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Why Detox?

Detoxification on a fundamental level simply means eliminating toxins from your body. There are many health benefits gained from detox programs. Most people have a particular motivator that leads them to pursue those benefits. They may have a chronic health problem, or they may feel like something is “off” in the body, or they may simply have a specific result in mind. Whatever the reason, it serves as a motivator to shed toxins and create more balance in life.

Common reasons for detox cleansing include:

  • Stress: Stress is a major part of modern life. Constant stress can feel overwhelming, and even moderate stress can have a strong negative impact on overall health. When you are stressed, you are more likely to eat unhealthy foods, which are often packed with fat and preservatives, which can cause distress in the digestive system. This is why stress can also affect your immunity. People who are feeling overly stressed may decide to pursue a detox to create greater mental balance and lower stress levels.

  • Health changes: For many, the motivation comes from the need or desire for a health change. Maybe you want to have more energy or maybe you would like to shed a few pounds. Perhaps you are dealing with poor digestion and want to have a more healthy digestive system, or perhaps you’re seeking to improve your diet and need an opportunity to begin. For others, the health changes may be more significant, such as reduced blood pressure, or long-term weight loss. Some seek out these cleanses because they have been diagnosed with a serious medical condition, and they want to minimize or repair some of the effects.

  • Chronic issues: Some who pursue a detox may even have a chronic condition. They use the detox process as a way to reduce or eliminate chronic pain, for greater balance, and to improve day-to-day living.


Whatever the reason for doing a detox, you may find benefits from it that you had never before imagined and will gain sustainable health.


Where Do Harmful Toxins Come From?

The goal of a detox is to remove harmful toxins from the body, but where do these toxins come from? The sources are varied and sometimes unavoidable, but they often relate to your habits, choices, and lifestyle. There are many aspects of your everyday lifestyle, which may expose you to a significant number of toxins, from the foods that we eat and from the environment. These toxins can build up in the body and have harmful effects.

Some common causes of harmful toxins in the body include:

  • Processed, sugary foods and caffeine: The modern diet is full of processed foods, sugar, and caffeine. The ingredient lists on many food products often include chemical preservatives, food colorings, and other harmful items. When you feed your body those unhealthy foods, you create a build-up of toxins the body will have a tough time naturally detoxing. These foods also create an acidic bloodstream, which can also be harmful to the body. Osteoporosis, for example, is caused by too low pH. When blood pH is too low, calcium and magnesium are moved from the body into the blood to raise blood pH, which of course causes bone loss.

  • Stress: Stress is another common denominator in many people’s lives leading to harmful bodily toxins. It may be hard to escape given the common pressures of everyday life, such as work, family, relationships, moving, etc. The point is, no matter the stressor, it can affect your body in a very real, harmful way.

  • Everyday toxins: Throughout the day, you encounter many different potential sources of toxins. While your skin typically acts as a barrier, it is not impenetrable. Chemicals can be absorbed into your skin from things like lotion or beauty products. Oftentimes, you are absorbing chemicals from things you are using on a daily basis, such as computers and cars. We also run the risk of ingesting or inhaling different toxins from common products, such as cleaning products and clothes. When these toxins accumulate in the body, they may be harmful and cause various chronic conditions, including cancer. Some sources of toxins are within our control to reduce or avoid, while others are not as easy to remove from our lives. Intermittent fasting and yoga will aid in eliminating many of these toxins or help your body to reduce their negative effects by functioning more optimally.



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