Is a Detox Really Necessary?
Internal cleansing may empty your wallet, but is it good for your health?
Spring usually makes us think of cleaning — putting our records in order for the tax season, emptying our closets of winter coats, and readying our gardens. As if those chores aren’t enough, we’re now hearing that our bodies need a thorough internal cleansing as well.
A growing number of infomercials, Web sites, and print articles are urging us to eliminate the systemic buildup of toxins that supposedly results from imprudent habits or exposure to hazardous substances in the environment. Such toxins, we’re told, will sap our vitality and threaten our health unless we take measures to “detox” ourselves.
This message isn’t new. For thousands of years, human beings have been trying to rid their bodies of perceived toxins. Native Americans have long used various forms of ritual cleansing and purification, such as the sauna-like sweat lodge. Bloodletting, enemas, and fasting were regarded as legitimate medical therapies until the early 20th century.
Today’s renewed interest in self-administered detoxification reflects concern about a variety of things, such as emerging pathogens, lead in toys, mercury in fish, smog in the air, pollutants in rivers and lakes, tainted beef, pharmaceuticals in the water supply, and synthetic chemicals with unknown properties. But do detox practices really offer the benefits claimed for them? [READ MORE….]
On a personal note, I practice a detoxing fasting period of 5 to 7 days a couple of times a year just to make sure that my system is running up to par…..sort of like a tune-up for your car periodically. It works for me.
The fast is more of a liquid fast where the only liquids ingested are water, tea, and some fruit juices. It takes about 3 days to clear your system out from any residual food and then the body organs (immune system) are free to devote 100% of their time to any self-healing the body needs.
Next time you start to feel a cold or some minor sickness coming on, you might want to give this a try to see why you don’t have to always rely on medicines to heal you or keep you well. Be sure to drink plenty of water to flush out any toxins and try to get plenty of rest. Sleeping is the time when your immune system (which is under the control of the parasympathetic nervous system) can come into play to take care of whatever ails you.