Make a Fresh Start with a Detox
Detoxification or cleanses are one of the basic foundations of natural healing. A good detox program cleanses the intestinal tract, the urinary tract, the liver, gallbladder, the blood and lymphatic system. It should include a wholesome diet focused on alkaline forming foods. It must also include lots of pure water and moderate exercise.
The advantage of a detox diet or cleansing program is: You can eat like royalty. You can eat as much as you like, as long as you stick to an alkaline diet. All foods can be classified as acid forming, neutral or alkaline-forming. Since many health problems result when our bodies are overly acidic, a good detoxification program addresses the acid-alkaline balance of the blood. This means several dietary restrictions. A detox program restricts flour products: cakes, cookies, breads, pasta etc.; dairy products: milk, cheese, yogurt, (butter is OK). Tropical fruits, dried fruits sweets, processed food or preservatives are not allowed. A complete dietary list should accompany any detox program that you purchase.
Some of the built-up toxins will be neutralized and excreted in urine and feces. The detox should contain supplements meant to actively cleanse the whole system. These supplements along with the diet will encourage the body to release waste materials and toxins that have accumulated in the system since the last cleanse. A full body cleanse should help to eliminate heavy metals, chemical toxins, microbial compounds and the breakdown products of protein metabolism.
The Herbal D-tox that we use has three sets of tablets (for the intestinal tract, liver/gallbladder and blood/lymphatic system) and a tincture (for the urinary and lymphatic system). Two of each type of tablets and 30 drops of the tincture are taken twice daily. We often suggest the addition of digestive enzymes: 1 to 3 capsules per meal, (depending on the size of meal) to ensure complete digestion. Many people follow a general detox with a LiverD-tox.
Detoxification programs are safe and can be done 2 to 4 times per year by almost anyone. Detoxification is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.
Terry Willard, CIH, PhD, is a practitioner, teacher, director of the on-line Wild Rose College of Natural Healing and author of 12 books.
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