Dear Donndez – I’m kind of new to the natural health craze and have heard a lot of people talking about “detoxing.” What is it and should I consider doing it? – Cynthia K., Rio Rancho
Dear Cynthia –The basic premise of detoxifying is eliminating toxins that are affecting our bodies. Today our bodies are overwhelmed with pollutants, including:
- Pollens (i.e., from dehydrated bug and mouse droppings as well as New Mexico’s juniper pollen)
- Drugs (pharmaceutical and others are all chemicals),
- Breathing polluted air,
- Contact with molds, other fungi and bacteria (as from unclean swamp coolers),
- Eating chemically preserved foods,
- Drinking chemically treated water,
- Cleansing our bodies with chemically laced shampoos and soaps, and
- Smearing toxic creams on our faces (i.e., most make-up).
Although some toxins are naturally flushed from our bodies, many are stored. These toxins are gumming up our cells, which need to be clean and free of chemicals, bacteria and viruses in order to function at optimum levels. Toxins cause so much damage that they result in poor health, allergies, and even cancer.
A long time ago, entire communities would become involved with “Spring Cleaning,” which included cleaning one’s home and one’s body. Whether this tradition is beneficial can be debated, but then most of the medical ailments existing today did not exist, or existed on a very limited scale. Personally, I believe in Spring Cleaning.
Regardless of the type of detoxifying method used, doing so will have limited affect if bad habits are continued. Choosing to detoxify one’s body should also include living a healthier lifestyle. This means eliminating habits that are detrimental to your body, avoiding allergens as much as possible, and sometimes making sacrifices in order to live in a healthy manner.
For example, what use good is flushing out the leads, steroids and preservatives if you continue eating foods that put these back in? If you can, have an extensive allergy test done to learn what it is you are personally allergic to. Many people have allergies they are not aware of, so they may think their runny nose is due to pollen when sugar might be the culprit. If you are gluten-intolerant, don’t eat sandwiches with white bread.
Detoxify, then using the allergy test results as a base to work from, incorporate healthy habits, and you will benefit immediately and long-term with increased health and energy.
Hope this answers your question, Cynthia. Till next week – good health and healing to you and loved ones.