Category Archives: Detox
Do you have any of these temporary conditions?
Could Your Colon Be the Cause?
It is very possible that your own digestive system is causing unnecessary problems and depriving you of optimal health.
The colon is designed to eliminate toxins and waste. Yet, without proper elimination, the body can actually poison itself. Poor diet, fast foods, stress, certain medications, and even overuse of laxatives affects elimination.
When the bowel is not properly taken care of, its responses become sluggish and under-active. The ability for the colon to function properly and heal itself cannot happen without proper elimination.
When the bowel is under-active, toxic waste is more likely to be absorbed through the bowel wall and into the bloodstream. The blood then circulates these toxins to every part of the body and deposits them in tissues.
To eliminate toxins from the bowel, we need to have healthy bowel movements daily. Sluggish digestion is a contributor to the problem of toxicity build-up because bile and the toxins it carries for elimination, have more time to be absorbed through the bowel wall.
Issues In Your Tissues
Nothing has a greater impact on health than internal toxicity. As toxins accumulate in the tissues, alterations in cellular function take place.
In addition, digestion may become compromised with the partially digested material adding to the problem because the body cannot manufacture healthy tissue out of half-digested nutrients.
When toxins are created in the body faster than they can be eliminated or when one or more of the eliminate systems are under-active, health conditions arise.
When toxins are not eliminated, they circulate in the blood then stored in body tissues, affecting all areas of the body, including the brain, and lodge in joints. These toxins can contribute to a wide variety of health complaints. If the body is given the chance to release toxic debris, it can make a remarkable restoration to full health.
To eliminate toxins from the bowels effectively, we need to have healthy bowel movements daily.
Sources of common toxins to which we are exposed:
- toxins we consume: natural toxins in foods, chemicals and additives in foods, and drugs
- toxins produced in the body: bacteria and yeast, which reside in the gut, produce a number of compounds, some of which are poisonous. If there is insufficient fiber in the diet, or if bowel movements are not regular, there is ample opportunity for these toxins to be absorbed across the gut wall and into the bloodstream.
- heavy metals: the inorganic build of toxic metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, and aluminum can accumulate over a long period of time resulting in a slow build up leading to adverse symptoms.
It is not unusual for some people to feel worse before they feel better.
Healing Crisis: While the net result of cleansing will be elimination of toxins from the body, improved health and more energy, it’s quite common to feel worse before feeling better. If the toxins are released faster than the body can eliminate them, you may experience a fever, fatigue, diarrhea, cramps, headache, increased thirst, etc. These symptoms are due to a “die-off” reaction known as a Healing Crisis.
The good news is that your body is exchanging old tissue for new vibrant tissue.
Fiber to the Rescue
Consuming fiber increases the immune system in your gut, feeds the good probiotic bacteria there, keeps the digestive lining healthy and absorbs and pulls out excess hormones, cholesterol, fat and toxins from the body.
Benefits of Fiber:
- Decrease stool transit time
- Expedite the removal of potentially dangerous toxins and carcinogens from the bowel by acting as a carrier and by boosting elimination.
- Promotes feelings of fullness because fiber-rich foods absorb water and swell and also move slowly though the digestive tract, helping you feel full faster and for a longer period of time.
- Helps prevent constipation and bacterial infection of the intestinal system by keeping the intestine moist, allowing waste to pass easily through.
- When nutritious high-fiber diets are consume, food cravings diminish.
- Keep blood sugar levels more stable.
- Bind with bile salts which can help decrease the risk of gallbladder disease and certain types of cancer.
- Create presence of healthier intestinal bacteria.
Psyllium: excellent source of indigestible fiber. It adds a lubricating soft bulk, scrubbing the bowel as it move through and removes toxins and excess cholesterol. It increases bowel transit time.
Guar Gum: a natural fiber that reduces cholesterol, balances blood sugar and increase nutrient absorption. It lends support to the detoxification process.
Licorice Root: it is soothing to the digestive tract. It is liver-protective and has antimicrobial properties. It is immune-supportive and a blood purifier.
Apple Fiber: natural fiber that absorbs cholesterol and increases the excretion of heavy metals. A great food source for friendly bacteria.
Cascara Sagrada: stimulates secretions throughout the digestive tract and increases the frequency of bowel movements. Cascara is known for its detoxification properties.
If you’ve been used to eating processed, refined low fiber food and you switch to a high fiber diet, you may experience cramping, bloating, diarrhea and gas. Ironically, even constipation can occur if you neglect to drink inadequate amounts of water. The operative term here is “moderation.” Start slowly and gradually increase your intake of fiber. If you do this, your intestinal tract will adjust nicely and you’ll be less “gassy”.
When you eat fibrous foods, bacteria in the bowel attack and digest these complex carbohydrate molecules and in the process methane gas is released. This is the “bean” effect so many of us are familiar with.
Lemon and lime juice helps stimulate and regulate the digestive track (which is why it’s so helpful with constipation, heartburn and gas), stimulates bile production, and thins out bile, which allows it to flow more freely. Bile is produced by the liver and ends up in the small intestine to break down lipids (fats) that we’ve consumed.
Prep time: 10 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Refreshing way to detox our bodies and stay hydrated.
- 2 liters of water
- 1 large cucumber, thinly sliced
- 2 limes, thinly sliced
- 2 lemons, thinly sliced
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves
- Put mint, fruits and vegetables into a large glass container with a spout for pouring.
- Fill with water and ice
- Drink 6 to 8 cups per day
- Keep refrigerated and use within 2 to 3 days