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Benefits and Health Effects
From Detox

In these modern times of fast living and excess, mass production and hydrogenated as well as chemically-processed food, an increasing number of Americans are witnessing on a daily basis the effects of toxicity on their minds and bodies. In some cases, the toxins are the result of self-destructive behavior such as substance abuse, while in others, they are inflicted by the environment and alimentary products. The impact of toxins on individuals varies according to the latter’s susceptibility and level of exposure. It is estimated that the U.S. food supply contains more than 10,000 toxic chemicals. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the urine and/or blood of Americans contains at least 148 chemicals. Toxins are not only present in the food and water supply but also in the air, and each day, thousands of chemicals circulating at home and at work undermine and threaten individuals’ physical and emotional well-being. Some of the adverse health effects and illnesses triggered by toxins are:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Recurring colds
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Gas, bloating, and flatulence
  • Skin conditions
  • Protruding belly
  • Heart disease
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Low energy
  • Depression
  • Cancer
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Infertility
  • Hair loss
  • Indigestion
  • Low immunity
  • Mood swings and irritability

A comprehensive and thorough detoxification, which flushes out all harmful chemicals from the body, protects against chronic diseases and enhances over health. There are numerous benefits to be reaped from detox, and they include:

  • Eliminating chemical sensitivities
  • Restoring a balanced immune system
  • Improving cognition
  • Reducing free radicals
  • Balancing hormones
  • Boosting vitality and energy
  • Increasing mental health
  • Improving digestion

A wide variety of detox programs is at the public’s disposal, and these include the following:

Drug detox

Medical detoxification initiates the recovery process for drug and alcohol abusers by providing them a safe method of withdrawal from addictive substances and medically stabilizing them. Drug detox takes place in an outpatient or inpatient setting and usually under a physician’s care. Detoxification is critical for individuals who have taken drugs that 1) are not addressing the issue for which they were initially prescribed, 2) have become addictive or 3) are causing dangerous and undesirable side effects. Discontinuing prescription medication, drugs or alcohol without pursuing a medically-supervised withdrawal system may be fatal or result in severe health problems.

Alcohol detox, which usually takes place in an inpatient medical environment or rehab , enables patients to be cleansed of the alcohol in their system. Effective drug or alcohol detox programs medically manage patients’ psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms such as convulsions, tremors, seizures, headaches, sweat, depression, and anxiety. Drug or alcohol detox is available for individuals seeking to withdraw from benzodiazepines, alcohol, heroin or other opiates (i.e. Oxycontin, Vicodin, methadone), and psychotropic medication. For instance, buprenorphine or Subutex is utilized to detox opiate users and addicts, helping them to comfortably and safely tackle withdrawal symptoms.

Staff at a drug or alcohol detox center first meet with and interview the patient, analyze his or her medical history and evaluate tests performed at the treatment center. They then create a customized detox program and protocol for the patient and administer the detox medication, regularly monitoring the latter’s progress and condition. The staff continues to dispense the medication at appropriately-reduced dosage until the patient has been fully detoxified. The length of a detox program often depends on the duration and frequency of drug use, type of drug, individual’s age, present health status and medical conditions. Drug or alcohol detox is usually completed in 7 to 14 days, and the process will also shed light on whether the client should pursue ongoing drug addiction treatment.

Body detoxification

For centuries, Chinese and Ayurvedic therapeutic systems have applied body detox principles which involve cleansing the body of impurities in the blood, nourishing it with invigorating nutrients, and resting it. Through detox regimens, toxic substances such as parasites, food chemicals, and heavy metals are removed from the body, thus revitalizing the individual and protecting him or her from illness. A detox diet supplements the body’s own cleansing capacities by (1) enhancing blood flow, (2) allowing the organs to rest via fasting, (3) utilizing healthy nutrients to re-energize the body, (4) facilitating elimination through the skin, kidneys and intestines, and (5) stimulating the liver’s toxin-eliminating function.

Some detox diets focus on a particular area such as the lungs, skin, bowels, kidneys, or liver. Clients may choose to apply several methods to improve their physical well-being. Body detox is recommended at least once annually, and a program typically lasts three to seven days. Some of the most popular body detox and dietary modification programs are as follows:

  • Colon cleansing through consumption of herbs, fiber, and vitamins
  • Blood purification for improved circulation and digestion
  • Cleansing of the liver
  • Detoxification of the kidneys and bladder
  • Removal of heavy metals such as mercury and lead and noxious chemicals
  • Activating lymph drainage
  • Eradicating internal parasites such as intestinal worms
  • Juice fasting to release the harmful substances
  • Water fasting one day per week
  • Use of probiotic supplements, antioxidants, and colonics to restore friendly bacteria

Detox spa

This type of cleansing program attacks four kinds of pollutants:

  • Environmental toxins such as chemicals found on home furnishings fish
  • Metabolic waste generated by the body
  • Psychological toxins such as worry and tension
  • Toxins such as white sugar, caffeine and alcohol

A detox spa employs a variety of methods to eliminates toxins, and these include the following:

  • Therapies that complement the body’s detoxification process
  • Ayurvedic oil-based treatment based and substantial dietary modification
  • Yoga and meditation to change negative thought patterns and behavior

Juice fasting or a modified dietary regimen consisting of consuming more fruits and vegetables and avoiding foods that adversely impact the body.

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