The practice of detoxifying the body to rid it of unhealthy toxins has been around for centuries. It dates back to ancient Rome, Greek, Indian and Native American cultures. Mainstream doctors and scientists do not believe that our bodies need to detox or cleanse, and that our organs do a good job of doing that on their own. This is true, but if you have over indulged or not been eating a diet that includes fresh fruit and vegetables you may be feeling low on energy, unwell for no medically diagnosed reason or have a bloated stomach that rarely looks flat.
Alternative medicine does promote detoxing and cleansing to eliminate toxins, heavy metals and chemical contaminants from our bodies. Again doctors and scientists believe that detoxing and cleansing is un-necessary but the fact is that fruits and vegetables all around the world are sprayed with pesticides and herbicides and we are eating those herbicides and chemicals on a daily basis.
Monsanto Roundup is a herbicide that is registered in 130 countries and used on more than 100 different types of crops. In 2015 the World Health Organization International Agency for cancer research (IARC) classified Glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans”. In August 2018 Monsanto lost a court case and was ordered to pay $289 million to a man who had cancer and who claims Roundup caused his cancer. Read more on the case and form your own opinion.
Whether or not you believe that pesticides can contribute to bad or health or not, eating too much junk food or not eating a balanced diet can make you feel unwell and out of balance.
Many people choose to detox or cleanse after a period of indulgence. Your chosen indulgence may be food, drugs or alcohol.
For us at BodyDetoxCleanse.org we support our bodies natural functions by using gentle detox and cleanses. We do believe that our bodies can benefit from a detox and cleanse that is short in duration and not too severe.
NOTE: If you have any type of medical condition you MUST see your doctor to get their advice before you start any type of alternative health treatment, plan or products; detoxing, cleansing or weightloss. Don’t diagnose yourself or presume that you have a condition.
After you have completed a detox or cleanse you need to include plenty of water , fibre and fruits and vegetables in your diet. Don’t resort back to old behaviours! If you have taken the effort and time to cleanse and detox it will be in your best interest to eat a healthier and more balanced diet. The key to a more balanced diet is to reduce the amount of processed foods you consume.
It is unrealistic to think that you will be able to maintain a strict elimination diet for a long time, and in fact, it is not healthy to do this. We certainly do not encourage you to do this.
We encourage you think healthy for the long term, you achieve nothing by detoxing or cleansing and then going back to poor eating and drinking habits.
The aim of a detox or cleanse for people who are overall generally healthy is to come out of it feeling more energised, less bloated and feeling well. Many people say that when they detox or cleanse that they are looking after themselves and make better food and exercise decisions, because they feel motivated.
Truthfully there are many detox and cleansing products and plans out in the marketplace. We urge you to be cautious of any that involve very low calorie fasting for long periods.
Put simply our bodies need vitamins, minerals, macro and micro nutrients. Cutting out entire foods groups can mean that you may not be getting all the nutrition you need and this can eventually lead to problems for your health.
The four major organs that work to detoxify our bodies are:
Liver: Our liver is similar to a filter that prevents toxic substances contained in the foods we eat from passing into our blood stream.
Kidneys: Our kidneys are constantly filtering our blood and eliminating toxins in the form of urine (pee).
Colon: Our colon is part of the large intestine and the last part of our digestive process. Our colons function is to re-absorb fluids and process waste matter from our body and prepare for it for elimination.
Lungs: Our lungs eliminate toxins that enter our bodies when breathing.
Many alternative health professionals believe that when we detox our bodies it helps us to feel energised, fit and healthy. And due to our experiences, we have to agree.