The environment is loaded with toxins.
The chemicals in food, colorings, alcohol, medications and skin lotions are all filtered through our amazing livers. It is responsible for filtering toxins out of the blood. If your liver is overworked and never gets a break through poor lifestyle habits, it can become clogged, causing toxins to back up and recirculate into the bloodstream.
Your liver decides what can come in and what stays out. It is like the gatekeeper. It does this mainly by removing impurities from the blood. The body also eliminates toxins through the lungs, lymph and skin, kidneys and intestines.
Symptoms of toxicity
Asthma, allergies, headaches, joint pain, skin problems, inability to concentrate, poor sleep, extra kilos and alcohol intolerance can all be symptoms of a toxic or overloaded liver.
This inability to detoxify can lead to premature ageing as well as many degenerative diseases. The good news is that the liver has an amazing ability to regenerate with new lifestyle skills.
Detoxification is a natural function when the body is properly nourished. However, when this system is compromised, impurities aren’t properly filtered and every cell in the body is adversely affected. It is important to learn what foods to eat, those to avoid, and when and how much to eat in order to maximise the efficiency of your body’s biochemistry.
Food allergy testing is a good idea if you are having problems with what you eat.
Fat cell toxins
Toxins in fat cells will not break down easily. Reducing body fat will release fat-residing toxins into the blood stream. When toxins are stored they slow down the thyroid, a main gland for controlling metabolism. When the thyroid slows down so does the metabolic rate, leading to more stored fat.
Benefits to gain
Losing body fat means clearer thinking, a better complexion, a stronger immune system and improved digestion and liver function. Your metabolism will speed up and your intestines will gain their ability to quickly and easily eliminate waste unhindered by toxin build-up.
Poor digestion and toxicity are among the leading culprits of poor health. Once your body is thoroughly cleansed, keep it that way by following the principles of healthy living and avoid substances that carry toxins.
Things you can do
Cleansing the liver is about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health, and improve vitality and energy.
- Eat cleansing foods such as vegetables in the form of juicing, soups and salads, fruit, lean protein and good quality oils.
- You can also use strong tasting herbs mixed into a potion as a liver healing and support.
- Drink lots of clean filtered water. Lemon in warm water in the morning is a perfect liver cleanse. During the detox it is important to get rid of any alcohol, cigarettes, processed food and sugars to allow the body some healing time.
Optimally, you would also have a comprehensive health plan that addresses nourishment, exercise, lifestyle and stress management.