What do toxins do? Why detoxify?
We are exposed daily to high levels of toxin (i.e. chemicals, pesticides, water contaminants, food preservatives, heavy metals and electromagnetic radiation) through our food, water, air body and home products. These toxins lodge in the bowel, liver and kidneys, lymphatic system and fat tissue. The toxin build up prevents the body’s oxygen uptake and creates an acid, septic and low energy state, causing prone to disease.
- Helps maintain digestive health.
- Cleanses the colon.
- Promotes healthy growth of beneficial bacteria in the colon.
- Helps to cleanse and detoxify the liver.
- Provides fuel for cells lining the small intestine.
- Supports overall health by helping to maintain normal cholesterol level and blood glucose levels.
- Promotes immune health.
- Supports healthy nutrient absorption.
Toxin build up contributes to inflammatory conditions like:
- Allergies and sinus conditions.
- Skin conditions (such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis).
- Joint pain, arthritis.
- Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.
- Digestive problems (such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and inflammatory symptoms.)
- Hormonal imbalance (such as PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids and menopausal symptoms.)
- Weight gain.
- Alzheimer’s, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol.
Detoxification aids the body to function optimally by stimulating the body’s natural means of processing and eliminating. It reverses the body’s acidic state and oxygenates the cells so they can function optimally.
Who should detoxify?
It is not a question of whether you have been exposed to toxins-the question is how much impact they are having on your health. So, anyone who desires well-being, correction of disease or prevention of disease should detoxify seasonally. More specially those who want to optimize hormone therapy, weight, cholesterol, diabetic/sugar control should follow a basic detoxification protocol and repeat seasonally.
How to Detoxify?
These are two parts to effective detoxification. The first step is to reduce toxic exposure and the second step is to enhance the body’s ability to eliminate toxins through the bowel, liver, lymphatic system, kidney and skin.
Step one: reduce toxic exposures to substances:
- Plan ahead.
- Limit fruit to 1 green apple per day.
- Do not add any fat: no oils, butter, margarine. Avoid mayonnaise, bottled salad dressing and ketchup.
- You may use spices and herbs. Small amount of low sodium soy sauce, salt pepper, vinegar, mustard are allowed.
- Drink at least 8 glasses of herbal tea, distilled or filtered, purified water per day.
- Avoid coffee, alcohol, soda, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and caffeine containing beverages.
- Get plenty of rest and sleep.
- Do not get in strenuous activity, even if you are used to it. Instead, do yoga, gentle stretching, swimming, and walking. This is a great time to meditate, listen to relaxing music and engage in other stress reduction activities.
- 1st thing in the morning, drink a glass of warm water with half of the fresh lemon juice in it.
- No sugar (other than naturally occurring in the fruits and vegetables), flour and fat.
- No process food and drink.
- No cow’s milk and milk products.
- No soy, corn.
- Inhaled toxins: smoke, gasoline, paint and glue, cleaners, nail polish and perfumes. Stay away from gasoline pump when filling gas.
- Use vinegar, lemon oil, baking soda and other natural material for cleaning, see www.housekeeping.about.com/es/environment/a/alternateclean, Use natural substances for insulation of home. www.naturaldeco.co.uk
- Toxins from food and drink: alcohol, preservatives, dyes, pesticides, fertilizers, heavy metal in large fish, contaminated water, chlorinated and brominated products. Read the labels for the ingredients. If an ingredient does not sound like food, it probably is not food. Avoid king mackerel, swordfish, tilefish, and shark. Eat flounder, salmon, sardines, hearing, and catfish. See www.fishcooking.about.com/od/howtochoosefreshfish/bb/mercury
- Eat organic certified fruits and vegetables if possible.
- Get tested for heavy metals.
- Body products: petroleum based preservatives in skin and hair care products. What is supplied to your skin is absorbed like you put in your mouth. Therefore, if you would not eat it remain cautious about applying to your body.
- Even “organic: products may be preserved with toxins so look for essential oil preservatives on label such as orange oil and lemon oil. Make your own skin lotions with organic sheaf, butter, coconut oil, olive oil, and essential oil.
- Electromagnetic fields EMF: cell phones, Wi-Fi, cordless phone, air planes, and hospital radiology departments. Keep cell phones, Wi-Fi, electronic clock, computers at far distance, especially where you sleep.
Step 2: increase elimination of toxins: basic detoxification protocol takes 4 weeks
Week one: 7 days vegetable cleanse:
- Eat 8 different colors of veggie daily in soups, salads, roasted, and stewed. Organic preferred. The more raw food the better. Eat lots of crucifers. Refer to veggie list. Eat leafy vegetables as salad, with extra virgin oil or flaxseed oil and vinegar salad dressing, which provide vitamins and enzymes. Eat solid vegetable cooked with grape seed oil or coconut oil, which provide fiber, mineral and calcium.
- Avoid meat, fish, and egg, dairy.
- Avoid fried, charred, overcooked, microwaved, canned, and boxed food.
- Avoid coffee, tea, soda.
Week two to four: 3 weeks of maintaining a plate ratio for each meal of 50% of vegetables cooked and/or raw, 25% complex carbohydrates, 25% lean protein.
rice, bread, potato, sweet potato, yam, etc
chicken, turkey, egg, lean pork, beef, lamb, etc
Leafy vegetables eat as salad with extra virgin olive oil or flaxseed oil plus vinegar as salad dressing, solid vegetable cooked with grape seed oil or coconut oil.
It is recommended to consume supplements (herbs and fibers) that aid in detoxification, promote the peristaltic action of the bowel, and enhance the liver’s ability to detoxify.
Expected results (with supplements):
- Regular bowel movements.
- More energy.
- Decrease arthritis pains.
- Decrease cholesterol 20-30%.
- Weight loss 5-20 pounds.
Alfalfa sprouts, artichokes, arugula, asparagus, bean sprouts, beets, bell peppers, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chard, collard greens, cucumber, eggplant, endive lettuce, green beans, hot peppers, jacamars, kale, lentils, lettuce (spring mix), mushrooms, Napa cabbage, okra, olives (5-6 per day), peas, radishes, rapinni, snow peas spinach, tomato, watercress, edamame, zucchini, yellow squash, legumes/beans, chick peas.
- Detoxification for 2 to 4 weeks with suggested supplements.
- Then detoxification 1 week each month or 2 weeks every 3 to 6 months.
- When not on detoxification program, keep take:
- digestive enzymes, 1 capsule with each meal. If you are 30 years or older, and/or having symptoms of indigestion, like feel full and bloated, lots of gas, acid reflux, diarrhea/constipation, abdominal pain, and if you feel the common cold symptoms, allergy symptoms, take 2 capsules 3-6 times daily until you feel normal again.
- probiotic, take 1 capsule daily. If you are taking antibiotics, take 1 capsule 1 hour after each dosage of antibiotics.
- Multivitamin (Essentials 5 in 1), 2 capsules twice daily.
- Omega 3, 2 capsules twice daily.
- Vitamin D3 5000 IU, 1-2 capsules nightly,