Detoxification is very important as we live in a very toxic world. We need to take some practical steps in this area so we can function at optimal health.
The right foundation
Foundational to health is good food, good water and good elimination. All three of these things work together and all three areas should be focused on for optimal health. We live in a very toxic world although we cannot completely eliminate toxins we need to work at greatly minimizing them. Water is the best cleanser and we should drink at least a half-gallon of water each day. It needs to be filtered water such as from the reverse osmosis process or distilled. “Distillation is effective because it removes the water from the contaminants, rather than trying to remove the contaminants from the water.” (1) Do not drink fluoridated water and I suggest you use a filter for your shower if you have regular city water. Your skin will absorb those chemicals. I only use fluoride free toothpaste, natural soaps and shampoos without all the chemicals. Any filter is better than no filter and if you have no filter you are the filter.
The source of your food and how you prepare it is vital. Get your beef and chicken from a farmer who raises them without the chemicals locally or buy at a store that sells that kind of meat. Your fruits and vegetables should be organic if possible and the best if eat most of them raw for maximum nutrient value. Organic food does not have the harmful chemicals and will be richer in antioxidants. “According to the featured findings, organic fruits and vegetables can contain anywhere from 18-69 percent more antioxidants than conventionally-grown varieties.” (2) I would make sure that you have at least one raw vegetable at your family meal time. It is best to not fry any food when cooking, just make it an occasional treat if you eat out. Avoid trans-fats, hydrogenated oils and other harmful food additives. Cooking fries in an oven that you cut from fresh potatoes is better than deep frying them.
We get rid of many toxins through our bowel movements. You should have as many bowel movements as meals you eat in a day. Bowels movements should come without strain and they should come quickly. You should not need reading material it could be a sign of a clogged colon. Drink plenty of water as stated above and eat foods that are high in fiber. A clean colon is very important for health. “It’s well-known that a variety of health problems stem from poor digestive health for example, stomach pains, abdominal cramps, chronic fatigue, constipation, low energy, headaches and allergic reactions can all be traced back partially to problems with waste elimination.” (3)
It is much better to prevent a problem than to try fix one. As the old say goes an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.