What is detoxification and why MUST you do it?!
Detoxification is a normal process within the body as it neutralizes and eliminates toxins through the major organs such as our colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymphatic system and skin. Our bodies do it naturally every day; in fact it is one of our most basic automatic functions. But sometimes the body gets overloaded with toxins and it needs help in its detoxification job. Our livers work extremely hard everyday to protect us from adverse effects from toxins, and often it is easy for our livers to become overworked, thus compromising our health significantly.
“But I eat only organic and I’m a vegetarian!”
This is one reply I hear from people.
Even if your diet is pure, what about the environmental toxins we are bombarded with daily? Chlorine and fluoride are in tap and shower water. Flame-retardant chemicals are in the mattress you sleep on and in the carpet you walk upon. Toxins found in plastics and plastic wraps (that cover our produce) frequently find their way into our foods. The chemicals in plastic may be carcinogenic, hormone-altering, and, at the very least, a cause of allergic reactions ranging from skin irritations to breathing problems.
In 2000, more than four billion pounds of chemicals were released into the ground and almost two billion pounds of chemical emissions were pumped into the atmosphere.
Our bodies have developed sophisticated detoxification mechanisms over many thousands of years to eliminate most of the naturally-produced toxins they encounter on a regular basis. The Industrial Revolution and its resulting synthetic chemicals found in places such as food, water, soil, air, household products, workplace materials, and medicine have created a new dilemma for the human body. It’s too much right now. Our bodies simply cannot handle the onslaught of synthetic chemicals we throw at them. We may be able to handle some of these toxins but, over time, the large amount consumed, drunk, inhaled, or absorbed by the average person greatly exceeds the body’s capacity to detoxify.
Many of these toxins are held onto by the body in its fat cells. The fat cells act as a buffer, protecting your body from the harmful effects of the toxic chemicals.
So, what can you do?!
A Liver Flush
Supporting your body by following an internal cleansing program designed to cleanse the liver is a fantastic way to eliminate all man-made toxins that your body is holding onto. The liver has quite an important job. Help it along by doing a liver flush!
Juicing is a fantastic way to help the body release held-onto toxins. Drinking freshly prepared fruit and vegetable juice floods the body with healthy vitamins and minerals. As a result, the body feels ‘safe’ to release toxins that it has been storing. This can also lead to weight-loss, more energy and a better overall mentality.
During my 40 days of juicing, my body went through two major detoxifications. I was literally in bed feeling horrible for a 24 hour period each time. My body was letting go of long-stored toxins that, for a short period of time, made me feel lousy. However, this short-term discomfort was definitely preferred over some type of debilitating illness in the future such as cancer. Any ‘sickness’ in the body is actually a detoxification process. The body is a smart machine and knows what it is doing. Being ‘sick’ is actually a blessing as the body is simply performing a routine cleansing. Juicing supports your body in this process by easing the digestive load while at the same time putting in easily-absorbable nutrients.
As you can see, juicing really is beneficial for us all. Start your day off right! Quit making excuses and start making juice!!
As a benefit to you, my delicious e-book 40 Days of Juicing if available for free download! Today is the last day to download it for FREE! I also have a hardcopy and softcopy version if you prefer the book placed right next to your juicer for easy access! Start to feel better than ever before by using juices to help your body detoxify!
About the Author
Erin Schumacher is a Certified Natural Health and Holistic Nutrition Practitioner (CNHP; CHNP) She specializes in detoxification programs, internal cleanses, and helping clients build strong immune systems. She also travels internationally to do raw food workshops, yoga retreats, and personal coaching. In addition, Erin is a Certified Power Yoga Instructor and a Certified Raw Food Chef from the SunKitchen. For more information, visit ErinSchumacher.net.