Should you Detox?

We live in a toxic world. It has been estimated that up to twenty-five percent of the U.S. population suffers from some extent of heavy metal poisoning. Solvents, food additives, pesticides and other chemicals can affect your mind and body and be the cause of many unwanted conditions. Detoxification, sometimes called cleansing, is an ancient form of medicine that enables your body to eliminate toxins that have built up in your system over time. Clearing out these waste products can help restore your body’s immune system and capacity for healing a wide range of symptoms, including fatigue, headaches, allergies, poor digestion, lethargy, and high cholesterol.

The short simple answer is - Yes
Every year there is an increasing amount of chemicals, preservatives, pesticides and other pollutants added to our environment. Our liver works hard to keep up with the demands of detoxification as it cleans the blood and breakdowns harmful substances for removal from the body. Toxic build up can occur if the liver is over-burdened, which may lead to a variety of ailments.

What you can do
A gentle detox program that supports the health of the liver and allows the body to rid itself of toxins may help restore lost vitality. A rational approach involves:

Go Organic: Whenever possible, choose organic fruits, vegetables, grains, meats and dairy products that are free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. They also help to protect the environment by ensuring that the soil and water are not being contaminated either.

Try a 24 to 36 Hour Fast: Fasting is one part of an effective detox program and is a good way to jump start the elimination of waste and enhance the healing processes of the body. A fresh juice three-day fast consists of drinking 3 to 4 8 to 12 ounce juice meals spread throughout the day, supplemented by water as desired. Acai and other juice blends are well known. Gradually reintroduce solid foods back into the diet.

Supplemental Diet Detox
A more intensive detox program can last from 1-30 days and is aided by supplements that aid in the elimination of stored toxins in the liver, circulatory and digestive systems. Many products on our website support the body’s natural detoxification process. Always consult with your healthcare practitioner before taking herbs, supplements or radically changing your diet. Detox and fasting programs are not recommended for pregnant or lactating women.

Herbs & Supplements to Support Liver Health
Proper functioning of the liver is especially important. Nutritional and herbal supplements can help protect the liver and enhance its function. There is added benefit by to liver health by avoiding saturated fats, refined sugar, and alcohol.

Milk thistle can help protect the liver from damage caused by drugs, alcohol and even viruses, and may help the liver regenerate cells after damage has occurred.

Dandelion, the common yellow yard weed, has long been used to support liver health and treat various liver conditions. It also increases the production of bile from the liver and gall bladder, which helps carry toxins out of the liver.

Vitamin C helps the body make more glutathione, an important antioxidant involved in liver detox. Glutathione attaches to toxic compounds in the liver in a process called conjugation and enables them to be excreted via the kidney.

Psyllium, which is a bulk forming laxative, or whole, ground flaxseed can be added to provide extra fiber. Senna is an herbal laxative sometimes used short-term in detox to stimulate colon activity.

Other Lipotropic formulas produce a decongesting effect on the liver promoting improved function and fat metabolism. Choline, betaine, methionine, vitamin B6 and B12 and folic acid are lipotropic agents.

Choose Environmentally Friendly Products: Earth-friendly and biodegradable personal care and cleaning products are available on our website. This will lessen the amount of additional toxins we are introducing to the environment.
Its never too late to take action against the many toxins introduced to our body every day. Start by taking care of the body through proper diet, exercise and supplementation. Lessen the amount of toxins you introduce into the environment to make this world a safer place for us all.

Author's Bio: 

Eileen Conoscenti is founder and president of West Coast Holistics, Inc., a premier website offering high quality herbal and homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplements and an extensive health reference library.

Eileen Conoscenti
West Coast Holistics, Inc.
(877) 492 - 0717

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