We are what we eat
A weak spirit can cause a strong body to become ill. It’s a very well established fact that when your spirit is low, say after losing your job or a loved one, you feel physically sick.
You may just want to curl up in your bed and stay there hoping that you will eventually feel better. But, why do you feel sick? After all, you were in good health before tragedy struck. Is there truly an unbreakable bond between body, mind and spirit and what does cleansing and detoxification have to do with it?
First, let’s examine the relationship between the body and the mind as it pertains to toxicity. When the body becomes overly toxic, oxygen flow to the brain becomes reduced.
Since the brain needs oxygen to function properly, it begins to slow down in order to conserve what little supply it’s getting. This then results in a much lower metabolic rate which generates even more toxins that our bodies need to get rid of. Unless we are willing to help with the cleansing and detoxification by taking an active hand in the struggle, it is most likely that the condition will persist and even get worse.
The imbalance from such a state of affairs is what causes us to lose “spirit” and become disheartened by our condition. We become unable to think clearly because of the reduced oxygen and begin to develop a “brain fog” which makes even the simplest thought processes difficult. It is this inability to think clearly that causes harmful thoughts to enter our minds and, in some extreme cases, may result in suicide.
It is imperative that we recognize the link between body, mind and spirit so that we may intervene when we start to have unhealthy thoughts or become depressed for no apparent reason. This life that we have is all there is. Learn to trust your instincts when you think that something is wrong and study so that you can take the proper actions.
Cleansing and detoxification can help you to lead a better life all around.
What Is Detoxification?
Detoxification is the process of clearing toxins from the body or neutralizing or transforming them, and clearing excess mucus and congestion. Many of these toxins come from our diet, drug use, and environmental exposure, both acute and chronic. Internally, fats, especially oxidized fats and cholesterol, free radicals, and other irritating molecules act as toxins. Functionally, poor digestion, colon sluggishness and dysfunction, reduced liver function, and poor elimination through the kidneys, respiratory tract, and skin all add to increased toxicity.
Detoxification involves dietary and lifestyle changes that reduce intake of toxins and improve elimination. Avoidance of chemicals, from food or other sources, refined food, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and many drugs helps minimize the toxin load. Drinking extra water (purified) and increasing fiber by including more fruits and vegetables in the diet are steps in the detoxification process.
Detoxification therapy, as fasting, is the oldest treatment known to humans and is a completely natural process; and in many cases, as we listen to our inner guidance as animals do, we may apply this process to many illnesses and states of health and life. Many authorities claim the detox process helps clear wastes and old or dead cells and revitalizes the body ís natural functions and healing capacities. Of the thousands of people that I know who have used cleansing programs, the vast majority have experienced positive and incredible results. As said, it is believed that fasting/cleansing/detoxification is the missing link in Western nutrition, and if we used this process more in our daily lives and our medical system, we could heal and prevent a great deal of disease. Now is the time for all of us in the world to listen--and to clean and clear our bodies, homes, offices, our relationships, towns, cities, countries and the entire planet, or we will perish from toxicity.
Why We Need Cleansing and Detoxification?
In today’s world, cleansing and detoxification has become much more important for maintaining health than any time in the past. Modern technology has produced stronger
chemicals in much greater abundance than ever before making it all but impossible to get through even one day without ingesting potentially deadly toxins. The air we breathe, the chemically laced foods we eat, and even the water we drink can all contribute to increased levels of toxicity. When our bodies are unable to filter out these toxins on its own, we become sick.
While it’s true that our bodies are designed to handle the elimination of a certain amount of toxins by itself, that only pertains to the toxins that are created through natural biochemical functions. In other words, the poisons created by our bodies from everyday, normal life. Where we get into trouble is when we add to those normal toxins by eating junk food, smoking, drinking alcohol, or taking drugs, prescription or otherwise. This overload of our natural filtration system causes a backlog of elimination that would make even the Swiss. Postal System blanche.
So, in order to get our attention, our bodies send out signals that manifest themselves in undesirable ways; constipation, headaches, skin disorders, bronchial congestion, and certain mental disorders. All of this is done to convince us that its time for the cleansing and detoxification of our vital elimination systems which include the lungs, liver, gallbladder, and colon. Failure to address these issues in a timely manner will produce more serious symptoms which may include even stroke or heart attack. Think of it as changing the oil or air filter in your vehicle.
Cleansing and detoxification aids our natural abilities to remove the gunk from our systems by eliminating the intake of additional toxins over a period of time thus allowing our bodies to catch up on the removal of excess waste. Even a light cleansing and detoxification that lasts for only a couple of days can make you feel better. Think of the effect that a longer, more committed detox would mean to your overall health and well-being.
Who Is Best Suited for Detoxification?
Almost everyone needs to detox, cleanse themselves, and rest their body functions at times. Cleansing or detoxification is one part of the trilogy of nutritional action, the others being building, or toning, and balance, or maintenance. With a regular, balanced diet, devoid of excesses, we will need less intensive detoxification. Our body has a daily elimination cycle, mostly carried out at night and in the early morning, up until breakfast. However, when we eat a congesting diet higher in fats, meats, dairy products, refined foods, and chemicals, detoxification becomes more necessary. Who needs to detoxify and when is based in part on individual lifestyle and needs.
Many common acute and chronic illnesses may be alleviated by a program of detoxification/cleansing, as they are basically created by short- and long-term congestive patterns.
People with addictions to any substance may benefit from a detox program, even if it is only the temporary avoidance of the addictive agent or agents. Withdrawal symptoms that commonly occur with many drugs, including sugar, caffeine, and over-the-counter medications, are precipitated by detoxification. Many of the poisons (toxins) that we ingest or make are stored in the fatty tissues. Obesity is almost always associated with toxicity. When we lose weight, we reduce our fat and thereby our toxic load. However, during weight loss we release more toxins, and thus need protection through greater intake of water, fiber, and the antioxidant nutrients, such as vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene selenium, and zinc. With exercise we can also turn fat into muscle (not literally) and help further detoxification.
More common toxicity symptoms include headache, fatigue, mucus problems, aches and pains, digestive problems, "allergy" symptoms, and sensitivity to environmental agents such as chemicals, perfumes, and synthetics. People who experience these and others on the list may benefit from diet changes or avoidance of the drug or agent that may be influencing the symptom. It may be important to differentiate allergic symptoms from those of toxicity to determine the appropriate medical care. The diet and detox program here is fairly similar to the Allergy plan discussed earlier and is often helpful in reducing allergic symptoms. Fasting can be extremely beneficial for people with allergies. Of course, there may be subtle characteristics of toxicity that differentiate it from other health concerns.
When Is the Best Time to Cleanse / Detoxify?
We need to incorporate natureís cycles with our own cycles. We may notice regular periods of congestion, and we may reduce or prevent these by following a more detoxifying program. Whenever we feel congested, our first step is to follow detox procedures, many of which we can fine-tune in time with our experience of what works for us. I have found personally that if I start to feel congestion or a cold coming on, then I can exercise and sweat, sauna or steam, drink loads of fluids, take vitamins C and A, and get a good night ís sleep without eating much--and almost every time I will wake up healed! If I feel my bowels are backed up, I will usually take some herbs to stimulate them.
Each of us has a natural cleansing time when our body wants a lighter diet, more liquids, and greater elimination than intake. This occurs daily, usually in the night until midmorning; it may occur weekly but more commonly for a few days a month. Women, in particular, are aware of this natural cleansing time with their female cycle. In fact, many women do much better premenstrually and during their periods if they follow a cleansing program--more juices, greens, lighter foods, herbs, and so on--in the week before their menstruation.
To summarize here, the seasonal changes are the key stress times in nature and the times where we most need to lighten up our outer demands and consumptions and turn more within to listen to our inner world that mirrors the natural cycles. Spring is the key time for detoxification; autumn is also important. At least a one- to two-week program is suggested at these times. In spring, we may eat more citrus fruits, fresh greens, and juices or try the Master Cleanser lemonade diet, while in autumn we may dine on other harvests, such as apples or grapes, and the many vegetables. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables are appropriate when we are going into summer; and brown rice, vegetables, and soups may be best to simplify our diet when going into winter. Finally in summer is probably the time when most people have holidays, therefore our body and mind is ready to accept a transformation of our dietary routine and adopt to a detox cycle.
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