By Joe Ardis Horn
Because of the burden placed on the body’s filter systems (the liver, kidneys, etc.) by today’s modern environmental pollutants, toxic food ingredients, topical chemical compounds, and other elements which the body is daily exposed to, detoxification is one of the most important things that an individual can do for his or her health. Detox is not a one-time event: it is a lifestyle which must be discovered and followed faithfully, each and every day. When considering detox, there are some basic guidelines which should be mentioned first and foremost. First, an individual should understand that there is no “one-size-fits all” method for going about this, as everyone’s body is different. Before an individual rushes out and begins adding any additional supplements or protocols to their detox regimen, it is important to note that a healthy lifestyle along with clean eating habits is the proper first step in helping the body detox naturally, at a balanced pace. It is ill-advised to simply conduct a quick, online web-search for radical methods regarding extreme detox pertaining to heavy metals, pesticides, and other environmental toxins, and then immediately jump into such programs on the first day. Advanced detox is an undertaking that should be done slowly, carefully, and with the enlistment of a trained natural healthcare practitioner. Detox can be dangerous if the method chosen is too fast or too severe, because the process demands a lot of the body. I know this first hand: I once did this too quickly and used measures too extreme, and was terribly nauseous for six weeks. I later learned that when a person detoxes in this way, that the body can actually go into mild shock, and the symptoms can include bowel disruption, stomach cramps, gas and bloating, headaches, skin irritation, fatigue, mood swings, cravings, restlessness, insomnia, sinus congestion, low-grade fever, cold or flu-like symptoms, and anxiety. Additionally, an individual may have secondary elements inhibiting their body’s ability to detox—such as the possibility of a parasite—which may require the help of a natural healthcare practitioner for both identification and treatment. (Parasites, while outside the scope of this article, can be culprits or contributing factors to anomalous and recurring health issues.)
The liver plays a vital role in detox by processing and packaging unwanted toxins (pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals etc.) for removal from the body. However, once prepared, they still need to be physically expelled from your body—either through defecation, urination, breathing, or sweating. In addition to liver, the gut also plays an enormous part in the daily detox processes. Our gut flora must be healthy and balanced with the correct bacterial makeup, and it is vital that it be able to mobilize the hefty number of toxic waste products that the liver is preparing for removal. So, if the digestive system isn’t balanced during the detox process, many harsh toxins can accumulate in the blood stream, as well as tissues placing the brain and body under unsustainable toxic loads. Excess toxicity such as this becomes difficult to secrete through normal detox pathways (urination, defecation, sweat, etc.). Thus, these begin looking for another escape route—via your skin, lungs, and/or kidneys. The result can include myriads of detrimental detox symptoms, such as acne, bumpy, itchy or sensitive skin, rashes, eczema (atopic dermatitis) hives, pronounced body odor, strong-smelling sweat, bad breath, headaches, brain fog, or darkly colored urine.
So in addition to fostering a lifestyle of healthy eating and plenty of exercise, how does one go about the detox process safely? For example, there are many foods which aid in detoxification. As stated previously, a person should eat healthy, organic food free of toxic ingredients, but making the intentional effort to add such foods as cilantro, garlic, wild blueberries, lemon water, spirulina, chlorella, barley grass juice powder, atlantic dulse, and garlic (just to name a few) will likewise yield vast detoxification advantages to the individual.
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An additional method that many turn to when endeavoring to rid the body of harmful toxins, is to employ the use of detox baths. There are many techniques by which this can be done, and many recipes and variations of ingredients used. We again stress the important of a balanced exercise regimen! With the skin being the body’s largest organ, a hot bath filled with the right ingredients can be a relaxing way to reward oneself for putting in a good workout. Detox baths, when filled with the correct balance of natural, safe ingredients—such as Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate), ginger, and essentials oils such as lavender and lemon— soothe muscles and joints, draw out toxins, and fortify the body with vital minerals and nutrients.
Finally, there are many products/supplements on the market which claim to cleanse, detox, purify, or otherwise remove unwanted residue from the body, but many are either ineffective or are made of chemicals which are unreasonably harsh. At Edens, our number one priority is to educate people, and provide safe and practical solutions that may help to improve their health and overall well being. One of our most effective tools designed to help gently support the detoxification process is our Liver Detox!
Our Liver Detox:
• Supports proper detoxification of the liver.
• Helps to improve digestion and the regulation of fat. • Improves metabolic function and weight control.
Liver Detox is a moderate support formula for cleansing and assisting the liver. This formula will aid with detoxification, proper metabolic function and help reduce oxidative stress. This incredible formula includes the awesome detoxifying power of Milk Thistle Seed & Extract, Oregon Grape Root, Yellow Dock Root, Dandelion Root, Burdock Root, and Red Root! Help alleviate the burden placed upon your body today with Edens Essentials Liver Detox!