What is the best detoxification program?

Many people at some point during the year consider embarking on a detoxification program; it can be after the holidays in order to lose weight or to just to try to feel healthier. Unfortunately short-term detoxification has a very limited effect and low compliance. Drinking a shake twice a day instead of eating or drastically changing the diet is a recipe for failure for most people.

With the increasing incidence of degenerative conditions detoxification should become a way of living.
By incorporating these simple changes we can take an active role in preventing serious conditions and maintaining our vitality.

Adults need 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night. During sleep the brain clears out toxins, some of which are linked to brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s. Not sleeping enough depresses the immune system, increases the risk of a heart attack, raises blood pressure, accelerates tumor growth, exacerbates chronic conditions, increases appetite, makes losing weight difficult, and accelerates the aging process.

Eat Organic
Two weeks on an organic diet will significantly lower the load of pesticides in our system. It is important to be aware that when we are told that pesticide residue in food is not a concern, the cumulative effect is not taken into account. This is especially so in animal products (meat, dairy, eggs) that tend to accumulate pesticides from their feed in larger amounts than vegetables. Fruits and vegetables that are best bought organic are: strawberries, peaches, nectarines, grapes, tangerines, bell peppers, asparagus, artichokes, green beans, carrots and sweet potatoes.

Fermented Vegetables  
This is the best source of probiotics to replenish and keep a healthy intestinal flora, it is important for digestion and assimilation of nutrients as well as a strong immunity. Non-pasteurized sauerkraut, kimchi, or other fermented vegetables can be added as a condiment to our meals.

Limit Alcohol
Feeling buzzed is the body signaling that we have overcome the liver capacity to detoxify alcohol and we need to stop drinking. Alcohol spikes blood sugar and affects brain chemistry by lowering levels of serotonin, the feel good neurotransmitter, increasing anxiety and depression. Drink plenty of water, the body needs water to remove waste.

Don’t Eat Close to Bedtime
Metabolism is at its lowest during sleep, food before bedtime will generate free radicals that damage the tissues contributing to chronic illness and accelerating the aging process.

Skin Products

Everything we put on the skin gets absorbed into our system. Many cosmetic and bath products have toxic ingredients. Web sites like www.ewg.org/skindeep offer toxicity ratings on everything from shampoo to sunscreen.

Perspiration is paramount to get rid of toxins. Exercise to the point of breaking a sweat is an important component of a detoxification program. If for some reason this is not possible, infrared saunas are a good alternative.

Addressing Emotional Issues
Toxic emotions are also damaging to our system and need to be addressed. There is a plethora of therapeutic options; best results are obtained when the body is engaged through yoga, acupuncture, massage, craniosacral therapy and other modalities that help move stored emotions. Calming the mind through meditation can relax the nervous system and increase awareness.