Detoxification is the KEY to longevity
Let’s face it, we live in a toxic world and detoxification is growing increasingly popular. The basic premise is that your body accumulates more toxins in the modern world than its natural detoxification system (your liver, kidneys and lungs) can get rid of. We are not only inundated with chemicals, like pesticides, chlorine, cleaning agents and carbon monoxide on a daily basis, but they also build up over time and have a cumulative effect and create disease.
This process typically starts with a change in the diet. Because we Americans tend to have bad diets and eat foods that lead to constipation, sometimes merely changing the diet, can aid in the body eliminating better. People are ideally supposed to have one or two bowel movements a day, but many go two to three DAYS between eliminations. The normal pathway is for your body to eliminate theses toxins is through the liver, which converts these toxins to water soluble molecules so that they can be flushed out in the urine or feces. If there is a delay in elimination, these toxins stay in your system longer.
The old idea for detoxing was to fast. Techniques like the “Master Cleanse” are simply a terrible thing to do for your body, only ingesting lemon juice, syrup and cayenne pepper. Your body needs nutrients to perform optimally under any condition, and that includes functions of detoxification.
So what can you do?
In addition to avoiding or limiting exposure to toxins, you need to focus on eating a healthy diet, based on your blood type or nutritional needs to have best overall benefits. Timeless guidelines that were created by Dr. Weston Price in the 1920s, still ring true today.
Eat foods that are natural, unprocessed and organic ( containing no sugar except for occasional bit of honey or syrup).
Eat foods that grow in your native environment. Locally grown and seasonal foods.
Eat unpasteurized dairy products and fermented foods.
Eat at least one-third of your food raw.
Make sure you eat enough healthy fats
Know that if you are deficient in essential vitamins and minerals, your body will actually use toxic heavy metals as “stand-ins” instead. Your skin eliminates toxins too, and is our largest organ of elimination, but many people do not sweat on a regular basis. This may due to sedentary living, or wearing clothing that does not breathe well. This is important as it can enhance your natural metabolic processes, improves circulation and helps oxygenate cellular tissue.
Lastly, you should avoid starting any detox program when you are sick. You need to establish a healthy lifestyle and dietary habits first, so you can have a reserve that your body can draw on to allow your liver do its job. Consult with Dr Sweeney or someone who has assisted people through this process. If not done properly you can overwhelm the bodies systems with the toxic substances that are being eliminated and become sick.