Traditionally detox is referred to heavy toxicity with unsafe levels of medications, street drugs, alcohol, or poison, which requires medical treatment at the hospital. However, in the past 150 years our lifestyle has taken a radical turn. For thousands of years modern human has lived a simple lifestyle, which included a natural and simplified diet, clean air, no chemically produced perfumes, cosmetics, skin care, cleaning supplies or pharmaceutical variety of medications and spared from increased exposure to electromagnetic radiation (non –ionizing radiation such as microwave ovens, cell phones and ionizing radiation such as X-ray and radiotherapy). The rapid change in lifestyle has proven to be too fast for natural rate of evolution of our bodies. There are more diseases, widespread, more complains of fatigue and lethargy, and an epic over-medication problem. That is why an alternative to the traditional method of detoxification is necessary to boost energy in a healthy way and strengthen our immunity.
Think of it as internal cleansing. Externally we take shower and brush our teeth everyday. Our bodies have a sophisticated detox system and cleanse itself on a daily basis. Liver is the most important organ for detox. Think of it as a powerful filter in the body that gets rid of toxins and bacteria in the blood stream. It neutralizes poisons and chemically alters them so kidneys can get rid of them. Reversing the effects of the inevitable exposure to chemicals has become a necessary step in staying healthy.
Avoiding toxins completely in our society is practically impossible. Toxins get into our bodies on a daily basis and can accumulate. Here are some of the forms that toxins end up in our bodies:
The new fad for cleansing the body in 3 or 5 days or instant cleanse diets and products can be found everywhere. This scheme is very profitable and for that reason is here to stay. However, smart, health-conscious consumers should be aware that these quick programs could actually be harmful to the body.
These quick fix detox fads can shock the body. When a body is used to eating processed food, meat products, alcohol, and sugary snacks on a regular basis, or even healthy plant based diet, changing that routine overnight with liquid only or liquid and salad only diet can be stressful to the body and cause more harm than good. Our bodies like to slowly adopt and adjust.Over-hydration can be harmful to the body. Always keep balance in mind in any aspect of life. Our bodies work optimal when our health path is sustainable and gentle.
Depending on the personal background one or more of the following reasons can be the driving force for someone to use quick detox fads.
➢ In today’s society consumers are becoming more and more aware of the chemicals, additives, preservatives and cheap, low quality or fake sugar in our daily food supply. This is great news. People are mindful of the ramifications of poor quality of food and over-medication in obesity and increase in health care costs to name a few. Consumer response to quick cleanse is an indicative of the receptiveness of the society to healthier way of life and puts pressure on lawmakers and corporations to clean up their act.
➢ Another reason is that almost every culture in the world one-way or another believes in “no pain, no gain” concept. Suffering for couple of days, feeling faint, hungry and deprivation makes people feel accomplished. In some cases it makes a martini and a juicy steak right after the cleanse, even more justified.
➢ It can also be tied to human beings desire for purification rituals throughout the recorded history. Every known culture and religion whether preliterate or sophisticated, has had ceremonies to wash off the sins and reestablish lost purity. Combine that desire with todays culture of instant gratification, the quick fad detox/cleanse schemes seem a perfect trap.
The best way to cleanse is gentle, subtle, and daily. If toxins are coming in daily, we need to get rid of them daily for best results. However, due to our body’s incredible power of adaptation and regeneration capabilities, no matter when we start the daily cleanse and how many times we start over, there is still hope for a healthier tomorrow. So don’t ever feel discouraged!