Detoxification is the term used to describe the way our bodies remove toxins, either naturally occurring or ingested, via a process of elimination or neutralization.
This means that potentially damaging matter is expelled from our systems in the form of urine and faeces. Many different complaints, from tiredness and skin problems to digestive disorders, are said to be improved with better detoxification.
People who believe in alternative medicine widely believe that modern lifestyles have increased the need for us to assist our congested bodies with the detoxification process, primarily through diet, though exercise and spiritual activities such as yoga can also play a part.
It is thought that these measures increase our ability to manage the toxins we take in to our systems, from such sources as pesticides and additives in food, chemicals found in cleaning products, medical and recreational drugs, poor diet and everyday pollution.
Detoxification diets are extremely popular and numerous, with some more extreme than others. Most are short, with plans ranging from two days to one month, all with the emphasis on purging our bodies of unhealthy toxins, rather like a deep clean. Detoxification diets commonly follow a period of excess eating.
We are therefore encouraged to eat fresh, high-fibre and organic foods and stock up on vitamins and antioxidants, detoxification diets not only give our bodies the essential tools they need to process harmful matter, but also help educate us to avoid overloading our systems in future.
Together with avoiding certain types of foods, such as sugar, refined products and ‘bad’ fats, and increasing water intake, the human body gets the deep cleanse it needs for fighting fitness
Doing sports is one way to complement detoxification. It is a fact that exercise helps us to function more efficiently, pumping blood around the body and increasing the amount of oxygen in our cells, helping them to function.
Sweating also expels toxins, and the deep-breathing techniques associated with yoga and similar practices help to cleanse the lymphatic system, which holds on to pollutants within the body.
Let’s look at different way of detoxifying.