The initial step in any detox program must begin with decreasing toxin exposure. This allows your intestines and liver to take a break from processing new toxins, and enhances their ability to focus on processing and getting rid of previously stored toxins. The body's systems and organs that are responsible for cleaning out unwanted substances become completely over-loaded to the point where toxic material remains inside bodily tissues. Our bodies protect us from dangerous substances left behind from toxins and residue from processed foods that we ingest, by setting them aside, surrounding them with mucous and fat, so that it will not cause an imbalance or trigger an immune response (some people carry up to 7 extra kilograms of mucous that harbors this waste). So, where do we begin to decrease toxin exposure?
We start with foods and products used on a daily basis -- buying more organic foods to limit exposure to pesticides, and eating more whole foods to decrease exposure to additives and preservatives (processed foods). Also, be cognizant of cleaning products, i.e. opt for natural alternatives. Be mindful of chemical-ridden soaps, lotions, beauty and personal hygiene products used on a daily basis and explore more natural alternatives, i.e. natural soaps, deodorants and lotions.
Unfortunately, in this day and age, with pollution found in the air, the water and food we eat, our bodies have a hard time keeping up. Due to the consumption of chemicalized diets inclusive of too much animal protein, saturated and trans fats, and caffeine and alcohol, radically changing our internal ecosystems.
The Detoxification process is of the utmost importance for successful weight loss. Through adjustments to your diet and exercise, you can assist your body’s natural self-cleaning system. It is especially important for immune-compromised diseases like cancer, arthritis, diabetes and chronic fatigue. If you decide to do a program for your own health and to fight your own weight problem, here’s a few things to consider:
Certain cleansing programs target a specific organ as opposed to the entire detoxification system. For example, a colon cleanse will cause a purgative effect on your colon and won’t necessarily support the other detoxification organs. It is much healthier, safer and more effective to support the entire detoxification system on a cellular level.
Some programs will cleanse your body but leave you more depleted. This can have negative consequences on your health. It is imperative to cleanse your body with a program that simultaneously replenishes the nutrients that your cells need to function optimally.
Being guided by a health care professional while following a cleansing system is a smart idea. The support and accountability can make all the difference in the world and when working with a professional you will have the proper guidance to get the most optimal results. A good whole body cleanse will rebalance the body and create a lean, healthy and energized YOU!
Finally, be sure the air you breathe and the water you drink are free of contaminants. You may also want to consider airing out your home daily, if possible and drinking alkaline water.
A serial entrepreneur and former financial advisor, Jean Titus discovered his purpose and passion through the heartache of losing loved ones far too early. He lives his mantra – “We rise by lifting others” – daily as a life coach and Personal Trainer. Jean brings a simplicity and practicality to his work, helping clients draw on their strengths to realize the one thing money can’t buy – good health and wellness. Follow him on Instagram and his fitness journey!