American culture places a high value on grooming and cleanliness in general. Maintaining a certain degree of “freshness” is expected in everyday society. Unfortunately, the importance of keeping the outside of the body clean has yet to apply for the body’s interior landscape.
Toxin build-up, a process that starts as early as birth, accounts for much of the widespread sickness and disease that afflicts young and old alike. According to the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences, eliminating toxin build-up in the body is the best way to improve a person’s overall health.
Detoxification practices can be extensive in terms of fasting and ingesting any number of cleansing agents. Detox can also become a fun part of most anyone’s daily or monthly routine.
Whole and cleansing foods provide the richest set of nutrients for the body and also helps its natural detox mechanisms along. Eating these types of foods for a week (or two) can be just enough to reset the body’s natural balance.
A week or two of healthy eating also offers opportunities for trying new recipes, which may end up being regular entrees within the weekly menu rotation. While all-day fasts can accomplish the same ends, finding ways to incorporate healthy foods into the everyday menu can pay off dividends in the long run.
The digestive system plays an important in the body’s natural detox process. Food processing effects and chemical additives can gradually lead to toxin build-up along the gastrointestinal tract.
Raw fruits and vegetables contain nutrient-based enzyme materials that can greatly improve nutrient absorption rates as well as strengthen the body’s detoxing functions. By eating daily portions of raw fruits and vegetables, a person can gradually reduce toxin levels throughout the body.
The body’s circulatory system carries needed nutrient supplies throughout the body. It also helps in the elimination of unwanted toxin materials. Moderate to high levels of ongoing stress work to constrict the body’s blood vessel passageways and slow circulation rates. While less stress is always more fun, de-stressing can also help speed up the body’s natural detox process.
Journaling the day’s detox efforts and emotional ebbs and flows can have its own “detoxing” effect on a person’s quality of life. Over time, a journal becomes a record of which detox methods worked best as well as any progress made along the way. Progress along the way may take the form of losing weight, having more energy or thinking more clearly.
Any form of change to the daily routine makes life a little uncomfortable for some. Detoxing with a friend or family member can help make for a more enjoyable experience while also creating an accountability measure in the process.
The more enjoyable detoxing is the easier it’ll be to make it a regularly scheduled practice. Self-pampering during a detox period can involve simple tasks that also aid in the body’s detox process. Massages, yoga and soothing skin treatments are just a few examples of how to self-pamper during a detox.
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