|What is detoxification?
associate the word detox with drugs or alcohol. Essentially it is the
same thing except you don't just eliminate the drugs and/or alcohol you go
beyond that in order to eliminate years of toxins that have built up inside
your body since birth. Everyone has toxins, even people who have a relatively
"clean" diet. No one can escape these toxins, they are in the air we breathe,
the water we drink, the food we eat and whatever else is absorbed through the
Most toxins are eliminated through the
following main pathways:
Other pathways of elimination are the
lymph and blood.
When our body gets overloaded with toxins these
pathways can't do their job properly. Possible toxic overload includes
allergens or substances each of us are allergic to like dust, pollen, mold,
heavy metals and certain foodstuffs, just to name a few. This is when
intervention through detoxification is needed. Detoxification is essential
when a person is considering holistic therapy. Holistic Therapy is different
from western medicine in that it uses the body to heal itself. The body can't
heal itself if toxic substances are continually introduced into the system.
This is one of the main reasons people get discouraged when starting a
holistic therapy program because they don't see the results.
There is a certain order to detox. Are you
kidding? No, seriously, your body is a very smart machine, you can't fool
it no matter how hard you try. You can't just run out and but some pills or
drink some tea and expect a good cleansing to take place. It must be done
properly, otherwise you will just be going around in circles and
re-introducing toxins into the body. You must first detox your colon - during
this time you will also detox the kidneys. After that you will do a liver
detox. Next you will work on the blood and the rest of the body.
Can't I just fast for detoxification?
No, this only works when the body is already fine tuned and running
efficiently. It takes years of short fasts and proper eating to attain a clean
fast. You also need proper supervision, especially if you embark on a long
fast, otherwise you will get seriously ill from the amount of toxins and the
swiftness of their elimination from your organs into your bloodstream.
Ok so what do I do now?
- You need to drink plenty of clean water.
Follow this rule for daily water consumption.
sweets of all kinds, even
- Avoid margarine and hydrogenated fats,
especially fried foods.
- Avoid foods that contain preservatives and
- Cut down on animal protein during your
cleanse, it overtaxes the digestive system, kidneys and liver.
- Do eat plenty of raw and lightly steamed
vegetables. See Nutritional Counseling
page for more.
- Exercise at least 20 minutes a day. Go for a
walk during lunch instead of gabbing on the phone.
- Use herbal preparations to assist you in
- Get regular colonics.
Some herbal products to help assist you in
your detoxification program can be found at the Ventura Center office:
....... more to be added soon
Books about cleansing and detoxification:
The Master Cleanser by Stanley
The Healthy Liver and Bowel Book
Dr. Sandra Cabot MD
Cleansing Made Simple by Cheryl
The Miracle of Fasting by Paul C.
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