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Holistic Detoxification Program

Why Holistic Detoxification?

During my three-decade career as a holistic health practitioner, I've observed many people using singular steps in the detoxification process... detoxification of the colon, or a parasite cleanse, or a liver-gallbladder flush, or a candida diet.

Though these were helpful in themselves, they didn't address the health of the person as a whole.

As I've learned more about the various modes of detoxification, I've become convinced that the best method, and the most effective way to achieve vibrant health, is a systematic, holistic approach to total body detoxification. This holistic detoxification process is carried out over an extended period of time, but it's very gentle and simple to do.

"I consider the cleansing/fasting/detoxification process to be the missing link in Western nutrition and a key to the health and vitality of our civilization.

...I truly believe that cleansing and detoxification is virtually one of the most powerful healing (real healing of ailments and not just suppression of symptoms) therapies I have seen."

Elson M. Haas, MD
Founder, Preventive Medical Center of Marin

What is holistic detoxification? Holistic detoxification is a comprehensive multi-organ, total-body cleansing and natural detoxification program. It includes reducing toxin intake, enhancing toxin elimination, and using specific detoxification herbs and other supportive nutraceuticals to strengthen and promote optimum function of the organs.

The holistic detoxification process must be systematic because of the inter-dependence of the organ systems. For instance, the liver is the major organ of detoxification and breaks down metabolic waste and environmental toxins. It then sends most of the water-soluble waste to the kidneys and the fat-soluble waste to the intestines to be eliminated (via the bile/gallbladder).

Therefore, doing a liver detox or gallbladder flush without first cleansing the colon and kidneys is like trying to flush a big load down a clogged toilet. Many of the toxins would be reabsorbed from the intestines and the kidneys could also be over-burdened.

About Detoxification

How The Detoxification System Works: Toxins are either directly neutralized by the liver or are excreted in the urine or feces. The lungs and skin are involved to a lesser degree. When the body is unable to eliminate an overload of toxins, they build up in the tissues, typically in fat cells.

The primary organs of general detoxification and cleansing are the liver, the intestines, and the kidneys. The ability of the body to detoxify harmful substances is a prime determining factor of a person's level of wellness.

The definition of a toxin is any compound that has an adverse effect on cell function or structure and includes:

  • Heavy metals: Lead, mercury, and aluminum tend to accumulate in the brain, immune system, and kidneys.
  • Liver toxicants: Drugs, alcohol, toxic chemicals, pesticides, and food additives can cause serious liver damage from constant exposure.
  • Microbial toxins: Absorbed toxins caused by bacteria and yeast in the intestines can significantly disrupt body functions.
  • Breakdown products of protein metabolism, such as urea and ammonia, can put a burden on the kidneys after excessive protein intake.

Exposure to pesticides, herbicides, solvents, food additives, and other toxic chemicals can cause a variety of physical, neurological and psychological symptoms.

Many people with conditions such as chronic fatigue, asthma, fibromyalgia, lupus, multiple sclerosis and migraines have experienced a reversal of symptoms after completing a total body cleansing holistic detoxification process.

Combining a comprehensive natural whole body detoxification program with a colon cleanse will help promote optimum health in many different ways:

  1. removal of heavy metals, including lead and mercury

  2. detoxify the blood, the liver, kidneys and other organs

  3. recharge the immune system through powerful antioxidant support

  4. replenish the most important strains of friendly bacteria in the intestines using a probiotics formula

Children and Detoxification

Children are especially susceptible to food additives, pesticides, and other chemicals found in the environment. These toxins can lead to cancer, neurological problems, and general immune compromise.

A child's liver and kidneys can't detoxify as well as an adult's detoxification system. Health and behavioral problems that seem to have no apparent cause are often the result of toxins and other pollutants that are stored in their body tissues.

Giving a child a therapeutic clay bath, such as Kids Clear Detoxifying Clay Bath, can be a very effective way to reduce toxins. In addition to drawing out chemical toxins and pollutants from the body, the clay also assists in pulling out heavy metals that are a causative factor in the development of neurological and behavioral symptoms. Clay bath therapy has also helped reduce symptoms for many autistic children.

Detoxification and Weight Loss

The various natural holistic detoxification methods enable many beneficial changes in the body, some of which assist in weight loss.

  • Heavy metals bind to both sex hormone binding globulin and to thyroid hormone binding sites, which slows metabolism. After a complete detoxification program, these pathways open up and metabolism often increases.
  • Researchers have found that exposure to synthetic chemicals might be responsible for damaging many of the body's natural weight-control mechanisms.
  • Many toxins are stored in fat cells and, during detoxification, fat stores are mobilized and burned for fuel. During this detoxification of body fat, toxic compounds are moved out of cells and taken to the liver for processing and excretion.
  • During the colon-parasite detoxification phase you may eliminate 5 to 20 pounds of old fecal matter.

Holistic Detoxification for Drug and Alcohol Recovery

In certain situations, detoxification means treating a person for alcohol or drug dependence and is usually a different protocol relating to substance withdrawal. In this context we're looking at a natural body detoxification program for general health maintenance and recovery.

This same information should be part of a total holistic detoxification program for substance abuse. In fact, I believe that holistic detoxification and a holistic nutrition plan are important missing links in drug and alcohol rehab.

When Should You NOT Begin a Holistic Detoxification Program?

  • You should not detox while you are pregnant or nursing, but a colon cleanse and detoxification program prior to pregnancy is an excellent way to cleanse and prepare your body before you get pregnant.
  • A holistic detoxification program is a very effective modality for maintaining or regaining health, but it should NOT be one the first things you do when you're sick. If you're extremely run down, emaciated, or your immune system is seriously compromised, you may feel even more ill if your body is overwhelmed while processing the elimination of toxins.

    Detoxification will certainly be very beneficial, but if you choose to do a detox program under these circumstances, please make sure you're monitored by a qualified licensed health professional.

Action Steps:

As you begin a detox program, be sure you...

  1. Drink adequate purified water to help your body flush toxins.

  2. Have started or recently completed a colon-parasite cleanse, including candida detoxification.
  3. Eat healthy food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, and some whole grains.
  4. Eliminate harmful food and substances such as sugar, alcohol, non-prescription and recreational drugs, or anything else that may put an additional burden on your liver and kidneys.
  5. Exercise moderately to improve blood and lymph circulation and promote easier toxin elimination.
  6. Support the organs of detoxification such as the liver, skin, and kidneys.
  7. Use multi-nutrient supplements to nourish and support your whole body during the colon and detoxification cleansing.

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