Cleansing Basics: How to Cleanse Safely Part 1/3

Cleansing Basics: How to Cleanse Safely Part 1/3

Your body is constantly being attacked by toxins, whether you know it or not. Toxins come from many different forms and are known as unwanted chemicals we are exposed to that get into our bodies through food, water, and the environment we live in. Because of their environment, even the most health conscious people may not be aware of the amount of toxins in their body. Healthy foods can also be deceptive. Believe it or not, even eating fruits and vegetables can increase our toxic risk from pesticides and contaminants, depending on how they were grown.

Our bodies do have the potential to cleanse themselves and work around the clock to help get rid of the toxic overload. Toxins are cleansed in our bodies through the gastrointestinal, urinary, respiratory and lymphatic systems, and organs such as the liver. Our liver filters and directs the toxins to be eliminated through the kidneys and intestinal tract. Our body also can naturally release toxins through sweat, mucous, and the skin.

However, with all the toxicity surrounding our lives, it is impossible for our bodies to naturally get rid of all of the toxins stored in our body. This is why it is even more important to have a daily cleansing approach.

Body cleansing has become recently popular in today’s society. People are concerned with how toxins can affect their body and have begun exploring different ways to help release them, including extreme body cleansing that is usually performed periodically 1-4 times throughout the year.

Most people are not aware that extreme and aggressive cleansing on a periodic basis can often cause more harm to the body than good because they are voiding their body of proper nutrition during the process and can cause many bad side effects such as loss of energy, poor mental focus, digestive upset, and skin irritations. Most believe that these symptoms are expected during a cleanse, but the reality is that there are other (and more effective) ways of cleansing your body without all of these side effects.

These negative effects generally indicate you have pushed your body beyond its ability to properly support the cleansing activity. It can also mean your body has exceeded its ability to manage toxic elimination, which can in turn create new difficulties in your body. Your intentions for your body may have been good, but you could actually be causing it harm.*

So how should you go about cleansing your body? Are there better options available to rid your body of toxins without doing the extreme cleanses that can have extreme side effects? According to an article published in the spring issue of dōTERRA Living Magazine, Dr. David K. Hill suggests “consistent or daily activity and working within the limits that your body can tolerate. A significant reduction in toxic load and the physiological stress it induces is most easily managed through consistent and meaningful daily support.”

Cleansing is necessary to help rid the body of toxins and increase overall health, but as Dr. Hill suggests, cleansing is more effective when it is part of your daily maintenance and support.

Check back Wednesday for part 2 in this series where we will discuss how to support body cleansing through probiotics.

* We do understand that periodic cleansing can be appropriate at times for certain conditions, but should always be done under a physician’s care to make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need.

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