Cleaning is not really a word that conjures up warm feelings of joy or love for most of us, but still an essential in life. We vacuum our floors, scour our sinks, mow the yard and take out the trash, and all in the spirit of keeping things generally clean. It is part of taking care of what we have, protecting ourselves from germs, and keeping our lives in order. Did you ever think about cleaning the inside of your body?
The truth is, the human body struggles to keep up with the ever-increasing burden caused by the explosion of chemicals used in our society today. Everyday the body is exposed to an array of chemicals including pesticides, preservatives, antibiotics, hormones, over-the-counter and prescription drugs, additives, fertilizers, heavy metals, fire retardants and more. They are in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the clothes we wear, the food we eat and the things we touch.
Think about it another way. Recall how you felt the last time your “to do” list was miles long, your in-box was full, and everyone wanted something from you. Overwhelmed, you found it hard to get everything done and done well. Maybe the quality of your work suffered, maybe you made a few mistakes, and most likely you crossed a few things off the list and did not do them at all. The inside of your body is no different. At some point, your body becomes overwhelmed with too many toxins. The body cannot keep up with removing the trash and begins to store it in tissues and fat cells. The congestion makes it much harder for the body to do everything it needs to do, do it well and avoid making mistakes. Toxins can wreak all kinds of havoc in there – causing inflammation, promoting disease, preventing weight loss, disturbing hormone balance, and contributing to symptoms from fatigue to brain fog. They can cause congestion and roadblocks in your liver and colon just like an accident on a busy freeway system at rush hour.
In our society today, more people are discovering the benefits of cleaning the inside of the body, often called detoxification or cleansing. Best done under the care of a medical practitioner, the process involves reducing exposure to toxins, supporting the detoxification pathways in the body, while stimulating toxin elimination and providing sufficient supplementation to attack free radicals resulting from the process.
Article written by Nutritionist, Nancy Mehlert, The Woodlands Institute for Health & Wellness