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Don't Be Afraid to Rid Your Body of Toxins and Synthetics

by on May 14, 2012 12:55 PM

Let the cleansing begin.

Seriously, there are so many products on the market that will aid in facilitating a good and thorough detox for your bowels and the detoxifying organs of your body. They can range in price from about $25 to $250 for a full month’s supply. It is important that it be natural because, after all, that is what the detox is all about — getting the toxins and synthetics out of the body.

There are so many schools of thought on detoxifying the body. Some people really go overboard, while others simply just shake their heads at the whole thing. I believe and personally follow the practice of spending a week or two every season paying attention to cleansing and detoxifying the body.

Think about it … we are swimming through toxins every day, in the foods we eat, the cleansers we use, the perfumes, topicals and makeups we wear. If we walk outdoors we are inhaling all sorts of unknown toxins. We simply can’t help it. But we can help the body to eliminate the residual buildup.

If you would define yourself as in general good health then you are healthy enough to participate in a general whole body detox program. What needs to be considered is how you will change some factors in your life that led up to your need to detox.

If you are going to continue to put an over abundance (now, I have no idea what your toxic load is, I am just generalizing here... ) of toxins into your body, then do you really want to empty that bucket, only to fill it right back up again.

I guess another way to think about it is … if you are going to paint the walls within your house, you will clean them first, right? If you are ready to start doing some health promoting activities (cleaning equals healthier eating, removing some of the toxic cleansers, eliminating some of the toxic load) then it’s time to paint.

If you do choose to purchase a packaged program that is a detoxifying program look at the ingredients. If it is just full of eliminatory herbs (ones that facilitate or create bowel movements — cascara sagrada, turkey rhubarb, etc.) and doesn't contain any soothing herbs (ones that help put the balance back into the mucosal lining of the intestines and soothe the kidneys and liver — burdock, aloe vera, milk thistle, etc.) then it is nothing more than a glorified laxative — but in herbal form.

Once you do find a natural one another consideration needs to be the promotion of proper healthy bacterial levels in your intestines. All detox programs will increase your bowel movements — when we increase the amount of waste coming out we need to make sure we are not "washing away" the friendly bacteria that is part of our immune system and also an aid in keeping things moving as they should. Lack of good bacteria can allow Candida albicans to overgrow.

Next, while doing any cleansing program you should also eat in a way that it is helping with the bodies toxic load, which means easier to digest proteins (fish, chicken, legumes and peas) and an abundance of rich in color vegetables and fruits.

One word of caution, you don't want to be detoxing so fast that you have to take inventory of all the bathrooms in your life. You get the idea.

I have uploaded information to my website to assist you with your detoxifying needs:

Julie A. Wilczynski is a traditional naturopath, counselor of natural health, certified nutritional consultant, certified personal trainer and yoga and pilates instructor. For more information, contact Julie at

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.
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