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We are heading toward the New Year, and for most of us the resolutions made at the years beginning have already succumbed to the pressures of day to day life and well-entrenched habits. This is a time of year when new gym memberships tend to skyrocket, even though many of them go unused. Despite the best of intentions it seems that the pull of our habits often outweighs our commitment to create a foundation of well being.
So what can you do to accomplish two of the most common health desires, which are to lose weight and just feel better?
One of the most powerful avenues available to accomplish both is to go through a detoxification process, a cleansing from the inside out. The western medical model does not deal much with detoxification though almost all other paradigms of health do regard detoxification as important, even critical.
So what does this mean from a western medical stand-point?
The human body has a remarkable capacity to produce hormones and other compounds as well as to interact with the environment. Every compound created by the body and what is allowed into the body by the skin, respiratory tract and the gastrointestinal tract must be dealt with so that the body does not get poisoned by the waste products that are generated by our metabolism.
The world we live in presents us with an ever increasing burden of poisons, toxins, chemicals, and compounds that the human body has never had to deal with before. The rise in certain cancers and other conditions certainly is a function of poisons and toxins in the environment. Overt time, people can become toxic, sometimes in a subtle way, sometimes not so subtle.
Some of the signs and symptoms of being burdened by toxins may include fatigue, fogginess, moodiness, lethargy, headaches, difficulty losing weight, achiness, persistent allergic symptoms, and skin rashes. People may often experience being newly sensitive to substances like caffeine and alcohol as well as medications and supplements.
The main organs of detoxification in the body are the kidney and liver. The liver is a complex organ of detoxification, having three phases of detoxification designed to take foreign and toxic compounds, render them harmless and excrete them.
The typical four week detoxification process (as I use in my office) begins with looking at each persons current state of health. We must look at the diet and whatever else our bodies are routinely exposed to that may be harmful. For the period of time a new healthy diet is instituted. Starvation is NOT necessary for detoxification. It does not have to be uncomfortable (though you may experience your body going through some changes).
Doing this process once or twice a year under medical supervision can make an enormous difference in a persons sense of well being and longevity. People report an increase in energy well being and lose nagging aches and pains, headaches, and extra pounds.
A detox program is one of the best things you can do for yourself. I recommend this to all of my patients, using high quality, safe and relatively inexpensive supplements.
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