Doing the Detox

Taking a shower

What is Detox?

Detox basically means ridding your body of toxins for health purposes. A toxin is:

Any substance that creates irritating and/or harmful effects in the body, undermining our health or stressing our biochemical or organ functions. – Dr. Elson Haas

External Toxins

Detox external toxins
Detox external toxins

Many toxins are ingested through the foods we eat on a daily basis. Did you know that we are exposed to more toxins by activities as seemingly harmless as taking our daily shower?

For example, the water exposes us to chlorine and other contaminants. Body soap exposes us to artificial coloring, fragrance, sudsing agents etc. Creams and lotions are full of synthetic chemicals (the skin is the largest detoxification organ). Deodorant contains aluminum among other toxic substances. Perfumes and after shaves contain harmful ingredients we absorb through our hair and skin all day long. If you use hairspray, you expose your skin and lungs to further toxins. When you put on your clothing, you’re exposed to toxin residue from laundry soaps, dryer sheets or dry-cleaning chemicals.

Internal Toxins

Now you’re all ready to meet your day so you grab a bowl of whole grain cereal because this is a healthy breakfast. BUT – even that healthy cereal contains preservatives. The milk you pour on your cereal contains growth hormones, synthetic estrogen, antibiotics, etc. These are chemicals used in the raising of dairy cows. That glass of orange juice you had with your breakfast? Contains residues of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers. The same with that apple you grab for a snack.

But do take heart. While this can all sound daunting and hopeless, the good news is that God has created our bodies with mechanisms to prevent an overflow of toxins. Unfortunately, we have toxic chemicals forced upon us by government regulations. The very government that claims to “care” about our health is more likely causing us more disease than one can comprehend. We don’t like to get political here, but the truth is, government is BAD for our collective health. The sooner you accept, understand and become informed, the more you can help yourself. Pretending it isn’t so is like playing Russian roulette.

Doing the Detox

When you wish to detox your body, the manner in which you do so is important. Some detox programs can make you feel worse or even sicken you. The water-only detox approach, for example, prevents your brain from obtaining much needed fuel requirements. Your body is deprived of fuel which will break down muscle tissue.

Avoidance of as many toxins as humanely possible in this day and age of over-done regulations is one way you can help yourself. Assisting your body naturally in a detoxification process to those toxins forced upon is another.

There are many programs, pills and procedures touted for benefits. Thus far the best formula is learning and practicing avoidance to the best of your ability and using a gentle, all natural aid such as Detox Drops. Detox Drops support the body’s natural ability to remove toxins and waste by-products, without harmful side effects.

Don’t forget to work up a sweat several times a week! Sweating is a great way to promote cleansing and body detox.

Detoxing will make you feel much better. When you detox naturally, safely and gently you will:

  • Create more energy.
  • Improve your mental clarity.
  • Balance your weight.
  • Eliminate sluggish, “unwell” symptoms.
  • Reduce pain.
  • Reduce cellulite.

What are you waiting for? Get started!

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing