| DoctorHelps | Medical Toxicology
Detoxification may be the key to you feeling better and having greater health. Here is why it's so important. These days we are exposed to thousands of chemicals in the air and in our food, in our water and in consumer goods. Currently, around 100,000 chemicals are registered for use on the market and 1,000 are being added each year. Basic physiological processes such as digestion and cellular metabolism also produce byproducts that we need to eliminate.
Although our bodies are equipped with natural defences that help us deal with these toxins, the organs and organ systems we rely on to filter and eliminate waste and contaminants, - primarily lungs, liver, colon, kidneys, skin, lymphatic system, and blood - become sluggish under the load of our increasingly toxic world. When our systems get plugged up, the backlog stays in the body, builds up further, and can contribute to short- and long-term health problems. In 2006, Environmental Defence, an environmental watchdog group, provided tests for families with children as young as ten, and found that their bodies contained traces of 46 of the 68 toxins they tested for, including carcinogens, hormone disruptors, respiratory toxins, reproductive developmental toxins and neurotoxins. The results show that our bodies' natural processes of elimination need assistance.
Some signs of increased body toxicity are constipation or diarrhea, bad breath, frequent headaches, frequent cold and flu, low energy level, skin problems, sensitivities, mood swings, aches and pains, and sleep problems. If you experience these symptoms, it's time to think about detoxifying your body. For an effective detoxification it is important to reduce the intake of the harmful substances that tax the body and maximize the supply of nutrients required to optimize the body's detoxification pathways. To support the detoxification process, you need to stop smoking and consuming alcohol, start exercising, eat organic food, eliminate caffeine, drink more water, consume more fruits and vegetables and cut down on sugar and salt. It is also a good idea to reduce the amount of food you eat.
There are some natural remedies which promote detoxification process. For example, milk thistle and dandelion stimulate the liver and improve its function. Probiotics create healthy bowel condition, decreasing toxic load. Zeolites (naturally occurring volcanic minerals) trap toxins in their cage-like structure, reducing the amount of toxins circulating in the body.
Detoxifying will improve your appearance, regulate your sleep patterns, and boost your emotional well-being. It will increase your vitality and your underlying health and may also help you lose weight. Some other benefits of detoxification are improved mood and inner harmony, increased energy level, boosted physical performance and improved libido.
Any detoxification program needs to be administered individually. The diet and the natural remedies need to be custom-made, taking into account your gender, age, body mass index, any presence of pathological conditions, allergies and susceptibilities, and inherently weak organs and systems. A detox-friendly lifestyle that includes a proper diet with regular detoxifying, can become the key to a good health we all want to achieve.