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Fall Is Here! Time To Detoxify Your Body
Saturday, 01 September 2012 00:00

Time to DetoxifyEver wonder why your body sometimes feels sluggish yet you're not sick? You try to be energetic and get outside to do something productive but your body is just not up to it. To address the problem, you resort to gulping up cups of coffee, eating more or maybe taking a cigarrette, thinking it'll make you more lively afterwards. For a while, you feel good; unknowingly though, you're accumulating toxins in your body. With this scenario happening more and more, you might need to detoxify!

What are toxins?

Toxins are agents that are able to cause body harm. There are two kinds of toxins, the Exogenous or external toxins and Endogenous or internal toxins. The Exogenous toxins come from external sources such as car fumes, tobacco smoke, drugs, factory pollution, etc. On the other hand, the Enogenous toxins come from viral or bacterial infection. Due to metabolism, the body creates its own toxin called Autogenous toxins.

These harmful substances are eliminated in the body in a process called Detoxification.

Detoxification is the removal of stored toxic products from the bowel, the blood, liver, and kidneys including the great amount of toxic substances stored in body fat. Naturally, the body detoxifies itself all day. The peak of detoxification occurs when the body is rested during sleep until noon. This is a way for the body to eliminate the toxins acquired from pollution, stimulants and nutrients. Unfortunately, this natural process becomes overloaded trying to keep up with the demands our lifestyle and environment puts it through.

Fortunately, we can assist this natural detox process. The easiest way is with a natural food detox program which transitions to what I call a smart eating program designed to change your diet from poor to healthy by incorporating only organic lean meats, fruits and vegetables.

For the ever busy people, you can substitute stimulants with natural food choices to acquire a healthy and active body. The most common stimulants to be substituted are refined white sugar, coffee, diet pills, cigarettes and red meat.

Here are some suggestions:
Sugar has a stimulating effect. Hence, we feel invigorated when we drink colas. What we do not know, refined white sugar has detrimental effects on the body. Examples of products containing refined white sugar are cola and ketchup. It is advised to cut down on it by using brown sugars like cane sugar which is natural. Fruit juices also give the same kick as to refined white sugar.

Late night workers resort to drinking coffee to keep them awake. As natural substitute to coffee with a detoxifying effect is Japanese or Chinese green tea. The Japanese or Chinese green tea gives the same kick because it also contains caffeine but it does not contain substances that are irritating to the stomach.

Diet pills are also stimulants for the body to be kept alive. This may be observed among athletes specially, during time for competitions because they give more energy. They are being taken albeit the toxic effect in the body. In lieu of this, athletes must take fruits instead due to their natural detoxifying effects.

For cigarette smokers who think smoking stimulates their mind to think, they must think twice for smoking causes cancer. If they take carrots, they will experience the same effect in a more natural way.

For red meat lovers who really feel good and strong after feasting on said food, they better think about cutting on it. Fish is a better substitute.

Here are a few more ideas to help you remove toxins from your body:

#1 - Drink water. Drinking plenty of fresh, natural water will help your body rid itself of built up toxins. Try to avoid drinking sodas and sugary juices which can make the problem worse and instead stick to water as your drink of choice. And remember coffee and tea can dehydrate the body and undo all the good work, so drink an additional glass of water for each caffeinated drink you consume.

#2 - Exercise. Exercise is one of the best ways to remove toxins from the body. We all need to move and vigorous exercise will not only help you feel good but you'll also build a healthy body and mind. In the process you'll clean toxins out of your system through sweat. click here for our cardio training tips.

#3 - Use the sauna. Many believe that saunas have a similar effect in clearing toxins as exercise. It's not for everyone but may be worth a shot. Don't use the sauna for prolonged periods and ensure that it's okay with your medical practitioner.

#4 - Eat fiber. Eating plenty of whole natural grains and vegetables ensures that our bodies get enough fiber. The toxins in your system will bind to these toxins and be swept out of your body on a regular basis. Eating plenty of fiber is one of the best ways to rid yourself of toxins and create better all around health. This means healthier skin too.

#5 - Eat fruits and vegetables. Both are high in fiber which is great for the body but also contain a high antioxidant count. Antioxidants help the body relieve itself of toxins. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will mean and healthier you.

#6 - Avoid junk. Junk can be found in fast food, pre-packaged foods and microwavable meals. These types of foods contain added preservatives and chemicals which are harmful to our bodies and can make skin conditions worse. Avoid these junky foods and instead opt for whole, natural foods as much as possible.

#7 - Try a therapeutic total body detox. Many experts believe that a detox diet can help rid of the body of excess toxins while reducing overall body fat. The Body Focus Cleanse21 Therapeutic Detox combines real food with nutritional supplements such as a probiotic, immunity booster and an organic greens and fruit blend. Developed by Dr. Steven Nelligar, this 21 day program is a great option for anyone who is looking to jump start their wellness or weight loss plan and should be repeated every 4 months to keep your body functioning at its optimal level.

Toxins are unfortunately all around us. Many natural health experts believe that it's the build up of these toxins in our bodies that lead to ill health and conditions colon disease. Therefore, by removing these toxins we can create a more healthy body.

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Adrian Woodrow, M.D. is committed to the prevention of disease and remains current in all leading related medical developments.
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