The Essentials–Detoxification

Your body will be healthier and less prone to disease if toxins are eliminated quickly.  Toxic buildup contributes to weight gain, fatigue, allergies, depression, and chronic disease, as well as making us more vulnerable to viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungus, etc., which contribute to more toxicity.  Automobiles run better with regular oil changes, plumbing works better when pipes are unclogged and drains are clean, and electronics function more efficiently when dust is regularly removed.  Our bodies are amazing self-cleaning machines when given the correct cleansing materials.  If not, toxic overload can occur, and things begin to break down.  Warning signs include constipation, headaches, skin eruptions, allergies, fatigue, depression, weight gain, joint pain and stiffness, hormonal imbalances, etc.  Your choices include suppressing symptoms with medications and surgeries or detoxifying the body so it can repair itself.

The best and most natural ways to cleanse the body of harmful wastes is by drinking enough pure water and eating sufficient fiber.  Most people are constipated for lack of fiber, lack of water, and magnesium deficiency.  Eating daily servings of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds will provide essential fiber to bind toxins for elimination.  Drinking approximately half your weight in ounces of pure water is essential for flushing these toxins out of the body via the kidneys, bowel, and respiration.  Drinking tap water contributes additional toxins.  Fresh fruits and vegetables are filled with nature’s distilled water!

Americans are missing the mark when it comes to adequate fiber.  Refined and processed foods containing white flour, white rice, and sugar are practically devoid of fiber, and animal foods contain none.  Whole plant foods should be eaten at every meal to provide this cleansing essential.  Fiber binds toxins so they can’t be absorbed into the bloodstream.  It helps reduce cholesterol levels, slow the release of sugar into the bloodstream, reduce gut inflammation, and provides food for friendly bacteria.  Among its many health benefits, fiber reduces the risk of colon cancer and helps prevent diverticulitis and hemorrhoids.  Basically, it’s cheap health insurance!

How much?  Eliminating intestinal waste two to three times a day is important to keep your internal environment clean.  Start by adding more whole foods to your meals, along with drinking more water.  Without adequate water, fiber can bind to you and cause discomfort.  If you need to add a fiber supplement, avoid stimulant laxatives.  These work by inhibiting the absorption of water and electrolytes from the colon and can be irritating.  Also, repeated stimulation can cause exhaustion, leading to dependency on the laxative.  When looking for a fiber supplement, read the label!  Don’t buy products with added colors, sugars, preservatives, etc., as these add more toxins.   Consider magnesium as a natural stimulant.  Work on correcting these deficiencies–whole food, water, fiber, magnesium, enzymes, probiotics, essential fatty acids!

Recommended Nature’s Sunshine Products for cleansing the colon:  Everybody’s Fiber–a gentle fiber blend powder suitable for inflammatory conditions in the intestinal tract, containing chamomile flowers, flax meal, fennel seed, malic acid (helps with energy production), marshmallow root, peppermint leaves, stevia leaves, asparagus stem, cat’s claw inner bark, natural peach, apricot, and plum flavorsNature’s Three–a bulk laxative powder that contains substances to help lower cholesterol and alleviate constipation and/or diarrhea, containing psyllium hulls, apple fiber, and oat branGentle Move Capsules–an effective alternative to herbal stimulant laxatives that helps hydrate the colon and improve bowel tone to promote natural elimination.  It can be used to wean off of stimulant laxatives and restore normal tone to the colon, containing magnesium hydroxide, which attracts water to the bowel, making stools easier to pass.  Straight magnesium hydroxide, such as found in milk of magnesia, can cause diarrhea and loss of potassium, as well as interfere with the absorption of iron and folic acid.  Gentle Move uses a smaller amount, along with herbs that help tone and rebuild the colon, making it safe for long-term use.  Its ingredients are magnesium, triphala extract (fruit blend), yellow dock root (natural source of iron), ginger, marshmallow root, slippery elm bark.  Use this product with plenty of water and fiber to enhance its effects.

Keep learning to be healthy!  Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist                                                                            “Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to God’s glory!”  1 Cor. 10:31


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