Spring is here!!!

As the weather changes and the plants and animals start to wake up, it is the ideal time for you to do a spring cleanse of your body. The natural cycles of cleansing and re-growth occur in nature at this time, which is in harmony with the human cycle making it the ideal time for a detoxification. In a society where our water contains over 700 chemicals and there are over 3000 chemicals and preservatives added to our food, toxins can accumulate in our body faster than they can be eliminated.

There are signs that your body sends telling you that it is time for a detox. Some of these are headache, joint pain, recurrent respiratory problems, back pain, allergy symptoms, insomnia, acne, mood changes, arthritis, constipation, hemorrhoids, sinus congestion, ulcers and psoriasis.

A good detoxification program focuses on the major organs responsible for detoxification: the intestinal tract, the urinary tract, the kidneys, the liver, the gallbladder, the blood, and the lymphatic system. The key components of a proper detox are eating a wholesome diet focused on alkaline forming foods, drinking lots of pure water and performing moderate amounts of exercise. Consuming wholesome, alkaline forming foods allows you to eat as much as you want of the recommended foods.

As mentioned above, there are several organs involved in detoxification, but the liver is the primary one. The liver is responsible for filtering the blood to remove large toxins, it synthesizes and secretes bile, and has an enzyme system that disassembles unwanted chemicals. There are two steps involved in enzyme disassembly phase 1 and phase 2. Phase 1, also know as bioactivation, directly neutralizes a toxin or converts it to a form that can be neutralized in phase 2. Phase 2, on the other hand, is the conjugation phase that makes compounds water-soluble so that they can be excreted via urine or feces.

A full body cleanse along with regular detoxification helps eliminate heavy metals, chemical toxins, microbial compounds and the breakdown products of protein metabolism. If toxins overwhelm the liver, or kidneys, they cannot function properly. Approximately 90 percent of environmental carcinogens can be handled and eliminated by your liver if it is working properly. Detoxification helps reduce the burden on your liver and kidneys. In this way, they can efficiently neutralize the toxins that would otherwise cause cellular damage, as well as decrease the burden on the immune system, which is responsible for cellular repair. The effects of a detox can, when done 1-2 times a year, can result in you having more energy, feeling better and being healthier.