Internal Cleansing










About Internal Cleansing



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In our modern, less-than-hygienic world, internal cleansing (also known as detoxification or detox) is not the only answer to healthy living, but it has become an essential practice for all of us who want to take a proactive approach to good health and keep our toxins in-check. We can probably all use some forgiveness with regard to those little dietary mistakes we’ve made in our busy, daily lives. But we are talking about correcting the damage from much more than just dietary slip-ups.

Our bodies have become burdened with harmful byproducts of metabolism, environmental toxins, parasites, heavy metals, and harmful chemicals. Indeed, with regard to pesticides, insecticides, and fungicides, the Environmental Protection Agency has reported that the average American consumes about four pounds of these chemicals each year involving about 200 different chemicals. Internal cleansing is a process we should undertake in which we cleanse our internal systems to remove this toxin build up that inevitably occurs through living in our modern world. As we cleanse our internal environment, our bodies can heal themselves and function the way nature intended.

The toxic build-up in our bodies accumulates over time. The danger here is that we become sick slowly, we develop allergies and intolerances (read more about toxins as the hidden cause of many allergies), we develop autoimmune conditions, and we begin to think that feeling sick and lethargic is normal. We start to forget how wellness feels. Illness becomes more and more prevalent and our health spirals downward. Here are some of the physical warning signs that indicate we are experiencing toxic overload:

  • fatigue and lack of energy
  • flatulence and intestinal bloating
  • difficulty digesting some foods
  • allergies and intolerances
  • autoimmune disorders
  • Foul smelling breath and stools
  • Constipation
  • Protruding stomach area
  • Cravings for certain foods
  • Skin problems
  • Metallic taste in the mouth



If you want to detoxify your entire body, there is a logical sequence of steps you should follow when internal cleansing. These steps involve cleansing the colon, replenishing the intestines with probiotics (friendly bacteria), cleansing the liver, kidneys, blood, and other essential parts of the body, replenishing the body with important nutrients.



Colon Cleansing



Colon cleansing is an effective way to start removing harmful toxins from the body. You could potentially have ten, fifteen, or even twenty pounds of waste inside of you that needs to be flushed out. The majority of American men and women do not obtain a sufficient amount of fiber from their diet with which to clean their colon, so taking supplemental fiber is important. Fiber expands in the intestines and absorbs much of these toxins, so we can eliminate them. Fiber also increases intestinal activity and supports the body's natural evacuation processes. It is an essential component of internal cleansing.

There are special fiber formulations that act as lower bowel cleansers; they help to loosen deeply encrusted material from the colon walls. These products really work as you can actually see a great difference in the material you eliminate during this type of cleanse. There are also some herbs you might want to consider for strengthening the walls of the colon. These include: bee pollen, blue green algae, marshmallow, and aloe vera juice.






Liver Cleansing



Another important organ to consider when internal cleansing is the liver. The liver has many important jobs, such as bile production, the distribution and storage of nutrients contained in food, creating enzymes, and the metabolism of fat. But perhaps one of its most important jobs is cleaning the blood by removing or metabolizing toxins. It is important to be proactive in protecting your liver, especially since liver cancer is listed by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics as one of the top ten causes of death among males.

There are a variety of supplements that help to cleanse the liver and improve its function. SAMe has been shown to increase the flow of bile. Betaine assists the liver with processing lipids and it helps to protect the liver from chemical damage. Also, a flavonoid compound known as Silymarin has been shown in several scientific studies to have a powerful protective effect on the liver, while supporting its detoxification process.



Kidney Cleansing



Another essential goal of your internal cleansing involves the kidneys. The kidneys perform several vital functions in the body. They eliminate metabolic waste, they regulate blood pressure, they help to activate vitamin D, they help maintain a balance between acid and base, and they help to balance electrolytes. Cleansing is an important part of maintaining kidney health as pathogens, heavy metals, and toxins like lead, benzene, cadmium, and numerous other pollutants can settle in this organ. Kidney cleansing can be used to effectively flush-out toxins and wastes from kidney tissues.

Herbs such as dandelion extract and pumpkin extract help the kidney to flush-out waste products. Also, goldenrod tea and marshmallow root tea can support bladder function while helping to cleanse the kidneys. Other herbs for cleansing the kidney include: uva ursi, oatstraw, pau d’arco, horsetail, and slippery elm.



Blood Cleansing



Blood cleansing is also an important component of whole body detoxification and internal cleansing. It is recommended, however, that liver and kidney cleansing be performed first, as a foundation before undertaking the blood cleanse. Many alternative health professionals believe that a regular blood cleansing is critical to one's health, and that doing so will help restore your body to a state of balance by eliminating impurities and supporting the functioning of related organs such as the kidneys, liver, bowels and lymphatic system.

Herbs that are recommended for a blood cleanse include the following. Burdock helps to cleanse the entire circulatory system, including the blood and lymphatic system. Red Clover is an effective herb for thinning blood that has become congested with both cholesterol and toxic material. In addition, Cayenne is a very powerful herb for enhancing circulation and improving the integrity of the circulatory system.

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