There are a number of health programs on the market that stress the importance of detoxing for better health. But, what exactly should be detoxing from, and why is detoxing necessary? Further, how can you detox naturally? Let’s start with the toxins that exist around you.
The Toxins In Your Life
Almost everything that you come into contact with on a regular basis has the ability of becoming toxic to you. For instance, the air you breathe may contain a high amount of pollutants that irritate your body and the water you drink could have traces of minerals that are not good for your health. Even the lotions you use to soothe dry skin have the ability to introduce you to a variety of toxins, and the preservatives and chemicals that exist on and in the foods you eat can increase your toxicity levels too.
If you are a smoker, drinker, or take medications, there are toxins in all of these as well. Medicines, whether prescription or over-the-counter, have the opportunity to negatively impact you, causing your body to work that much harder to process the ingredients that are in them. This is why detoxing is so important to your overall health and wellness.
Essentially, you need to clean out the sludge that you take in on a regular basis in order for your body to function as best it can. That is where your liver comes in.
Your Liver and Health
Every toxin that enters your body is filtered through your liver, making its function critical to your health and wellness. Think of it like a vacuum designed to suck the dirt and nasty debris from your body. While it may work okay doing basic “housework,” use it repeatedly to go over clumps of mud and huge wads of pet hair and you’re probably going to clog it, making it so it doesn’t work well at all. This is what happens to your liver when it tries to take in too many toxins.
You wind up in a situation where the chemicals and substances that can make you sick are allowed to build and build because it can’t clean them out effectively. So, in an effort to combat their effects, your body retains fluid, using it to act as a diluting agent. This makes you feel bloated, lethargic, and depressed. Not to mention that it makes the numbers on the scale rise, which doesn’t help your mood at all.
Another way in which your liver can suffer is when your body creates toxins because it doesn’t have the right nutrients to help you process your food. This particular issue involves getting your digestive tract the supplements it needs so that it can efficiently handle the vitamins and minerals that your body receives, thereby stopping its release of the self-created toxins that are making you feel ill and generally unwell.
While supplementation can make your liver more effective (which ones you need can be determined easily enough with some simple testing), there are additional all-natural actions you can take that will help as well. One option that you can begin today involves doing what you can to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins.
Certainly, you can’t necessarily just pick up and move to a place that has better air quality, but that doesn’t render you helpless when it comes to your environment. For example, if you live in a place that has a lot of pollutants, like a big city or near a shipping port, it helps to get an air filter. Also, make sure you replace the filters in your furnace and air conditioning units regularly to keep the dust flying around to a minimum.
Another option is to use green household cleaners as they don’t contain unhealthy substances. While you’re at it, make sure your lotions and soaps are green as well. The fewer toxins you are putting in contact with your skin, the better. Additionally, when at the supermarket, choose organic foods when possible. And before eating anything, wash it in a vinegar and water solution to remove any contaminants that may be on the skin or outer covering.
The more you can help your liver by reducing the toxins in your body, the better you will feel as a result. You will be more productive at work, you’ll find it easier to handle obligations at home, and you will be happier when you look in the mirror. Really, do you need another reason?