At InfertilityWorkshop we believe that the best you can do for your baby is to love him before he is even conceived. To do this cleansing and detoxification is a valuable time spent.
The companies whose products we carry are those that understand this and produceproducts made specifically to deliver the body from toxic waste, chemicals, years of buildup due to poor eating habits and build the body in the process. It is not enough,for instance to move your bowel regularly if it is forced. Rather it is important to”build” while removing waste product and teach the body to work well on its own.
Our trusted companies to this end can be found at Product Lines. These products may be purchased in our catalog store and you may write us for more information if it is not available here for you.
Please read about the three month cleansing/shutdownthat many people have used in our group and around the world.
Read more about detoxing the colon – Detoxing
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March 2000 AIM® Partners Magazine
Very simply, toxins undermine our health and removing them from thebody is one way to maintain digestive health as well as good overall health.
Elson Haas, M.D., in his bookStaying Healthy with Nutrition, defines a toxin as “anysubstance that creates irritating and/or harmful effects in the body, undermining ourhealth or stressing our biochemical or organ functions.”
More specifically, a bodyoverloaded with toxins can result in a number of symptoms. These include constipation,stomach bloat, poor digestion, gas, fatigue, weight gain, excessive mucus, poorconcentration, headaches, poor skin, poor memory, depression, body odor, and bad breath.
Some health practitioners relatetoxins to specific diseases such as chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemicalsensitivity, and fibromyalgia (muscle and joint pain). Indeed, there is a new medicalcategory, clinical ecology, which deals exclusively with how toxins in the environmentaffect our health.
The body does have a system inplace to detoxify these harmful toxins. The most important cleansing organ is the liver.Eliminative channels include the bowels (the digestive system), kidneys, skin, lungs, andlymphatic system.
When the body is doing its job andis not overburdened with toxins, the blood carries toxins to the liver, which uses enzymesto detoxify the harmful substances, rendering them harmless or converting them into awater-soluble form, which is then eliminated via the urine or feces.
Unfortunately, this system canhandle only so many toxins and was built for “natural” toxins, not the man-madeones we have to deal with today. For example, protection against an age-old toxin—alcohol—isbuilt into our genes. One gene, expressed in the liver, codes for an enzyme that convertsalcohol into substances the body can use or excrete.
Our body does not, however, alwaysknow how to handle the new toxins in our lives. It cannot understand how to excrete them,and they may then accumulate to harmful quantities or be converted to odd, unknownsubstances that can interfere with metabolism. According to the textbook Nutrition,Concepts and Controversies, this can result in cancers orbirth defects.
Helping your body detoxify
When our bodies are bombarded withunfamiliar toxins, are producing too many toxins, or are not eliminating toxinseffectively, the toxins build up and can cause health problems. Then it is time for adetoxification program—supporting the body’s natural elimination process andpreventing the day-to-day buildup of toxicity.
The key to detoxification isknowledge: understanding the link between feeling subpar and toxicity, understanding wheretoxins come from, and understanding what you can do to help yourself:
Drinking water isinstrumental in detoxification. Water flushes toxins and waste from the body andtransports nutrients to where they are needed. Try to drink eight to ten glasses of purewater a day.
Water is also useful externally:baths and saunas can help detoxification. Hot water increases blood flow and capillaryaction near the surface of the skin, causing faster release of toxins. The heat alsoincreases sweating and opens up pores. Be sure to bathe in pure water and be mindful thathot water and the detoxification effect can cause dizziness. Also, there are a number ofsubstances you can add to your bath to help the detoxification process.
Eating a healthy dietensures that you get proper nutrition and also helps the cleansing process. Fresh, rawfoods and grains ensure that you get the enzymes necessary to adequately digest your food.Avoid foods that contain additives or are nutritionally bankrupt. Avoid sugar, salt,saturated fats, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. Avoid meat, as animal protein puts atremendous strain on the digestive system. You should also eat yogurt, as this helpsmaintain a proper bacterial balance.
Exercising stimulates body systems sothat metabolic efficiency is stepped up. This, of course, includes the systems that areintegral to cleansing, such as the digestive system. Italso strengthens the body and the mind.
Practicing stress managementis important because stress affects us physically. It weakens the immune system and robsthe body of important nutrients. Stress hinders digestion and the cleansing process.
Using herbs, fiber, andsupplements can be very important to a cleansing program. Many herbs facilitate thecleansing program and contribute important vitamins and minerals. Fiber “sweeps”the digestive tract clean and quickens the transit time of waste elimination. It absorbstoxins and escorts them out of the body. A probiotic supplement helps balance the good andbad bacteria in the digestive tract.
Fasting has been used forcenturies to cleanse the body. However, fasting can be harmful and should only be doneunder the supervision of a health practitioner.
Using enemas and colonicirrigation helps flush toxins out of the colon. Enemas can be self-administered, butcolonics should be done under the supervision of a health practitioner.
Preventing toxins frombuilding up in the future should be ongoing. This is easily done by drinking pure water,eating a plant-based diet, exercising, and practicing stress management. Avoidenvironmental toxins as much as you can. Wear protective clothing or a mask when workingwith household or workplace toxins.
A number of heath professionalshave developed detoxification programs. These programs usually combine the previousfactors in a set schedule, and prescribe specific foods and herbal and fiber supplements.
If you follow a program, or simplytake the previous factors to heart, you initially may notice that your overall healthappears to worsen. You may experience acne, fatigue, headaches, coated tongue, coldextremities, intestinal and digestive stresses, and mood swings during detoxification.These are positive signs that mean the elimination process in the liver and other organsis occurring.
The toxins in your body have been building up, maybe for years! It can take much morethan a few days, or even a few weeks, toflush out the toxins and begin to feel better. Most people experience a cycle; at firstthey feel somewhat worse, and then better. As they continue the detoxification program,toxins buried deeper come out, and symptoms reappear, only to disappear as they areeliminated. With each cycle the feeling of being healthy is longer, and feeling worse isshorter. Eventually, you feel better all-around.
This is a modified reprint of an article that first appeared in theMay 1997 issue of Partners.