Detoxing is vital to our health as it removes toxins and wastes which have built up in the body over years of misuse. And that build up is easy to do in our society with its emphasis on fast foods, poor diets, lack of exercise and addictive behaviors like drugs and alcohol.
Some of it is not of our doing. There are many external sources of poisons like chemical fumes, insecticides, food preservatives.
But the end result is poor health.
A toxin is any substance which is harmful to a living organism.
That definition, in its broadest sense, can include so many compounds found throughout our environment – a significant concern for our wellbeing and the health of our world.
Toxic compounds are everywhere: in our foods, our water and now even the air we breathe. The last several decades has shown an incredible increase of toxicity in the environment. How can we help but be affected?
Thankfully, many of these poisons are identified and eliminated by the body before they can cause too much harm.
However, toxins can be fatal and many are cumulative.
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The heavy metals like lead, mercury and aluminum form a large proportion of the poisons we have to deal with.
Sources are many: pesticide sprays, dental fillings, metal cooking utensils, tin cans, industrial omissions and even some cosmetics.
Toxins are eliminated via the liver, kidneys, skin, lungs, colon, lymphatic system - in fact any organ which is the landing place of the toxins in the first place or the nearest exit point the body can reach.
Diagnosis of toxins is via the blood or hair, ordered by a doctor. If you present to a doctor with any of the above symptoms, toxicity of the body will not be his or her first choice of diagnosis; certainly not without some form of testing being carried out.
Reputable specialists are now attributing many of our common diseases to a cumulative poisoning of the body, as these disorders are appearing more and more frequently:
It is impossible to avoid toxins entirely without retreating to a desert island!
However, we can all try to minimize the impact by the simple implementation of:
Plus, many therapists suggest fasting as a method to detox naturally. Fasting for one or several days allows the body to concentrate on cleansing rather than processing food. It can then flush the toxins out of the body. During the fast you can use essential oils for detoxing in a massage blend, burner or soak in a warm, not hot, tub. Fasting is popular, easy to do (make sure you can allow a couple of days undisturbed and restful), and very healthy.
Saunas are also a way to help the skin excrete the toxins via perspiration.
Think strongly about a regular detoxing with essential oils - a great way is via a massage. What a lovely combination! Any excuse for a massage in my opinion ...
Reiki is a simple solution to renew your body, revive your energy and restore your balance naturally.
Grapefruit is a stimulant for the liver, gall bladder, kidneys and immune system. (be mindful with using Grapefruit that it can be phototoxic so don't go out in the sun for 24 hours after using it).
Peppermint can be useful for sweating so great for the sauna to sweat out those toxins.
Frankincense is used to boost blood and lymph circulation.
Lemon is wonderful for stimulating the production of white blood cells and a tonic to the lymphatic system.
Lemongrass stimulates the immune system.
Juniper is a potent cleanser and detoxifier.
Mix together and massage over the whole body, if possible. If not, then massage around the chest to stimulate the absorption of the oils into the blood stream.
You can also use some of the above oils in the bath. Choose whichever you like and add a couple of drops to the bath and relax. Allow the pure essential oils to do their job!