Time for a Post Holiday Cleanse?
After the holidays many people suffer from some form of the post holiday blues.
Whether that is just because they are sad that the holidays are over, feeling slow and sluggish from all the over indulgence, or feeling blue because they gained back all their pre-holiday pounds.
Unfortunately we can’t help with the first reason, but we can help with the second and third!
When it comes to cleansing, flushing, or detoxing, whatever word you choose to use. There is a lot of stigma around it that causes many people to hesitate.
Also unfortunately there are many gimmicky, expensive, unnecessary, and potentially harmful products, programs, and practitioners who exaggerate the helpfulness of their detoxification plans. In general, we recommend that you avoid any approach that sounds dramatic or extreme.
Now this does not mean that you should ignore all the potential benefits of cleaning the toxins out of your body. There are a lot of cases where this can make all the difference. The key is to make sure that you are using a safe, quality, realistic method.
Since we specialize in holistic health here at Pure Life we can talk to you about the do’s and don’t’s of detoxing, work with you where you are at to help cleanse your body, and ensure that you are taking the additional steps that will help keep the detoxification process going even as you complete a cleanse.
We also wanted to share a few excerpts from some interesting articles in the hope that they help you get started with your post holiday cleansing.
From University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine:
What is detoxification and why do it?
Detoxification described in this handout includes the ways our bodies identify, neutralize, and eliminate things that are unhealthy for us. These include physical substances such as toxins (poisons) from our environment or by-products from the chemical processes that keep us alive. It also includes emotions or behaviors that are unhealthy. Alcohol and other narcotic withdrawal therapies are serious medical conditions requiring close supervision and are not discussed here. We live in a polluted and stressful world. A person’s body can become overburdened and strained by contaminants. This contamination can lead to health problems.
There are several types of toxins.
Anti-nutrients such as high fructose corn syrup, trans-fats, caffeine, alcohol, and processed foods
By-products from the chemical processes that keep us alive such as nitrogen, carbon dioxide, bile, urea, and stool
Medications used improperly, inappropriately, or too often
Heavy metals such as mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium, tin, and aluminum
Chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, cleaning products, solvents, and glues
Allergens such as food, mold, dust, pollen, and chemicals
Causes of infections such as bacteria, viruses, yeast, and parasites Further, there are social, emotional, and spiritual challenges that affect health and well-being: 3,4
Stress such as lack of personal time, too much work, excessive worry, too little rest, and financial strain
Unhealthy mental states such as addictions, overeating, and destructive mental patterns
Distractions that surround us such as constant noises, smells, lights, and images
Over-stimulation from advertisements, radio, computers, TV, phones, and pagers
Lack of spiritual connection, a loss of meaning and purpose
Isolation, the lack of social support and community
Nature deprivation, being disconnected from natural environments
Negative emotions and persistent self-defeating thoughts such as anger, fear, guilt, hopelessness
Our bodies and minds already have the ability to handle these challenges. This process of maintaining physical and emotional balance is called homeostasis.
The major body systems that work together to maintain health and balance include, Liver and gallbladder
Kidneys Gut Skin Lungs Lymphatics/Circulation Mind/Brain
From National Integrated Health Associates:
Toxin Exposure from Daily Living
Life in the 21st century has challenged our ability to eliminate toxicity from our bodies. Tap water, prescription drugs, chemicals, environmental pollutants, personal care products, processed food, food additives, electromagnetic radiation (EMR from cell phones, cordless phones, microwaves and computers) and mineral depletion of the soil in which our food is grown are all saboteurs of good health. Our present state of health is the result of many years of exposure and decisions about what we have taken into our body, mind and spirit.
What is Detoxification?
Detoxification is the process of removing the "bad stuff," or toxins, from the body. In order to treat disease and maintain optimum health it is imperative to decrease one's toxic load through a process of natural detoxification which will cleanse the systems of the body, allowing the body to more easily release toxins.
Why Detoxification is Important
• The accumulation of toxins over time may be the most important root cause of all diseases and dysfunctions and a major part of aging.
• Detoxification enhances the immune system and the reparative, anti-aging faculties of the body.
• The reversal of toxic accumulation through detox is critical for recovery and to restore health, especially when dealing with chronic infection or disease such as Lyme Disease, cancer, etc.
• Detoxification can rehabilitate cells and healthy living can aid in the process.
• As part of an overall plan, detoxification can improve digestion, skin tone, sleep, hormonal imbalances, immune function and general health.
How to Start with the Detoxification Process
What are your health goals?
The unique cleansing detoxification process is individually tailored based on your health goals, biology, body chemistry, exposure to toxins and current health status. Removing the toxins from your body involves understanding the process and products. It is evolutionary and expands as your health improves and starts to optimize.
The toxins that need to be removed in order for our bodies to optimally function include heavy metals, toxic chemicals, toxins from chronic infestations (Lyme, Candida, mold, parasites, virus), halogens (chlorine, flouride, bromine), and unwanted calcium accumulation.
The Detoxification Process
During the process of detoxification, you work from the outside, or external environment, to the inside of the body, the internal environment.
First is an assessment of your health, mouth (mercury fillings, cavitations or jaw bone infection), and external environment. You will clean up your external environment and begin to detoxify the bowel, liver and blood with natural cleansing products.
While many may be able to do a simple natural cleanse on their own, we have found that no matter what process they choose, patients reap the most benefits when they are guided by a coach or medical supervisor on their detoxification journey. A coach can tell you what to expect and help you stay on your individualized program and interface with the medical doctor. Coaching can also help with questions you may have about detoxification and guide you towards the modalities of detoxification that best suit your lifestyle and budget. Working in conjunction with its medical doctors, NIHA's biological dentists and health practitioners work with you to address mercury, heavy metal or other burdens affecting your health.