Detoxification and cleansing: A body tune-up for the New Year
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- Published on Tuesday, 29 November -0001 18:00
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Dr. Timothy Moore
Ph.D., N.M.D., C.N.
Some of us drive nice, well-maintained cars. We get our oil and air filters changed regularly. We sometimes wash and wax our vehicles weekly. When it comes to our bodies, some of us fail to do the same regular, preventive maintenance.
We often overlook the most important organs – our liver and gallbladder – which play a very important role in our overall health and well-being. If the liver and gallbladder are congested, the body suffers the effects of poor absorption of fat-soluble nutrients, which can result in the development of paralysis, eczema, diabetes, lupus, and headaches. If you were to undergo a complete liver and gallbladder cleanse, the majority of your current health related issues would quickly disappear.
Your liver plays a very important part in catching all the waste that goes through the body. It produces the bile that delivers the waste down to the gallbladder. Then, it drops into the small intestines, which eliminates waste, toxins, and disease from the body. If your gallbladder has been removed, you need to drink one cup of unsweetened apple juice daily for life for medicinal purposes only. This will help cleanse your liver.
When was the last time you underwent a detoxification program for your body to make yourself feel better?
Well, let’s talk about cleansing the body through juicing. Juicing is the process of extracting, or squeezing, juice from vegetables and fruit using a kitchen tool or small machine called a juicer. From this, you create a nutritional drink. Just as our home needs April cleaning, the liver must be cleansed. Juicing aids in the cleansing of the liver. The liver was made to handle a certain amount of toxic substances, but not the kind of abuse we give it as a result of toxicity in our environment. Our bodies are made to handle certain types of foods that cause you to feel uncomfortable. These include foods that are spoiled, rotten, or molded and food bacteria with some toxic plant substances.
When you examine what’s going on in our environment today, we are bombarded with pesticides, herbicides, alternative chemical fertilizers, and other pollutants in our air, soil and water. These substances weaken our immune system and congest our body. Detoxing the body is well worth the effort because the benefits are astounding and make you more vibrant and increase your energy. Your skin color improves. Dark circles around your eyes will eventually disappear. Wrinkles will disappear. Your hair and nails will begin to grow better. Overall, you will begin to enjoy vitality and health all over again. You will begin to feel more energetic. You will have clarity, or less brain fog. You will live a healthier life.
One of the ways to start a detoxification program is to use freshly made fruit and vegetable juices from organically grown produce. Your body’s organs will begin to perform an elimination process removing toxins, or toxicity, from your body. When you follow a basic juice cleansing program, you start an internal cleansing program to purify your intestines, liver, gallbladder, and kidneys. This juicing program, if used every six months, will result in great improvements to your health and, most importantly, disease prevention.
Juicing, or juice fasting, is a very safe and easy way to detoxify your internal organs. Cleansing with water alone is hard on your body and can cause internal damage to those organs. When you fast, toxins are suddenly released. Without the benefit of the proper combined nutrients in vegetable or fruit juicing, you can do more harm than good. Fresh juice contains large quantities of antioxidants like vitamin C, beta-carotene, selenium, and various enzymes. These nutrients bind to the harmful toxins and eliminate them from the body.
Science has never been able to fully explain why drinking fresh, organic vegetable or fruit juice for a few days, or even a week, works miracles on your body by removing toxins, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, diminishing aches and pains, decreasing weight, and firming up your body. However, when you are sick, your body might be sending you a signal that it needs rest from strenuous work or from some infected foods that are toxic and difficult to eliminate or digest. Juice fasting gives your digestive system time to heal and recover. It also aids your immune system in clearing out diseased and damaged cells.
Diabetics should be careful when following a juice cleansing program. It is recommended that diabetics avoid fruit juices and dilute carrot and beetroot juice with equal amounts of purified water and green vegetable juices. They should also use fresh vegetables that have no sugar in them for juicing.
Some of the most recommended vegetables for cleansing are beetroot (which is especially good for the liver), cabbage, wheatgrass, sprouts, lemons, limes, carrots, celery, green bell peppers, apples, and grapefruit. When these vegetables and fruits are used, you will notice a great improvement in your overall health – the greener the vegetables, the greater the results. Start the year off right by doing some preventive health maintenance. A total body cleanse will cut your health issues off before they get started.