Detox, short for detoxification, is the body’s natural, ongoing process of neutralizing or eliminating toxins from the body. Toxins are anything that can potentially harm body tissue, including waste products that result from normal cell activity, such as ammonia, lactic acid and homocysteine, and human-made toxins that we are exposed to in our environment, food, and water. The liver, intestines, kidneys, lungs, skin, blood and lymphatic systems work together to ensure that toxins are transformed chemically to less harmful compounds and excreted from the body.
Body cleansing is a method of helping your body eliminate toxic waste stored in its tissues. This means of cleaning is an action that occurs regularly and naturally in the body. Generally the body will cleanse itself sufficiently, but our repeated exposure to environmental toxins, chemically based products and processed foods will interfere with the body’s regular cleansing function. A wide variety of detoxification methods can be used in order to activate the body’s self-cleaning function. An extremely influential and often missed element of keeping the body clean and healthy is prevention — establishing a way of living that as much as possible limits your exposure to toxins.
Such intense levels of toxic overload is typically caused by an improper diet, stress, overeating, sedentary lifestyle, illness, and poor health habits in general. When the accumulation of toxins in the body leads to disease, the body has developed what is known as toxemia. When toxemia occurs, some people’s digestive tracts become incapable of breaking down and digest food normally. When the digestive system is impaired in this way, food does not move efficiently through the digestive tract. Rather than being digested normally, food will rot and create toxic by-products. This condition is known as intestinal toxemia or toxic colon syndrome.
There are many different ways to cleanse and detoxify the body. Body cleansing is both a short-term and a long-term processes. In the short term, we periodically implement a healthy detox program (like Bloom’s Detox Program) to help flush toxins that have accumulated in the body. Long term, we make changes in our daily habits and lifestyle. This can occur gradually over time. You can choose to change 2 or 4 habits a year, for example. Eliminate coffee, get more excercise, do deep breathing exercises in the morning, eat more vegetables and fresh fruit.
The benefits of detox vary per person and type of detox, but can include: improved energy, clearer skin, regular bowel movements, improved digestion, weight loss, and increased concentration and/or clarity.
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