Cleansing – quick fix or lifestyle?

Performing regular body cleanses and detoxes are one of my core principle beliefs on health and healing.

We are in constant contact with harmful organisms and pollutants. They are in our water, in our food, and in the air we breathe; it’s very difficult to get away from them. The source of many health issues is the toxins that have built up in our bodies over the years. We can never avoid all toxins, but we can flush them out regularly.

Toxins are any substance that can be poisonous or cause negative health effects on the body and mind. Toxin refers to all the metals, chemicals, pollutants, artificial food ingredients, pesticides, and poisons that cause the body harm. “Toxin” is a very broad term and can be used in different contexts by different people.

What exactly is a cleanse? Simply put, a cleanse or detox is a process in which a person makes changes to clear their body and mind of toxins and pollutants. These changes typically involve abstaining from certain harmful things and setting positive habits for the body and mind.

Let us first understand the natural ability our bodies have to cleanse themselves.

The Body and Detoxification

The human body has a natural ability to detoxify itself. In fact, the body has several systems in place for removing harmful waste. The excretory system plays the largest role in detoxification. The most obvious detoxification this system uses is defecation and urination. The main organs that compose the excretory system are the skin, liver, lungs, large intestine, and kidneys.

When sweat passes through your sweat glands, it takes toxins with it. It is the the job of the liver to filter and excrete waste, hormones, drugs, and other foreign potentially poisonous substances. The lungs help remove carbon dioxide. The large intestine has several important jobs, absorbing water and remaining vitamins and nutrients from food. It also converts waste into stool to be expelled from the body through defecation. The kidneys filter the blood and help remove waste from the body through urination.

The entire body relies on this system to live a healthy life. Your body is detoxifying itself all the time, around the clock. Even your brain flushes out toxins while you sleep. It is essential to take care of these organs and allow them to do their job.

Some changes are temporary, such as following a cleansing diet, others are permanent, such as becoming a vegetarian or vegan. You can do a “jump start” and follow a plan or a program, or you can make one change at a time to create a habit of healthy living. 

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