Detoxification is not just a diet – it’s much more complicated
Before commenting on how often detoxification should be done, the essence of the detox must be outlined first and why it is necessary. Many people think it’s “just a diet”, but it is much more complicated.
The complete detox has a preparatory phase, then a real one, followed by the adaptable phase for the gradual transition to a long-term daily regime. Apart from the specialized diet, it includes also specific activities, exercises, massages, as well as intake of certain herbs and natural oils. Both the physics and consciousness are affected.
Detoxification is a selected, purposeful activation of biochemical processes by which the body can neutralize accumulated toxins and release them. In fact, detoxification helps the organism to form the beneficial substances needed to neutralize the poisons. The detoxification may be focused on the entire body or on individual organs – gallbladder and liver, thyroid, kidneys, colon, lymph and skin, blood system.
Why is the fight with toxins so important?
In general, the human body is designed in a way that it can eliminate on its own the toxins that have entered it. Nowadays, however, our bodies are attacked by too many poisons, and the natural abilities of the organism for self-cleansing are not enouh to eliminate all the toxins, because they can cope only with the natural excess. But the water and air are polluted with industrial chemicals.
A large part of the agricultural production is filled with substances from the synthetic fertilizers and preparations with which it has been treated. Many foods contain artificial colors, flavors, stabilizers, emulsifiers, preservatives, and so on. Harmful habits can also be added to the list. Many people, for example, eat chaotically – they are not really hungry and rely on “fast foods” during the day and overeat in the evening.
This burdens the digestive processes, which in turn leads to accumulation of food residues in the intestines, decay and formation of poisons. The blood spreads the toxins in the body, causing disturbances in the nourishment and development of cells, tissues and organs. This leads to disturbances also in the function of entire systems. Mass immobilization contributes to problems and slowing the metabolism.
Ultimately, permanent fatigue occurs, as well as overall ailments, headache, gastrointestinal problems, allergies, and other diseases.
Types of detoxification and periodicity
The answer to the question of how often detoxification is made depends on the chosen type. There is a detox for a short period – one day, two, three, a week, ten days, two weeks. The full detox that lasts for 21 days contains three stages, as each one of them has a duration of one week /preparation, real detox and adaptation to the long-term daily application/, as the herbal intake should continue one or two months. Because of the environmental pollution and the stressful lifestyle, it is recommended to perform a detoxification at least once a year.
If the duration of the detoxification is short, then it looks more like a diet: it is mainly focused on the food intake, as it may be in the form of a one day fast, or a day on light foods such as cocktails of green leafy vegetables, fruits and other vegetables. This should be accompanied by drinking plenty of water and various teas, and some of the herbal teas have diuretic and laxative effect.
Even with a more partial effect, short programs contribute to the elimination of the water retention, as well as to skin strengthening, better sleep and better concentration. They can be applied more often to “relieve”the organism – once in a week, once in two weeks, once in a month, but they hide a number of risks.
Because of the short duration, people underestimate the possible consequences and decide on their own to make drastic diets. This, however, can be contraindicated, for example, in diabetes, which is a disease that can develop without visible symptoms and the person may not be aware of the presence of this condition.
Dietary regimes that are not well-considered can be extremely harmful for kidney problems, tuberculosis, anemia, autoimmune and other diseases.
Therefore detoxification should be performed under the guidance and supervision of specialists, after the respective medical examinations. Otherwise, mistakes can be made resulting in electrolyte imbalances in the body, as well as in possible breathing problems, spasms, impaired digestion and stomach pain, joint pain, and so on.
And vice versa – the properly performed cleanse of toxins optimizes the functions of the organs and systems, improves the overall health condition, boosts immunity, which is a disease prevention; fatigue disappears and one can feel the flow of energy, as well as the increase of overall tone; thoughts consciousness becomes clearer, thoughts become clearer and faster, concentration improves. Last but not least, extra pounds will be lost.
Detoxification and the processes in the organism
Detoxification is not a combination of accidental actions, but it is consistent with the processes, cycles and needs of the organism that are under the influence of natural processes and cycles. We all know how the coming of a new season affects our condition.
Therefore, it is good when choosing a detoxification period to choose a period, in which season change. The end of winter and beginning of the spring are particularly suitable for detox. Then a man comes out of the relatively “lazy” earth period, characterized by the intake of heavy, hard to digest foods, reduced physical activity, when the organism and metabolism are working at a slower pace.
Consumption of foods of animal origin and animal fat is increased in the winter season, which in turn increases the acidity. Along with the reduced consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, there is a deficiency of vitamins and trace elements, and a decrease in immunity. If you compensate it with fruits and vegetables from a greenhouse, you can not be sure whether they will not contribute to the accumulation of chemicals in the body, because of the industrial fertilizers and preparations. In any case, the extra pounds gained are an indication that there are accumulated toxins in your body.
Another “more critical” period in which it is good to help the organism is the end of autumn and the beginning of the winter season – then the immunity also becomes weaker, the metabolism slows down and people get sick more easily, for example, from colds, flue, and so on. The role of detoxification during the autumn and winter seasons is to cleanse the poisons and to “charge” the organism with minerals, vitamins and other useful substances that help to protect the body.
Here we should mention that if a person suffers from gastrointestinal problems – colitis, flatulence, bloating, constipation, it is recommended to perform detoxification every season, as the exact type should be determined by a medical specialist. The same applies to people with metabolic problems or people taking many medicines.
Of course, the need of detoxification is strictly individual because it depends on the individual diet and physical activity. Thus, the detoxification can be performed at any time during the year when one feels there is a need. This, however, also should be done under a medical supervision and after medical examination, because some of the symptoms can be a consequences from a disease.
Key symptoms indicating the need of detoxification
As we mentioned above, toxins in the organism cause damage at a cellular level and in addition to the overall decrease of the health tone they also damage the function of various organs. Therefore, the symptoms indicating accumulated toxins are diverse.
- Fluid retention /which may be due to a cardiovascular problem, kidney disease, and so on/;
- Enlargement of the liver, which is a key organ for the processing of substances and the neutralization of toxins /but the cause may be, for example, a gastrointestinal disorder or a disease of the circulatory system/;
- Insomnia /it can be due to various medical and psychiatric conditions/.
Often a headache without apparent cause can be due to food preservatives, colorants and flavors. Other indications of the need of detoxification include the constant fatigue and weakness despite the 8 hours of sleep at night, as well as the dark cirlces under the eyes.
Constipation and excessive sweating with unpleasant odor of the sweat can also be caused by high levels of toxins in the body. Sometimes toxins accumulate in the skin as a result of the use of various chemicals contained in soaps, conditioners, shampoos and lotions. They can cause skin problems such as rashes, acne and eczema.