By Nancy Desjardins, R.N.C.P.
Did you know that in the natural world, fasting is a normal practice, and traditional cultures steadfastly believe in it?
The truth is that detoxification has been practiced through the ages. In fact, ancient philosophers used fasting as a method to strengthen their minds.
Since early times, humans have instinctively stopped eating whenever they’ve gotten sick to allow their bodies time to cleanse and heal. Animals instinctively do the same thing.
Native Americans continue to use sweat lodges for purification and religious rites; and, in India, the age-old system of Ayurveda is built around cleansing the body of toxins.
Today, body cleansing is popular in Europe, especially in Swedish and German spas and clinics.
Most worldwide health care practitioners recognize detoxification as the missing link to health and healing. Yet, a great many of us continue to think very little about what we can do to cleanse our insides, while taking plenty of time to focus on the outsides of our bodies.
Many of the illnesses we go to the doctor for today are preventable conditions such as obes-ity and its resulting complications, including diabetes, hypertension and more serious forms of heart disease. But it requires taking better care of ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Now, no one said changing your lifestyle and eating habits was going to be easy. After all, it took years to create those unhealthy ways of living.
Letting go of bad life habits and introducing good ones can be a difficult and challenging endeavor. There’s no doubt about it. It not only involves engaging in regular physical activity, but also mental determination and old-fashioned stick-to-it-iveness.
Every component of healthy living — eating right, exercising, avoiding smoking and alcohol — has a huge impact on our health and wellness. But isn’t living an abundant and healthful life worth caring for our bodies? You bet it is!
Let’s start by changing our usual approach to feeling good. Instead of reaching for pills, let’s take the time to determine what’s causing us stress, fatigue, boredom or misery. Let’s learn to pay attention to what our bodies are telling us.
After all, our bodies are the first to let us know if we’re neglecting them. We simply have to listen to their messages. Let’s engage in healthy approaches to dealing with our problems and find the best way to take care of ourselves.
It’s important for you to understand what happens inside your body when it’s toxic. Among other things, your digestive, intestinal and bowel functions slow down, resulting in constipation.
These are complex systems which I cover in more detail in my program.
In addition, your circulatory system, overburdened by the surplus toxins, sends everything to the liver, which, in turn, becomes intoxicated and recirculates the blood and toxins throughout the body.
Your overloaded blood is then purified by the kidneys, causing them to overwork in the process of eliminating the toxins.
The toxins are now slowing down many of the body’s systems and processing cycles. Intoxication is now in place.
This toxic cycle will continue to repeat itself unless you take specific steps to stop it. This is why my program works so well. It helps get the toxicity out of your body. It helps to alkalize your body, which helps to detoxify it.
Here are some signs that your body may be toxic:
• As a woman, you’re getting lots of yeast infections.
• As a man, you’re getting prostate infections.
• You’re catching more colds.
• You’re gaining weight.
• You’re getting unexplained headaches.
• You’re getting arthritis.
• You’re experiencing chronic constipation, or lots of gas and bloating