Sunday, December 9, 2007
The human body is designed to have 2-4 bowel movements per day. If your bowels are not moving properly, you may be suffering from constipation.
Why is cleansing receiving so much attention?
We live in a toxic world; the soil where our food is grown and the air we breathe are both loaded with chemicals, PCBs, pesticides and petrochemicals. Pharmaceutical drugs and processed foods are commonplace. The facts about our hazardous environment can be overwhelming and scary. There is a choice to be made: we can either be intimidated, continue to suffer from illness and take drugs that add insult to injury, or we can take action to protect ourselves.
Cleansing, also called detoxification, is our body's normal process of elimination, a function that occurs daily through our colon, liver, kidney, lungs, lymph and skin. The most obvious forms of elimination are sweat, urine, and movement of bowel. Other organs also eliminate, though you do not actually see this process. Despite the fact that we eliminate continuously, our bodies are having difficulty keeping up with the demand because we are accumulating an unnatural amount of toxins daily. This toxic overload prevents our overworked organs and colon from finishing all their assigned tasks and as a result, the toxins collect within our system. The most common symptoms of toxic buildup include: stress, constipation or failure to have a regular daily bowel movement, feeling sluggish or low energy, lack of motivation, strong food cravings, high sugar consumption, caffeine dependency and unidentifiable illness.
Unfortunately, many of us do not drink enough good water or eat quality organic foods (foods that are not factory-made or laden with chemicals). We may not exercise, sleep well or wake rested. It is obvious that an individual with these habits would incur a greater toxic load than someone who is practicing a healthier lifestyle. The sad truth is, however, that no one is safe. Even those with good eating and living habits are exposed to an excess of environmental toxins. This excess becomes embedded in our tissues, our organs overload and we may feel sick from the buildup. Our bodies do the best they can with this stressful buildup by storing the extra toxins in our cells, fat and mucus to protect us from further or deeper damage. How each individual's body compensates for this toxic overload is unique and shows up as a wide variety of symptoms that undermine us in every way imaginable. It is clear this compensation affects our overall health, energy and ability to heal. These toxins make us ill, fat, constipated, congested, uncomfortable in our bodies, depressed, drug dependent, diseased and powerless to make important changes that we need to make in order to be well.
Still not sure you need to cleanse your own body? Consider the following questions to help you get clear:
Do you sleep peacefully and wake up most mornings feeling rested with clear nasal passages? Are you pain and symptom free? Is your digestion smooth and well functioning, allowing you to have a satisfying bowel movement each morning?
Do you wake up stiff, lethargic, congested, disoriented? Do you need coffee, or worse, medication, to even begin thinking? Do you rush out the door, stressed about the upcoming day, without a proper bowel movement or breakfast?
Do you have plenty of energy throughout the day and evening? Are you drinking at least two quarts of pure water everyday? Do you enjoy a healthy lunch, perhaps a fresh green salad and a small serving of quality protein? Do you have fresh food to snack on like fruit, nuts and veggies?
Do you feel tired, dull, sluggish, just going through the motions, needing coffee or other stimulants to stay energized? Do you eat whatever you can grab, using sugar or processed food as your fuel until you can get something truly nourishing (which often does not happen)? Are you stuck inside all day long and afterwards go home and veg-out for the rest of the evening?
Do you experience vibrant health and well-being? Do you take good care of yourself? Is your body limber, allowing you to enjoy a variety of activities such as walking, yoga or dancing? Do you exercise consistently? Are you happy with your weight? Is your memory clear and your mind sharp? Is your skin blemish freae and fresh looking? Are you able to cope with life's many stresses?
Do you have a health problem that you suspect might be related to your diet or lifestyle choices? Do you expect your doctor to make key decisions regarding your health? Are you putting off exercise? Do you have frequent headaches, sinus or respiratory problems? Is your cholesterol problematic? Do you have indigestion, constipation, gas or bloating? Are you over or underweight? Do you get frequent colds or flu? Is your skin dull, a far cry from the glow of your younger years? Are you irritable and tired for no apparent reason, making daily coping and relationships more difficult?
If you answered negatively to these questions, don't feel bad. Your situation is not hopeless and you are not helpless. You can and will heal. Consider some of the many benefits of cleansing:
▪ Improved digestion, better elimination, less contsipation, gas, bloating and indigestion.
▪ Freedom to breathe more deeply.
▪ Less allergic or reactive responses to foods. You will likely experience less mucus and congestion and a clearing of sniffles and coughs.
▪ More energy, better nutrient absorption, overall improved health.
▪ Weight loss and the realization that you can enjoy a lighter style of eating.
▪ Sense of satisfaction, greater vitality and a desire to choose better foods and develop better eating habits, permanently.