The greatest health care challenge of the twenty-first century is keeping our bodies functioning in an environment that is becoming increasingly polluted. Detoxification and cleansing programs have been key components of supporting good health since the beginnings of natural health, even as far back as 420 BC with the teachings of Hippocrates. After all, gastrointestinal health is the cornerstone of optimal wellness. We must detoxify the body and its elimination systems often, allowing for the consistent drainage of toxins.
Our food supply has undergone tremendous changes since the Agricultural Revolution, especially in the last century. We are bombarded with processed “dead” foods, which do not include the nutrients that we need to thrive. The shift has been rapid and our bodies, literally, have not had enough time to adapt to these radical changes. Returning to our original eating patterns on a regular basis allows our bodies the opportunity to cleanse and renew itself.
The goal of detoxification is to eliminate the foods in our diets to which we have become addicted, both physically and emotionally. As creatures of habit, we subconsciously choose from the same few food items for our meals. Part of this behavior may be attributed to the dominance of certain foods, advertising and the convenient nature of some of these foods. Periodically changing our eating habits gives our bodies a chance to rest from its normal digestive and detoxification functions, thereby giving it the opportunity to do some internal cleansing.
While regular detoxification is important as part of a general wellness program, your body may be giving you signals that it is time to detoxify. Some of these include:
- heavy metal accumulation
- gastrointestinal problems
- chronic constipation
- skin conditions
- chronic infections
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- chronic yeast infections
- food addictions
- depression &/or anxiety
- autoimmune diseases – such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, etc
Reasons to detoxify are numerous.