and fruits can contain herbicides, artificial hormones and pesticides.

Many detox diets consist of fasting, eating more organic whole foods (mostly vegetables) and drinking lots of pure fluids, especially water. These diets will flush out your system but should be used only for short periods of time. Some of the essential nutrients needed for a healthy diet are missing and need to be replaced after a detoxification style diet.

Try herbal body wraps: Covering yourself with mixtures of salts, clay, water and other ingredients such as oils is a common recipe for a detoxifying body wrap. Problem toxins reside in the cells of the body, and the theory behind a body wrap is that the salts will draw these toxins out as they draw out water from the skin.

Picture yourself lying on a table covered for several hours with a thick clay-based concoction, and you have the basis for a body wrap. It's important to replace the lost liquids after a body wrap, and drinking lots of pure water is a great way to do it. In fact, drinking plenty of water is often reported to be one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself in general.

Eat herbal supplements: Using herbal supplements has become another common way to try to eliminate a toxic backlog. It's definitely possible to alter the way your body functions by changing the amounts of various vitamins and minerals you take in.

Changing the basic chemistry of your system for the better can become a somewhat complicated process. A complete understanding of the effects is important before you start such a procedure. Lots can be learned on the Internet, but this background research is no substitute for the advice of your doctor.

Devise a cleansing plan: There are many spas that offer an established program designed to cleanse your body tissue of toxins. They vary greatly, but many are a variation of a daily schedule that includes enemas, liquid supplements and cleansing drinks. The sequence is repeated throughout the day for a period of a week or more.

This certainly takes a commitment and dedication on your part. Many but not all of these spas are reputable, so some due diligence on your part is required to find an affordable situation that's right for you.

Use a sauna: My favorite detoxification method -- and arguably the easiest (my kind of plan) -- is the use of a sauna. The main way toxins are eliminated is through the excretory system. Elimination of solids and liquid urine are the paths that come to mind immediately.

The truth is, however, that the process of sweating also eliminates surprisingly large quantities of fluids. Excessive sweating, as in a sauna, dramatically increases the rate that toxins are included with the sweat. This happens because many of the toxins are found within the cellular fluid.

The fluids for typical sweating (mostly water) come from the liquids that surround the cells, not the fluids within the cells. As the non-cellular fluids are eliminated, it becomes necessary for the inner-cellular fluids to take the place of non-cellular fluids -- and this is where the dissolved toxins are most concentrated. Both are purged via excessive sweating.

All of these body cleansing detoxification methods work and have their own advantages and disadvantages. The one that's best is, as they say, "the one you'll actually use."

Today's home sauna options are offered at surprisingly low costs and ease of operation. It's no wonder they're becoming the method of choice for so many families.

This method is much less harsh and more enjoyable than any of the others. In fact, I don't think it would be an exaggeration to say that it's the only body cleansing mentioned that anyone would enjoy even if it didn't have the detoxification benefits.

CONTACT MIKE HIRN: letters@citybeat.com



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