Detoxification: How to Detox the Healthy Way
Our bodies are constantly in a process of detoxification. The body has a series of natural line defences that are used to fight off pathogens, foreign agents and warding off diseases, which is commonly known as the immune system. The immune system is strengthened by other parts of the body when we are eating healthy foods, exercising properly and taking care of ourselves.
Due to the modern diet, high daily stresses, toxic chemical exposure and the increase in chronic degenerative diseases, our bodies are becoming increasingly ‘clogged’ with chemicals that we are unable to dispel.
A detox (or cleanse) works by giving your body a break from the toxic excesses that our lives create. However, despite the common misconception that detoxing is all about deprivation and starvation, true detoxification is quite the opposite.
Detoxing is about giving your body what it needs – not what it craves. By undergoing a gentle course of detoxification supplements – including detoxification greens, pre- and probiotics, you can expel the toxins that are built up to allow the full recovery of bodily tissues and organs.
Combining detoxification supplements with a healthy eating plan and regular exercise is the ultimate way to free yourself from toxins. By removing the body’s necessity to burn energy digesting heavy, sugar and fat-laden food and drink that are difficult to digest and metabolise (and which play havoc with your blood sugar), you are allowing energy to be released to cleanse and regenerate your body from the inside out.
Where do these toxins come from?
Everyone is at risk of toxic stress in today’s world. Our bodies naturally create toxins internally as a by-product of metabolism. Add to this chronic stress, contaminants in food and water, poor exercise habits and exposure to pollutants; our hardworking detoxification organ – the liver has to work harder that ever. As a result, we can feel tired, lethargic and depressed when our liver has problems keeping up with eliminating wastes.
Toxic metals, adhesives, alcohols, cleaning products, drugs, food colouring and preservatives, pesticides, smoking, alcohol, plastics and air quality can all contribute to an increasing
level of toxicity in our bodies.
We are all ageing much quicker than we should as a result of toxicity. The deterioration associated with the ageing process is something we can slow by supporting the organs of detoxification in our own bodies. Just as you regularly change the oil in your car, wash your clothes and clean your house, your body needs a change to be cleansed to eliminate accumulated toxins and rebalance the biochemical processes.
What can I expect after I detox?
After you detox, you will feel cleaner both physically and mentally. The course of natural detoxification supplements will help to rid your body of toxins that will otherwise slow you down. Detoxing will also allow your body to become more efficient at eliminating wastes – something that will benefit you long into the future. It’s also important that you change your habits after the detox process to adopt healthy and conscious eating and exercise plans. Choosing your food wisely and trying to adopt new exercise habits will help you feel healthy and rejuvenated, as well as helping to prevent illness and disease.
Commit to drinking more water, avoiding fizzy drinks and junk food, and staying away from pollutants. Once you have made these simple changes, you will feel healthier, stronger and happier.
Natural Supplements for Detoxification
Avoid gimics and extreme diets by using natural supplements to detoxify your body. These four stages of detoxifying will help to remove, renew, renourish and support your body to leave you feeling happier, healthier and detoxified.
Help to rid the body of bad intestinal bacteria and parasites with Metagenics Parex.
This potent antiparasitic, antimicrobial and antifungal herbal blend
will help remove gastrointestinal organisms which may contribute to
inflammation and gut problems. A course of Parex will assist in the
ridding of toxins from the body and the maintenance of healthy
Suggested dosage: Take one tablet, three times daily until the bottle is finished.
For a protein-rich alternative, try Bioceuticals RejuvenX.
This formula contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids and rice protein
to support detoxification processes. Use 50g (1 scoop) in 250ml liquid
up to twice daily.
Support the gastrointestinal system and enhance your detoxification with Metagenics G-Tox Express.
This digestive greens supplement assists in the elimination of heavy
metals from the body, and contains special active ingredients to help
alkalise the urine and support the elimination of toxins via the
kidneys. G-Tox Express is an integral part of the detoxification
Suggested dosage: Take 1½ scoops (10g), stirred in 150ml of water, fruit or vegetable juice, twice daily. Continue until bottle is finished.
AFTER ONE WEEK, START USING:
Help to support healthy liver function and enhance the detoxification of the liver with Metagenics Phyto Pro.
This formula contains some of the most powerful known regulators of
detox activity. Phyto Pro also supports the complete clearance of
metabolised toxins from the body. This formula contains a range of
antioxidants, which will help to neutralise any reactive compounds
formed during detoxification.
Suggested dosage: Take 2 tablets, twice daily with food until bottle is finished.
FOLLOWING THIS, START USING:
Support gut health and repopulate your levels of good bacteria with a quality probiotic like Bioceuticals UltraBiotic 45.
Poor diet, alcohol, processed food, toxins, antibiotics and ill health
deplete the levels of ‘good bacteria’ from the gastrointestinal tract
(GIT). This disturbs the delicate balance of bacteria in your bowel and
intestines, causing ill health, food reactions, poor digestion and low
absorption of vitamins and minerals from your food.
Ideally, we should all be taking a probiotic formula everyday. A top quality one,
like UltraBiotic 45, provides over 45 billions bacteria from several
different strains to repopulate the GIT, encourage proper digestion and
absorption of vitamins and minerals from food.
Suggested dosage: Take 2 capsules, twice daily with food for a month. After this month, reduce dosage to 1 capsule, twice daily with food.
What else can I do?
A good course of detoxification supplements should always
be partnered with a healthy diet. Following Christmas/New Year, chances
are that you have had your fill of fatty foods, alcohol and desserts.
Chances are that your health is also suffering as well.
- Cut out the junk. Remove the junk food, fast food, chocolate,
sweets and other ‘artificial’ food from your diet. You will feel much
better within a couple of days. Replace the junk with fresh fruit,
vegetables, lean meats, legumes and some dairy. Though this may seem
tame, you need to take care of your body with good nutrition.Educate yourself. Read ‘Health Promoting Nutrition’ for a good starting guide, and ‘Why Change Our Diet?‘ for some more inspiration.
- Reduce your alcohol intake and DRINK MORE WATER. Most of us don’t
drinking nearly enough water to maintain optimal health, let along stay
hydrated. It’s OK to have the occasional drink, but you should try to
reduce your intake as much as possible. Save it for special occasions.Want to know exactly how much water you should be drinking? Read Optimal Water Intake for more information.
- Are you getting all the vitamins and minerals you really need? If
you eat commercially processed food and normal fruit and veg from the
supermarket, it’s likely that you are vitamin and mineral deficient.
Vitamins and minerals provide fuel for your body, so keep your level
topped up. Invest in a good multivitamin, like those found on The Spinal Centre’s Best Multivitamins.
Free Gift to The Spinal Centre Members
As a special gift to The Spinal Centre members, we have put together a Detoxification E-Book, including some special extras, like:
- How to Detox the Healthy Way
- Natural Supplements to Achieve a Cleaner Body
- Weekly Meal Planner – Tasty Meals to Support Detoxification and Weight Loss
- Find out How Much Water you Should be Drinking
To download your free copy of the E-book, click on the link below.
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