Let’s first define some terms so that everyone is on the same “page”.
is a natural process that goes on throughout your life, removing wastes and metabolic by-products all the time, using the natural elimination systems of the body. Detoxification has become even more important today because of the large number of new foreign substances that have been introduced into all our personal environments. However, a good portion of our body energy is committed to elimination of harmful substances 24 hours a day and 7 days a week! That’s the good news! Every cell in our body detoxifies as a natural and normal part of its “routine”. Another bit of good news is that we can help every cell—and all of our organs of elimination—in this detoxification process.
Most often, people talk about the liver and detoxification. It is true that the liver is the central organ of detoxification. The liver, however, performs lots of other functions beside detoxification—and one reason that is important to know is that if the liver is too “busy” detoxifying substances, then all the other functions of the liver slow down or are impaired in other ways—these functions include energy production and control, fat and protein metabolism as well as helping to control blood flow and blood sugar levels. High levels of toxins come from your environment, your diet or your lifestyle—chronic stress on a lifestyle level and at a cellular level can also increase your toxic load.
Besides the liver, there are other organs important for detoxification—these include the lungs, the kidneys, the digestive tract, the lymphatic system and the skin. Keep these other organs in mind—many of the natural detoxification methods rely on supporting these organs.
How can we rejuvenate our bodies? Rejuvenation can be defined as the process of renewing and restoring your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. You can’t turn the clock back, but you can look and feel younger and feel more energetic—and this can become the New You. We have all seen people who look 10 or 20 years younger than they are or those that just look much younger. How do they do it? How do they rejuvenate themselves? There are probably as many ways as there are people, but there is a core to rejuvenation—you must ensure that your body is working optimally—and for that, a critical part is detoxification. So, first comes detoxification—and then, rejuvenation begins!
The important ways to rejuvenate include healthy eating, healthy exercise, healthy rest, sleep and relaxation and healthy stress reduction. So, after you begin to detoxify, the longer-term process of rejuvenation begins! It may mean introducing some new things into your life—like meditation or other stress management techniques, a new way of eating or a new way of exercising, but when you look into the mirror or just stop and see or feel how the new healthier you is feeling—it will be well worth it!
You can try and detoxify all day and all night—but it will be an exercise in futility unless you also clean and detoxify your environment! You can only control your immediate environment—you can’t control air or water pollution, but you can control the air, water, clothes, body products and other things that you encounter every day.
Here are some basic approaches to cleaning your environment:
Look into filtering the air in your home. There are also several different types of ozone generators that can help purify the air in your home.
You probably don’t want to live in a bubble, so you can’t purify all the air around you. But—you CAN purify the air in your home, removing dust particles, animal dander, microbes, tiny pests and fumes from your home. These air filters and purifiers can cost relatively little or can be very expensive—that part is up to you!
Look into filtering the water you drink and the water you use for bathing.
Reverse osmosis (RO) filters can be the most efficient but getting a carbon filter for your drinking water and shower water can be very effective. RO filters are expensive—but if you rely on carbon filters, that adds up over the long term as well. Again—your choice!
Start changing your diet to whole, unprocessed foods—with as many organically grown foods as you can manage. This may mean some significant changes in the way you eat and cook, but these changes are worth it for a few reasons:
First, you will be decreasing the amounts of toxins and synthetic chemicals you are putting into your body
Second, you will be providing your body with the nutrients, vitamins and minerals it needs to naturally detoxify your body.
As mentioned, the liver is probably THE most important organ of elimination. But, other organs of elimination play very important roles in detoxification too:
The lungs help filter out particles and exchanges a byproduct of metabolism—carbon dioxide (CO2)– with oxygen (O2). The lungs also help filter out and trap microbes—bacterial, viruses, fungi and molds. Coughing is the normal way the lungs expel the globs of trapped particles and bacteria.
The kidneys filter the blood and fluids of the body, removing metabolic wastes and other toxins. The bladder stores these fluids for excretion.
The large intestines carry solid wastes for excretion. The liver dumps many of its detoxified wastes via the gall bladder into the large intestine. The large intestine is also home to the gut flora—these beneficial bacteria not only produce vitamins and other nutrients for our use, but they also can support the excretion of heavy metals and help metabolize and detoxify numerous substances.
The skin is the largest organ of elimination for toxins—mainly through the sweat.
The lymphatic system is a network of vessels, tissues and organs that run throughout your body, transporting lymphatic fluid. The lymphatic fluid contains immune cells throughout the body, providing a sort of “immediate response team” for infections. The lymph fluid also removes various toxic materials from hundreds of lymph nodes distributed throughout the body and from lymph-associated organs including the tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus.
As mentioned, the liver is the primary detoxifying organ. In the liver, all sorts of metabolic byproducts, synthetic chemicals and xenobiotics (material that is foreign to the body) go through a 2-step enzymatic process that is known as Phase I and Phase II detoxification.
In Phase I, enzymes that are part of the cytochrome P450 family (P450) convert fat-soluble substances into water-soluble substances. Nutrients required for Phase I reactions include B complex vitamins, folate, glutathione, antioxidants, Vitamins E and C.
In Phase II, these now-water-soluble substances are altered even further so they can be excreted into the gallbladder (and into the large intestine) or by the kidneys. Nutrients required for Phase II reactions include various amino acids and substances found in various vegetables and fruit.
So how can you support your own body’s natural detoxification process? Here are some straightforward (though not always simple) approaches to take:
The single most important thing you can do to support all your organs of elimination is to provide your body with all the nutrients it needs to do what it is supposed to be doing! This means a healthy, whole-foods diet.
Eat lots of whole grains, lean poultry, fish, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes and—importantly—lots of vegetables and fruit. Eat a variety of vegetables by varying color and type of vegetable and fruit. Emphasize leafy green vegetables.
Avoid or minimize beef and pork—and only eat grass-fed meats and free-range poultry. Avoid any processed, fatty and fast food.
Drink lots of water throughout the day—staying hydrated supports all the organs of elimination—the lungs, liver, skin, kidneys, lymphatic system and the bowels.
Make sure you eat plenty of fiber throughout the day—this is one reason to include whole grains, vegetables and fruit. These foods contain high levels of fiber, needed to promote bowel regularity, essential for elimination.
Keep your gut bacteria well- stocked by eating probiotic and prebiotic foods. Probiotic foods like yogurt, unpasteurized sauerkraut/kimchee, kefir, miso and other fermented foods. Prebiotic foods contain healthy-gut-bacteria nutrients—these include onions, garlic, bananas, asparagus, fruit with rinds, whole grains and lentils. If you are eating a healthy diet—you are already eating these foods!
Use mild, pure and vegetable (glycerin or olive oil) based soaps and shower or bathe with filtered water. Cleanse yourself with the purest cleansers and you will be cleaning both the “inside” and the “outside” of your body.
Practice deep, diaphragmatic breathing—so, just like your mother may have told you, stand up straight and breath deeply! Diaphragmatic breathing uses the diaphragm to pull down your lungs, filling them with air—when you are doing diaphragmatic breathing, your belly moves out while your chest expands.
Along with drinking lots of water, you will likely visit the bathroom more often! This helps both your kidneys and your bladder—so don’t “hold it” and go as often as you feel the urge.
Exercise! Keeping active can help your bowels stay regular—the simple act of walking massages the bowels and stimulates normal bowel activity. Exercise also helps your cardiovascular system—and helps all of you feel better!
Your lymphatic system can be stimulated and supported using two basic (and easy) methods.
Dry brushing is an ancient method used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Use a soft, natural bristle brush and starting at your feet, brush toward your heart. Dry brushing also exfoliates and stimulates the skin.
At the end of your daily shower, turn the water as cold as you can reasonably tolerate. Using a hand-held shower, start with the cold water at your feet and sweep upwards towards your heart. Then move to the arms and sweep inward toward the heart. Repeat using hot water (not too hot, but a slightly-more-than-comfortable hot) and start with your feet, ending with your arms. You can also sweep your torso, but always towards the heart and always being aware of your overall health status—the water should neither be too cold nor too hot—just stimulating. Repeat a third time, ending with cold water. Towel dry and have a great day!
Reduce stress in your life. Easier said than done, I know—but just as toxins force your body away from producing energy by taking up MORE energy, stress forces your body to compensate—this can reduce the amount of energy your body has to “spare” for your immune system and for all the other systems of your body.
Once you have begun the process of natural detoxification, the process of rejuvenation begins—you may even be surprised at how quickly it begins. Even if the process is slower with you, if you look back after a month of healthy, nutritious meals, healthy exercise, sleep and stress reduction—you are likely to be aware of how your body is responding—with greater energy, a more positive outlook, better health and a quieter, calmer mind. Give it time—and you will see the results!
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