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Detoxification

The world's population is being exposed to an ever-increasing array and quantity of toxins. Among these are chemicals, heavy metals, food additives, personal hygiene products, anesthetics and drugs — from caffeine to recreational drugs. When our body is exposed to toxins, our 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. At the Natural Horizons holistic detox center, our body-cleanse program helps you remove toxins from your body so you can return to normal health and functioning.

Assessing Body Toxicity

Various methods are available to find out if you require detoxification, such as lab tests to determine toxin levels and inquiries about a patient’s symptoms as part of a complete medical history. Symptoms that may indicate high toxin levels include worsening allergies, the onset of additional allergies, joint pain, headaches, skin lesions, sinus congestion, insomnia, constipation, fatigue, ulcers and hemorrhoids.

Treatments and Solutions

First, stop exposing your body to the toxin(s) that you are attempting to detoxify. How long it takes the body to detoxify depends on the overall health of the person, including illnesses a person may have, the amount of toxic buildup and the status of the detoxification pathways. The detoxification pathways through the liver, kidney, colon and skin should be opened as much as possible via herbs, homeopathics and lymphatic drainage.

The detoxification process is improved and less stressful to the body when an allergy or sensitivity to the toxin does not exist. Drug users, alcoholics, diabetics and people who have hypothyroidism, are hypoglycemic or who have certain types of cancer should be cautious about detoxification therapies. Tell your clinician if you have any of the above conditions before undergoing detoxification.

Helping the Body Detoxify

The many ways to detoxify include:

  • Fasting
  • Nutritional modifications
  • Saunas
  • Baths that pull toxins from the body
  • Foot pads that pull toxins through the bottom of the feet
  • Skin brushing
  • Oral supplements
  • Specific oils
  • Colon hydrotherapy
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Liver, gallbladder and kidney drainage
  • Chelation therapy, which introduces binding chemicals that grab onto toxins (usually metals) and assist with their excretion from the body
Who Benefits from Detoxification?

Detoxifying the body benefits virtually everyone 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 health care treatments.

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