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At the start of any new year, lots of people want to try and start with a clean, healthy body—a body detox —and that is a great idea! Don’t forget, though, that you can start anytime—spring is often the traditional time for detoxing, but you can start (or re-cleanse) in spring, summer, fall and winter. You can do a whole-body cleansing every month, every 2 or 3 months, every 6 months of whatever schedule works best for you!
The main organ involved in cleaning out natural and man-made toxins in your body is the liver. But—don’t forget the other organs that play an important role in removing toxins—don’t forget your lungs, kidney, intestines and digestive system, lymphatics and skin. To get a total-body cleansing, those organs need to be supported and healthy as well!
has been called the “Emperor of Minerals” because it is essential in literally hundreds of biochemical reactions every cell performs—all day and all night. Yet, because of dietary habits and farming practices, magnesium deficiencies are being recognized as a real medical problem. Slight to large magnesium deficiencies are associated with irregular beats of the heart, anxiety, depression, constipation, muscle cramping, premenstrual syndrome, kidney diseases, heart attacks, diabetes, insomnia, fatigue, fibromyalgia, muscle pain, headaches, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, seizures and numbness/tingling sensations in the extremities.
It is likely that many people have what is known as subclinical magnesium deficiency. This means that their magnesium levels are not low enough to produce strong or consistent symptoms of magnesium deficiency, but not high enough to provide enough magnesium for all the biochemical reactions that require this mineral. In this case, the whole body essentially makes choices—for example, the heart is absolutely essential to health in the immediate sense—skeletal muscle function is not as essential, so the body may “save” its magnesium for the heart first and secondly for other systems like the skeletal muscles. The end result is that your heart continues functioning normally, while your leg muscles are not as strong or healthy as they might be—but while you might seek medical attention if you are experiencing heart rhythm irregularities, you are much less likely to see your doctor complaining that sometimes your muscles feel a bit weak!
In a total body cleansing or detoxification protocol—like ToxinRid’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 or 10- day protocols, magnesium functions to “wake up” stimulate the energy-producing biochemical reaction and, potentially, all the reactions that the body put on the “back burner” if you are sub-clinically magnesium deficient. Magnesium also stimulates the intestines—and that helps eliminate the toxins from your whole body. Magnesium may also help reduce anxiety and muscle discomfort while doing a total body cleansing/detoxing.
is another critical mineral in the body—and in total body cleansing or detoxification programs. Calcium is well-known to be important for strong, healthy bones and teeth, but it is also critical for heart function, muscle function, the nervous system, blood clotting and regulating the fluid balances in your body. This last function is especially important in cleaning your whole body—in large part, the liver biochemically alters toxins and waste products to become water-soluble so that you can eliminate these now-water-soluble toxins in your urine. Calcium helps maintain that fluid and electrolyte balance. FYI—electrolytes are minerals like magnesium and calcium in their ionic (charged) state.
is needed to prevent anaemia—but iron also supports the muscles, nerves and overall cell function. Iron is especially important for the role it plays in respiration—both on a cellular level and on our breathing. Iron forms the core of haemoglobin—the oxygen-carrying molecule found in all red blood cells. Haemoglobin binds to and carries oxygen throughout the whole body, providing this vital substance to every cell of the body. Haemoglobin also, however, carries carbon dioxide—a cellular waste product—from every cell of the body and releases this waste product in the air sacs of the lungs, allowing the lungs to get rid of carbon dioxide with every breath out that we take.
But even beyond those functions, iron is also required for the normal cellular detoxification processes. Iron-dependent enzymes—members of the cytochromeP450 enzyme family that are found in the liver—are essential for the entire detoxification process—they just won’t work without iron!
such as chloride, potassium, sodium and boron are used in products like ToxRid’s “PreRid Tablets” to support the organs of detoxification and help maintain normal electrolyte balance—and one reason that drinking lots of water during the detoxification and total body cleansing process is recommended. Boron is a particularly interesting mineral used in the detoxification/cleansing process because it can increase the effectiveness of natural antioxidants like Vitamin C (found in alfalfa and kelp extracts used in the “PreRid” tablets) and “ chase out” heavy metals like lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury and chromium, often stored in fat cells. These heavy metals form salts with various ionic minerals that make these now water-soluble to be excreted in the urine.
Minerals are, in a sense, the vital nuts and bolts of the detoxification process for two main reasons:
The natural detoxification mechanisms of the body rely on minerals to perform their functions—and sufficient levels of minerals are needed for optimal functioning. During your detoxification and cleansing process, it makes sense that you provide your body with enough minerals for optimal function!
Toxins and waste materials are often stored in fat cells and can be, at times, difficult to “nudge” these toxins and waste materials out of the fat cells and into the blood where they can then be flushed out through the natural elimination systems of the body—where they can be detoxified in the liver, using the natural enzymes found there, flushed into the urine, sweated out through the skin, breathed out by the lungs, cleared by the lymphatics and excreted by the large intestines. Minerals are essential for this process.
You might have wondered why alfalfa and kelp are included in the ToxRid products—well, here’s why:
contain vitamins like Vitamin C already mentioned, but it also contains high levels of Vitamins K and the B vitamins. The B complex vitamins are especially important in cleansing protocols because they help convert food into useable energy—ensuring that your organs of detoxification like the liver, lungs, kidneys, lymphatics and skin have the energy available to do the job they are supposed to do—clean out all the built-up toxins and waste products from each and every cell.
Alfalfa also contains high levels of natural plant-based antioxidants. These antioxidants help to protect your body from toxins and waste products, but they also help to control inflammation that is a result of the build-up of toxins and cellular waste products.
Alfalfa works to help your kidneys flush out toxins and waste products in the urine—this is again why it is so important that you drink plenty of water during the cleansing process
Alfalfa also serves to provide fiber. This fiber is useful in grabbing up toxins and waste products in the intestines, ensuring their elimination in the stool.
Alfalfa also is a source of chlorophyll—the green pigment used by plants to produce energy. It is believed to protect against various toxins, including carcinogens.
is a form of brown seaweed and is a rich source of iodine (needed for thyroid function), calcium, iron and potassium. Kelp has been used to support the thyroid and weight loss. It has also been used to protect against radiation exposure and is used as a bulk laxative, again supporting the elimination of toxins via the stool. Kelp is also a rich source of Vitamins A, D, C and E as well as many B vitamins.
Psyllium contains high amounts of fiber—both soluble and insoluble fiber.
Let’s take a bit of a sidebar to talk about soluble and insoluble fiber and the role they play in detoxification.
Soluble fiber dissolves in water—in the process, it absorbs water and softens the stool. Soluble fiber also can help slow digestion, help you with weight loss and can play a role in controlling blood sugar levels. Soluble fiber can help remove cholesterol, including LDL-cholesterol, often referred to as “bad” cholesterol.
Insoluble fiber won’t dissolve in water—and it won’t be digested but passes through the large intestine without being broken down. The main advantage of insoluble fiber is that it “drags” along with it all toxins and other waste products. It also “drags” along all those detoxified substances from the liver which were then dumped into the gall bladder—and from there into the large intestine. Insoluble fiber also “drags” some more water with it, softening the stool, allowing for an easier, gentler bowel movement.
Psyllium (Plantago) is a plant that was originally found in the Mediterranean and in India but is now found throughout the world. It is used in most traditional medicine systems, primarily to promote intestinal health, functions of the digestive system and regular bowel movements. It also has benefits in supporting cardiovascular health and supports healthy levels of blood sugar.
In detoxification and cleansing protocols, psyllium powder is used to promote the removal of toxins and waste products by increasing the number and frequency of bowel movements. It is also used to promote weight loss.
We are water-based creatures—up to 60% of our entire body is water with some organs—the brain, skin, lungs and kidneys containing even more than 60% water!
The liver detoxifies by converting toxins and metabolic wastes into water-soluble substances—and then pours these into the gallbladder and blood to be excreted via the intestines or the kidney.
Iron-based hemoglobin carries carbon dioxide waste to the lungs, where it is excreted as part of water vapor.
The kidneys excrete these converted toxins, metabolic wastes and heavy metal salts into the urine, temporarily stored in the urinary bladder.
Some of the now water-soluble salts and altered toxins enter the lymphatic system—from there, they are dumped into the bloodstream for eventual removal by the kidneys.
Other toxins and waste products find their way into the skin—where they are excreted through water-based sweat.
THIS is the main reason that it is always recommended and very important to drink lots and lots of water as you are detoxifying and cleansing your body. You need the extra water to ensure you are flushing out everything there is to be flushed! It is often recommended that you drink purified water, especially while you are detoxifying—and that is a great idea! Why take the risk of adding toxins to your body when your entire goal is to remove toxins?
But—to add an additional and important reason to think about water—you should also ensure that all these toxins and waste products are removed from the surface of your body! How do you go about doing that? There are two main approaches you can use:
Use a glycerin-based soap daily in your bath and shower to remove any excreted toxins that are on your skin.– You might consider also using purified water to shower or bathe.
Use a shampoo like “Old Style Aloe” Toxin Rid Shampoo and Ultra Clean to remove various toxins and other substances from your hair down to the hair shaft.
Toxins can be found at levels up to 300 times higher in the hair than in other samples from the body—urine or blood, for example. Heavy metals, and other toxins can get concentrated in the hair—and for complete detoxification, these have to clean out as well!