As one of Elysia Life Care’s 5 Pillars of Health, detoxification, or detoxing, is a critical component for optimal health and vitality.
The liver is our body’s main detoxification and filtering organ. The colon, kidneys, gallbladder, lungs, skin, blood, and lymphatic system all serve, in part, to escort waste products and unhealthy substances out of the body. The general principle is that the liver, among its hundreds of functions, does its best to convert harmful substances in the blood to less harmful or innocuous substances before sending them on their way to be eliminated.
Toxins typically come from the world outside of us. Upon contact with the body, toxins induce physiological stress. However, mental and emotional stress can also lead to toxic body conditions.
Simply put, our external and internal worlds have become a hazardous wasteland in which we must breathe polluted air, drink chemically-polluted and “treated” water, eat processed and altered foods devoid of nutrition (or worse), take daily medications and synthetic hormones, and react to daily stress that is accepted as a part of our culture.
There are a plethora of issues that can result from toxins building up in your system. Symptoms can include: digestive issues, esophageal reflux, upset stomach, bloating and gas, diarrhea and constipation, low energy, PMS, headaches, irritability, skin rashes and conditions, chronic aches and pains, high cholesterol, food intolerances, alcohol intolerance, arthritic symptoms, weight gain, hormonal imbalance and more.
It’s important to note that any of these signs and symptoms could also stem from other causes, such as poor homeostasis, excess stress and stress buildup, or even disease. However, anyone serious about living with optimal health must be ready to consider detoxification as a key part of their lifestyle.
A properly executed detoxification protocol includes cleansing the body and bloodstream of harmful substances where possible, thus:
The detox process should be simple, comfortable, and rewarding. Not all detoxification programs are safe, effective, or even based on proper evidence! Such programs are often fear-based and rooted in myth. Some even employ slight-of-hand deception that leads you to believe toxins and other nasty-looking stuff is literally being extracted from your body. Don’t fall for it. The internet and infomercials are full of opportunities to lighten your wallet if you decide to hop onto the gimmick bandwagon.