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Spring: A Good Time To Detox

Spring Is In The Air-A Perfect Time For Renewal

Spring is a time of renewal & the perfect time to think about ridding your body of toxins that make you feel sluggish & foggy.  A  perfect time to detox.

Detoxification is the process of eliminating potentially harmful chemicals from your body.  The toxins must be neutralized before they pass from your body. There are numerous sources of toxins that compromise our bodies, they are in the air we breathe, the food & water we eat & drink, organisms and environmental chemicals.  The average North American processes approximately 5 lbs of toxins a year.

The organs that assist in the elimination of toxins are the liver, intestines and colon, the lymphatic system, skin, kidneys and lungs.  The liver is the main organ because of its ability to filter out alcohol, drugs & other toxins from the blood, it also helps metabolize fats, carbs & proteins, it produces bile & helps break down & eliminate hormones.  The liver repairs itself after 9 pm so you should avoid exercising late at night.  Excessive hormones which cause emotional changes & PMS symptoms are due to a liver that is in need of detoxification.

Many of the toxins that invade our bodies are in pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, dyes, heavy metals, food preservatives, prescription drugs, exhaust fumes & alcohol & cigarette smoke.

The following conditions are related to a poor functioning liver; hormonal imbalance, fatigue, high cholesterol, digestive distress, insomnia, allergies, depression, aggressive behavior, arthritis, headaches, skin conditions like eczema  and acne.

Some natural herbal medicines that can be used for detoxing are:  Milk thistle, Globe artichoke, Dandelion, Juniper & Green tea.

During the detoxification process you will need to eliminate foods from your diet. The following foods must not be consumed:  Dairy products, eggs, red meat, wheat & gluten products, soya, alcohol, soft drinks, artificial sweeteners and raw fruits (no orange or orange juice) & raw vegetables (no corn or creamed vegetables) & no peanuts or peanut butter.

Foods that are acceptable during the detox process are:   fish, chicken, turkey, wild game, lamb, all peas, beans & lentils, rice milk, almond milk & coconut milk & oat milk, quinoa, oats, rice, millet, buckwheat, teff & amaranth. You may choose fresh, but not raw, frozen, unsweetened, water packed & canned fruit & vegetables that are cooked & steamed or juiced.  Almonds, cashews, walnuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds & pumpkin seeds & oils, as well as, olive, flax & canola oils. Caffeine free herbal teas and mineral water may be consumed.

The Natural Path’s detox program lasts 21 days, which is a combination of the detox diet along with a nutritional/vitamin/mineral supplement . In some instances additional vitamin/mineral  IV  infusions  are combined into the program to speed up results. To assist in flushing the toxins out, at least 2 litres of water must be consumed daily.

During the detox process you may feel irritable, have gas & bloating, headache & nausea & feel light headed.

The first 72 hours are critical where you may feel some of the above side effects so plan on starting this program when you aren`t so busy, and in about 3 weeks time , after all your hard work, you`ll be feeling like you have a spring back in your step.

One response to “Spring: A Good Time To Detox”

  1. Maria

    sounds like it may be hard but i am willing to give it a try

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