Each and every day, the human body is assaulted with toxic substances in the air you breathe, the food you eat, the water you drink, and even the products that you voluntarily use. The National Human Monitoring Program (NHMP) has been monitoring exposure for decades, and in conjunction with the National Human Adipose Tissue Survey (NHATS), has studied more than 12,000 human adipose (fat) tissue samples and discovered an astonishing 100 percent of the samples have some kind of exposure to toxic chemicals.
These toxic chemicals can stay in the body for years or decades, causing a host of health problems, from skin lesions to cancer. The good news is that there are things that people can do to help the body eliminate these toxins from the body. Here are 5 easy ways to detox your body for starters:
Exercise helps detoxify the body two ways. First, as most people know, exercise reduces body fat, which is where many toxins are stored. By reducing the amount of fat in the body, there are fewer places for the toxins to hide. Any exercise that increased the heart rate will do the trick. (If you need a little help getting off of the couch, read 10 Great Ways To Motivate Yourself To Exercise.)
Once these toxins are released into the blood stream, it's the job of the lymphatic system to remove them. Exercise also helps the lymphatic system function better, as it works in conjunction with the circulatory system. The fluid of the lymphatic system, called Lymph, is a nearly clear fluid that surrounds cells and is responsible for circulating proteins and interstitial fluid throughout the body as well as transporting bacteria to the lymph nodes to be destroyed.
Chelation is a process that uses certain substances to remove toxic substances and heavy metals from the body. The substances bind to the toxins and allow them to be removed from the body. The drawback is that many chelation agents can only be administered in a health care setting. One chelation agent, called DMSA, is usually available by prescription, but it can also be purchased online.
Other natural chelation agents include sulfur containing compounds like N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), ALA, SAMe, and glutathione (GSH).These can be ordered online or be found at natural markets.
When using chelation agents, it's vitally important to use a multi-mineral supplement because chelation therapy can remove beneficial minerals like zinc and magnesium from the body as well.
No one likes to talk about their colon, but some people believe that the colon can harbor a whole host of toxic chemicals in excess fecal waste. Colonics, also called colonic irrigation is a process similar to an enema, but is said to be much more effective at removing waste because it uses a much larger volume of water. Some experts recommend against using colonic irrigation however because of the risk of electrolyte imbalance, dehydration and even death in some severe cases. If colonics is something that a person is interested in, they should speak with a doctor to ensure that it is safe for them because some medical conditions are contraindicative.
Saunas are an effective way to detoxify the body, but not all saunas are created equal. Some saunas, particularly older models use regular heat. However the best saunas use infrared heat, which can penetrate the skin and don't require as high a temperature to be effective. Saunas cause the body to sweat, allowing toxins to escape through the body's largest organ, the skin. Infrared saunas are also purported to release toxins in adipose tissue allowing them to be flushed, since the infrared rays penetrate the skin, though this has not been definitively proven.
Dietary supplements are a multi-billion dollar a year business. Many of these supplements are designed to detoxify the body. A number of these products are specifically intended to detoxify the liver because the liver works like a filter for the blood, so just like on a car; if the filter is clogged the engine can't function properly. The same is true of the body. Recommended supplements for liver detoxification include milk thistle, dandelion, schisandra, N-Acetyl Cysteine, vitamin C, and B-complex vitamins.
There are supplements for a colon cleanse as well. Senna, ginger root and fiber can all help detoxify the colon. Users should beware however that this will stimulate bowel movements. To detox kidneys a decoction of burdock root and dandelion can be used as well as gravel root tincture.
Lobelia tea is a respiratory expectorant and is great to detox the respiratory system. It can have a bad taste so it can be sweetened with honey to make it more palatable. It will help clear any accumulated phlegm. This is particularly helpful after someone quits smoking.
There are kits of supplements that are available at most health food stores as well though some of these may work more effectively than others. Often there are multiple pills that must be consumed daily.
While detoxifying the body it's important to maintain a balanced diet, with lots of fresh fruits and veggies. Many people go completely vegetarian during the detox. It's also important to take a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement to replace anything lost during the detox.
A detox can last from one day to one month and can be done monthly, twice a year or yearly. It's all a matter of personal preference. But it is clear that with the number of toxins in the environment all around us that detoxifying is good for everyone.