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Cleansing Guide for First-Timers

At What Cost Convenience? The Toxic Burden of Modern Technology

No one escapes toxins. Even if you live in seclusion in a remote corner of the world, it is impossible to avoid pesticides, herbicides and other environmental pollutants. For example, the body tissues of the Nunavut, an Inuit tribe living near the Arctic Circle, have been shown to contain significantly high levels of dioxin, an industrial contaminant. Researchers have found that much of the pollution probably originates from factories in Iowa and Mexico, thousands of miles away.

To defend against toxins the body constantly cleanses itself. Its detoxification duties are complicated by the fact that the body itself produces metabolic wastes, which have to be eliminated before they create health problems. When these chemicals accumulate, they hinder your immune defenses, contribute to fatigue and may be linked to other health issues like PMS, skin rashes and depression. But your body doesn’t have to go it alone. Using cleansing herbs can help reduce the body’s toxic load. Because cleansing can be daunting the first time, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions asked by first time cleansers:

1. Why do I need to cleanse? Can’t I just try to eat healthy foods and exercise?

Cleansing and detoxifying are crucial for improved digestion, lower risk of disease and better health. Toxins from food and the environment are stored in the liver and fatty tissue of the body. Because toxins are foreign substances, when they are present in large amounts, the body’s efforts against them may result in chronic inflammation and auto-immune problems like arthritis.

2. Will a cleanse make me feel sick?

A cleanse actually makes you feel refreshed. You should finish a cleanse feeling revitalized. However, some people can experience what is termed a “healing crisis.” This may take place when a cleanse kills disease-causing microorganisms faster than the body can eliminate them. Signs of a healing crisis include headache, fatigue, diarrhea and skin eruptions. Because it is often difficult to distinguish between a healing crisis and an actual illness, consult your natural healthcare provider if any of these signs are present after beginning a cleanse.

3. Will I be able to work while I am taking a cleansing product?

There isn’t any reason cleansing should interfere with your work. If you are concerned, start your cleanse on Friday and continue through the weekend. This will give you a head start on the cleanse and let you relax over the weekend.

4. How often do I need to cleanse?

How often you cleanse is an individual matter. Traditionally, cleansing was done on a seasonal basis, usually in the spring and fall. Cleansing in the spring was designed to cope with a possible toxic overload linked to a winter diet heavy in meat and grains. A spring cleanse relieves the digestive tract of cold weather stagnation. A fall cleanse was used to rid the body of parasites which had accumulated over the summer and to tone the digestive tract for a long winter. But life is not so simple anymore. We are exposed to many more toxins today. As a result, many natural health practitioners are now recommending cleansing more frequently.

5. What type of cleansing is the best?

A gentle cleanse especially designed for novice cleansers is best to use for your first time. These usually contain whole herbs whose action is milder than concentrated extracts. Important herbs for first time cleansers include:

  • Oregano Leaf: Oregano has gained wide recognition as an anti-bacterial agent that may help fight drug resistant pathogens. It helps maintain the health, function and cleansing of the colon by fighting Candida and other microbial overgrowths. In addition, oregano has been shown to be a rich source of antioxidants that defuse the power of caustic substances which can damage the walls of the intestinal tract. It possesses up to 20 times the antioxidant power of other herbs.
  • Garlic bulb: Garlic has traditionally been used to cleanse the blood. In addition, the antioxidants in garlic have been shown to help protect against DNA damage, lower the risk of cancer and fight off pathogenic infections. Used traditionally as a laxative, it is widely recognized as helpful in cleansing the body of parasites and yeast.
  • Nettle Leaf: This herb supports the cleansing functions of the urinary tract and helps maintain blood circulation (a crucial element in the body’s elimination systems). In addition Nettle leaf has been used as a diuretic and laxative. In parts of South America, this herb is taken to relieve digestive inflammation.

Long History of Cleansing

Humans have been using detoxification and cleansing since the dawn of time to improve their health. In today’s environment, amplifying your protection against these poisons by cleansing has become more important than ever. For instance, research by British scientists on 5,000 adults shows that even tiny increases in air-borne toxins significantly magnifies the chances of early death among people living in cities and suburbs. That’s another reason it’s time to fight back and help your body eliminate these poisons.

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