Natural Whole Body
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."
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.
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:
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:
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.
The various natural holistic detoxification methods enable many beneficial changes in the body, some of which assist in weight loss.
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.
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.
As you begin a detox program, be sure you...
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