Green smoothieThink about what the average American might eat: sugar-saturated food and drinks, artificial sweeteners in our desserts and coffee, heavy metals in our food and water supply. And what’s really in our over-the-counter medications? Is it any wonder that our country has experienced rises in the incidences of cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, viruses, Alzheimer’s, and virtually all other chronic and degenerative diseases?

The average American diet can render the liver sluggish, no longer able do its detoxification job. The gallbladder can become lethargic, preventing certain wastes from being eliminated through the biliary system. The stomach can no longer digest food as it should because enzyme, acid, and pH levels worsen. The small intestine loses some ability to absorb proper nutrients, sometimes even allowing substances to reenter the blood stream that shouldn’t. And the large intestine (colon) slows down, leading to constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and other uncomfortable diseases. Your body is assaulted on all fronts!

It’s the liver’s job to filter what goes in our bodies, but essentially the liver does not know what it is being given is poison. Toxins slip through and are distributed throughout the body: in your bones, tissues, muscles, and flowing through your blood. Since it is the liver’s job to filter, anything that gets past it isn’t considered a threat and your body doesn’t see the threat either.

That is when you need Detoxification! As a bodily process, harmful chemicals are converted into less harmful/completely harmless substances and flushed out for good! During this process, the body attempts a new homeostasis after some supposedly positive change is made in diet. Homeostasis is the process in which your body’s internal environment is kept stable.  Another method of detoxing that doesn’t involve a certain “diet,” is reducing or avoiding emotional or metal stress. There is much research on the effects stress can cause the body; both physical and mental negativities could lead to toxins developing organs’ natural functions.

Although your body does not always catch the toxins when they slip past the liver, it does have a means of defending itself – and it usually isn’t the best. If you do nothing, your body will have to take action on its own. When you’re deficient in essential metals, your body actually uses heavy metals as “stand-ins.” For example, lead will replace calcium, and will deposit itself primarily in your bones, disrupting the formation of red blood cells. Lead also contributes to poor bone health such as osteopenia and osteoporosis. So you must make sure you’re getting vital nutrients in your diet while paying attention to your body’s response to toxins.

Some problems to be aware of include digestive issues, acid reflux, upset stomach, bloating and gas, diarrhea and constipation, low energy, headaches, skin rashes, chronic aches and pains, hormonal imbalances and more. Of course, any of these signs and symptoms may have nothing to do with toxin accumulation in the direct sense and more to do with poor homeostasis, too much stress build up, or even disease, but you must be ready to think about detoxification to help defend your body.

A few benefits of Detoxification are cleansing the body and bloodstream, strengthen the immune system, improve organ function, eliminate free-radical damage that speeds up the aging processes, and much more restorative, healthy habits so you can reclaim your health!

Be sure to check out the other 4 Pillars: Fitness, Hormone Health, Nervous System, and Nutrition.

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