With the cooler weather comes the urge to get out the fall/winter clothes. It is also common to cleanse your body when the weather changes. Many people do a detoxification of their body in the spring and then again in the fall. This keeps the body young, vibrant, healthy, and strong.
Regular liver and gall bladder cleanses eliminate the build up of stones and old bile that can cause stones. Many people who do regular cleansing report that they do not get sick as often as they did before cleansing. Though toxins are generally eliminated from your body through your liver, over a period of many years, small accumulations can build up into problems causing headaches, tiredness, lack of energy, and inflammation in the organs.
It is also important to note that the body will use toxic heavy metals as “stand-ins” if there is a lack of essential minerals in the body. For example: Calcium is replaced by lead, which deposits primarily in bone, and disrupts the formation of red blood cells. Lead contributes to poor bone health such as osteopenia and osteoporosis. Fluoride accumulates in the bone and teeth, leading to dental fluorosis and brittle easily broken bones. So not only do you need to make sure you’re getting adequate plant-based and inorganic minerals to avoid this toxic metal replacement process, you also need nutrients to aid your body’s natural detoxification process.
Should you use fasting as a detox method?
Tamara MacDonald, a naturopathic physician, uses detox techniques because some people aren’t able to detoxify chemicals naturally — their systems aren’t working well for one reason or another. But MacDonald is wary of poorly researched techniques like foot baths and colonics, and thinks that people should steer clear of fasting.
“One of the worst things that you can do for your body in terms of detoxification is doing a fast,” she says. “That was the idea about 20 or 30 years ago, but we know now that your body actually needs specific nutrients to be able to perform its job of detoxification.” -Tamara MacDonald
Why is your diet so important while detoxing?
In addition to avoiding or limiting your exposure to toxins, you need to focus on eating a healthy diet to reap maximum overall health benefits.
The Weston A. Price diet recommendations — which were written in 1920 and still hold true today — includes these timeless guidelines:
- Eat foods that are natural, unprocessed, and organic (and contain no sugar except for the occasional bit of honey or maple syrup). Try to eat locally grown, seasonal foods.
- Eat unpasteurized dairy products (such as raw milk) and fermented foods.
- Eat at least one-third of your food raw.
- Eat meat and eggs from grass-fed animals.
- Make sure you eat enough healthy fats, including those from animal sources like omega-3 fat, and reduce your intake of omega-6 from vegetable oils.
Methods for Detoxification:
Liver cleanse- liver cleansing should incorporate some bitter greens and chlorophyll juices such as wheat-grass and dandelion greens. Other liver-happy foods include carrots, celery, limes, lemons and beets. Spices that offer cleansing effects on the liver include turmeric, rosemary, cayenne, cumin and curry. Avoid coffee, milk and sodas. Instead opt for filtered water and/or apple juice. I have been doing the liver cleanse outlined in the liver cleansing book by Andreas Moritz and have been having great wins!
Liquid cleanse- An excellent way to cleanse the body while still maintaining energy levels. A liquid cleanse involves the use of fresh organic fruit and vegetable juices, pureed soups, miso soup, smoothies, oils such as flax, hemp, coconut, sesame or pumpkin seed oil, and fresh, clean water. This is good to do periodically to cleanse the digestive system, as well as the organs.
Heavy metal cleanse- Most people have high levels of toxic metals such as mercury, aluminum, cadmium and lead in their body. It is recommended that individuals perform two cleanses per year to flush these toxins out of the body to avoid long-term accumulation. Many people use zeolite drops or chelation.
Juice fasts- This consists of consuming only freshly juiced fruits and vegetables for one to three days or longer. Helpful, cleansing fruits and veggies include apples, carrots, beets, ginger root, spinach, citrus fruits, pears, celery, kale, cabbage, pineapple, cranberry, and other dark leafy greens. Citrus fruits are usually avoided while fasting. Organic fruits and vegetables are best, as well as freshly juiced fruits and vegetables (not bottled).
Cleansing spices- Coupling a healthy organic diet with the use of cleansing spices is a mild way of creating change in the body. Cleansing spices to add to your diet include cinnamon, oregano, turmeric, cumin, cilantro, fenugreek, ginger, fennel, cayenne pepper, black pepper, clove, parsley and rosemary
Master cleanse- This detox method consists of a diet composed only of freshly squeezed lemon juice, organic grade-B maple syrup, cayenne pepper and spring water. Should only be done for a very short period of time. I have found this cleanse to be very effective with cold/flu symptoms from overhead Chemtrail spraying.
Please remember that you should avoid starting any detox regimen when you are sick.
You need to establish a healthy lifestyle and dietary habits FIRST, so you have a reserve that
your body can draw on to allow your liver to do its job properly.
Consult your physician before you start any new program.
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