Even the American Cancer Association recognizes that around 80% of cancer is related to environmental toxins – from what we eat, drink, and breathe. According to all sources, despite some futile efforts to control it, the toxic load that we take in only seems to increase. This is why I always recommend an annual detoxification or cleanse to attempt to flush out all the impurities, toxins, and general unwanted goop that builds up in our system over the year.
In researching different types of cleanses, I discovered that detoxification programs are considered somewhat controversial as there is not a great deal of scientific data to support their significance. Even though I’m a fan of the data, sometimes common sense must prevail and cleaning out your system once in a while is just that. There are dozens of methods by which to cleanse, but you must realize that just like with everything in nature, your body will do this naturally if you just give it a chance. The first step of any detox is to clean up your lifestyle for a few weeks. This means taking a break from the sugars and artificial sweeteners, the processed grains, the hydrogenated oils, and any other chemicals such as caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol. For a few weeks, try committing to just fruits, vegetables, and lean meat that has never seen the deep fryer. This toxic vacation will give your liver, kidneys, colon, and skin to work naturally and clean out.
If you simply cannot commit to this amount of time, you could do an accelerated cleanse by using different herbs such as milk thistle, dandelion root, or burdock. Unsweetened green tea and diluted cider vinegar have also shown benefit. Every major vitamin company has their own detox program using their supplements. Any of these programs should include extra water and fiber to help clean out. Fresh squeezed lemon water first thing in the morning is effective as are foods such as spinach, kale, red peppers, garlic, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and cilantro. Join us for our Detox Wellness Talk next Monday, July 2nd at 5:30 p.m. to learn more about detoxing. Register on Facebook, on Eventbrite or by calling our office at 812-273-HEAL (4325).