July 31, 2012
The House of Healing

Are you toxic?

We’ve heard this term hundreds of times before but how can we be sure we need to detoxify?  Cleansing and detoxifying is not just a new fad, for centuries various cultures have valued therapies that promote this concept.  It has been recognised by traditional health care systems around the world that toxins accumulate in the body and cause various health problems.

So what are some of the tell tale signs that your body is in toxic overload?  If you experience any of the following symptoms it might be time to start thinking detox:

     *  Constantly tired or lethargic

     *  Regular stomach upsets including bloating, diarrhoea or constipation

     *  Recurrent headaches

     *  Muscle aches and pains

     *  Poor concentration and short term memory

     *  Allergies or sensitivities

     *  Depression, anxiety and/or mood swings

Our Toxic Planet

Today we have become increasingly exposed to toxic compounds in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat and even the soil our food grows in.  Our morning shower sprays us with chlorine and fluoride, we wash our hair with shampoo that contains sodium laurel sulfate, add conditioner that contains more perfumes, preservatives and parabens, use an antiperspirant deodorant that contains aluminium and then we reach for our cosmetic bag that is no doubt full of products containing petroleum products and formaldehydes.  This list goes on.  Before we know it we’ve exposed ourselves to hundreds of chemicals and we haven’t even got to the breakfast table.  So where are all these toxins supposed to go?

The good news is that your body has an extremely sophisticated detoxification system that works around the clock to filter out and eliminate any materials that can cause harm. Our liver, lungs, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, and skin all work to eliminate toxins.  The bad news is that your body can become overburdened with accumulated toxins.  If you have been experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above then it may be time to consider a detox program that’s right for you.
The Benefits of Detoxification

A detox diet allows us to focus on self healing.  The goal of detoxification is to promote an overall feeling of health and wellness.  When toxins accumulate they can slow our metabolism, rob us of energy and effect our immunity, all of which can lead to disease.  By restoring balance we can expect to feel greater energy levels, improve our digestive health, boost concentration, feel more in control of our moods and boost the immune system and prevent premature aging and disease.  With all these benefits its well worth considering a healthy step-by step program to put that spring back in your step!
Safe and Effective Detoxification

Detoxification can be very unpleasant for some people and potentially harmful if it is not done correctly.  Detoxification shouldn’t be a fad diet that starves your body of vital nutrients, or becomes complicated and difficult to follow.  The most effective detoxification program is one that is gradual and gentle and aids your bodys natural process of elimination.  The two golden rules to remember when detoxifying are simple:

     *  Decrease Toxic Exposure

This means internally and externally.  Be aware of what harmful products you use in and around the home.  Focus on consuming only fresh organic produce and cut down on processed foods including trans fats and refined sugars.  Avoid all additives and preservatives. Avoid alcohol, caffeinated beverages, soft drinks, dairy and fruit juices.

     *  Increase Toxin Removal

This means supporting and encouraging the liver, lungs, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract by choosing natural methods.  Think about adequate water, breathing, movement and lifestyle. 
Here are some other key points to consider when choosing an effective detoxification program:

     *  Choose a Whole Body Cleansing Program, this not only focuses on the liver and colon but cleanses the blood and lymph as well.

     *  Keep Things Regular without harsh laxatives that can leave you feeling more drained and fatigued.

     *  Supplement with Beneficial Bacteria, probiotics can help create a healthier environment in the gastrointestinal tract while prebiotics promote the growth of beneficial bacteria

     *  Use Healing Herbs and Nutrients that are specifically formulated to clean all of the organs of the body

     *  Rest, Relaxation and Adequate Sleep, are vital for your body to heal.

     *  A Body Cleanse Starts in the Mind, prepare yourself mentally for a greater chance of success.
Talk to us today about which personalised detoxification plan is right for you.  Herbs and nutrients can play a vital role in supporting your body’s key elimination systems.  We can recommend dietary tips that can reduce your toxic overload and increase your vitality. 

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