While recently popularized by Hollywood and fad diets, body detoxification and cleansing has been around for thousands of years, originating from ancient Egypt and Greek. In essence, detoxifying your body is exactly as it sounds: it is spring cleaning for your body—clearing your body of toxins, recharging, rejuvenating, and renewing your body. Potentially anyone can benefit from a cleanse.
The body’s filtering and waste management system is quite capable of managing a certain amount of exposure to toxic influences. But in a modern world of environmental pollution and harmful chemicals found in prepared foods, beauty products, treated water, etc. the body’s filtering system can be significantly challenged. Just as a filter in a car, furnace, or coffee machine can plug up over time, your body’s filtering organs can also become “plugged” with toxins. Healthy organs have the capacity to “clean” or “unplug” themselves under normal conditions, but many sub-optimal health conditions of the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs and skin can result from an overexposure and buildup of toxicity in these vital organs.
You can help your body naturally cleanse your system through a healthy diet. You can begin a healthy diet by following the general guidelines set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services. It is best to have 6-11 servings of complex carbohydrates, 2-3 servings each of fruits and vegetables, 1-2 servings of dairy products, proteins like meat, tofu, or beans, and sparing use of fats and sugars.
The best complement to healthy eating is with exercise. Physical activity will help you look and feel better. You skin, hair, posture and muscle tone will all improve. You’ll be stronger and you’ll have more energy. Activity also helps you avoid depression, stress and boredom. You’ll be more alert mentally. Experts say just 30 minutes of activity on most days will help you stay healthier. Adding exercise into your life may be easier than you think. You can break up the 30 minutes into shorter hunks. Just make sure you exercise for at least 10 minutes at a time and get your heart rate up. Work out hard enough that you lightly sweat and your heart beats faster, but not so hard that you can’t talk while exercising.
Our bodies naturally detoxify every day; it is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon and liver. Detoxification is especially effective when you feel congested from too much food, or the wrong kinds of food. Even with proper dieting and exercise, people sometimes need that extra push to achieve the deep cleanse and detox they desire. Canfo’s FlushMe®