Detoxification (detox) is the process of eliminating all traces of toxins, certain drugs and/or alcohol from the body, while managing the symptoms of withdrawal.
Detox is important because after using drugs or drinking for an extended period, the body builds up a tolerance to the substance. Over time this tolerance will be heightened and the body will continue to need more and more to attain the original effects. Once the body is dependent on the alcohol or drug its just that much harder to quit.
There are also toxins in our environment and in the food that we eat. Our resilient body can handle these toxins with limited exposure. However, once we come into contact with or ingest more than our body can handle, toxins will store in the body.
10 common toxins
Here is a list of the ten most common toxic chemicals that permeate our environment:
- PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls)
- Plastics. Risks:
- Heavy Metals (lead, mercury, etc.)
You eliminate toxins through four channels: breath, skin, urine and bowels. When you fast, or eat 100% organic, plant-based, raw, and living foods the body has extra energy. It uses that extra energy to push the toxins out of the body quickly. When the toxins start coming out faster than you can eliminate them through the normal channels we commonly get a detox reaction. The best way to reduce or eliminate detox symptoms is to give these four channels a little help. Here are some of the methods that I use to accomplish that:
- Drinking lots of purified water and fresh green drinks
- Exercise (any form, clear with your physician first)
- Isagenix Cleanse for Life (drjbattle.isagenix.com)
- Lymphatic massage
- A very warm Epsom salts bath
- Steam room
- Breathing exercises