As we struggle for sanity over the holidays, many of us are already making resolutions to become healthier and happier for 2019, which is fantastic. But, are detoxifications the way to go about this? I believe so, and let me explain why. While I certainly do not agree with starvation cleanses that place ridiculous demands on your body, I do feel that we all have toxins built up that need to be removed from our systems so that we can become healthier. Dr. Bret and I do a 21-day liver detoxification program twice per year for that very purpose.
Over the course of a year, the majority of Americans consume large amounts of toxins (processed foods, chemicals, pesticides, etc.) We also absorb environmental toxins, put chemical toxins on our body with lotions, shampoos and perfumes, and the list goes on. On top of that, stress hormones, emotional disturbances, anxiety and negative emotions all create free radicals within our body. While it is virtually impossible to rid our body of all toxic buildup, our bodies make every effort to do so by crying, sweating, urinating and defecating.
Our society is now sicker than ever. We may live longer, but are overwhelmed with chronic illness and disease. These added toxins in our body leads to slow metabolism and weight gain, cardiovascular disease, cancer, polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility, gastroesophageal reflux disease, fatty liver, gallstones, osteoarthritis, stroke, lower back pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, dementia, sleep apnea, asthma and depression, among others.
Here are some of the benefits associated with detoxification programs: • Improved sleep patterns • Improved Circulation • Increased Energy levels • Improved Hormone Function • Improved Hair, Skin and Nails • Weight Loss
I added the weight loss component in there with caution. While that is the reason that most people begin a detoxification program, it is not the primary purpose. Remember, we are trying to eliminate years of toxic build up in our bodies! We enjoy the Standard Process detoxification programs because they are whole food purification programs. But there are a few to choose from. If you’re interested, ask to sit down with one of the doctors and we can find out what would work best for you!