Our bodies are innately equipped with many detoxification systems designed precisely to keep the body working optimally. Our immune system helps to control the biochemical processes found in the liver, kidneys, lungs (and sinuses), skin (sweat glands and oil ducts), lymphatics and intestines. One hundred years ago the combination of whole foods, pure water, physical labor, sun, clean air and simple living provided the body with most of what it needed to eliminate its normal toxic load.
Modern society has thousands of chemicals overwhelming our water, air, soil, homes, workplaces and foods - chemicals which have either not been tested at all or have only been tested one at a time. Our bodies can handle small amounts of toxins, microbial overgrowths and debris from normal metabolism, but problems will occur when chronic chemical toxic overload and “superbug” infections combined with nutritional deficiencies overwhelm the system. Our bodies will respond at the tipping point with inflammation, pain, weight gain, tumors/cysts, fatigue, mood and behavior changes, sleep disturbances and defense mechanisms - vomiting, diarrhea, sneezing, coughing and rashes. The illnesses resulting from toxic overload can be reversed as we remove the trash, give the body what it needs and stimulate the vital force.
Here are a few examples of people who have experienced positive results from Activating the body’s energy, Building the nutritional content and Cleansing the organs of toxins. ABCs!
“These past 5 years I’ve suffered with severe depression caused by PCOS, Hashimoto’s disease and life issues. I had serious issues with adrenal fatigue and from there it was a downward spiral until I felt like I was in a black hole and absolutely hopeless. Doctors could not figure out the serious issues I had with allergies and hives every day. I was constantly on Benadryl and other allergy medicines. Due to my difficult job, I didn’t bother to stick with any alternative ways of dealing with these problems and opted to simply take pills from the drugstore. However, I noticed they were affecting my brain function and energy. I also had asthma and had to take my rescue inhaler everyday. I had inflammation and pain all over my body especially in my ankles. I went to see a specialist and they suggested surgery. Lastly, I cannot forget my severe stomach problems due to the horrible foods I ate, which inflamed my IBS every day. I started a detox program this past January and on day 3 I noticed the fog of depression had lifted. I was happy to experience energy and my family said to me that my face was changing. I now am able to think clearly, I have NO MORE hives, I haven’t used my Albuterol inhaler, I have NO stomach pains with the IBS, I am able to sleep without any problems, my feet do not hurt anymore and the inflammation has gone away. I feel like a new person and I’ve lost a good amount of weight in one month.” E-Rochester
“My goals in my first InForm class were to lose weight, get relief from hot flashes, improve my energy, gain self-confidence and be able to sleep better at night. We started with the essential meal plan, looked at the cause and effect of our present day habits and learned about detoxification. The class called “Lose Weight by Losing Toxicity” had a profound impact on my life as a hairdresser. I can’t get over how great I feel since I got rid of the toxins and started eating ‘clean’. I lost 15 pounds because of this lifestyle and I feel amazing with improvement in all of my goals! I have positive energy - mentally, physically and emotionally. Healthy eating has led me to a new body and a new mind and I look forward to the future.” JB-Little Valley
INTERNAL CLEANSING 101: THE ABC’s (ONE MONTH)
A – Activate the Body’s Energy
EXERCISE: Moving the body creates the conditions for the body to naturally breathe, stretch, circulate and sweat. Exercise will help the toxic organs to function properly by improving blood flow and removal of cellular debris for better function of the liver, lymphatics, digestion, elimination, lungs, muscles, brain and skin. Increased heart rate, respiratory rate and water intake will help the organs to flush the blood of toxins, fat and debris. Reduction of fatty tissue from aerobic exercise releases toxins so often stored in the fat. Walking, running, biking, hiking, rebounding, yoga, pilates and qi gong.
SUPERFOODS: These are vibrant, nutritionally dense foods that have recently become widely available and are powerful sources of clean protein, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and amino acids. Regular consumption of these foods will increase the body’s vital force. Goji Berries, Cacao, Maca, Bee Products, Spirulina, Blue-Green Algae, Marine Phytoplankton, Aloe Vera, Hempseeds, Coconuts, Acai, Camu Camu Berry, Chlorella, Incan Berries, Kelp, Noni and Yacon.
DEEP BREATHING of Jin Shin Jyutsu: force the exhale and receive the inhale, 36 times, going deeper each time.
B – Build the Nutritional Content
PROTEIN: 30 grams of protein three to four times per day. A healthy way to achieve this first thing in the morning is through an organic vegan protein powder (Love and Peas).
SIX NUTRIENTS: These core nutrients will ensure the body is getting what it needs to assist with the detox processes - Vitamins, Minerals, Enzymes, Probiotics, Antioxidants and Essential Fatty Acids.
JUICING: Juicing or blending green vegetables provides a quick and easy way to digest a high amount of raw green vegetables, which are nutritive, healing and alkaline.
C – Cleanse the Organs of Toxins
HERBAL CLEANSES: CleanStart is a simple and gentle detox to cleanse the colon, liver and cells. This is especially great for those with food or respiratory allergies and constipation. For 14 days add a cleanse packet (psyllium, bentonite, aloe vera) to water and take three capsules (LBS II and Enviro-Detox) twice per day. Add Liquid Chlorophyll and Probiotic 11. Tiao He approaches liver, colon and tissue cleansing with Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs. It is great for weight loss, digestion and immunity. Add Mineral Chi Tonic to build “fire” in the body, stimulate the immune system, provide trace minerals and support the glandular system. Dieter’s Cleanse is great for cleansing the liver and the colon. It works well for constipation and those wanting to nourish the glandular system in order to stimulate metabolism processes.
FOOD ELIMINATIONS: For one month eliminate sugar, wheat and processed foods.
LIFESTYLE CHANGES: Remove chemicals from the home and the workplace. Toxic laundry detergents, bleach, cleaning products, perfumes, colognes and air fresheners. Replace with clean products. See EWG.org for approval of “clean” products.
*Assess your progress by observing your overall health, energy, sleep, mood, behavior, libido and mental functions.
It is our responsibility to treat our bodies with respect and love … our bodies are temples designed to provide us with the best possible quality of life. We cannot control the quantity of our years but we can have some control over the quality of those years.
References: www.livestrong.com/article/206993-exercise-for-detox/ DavidWolfe.com; The Comprehensive Guide To NSP by Steven H. Horne, AHG; The Detox Diet by Elson M. Haas, M.D.; Healthy Healing’s Detoxification by Linda Page, PhD., Traditional Naturopath; Coming Clean by Steven H. Horne, AHG; The Touch of Healing by Alice Burmeister with Tom Monte