The importance of detoxing

Toxic buildup often leads to headaches, allergies, infections, body odor, muscle and joint pain, flu-like symptoms, and digestive symptoms such as bloating, gas and constipation.

by Eulalia Papineau — 

Every day we are exposed to a variety of environmental chemicals and toxins that can be absorbed into the body via breathing, eating, drinking and more. In addition, lifestyle choices sometimes include smoking, alcohol, junk food and artificial sweeteners, just to name a few — all increasing the toxic load on our bodies.

Why and how to detox?

Everybody needs time and the opportunity to detox, or cleanse the blood. Toxic buildup often leads to headaches, allergies, infections, body odor, muscle and joint pain, flu-like symptoms, and digestive symptoms such as bloating, gas and constipation. Detoxification can allow many of these problems to disappear, cultivating an energized, more positive state of health.

There are several ways to detox. Some individuals choose to fast for a few days, allowing the organs to rest, while others prefer a one- to two-week program in which they adhere to a restricted diet, consuming only natural fruits, vegetables and, occasionally, light proteins. In most detoxification programs, liver-stimulating herbs such as dandelion are taken along with herbal supplements intended to promote elimination through the kidneys, intestines and skin. Improved circulation is encouraged with lymphatic exercise and dry skin brushing.

Another increasingly popular detoxification system in Europe and Asia is called Sudatonic, offering several benefits unique to the system. This system employs far infrared heat (FIR) to convert fat into fatty acids so the muscles can use it for energy. When FIR penetrates through the skin to the subcutaneous tissues, it transforms from light energy into heat energy. The thermal effect within the deep layers of tissues cause blood vessels and capillaries to dilate, promoting better circulation, and the heat produced helps to rid of body of toxins and metabolic wastes through sweating.

The experience, which takes a total of 90 minutes and includes light massage, is relaxing and comfortable and the benefits go far beyond detoxification; other gains include fat loss, weight loss and more.

When not to detox

It is important to note that detoxification is not for everyone, including nursing mothers, children, and patients with impaired immune systems or chronic degenerative disease.

While some individuals feel no different on a detoxification program, others may actually feel worse before they feel better. If one feels he or she may not be a good candidate for a traditional detoxification, there are plenty of other ways to maintain a healthy and clean balance, such as regular exercise, drinking plenty of filtered water and eating healthily.

Other lifestyle choices in a detoxification program include yoga, meditation or prayer, journaling and laughter. Each of these provides a mental, emotional or physical release — key factors in achieving balance in the body.

 

Eulalia Papineau, a licensed aesthetician for more than 20 years, is the owner of All Ways Beautiful in Tempe, Ariz. 602-326-8066 or www.AllWaysBeautiful.net.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 27, Number 2, April/May 2008.

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