The world's population is being exposed to an ever-increasing array and quantity of toxins. Among these are chemicals, heavy metals, food additives, anesthetics, drugs, from caffeine to recreational drugs and personal hygiene products. When our body is exposed to toxins our body's cells and tissues utilize them, excrete them, or store them in various tissues and cells of the body.
Stored toxins can damage the cells, tissues and organs they inhabit and alter their function, lower metabolism, cause enzyme dysfunction, create nutritional deficiencies, cause hormone imbalances, decrease energy production and ultimately lower the body's ability to resist disease.
- What is Natural Horizons' approach to optimizing wellness?
In order to optimize one’s wellness, we examine all current habits and lifestyle choices. Once we have this information, in some cases, it will simply require balancing some of these things, while in others it requires major modifications in lifestyle. Areas we regularly address are:
• Work/Life Balance
• Stress Related Factors
• Psycho-Emotional Well Being
Optimizing wellness also requires identifying stresses or traumas (infections, toxins, emotional upsets, physical imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, etc.) and eliminating them so the body can heal itself.
- What is detoxification?
Detoxification is the process of eliminating toxins and wastes from our body. Over time, we build up toxins that we are exposed to from our environment and from what we consume. Toxins can also build up as a result of internal systemic infection.
Common methods of detoxification include:
• Colon Hydrotherapy/Colonics
• Liver, Gall bladder and Kidney flushes
• Far-Infrared Sauna
• Skin Brushing
• Biologic Dentistry to remove oral toxins
- Why is it important to eliminate heavy metals?
By pulling damaging heavy metals from the body with supplements, homeopathics, chelating agents and a wide variety of energetic techniques, we can reduce the accumulation of heavy metals in most tissues. When these tissues experience a significant reduction in the heavy metal burden, they can begin to repair the damage caused by the metals. These tissues include blood cells, muscle and nerve tissue, especially the brain, liver, kidneys, heart, thyroid and other hormone glands, the eyes, and organs of the digestive system. When these tissues begin functioning correctly, normal health can return. In addition to removing heavy metals in the body, it is also very important to minimize ingesting them or being exposed to them.
- What is chelation?
Chelation is a word derived from the Greek word for claw, chelos. Chelation is a therapy that introduces substances into the body, which “grab” onto undesirable substances in the body and assist in the elimination of those substances. This therapy is administered orally, intravenously or intramuscularly. A licensed medical practitioner trained in chelation techniques must monitor chelation.
Chelation is commonly used to eliminate heavy metals from the body (heavy metal detoxification). It is also used to help eliminate the minerals and cholesterol that cause plaque build up inside the arteries and blood vessels. By opening the blood vessel passages in the heart and brain, many physicians who practice alternative medicine believe that one can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- What is lymphatic drainage?
The lymphatic circulatory system is the second circulatory system behind the cardiovascular (blood) circulatory system. The differences are that the cardiovascular system has a pump, the heart, while the lymph in the lymph system is squeezed through the lymphatic vessels via body movement. The cardiovascular system does not leak while the lymphatic vessels are very porous. This porosity allows lymph to easily travel from vessels to tissues and back.
The purpose of the lymphatic system is to remove wastes from the tissues of the body and to transport a significant amount of immune system cells to where they are needed to counter infections, toxins and other challenges to the body’s health.
Stress, trauma, dehydration, poor nutrition, low physical activity and infection are all reasons why the lymphatic vessels may not conduct lymph well. This congestion will inhibit immunity, detoxification and result in tissue swelling. Lymphatic drainage is a gentle manual therapy that facilitates lymphatic circulation, thus enhancing overall health. A Light Beam Generator is a technological device that assists in moving lymph wile breaking up lymph cells that are stuck together.
Everyone should strive to have a high level of physical activity to facilitate lymph flow. Rebounding on a trampoline is a simple and very effective way of facilitating lymph flow, but basic physical activity in general is a good way to stimulate lymph flow.
Assessing Body Toxicity
There are various ways to determine if you require detoxification. These include lab tests to determine toxin levels, combined with a medical history including a patient's symptoms.
Symptoms that can indicate high toxin levels include worsening allergies or the onset of additional allergies, joint pain, headaches, skin lesions, sinus congestion, insomnia, constipation, fatigue, ulcers, and hemorrhoids.
Stop exposing the body to the toxin(s) that you are attempting to detoxify.
Make sure the detoxification pathways through the liver, kidney, colon and skin are as open via herbs, homeopathics and lymphatic drainage.
How long it takes the body to detoxify depends on the health of the person, what illnesses a person has, the amount of toxic buildup, and the status of the detoxification pathways listed above.
CAUTION should be taken by drug users, alcoholics and diabetics, and people who have hypothyroidism, are hypoglycemic, or who have certain types of cancer in their detoxification therapies.
Things that Help the Body Detoxify
- Nutritional Modifications
- Baths that pull toxins from the body
- Foot Pads that pull toxins through the bottom of the feet
- Skin Brushing
- Oral Supplements [see products we carry]
- Specific Oils [see products we carry]
- Colon hydrotherapy
- Lymphatic drainage
- Liver, Gallbladder, and Kidney drainage
- Chelation Therapy, which introduces binding chemicals that grab onto toxins (usually metals) and assist excreting them from the body.
Detoxifying the body benefits virtually every person and is essential for anyone seeking optimum health. It is especially important for people suffering from chronic illnesses or who have been exposed to high levels of certain toxins via their job, lifestyle or their healthcare.
Schedule an Appointment
To arrange for toxicity assessment and/or a detoxification program, or to learn more about toxicity (sources, effects, etc.), contact Natural Horizons Wellness Centers at 1-877-292-1571.