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Hair spray. Lawn fertilizers. Food preservatives. Dry cleaning. Flea repellent on our pets. We depend on these products to keep our hair stylish, our grass green, our food fresh, our clothes clean, and our pets healthy. However, the creation of these and thousands of other products are exposing us to more chemicals and toxins than ever before. And the presence of these harmful substances is becoming increasingly widespread.
According to organizations devoted to protecting the environment, including the Sierra Club, the Izaak Walton League, and even the Environmental Protection Agency, we are exposed to literally tens of thousands of chemicals and contaminants every day. All across America, from big cities to small villages, from sprawling suburbs to wide-open prairies, harmful toxins are present in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink.1-3
The evidence is clear. It’s no longer a question of the need to detoxify, but how to detoxify. The proof is sitting on health food store shelves. But from the hundreds of detoxification products ranging from one simple supplement to complex and complicated regimens, how do you choose the best? In this issue of Ask the Doctor we will discuss the safest, most effective, and healthiest method of detoxification: a program of whole body cleansing with powerful, yet gentle, all-natural products
A. Detoxification refers to the elimination of poisons or toxins. Detoxification programs include a vast variety of treatments aimed at getting rid of bodily toxins and improving health.
A. Yes, we do. Our liver, lungs, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, and skin all work to eliminate toxins that we take in. And, for the most part, they do a pretty good job. But the huge mounts of today’s environmental contaminants may present too tough a challenge for these built-in detoxification systems. The toxins remain in our bodies, accumulating dangerously
A. When the food we eat and the water we drink leave the stomach, they enter the small intestine where they mix with digestive enzymes. These enzymes break down the food’s fats, proteins, and carbohydrates into simple compounds. Some of these simple compounds go to the liver to be metabolized. Others are carried away by the lymph, an important part of the
immune system. What’s left travels on through the large intestine, or colon, where water is removed and bowel movements are formed.4,5
But if toxins in the food we eat and the water we drink cannot be destroyed by the digestive enzymes, or detoxified by the liver, or eliminated by the immune system, they begin to build-up. As these toxins accumulate, they will affect every part of our body: slow our metabolism, rob us of energy, reduce our immunity, and can even lead to serious chronic illness.6 The result? A body in serious need of cleansing.
A. Most detoxification supplements focus only on the liver and colon. That’s because significant amounts of our body’s own built-in detoxification happens in these important digestive organs. However, the only way to make sure that detoxification is truly successful, is to cleanse the whole body. And that demands detoxification of the blood and lymph. These two vital fluids nourish and protect the liver, colon, and every other organ, tissue, and cell. And if toxins are present in blood or lymph, every organ, tissue, and cell will be exposed to these toxins and contaminants, too. Even if you are currently undergoing detoxification.6
Detoxifying the colon and liver without cleansing the blood and lymph is like replacing your car’s dirty oil filter with a new clean one, but not changing the oil. Running dirty oil through that new filter will certainly not improve the performance of your car or help it run more efficiently. It’s the same with your blood and lymph systems. These fluids need “changing” or detoxification, too, for your body’s best performance.
A. Many detox programs are complicated and difficult to follow. Even their instructions are confusing. If you can’t understand what you need to do, chances are the detoxification is not
going to work very well. Some programs contain such ineffective and useless ingredients that they are literally nothing more than money down the drain. And others contain products known to harm your health.
Many detoxification programs are based on senna and cascara, stimulant laxatives that can create bowel dependence, deplete vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, and leave their users feeling drained and fatigued.7 Enemas and colonics, the basis of other detoxification programs, place significant demands on bowel health.7 While these types of detoxification programs may be helpful in certain situations, they are not appropriate for home use and should be used under the supervision of a healthcare practitioner.
A. The best detoxification program is based on safe, effective, all-natural herbs and nutrients. The program should be gradual and gentle and work with your body’s own detoxification
ability and normal patterns of elimination. The initial two-week phase should:
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