A Step By Step Guide To Detoxing

Ever wished that you could feel younger, sleep less, wake up with more energy and reverse your health issues?  Probably, but you also thought too good to be true, right?

That’s what most people think but I’m going to share a story with you that blows the whole “too good to be true” notion right out the water. My sister and I had been struggling for years, trying to find treatments for our mother who suffers from Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, chronic inflammation and a poor immune system. It seems like not a day went by when my sister and I weren’t having an intense discussion about the next course of treatment.

It wasn’t until our mother woke up screaming in pain and had to be immediately taken to the hospital that my sister and I decided that we would no longer accept so called common wisdom on our mother’s condition. Based on her symptoms it appeared she suffered from diverticulosis, so we researched any and all forms of nontraditional treatment to treat not just the diagnosed problem, but all of the other problems contributing to diverticulosis.

What we discovered was so simple, yet so complicated: detoxing.

What is Detoxing?

Detoxing means to eliminate or neutralize the toxins from the body so healing can take place.

The human body comes with its own natural detoxification system that filters toxins out of the body. These elimination systems—skin, liver, kidneys, lungs, intestines & lymphatic system—all play a role in breaking down toxins and pushing them out of the body.

When people get sick as my mother did, the body’s natural detoxification system isn’t working as efficiently as it would if the body were healthy and toxin-free. Thanks to mental distress and decades of ingesting and absorbing toxins, my mom’s elimination systems were working at half speed, which caused the body to become toxic. That means she was so full of toxins that symptoms such as headaches, chemical imbalances, fatigue, aches & pains and gastrointestinal problems were commonplace.

We decided to set her on a path toward detoxification, which I’ll get into more later, in order to heal her body from the inside out. Mom, of course, would only agree if I joined her on this journey which I was happy to do as it now lets me share my experience and knowledge with you.

My goal in this series of articles is to provide you with a library of information on detoxing. You will learn the many ways in which toxins can compromise your physical and mental well-being. As I have spent the last 3 years trying different detox techniques—failing and succeeding—I know there are certain tidbits that you need to know before you detox.

Detoxification requires that each person becomes more in tune with your body so that you listen when your body is sending signals that it is unwell. Whether these signals are sent before you detox or during your detox, I will help you identify these signals and offer solutions.

This journey that you are ready to begin is an amazing one that will lead you on a path to good health, vibrancy and a philosophy that will mental, physical and spiritual health. Too often, I find, we are focusing on the wrong things in life and that can contribute to our poor health. What good is it to have all the money in the world if you do not have your health to enjoy it? And what good is it to have love in your life, if you can’t enjoy it with the intense vibrancy love deserves?

Detoxing and a healthy lifestyle is about so much more than a healthy diet, but it is important to understand what is a healthy diet and what is not; it is about an awareness of your body in the physical and mental sense. It is also about finding a balance in how you share this space with the world around you. You have a responsibility not only to yourself to live a healthy life and keep the earth healthy, you also have a responsibility to leave this earth to your children—in a better condition that it was handed to you by your parents.

To strive for health, wealth, happiness, and success is as natural to your creative mind as it is for a bird to fly. In this world, there are no limits to what you can become and what you can achieve. You deserve to reach your highest potential, which is vibrant happiness on your terms.

Eager to learn more about detoxing? Pick a topic below and explore!

Detox 101

How To Detox

Detox Food & Recipes

Health & Superfoods (Recipes Included!)

Drink Your Food and Eat Your Drinks ( The Power of Digestion )

Drink Your FoodRemember when you were a kid and mom would badger you on the importance of chewing your food? Whether you had to recite the alphabet with each bite or
simply count every bite, mom was actually teaching you a very important lesson in digestive health. Even though mom was probably just making sure a big chunk of food didn’t get stuck in your throat, she was teaching you a lot more than how to survive each meal.

Often we pay a lot of lip service to the word ‘digestion’ but the truth is that ineffective digestion can cause a host of digestive problems including bowel gas. But beyond the discomfort and embarrassment of untimely gas, proper digestion will ensure your body is getting the nutrients it needs to run like the well-oiled machine it is.

It probably sounds strange and counter-intuitive to drink your foods and eat your drinks but by the end of this article you will understand why it’s important. [Read more…]

Bowel Disorders Part 2 – Colitis

colitis symptomsWhen it comes to bowel disorders there are many reasons why we suffer needlessly. First and foremost is that many disorders, like colitis, share symptoms with other illnesses like the flu and food poisoning. Then there is the issue of self-diagnosis, a recent phenomenon that only serves to exacerbate the problem and prolong treatment. There is a major difference between a simple upset stomach and a serious bowel disorder, but it is better to be safe and seek treatment than be sorry that you didn’t.

Specifically I want to focus on colitis because people often go for long periods of time without seeking treatment and that can lead to lifelong colon problems. The good news is that colitis isn’t so dangerous as to be life threatening, but the symptoms are uncomfortable and unpleasant that you’ll want to treat the colitis right away and prevent it when you can.

Before you can even begin to talk about treating or preventing colitis you need to know what it is, what it looks and feels like and the causes of colitis.

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How Detoxing Can Reduce Bowel Gas

Detoxing Eliminate GasFlatulence. It is something we all do, yet none of us ever talks about aside from the occasional joke. But whether you call it flatulence, cutting the cheese,
farting,stepping on a duck or plain old bowel gas, it is a byproduct of a normal and healthy functioning bowel…for most of us.

When you suffer from a bowel disorder however, excessive gas is a telltale sign that something is up. There can be many reasons that you are suffering from bowel gas as a symptom of various bowel disorders, some of those can have very unhealthy consequences if left untreated for a significant length of time.

Whether your flatulence is due to diet, disorder or sickness, there are things you can due to reduce the amount of bowel gas you expel.

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Bowel Disorders Part 1 – What Is Constipation?

bowel disorder_constipatedWhen we have “upset stomachs” or any other uncomfortable feeling in the tummy region our first instinct is to retrace our culinary steps to see what food or beverage is the culprit. While often it may be a bad burger or expired milk causing your digestive system to go haywire, it may also be emotional problems or your body’s way of telling you that something far worse than a bad meal is affecting you.

In our society we tend to shy away from discussions on “messy” topics such as digestive or bowel disorders. Unfortunately that is why so many of us are afflicted with bowel disorders, because it is often the last thing we think of when we feel ill.

Think of the last time you felt unwell; what did you do first? Retrace the food you ate to determine what could have possibly made you sick? Did you jog your memory to see if you were recently near someone who was sick? Or did you recount your recent lack of sleep, levels of stress and anxiety? Chances are good your investigation stopped after you remember that late night curry bowl, but the truth is the insomnia or stress is a more likely culprit for your bowel problems.

It isn’t just me who believes this either. Dr. Bernard Jensen (45) has often stated that emotional strain is one of the largest strains on the bowel, and it is the one which we are least often aware. In fact Jensen believes it is a symbiotic relationship: our emotions affect our bowels and our bowels affect our emotions. Since our daily lives are filled with a range of emotions we will start with the most common of all bowel disorders: constipation.

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Healing Symptoms of Detoxification

Healing Symptoms of DetoxificationStarting on the road to good health isn’t always smooth sailing. Those who are just beginning to detoxify the body will experience a wide range of reactions, which can be quite scary if you are not informed. The decision to detox is a great choice you have made to restore your body to optimal health by removing harmful, disease-causing toxins. This decision however, does come at a price.

Dr. Richard Anderson, N.D., N.M.D., describes this healing crisis as the “completion of a cycle”. The beginning of this cycle started years ago when a disease or illness starts and impairs the body, and it ends when the body reacts to the evacuation of those sickness producing elements within your body. If you don’t know what is happening to your body you won’t know how to react to physical reactions you are experiencing.

Understanding the healing symptoms of detoxification is as important to your good health as the detox itself. Many ignorant detox dieters freak out about the symptoms they experience and when combined with uninformed loved ones can spell a regression back to those toxic behaviors that cause your sickness in the first place.

By the time you finish reading this article you will be prepared to handle the healing symptoms of detoxification to ensure you complete your first (or next) detox.

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Why Detox Diets Work

why detox diets workWhen most of us hear about detox diets it is usually in reference to some celebrity crash dieting for a role or our office mate trying to clear out toxins after a weekend of indulgence. Because of this, detox dieting often gets a bad reputation as an unhealthy weight loss method, which is unfortunate because detox diets can do much more than help you achieve your New Year’s resolution!

You’re probably thinking, why do I need to detox anyway, does the body do that already? Yes, it does. But most of us eat so much junk in the form of processed meats, high fructose corn syrup, refined sugars and pre-packaged foods that the body currently has more work than it can handle. Detox diets are all natural efficiency boosters—helping your kidney and lungs, among other parts—get rid of inhaled, consumed and slathered on toxins.

Contrary to what you have been told about detox diets, they do work. The caveat is that you use the right diet with the right combination of ingredients and you do not go overboard. Just as it takes time for these toxins to build up in the body, so too will it take time to become toxin-free and healthy.

So…let’s talk about why detox diets do work before you get started. [Read more…]

What Is The Best Way To Detox?

best way to detox healthy dietWhen you mention the words ‘detox diet’ to most people you will be met with a distasteful groan or exasperated eye roll. The mostly negative view of detox diets is due in part to the high rate of failure and the harmful side effects of a bad detox. What is important to know, is that those bad things are really “operator failure” rather than anything actually associated with a proper detox diet.

By ‘operator failure’ I mean it is something that the person detoxing does—that is not in line with suggested detox dieting guidelines—that leads to failure. Many people look for a shortcut through the detoxification process and unfortunately there simply is no shortcut. The only thing that can guarantee a successful detox is following all the recommended steps.

Contrary to what many popular fad diets will tell you, there is a right way and a wrong way to detox. The guidelines listed below will help you discover the best way to detox. Your next detox will be a success! [Read more…]

Detox Diets You Should Avoid

detox diets to avoid pillsUndergoing any type of lifestyle change is difficult whether it is quitting smoking, taking up a new diet or going organic. The amount of misinformation available about detox diets makes it difficult to muddle through the mess and discern the truth from fiction. Since detox diets are back (again) and more popular than ever, the level of misinformation is higher than ever and the big money fad diets are getting all the publicity.

Detox diets have made in comeback in popular media thanks to celebrity endorsements and clever marketing ploys. But most of these popular diets have serious flaws that not only don’t contribute to wellness but may have a negative impact on your health and the problems you seek to correct.

The good news is that most of the detox diets you need to avoid fall into a few key categories making them easy to spot. The bad news is that they often hide the negative side of their diets so you’ll buy the products associated with it. [Read more…]

What You Should Know Before You Detox

Prepare your shopping list before you detox

One of the most difficult aspects of beginning a detox diet is finding credible information about how to safely detox. Between misinformation and the extremely lucrative weight loss industry, finding how to detox properly requires a certain level of diligence. And no one is going to be as diligent about your health as you.

Detoxing is a process that cannot simply be accomplished by purchasing a sack full of fruits and vegetables, or maple syrup and cayenne pepper. If you go into a detox diet blindly you are setting yourself up for not only failure, but negative side effects as well.  It is important to have the facts at your disposal and take care of any preliminary tests that may be required to keep you healthy and stable during the detoxification process.

I’ve come up with a few things I think it is crucial to know or do before you begin a detox diet.

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