A. What is Detoxification?
Detoxification is the process of clearing toxins from the body or neutralizing or transforming them and clearing excess mucus and congestion. Many of these toxins come from our diet, drug use and environmental exposure.
B. Why is it necessary?
The fact that we breathe, drink and eat means that we are constantly exposed to a wide variety of substances every day. As a result of this exposure our bodies have to use a lot of nutrients and energy to neutralize and expel these toxins. The more exposure the harder our bodies have to work. If this is not done on a regular basis these toxins accumulate in our bodies and can cause many health problems. As toxins such as pesticides, smog, sugar, artificial sweeteners and alcohol
accumulate in the body we become more susceptible to allergies, colds and flu. It makes us more prone to aches and pains, fatigue, headaches; weight loss becomes difficult and exposes us to various chronic diseases. The more energy we expend on "internal housekeeping" the less we have for other things; our brains and other organs are affected. Our bodies were designed with every system necessary to eliminate toxins from the body within hours of consumption. These systems include the liver, gastrointestinal tract, kidneysThe problem is that toxins don’t just go away. They build up in our bodies and make it difficult for us to function at your best. When our bodies are operating the way God intended it does so more efficiently, dispels waste easier, absorbs more of the essential nutrients from our food. We end up feeling better, having more energy, lose weight faster and our skin improves
Peel off all outer leaves of leafy fruits and vegetables, such as lettuce and cabbage, using your fingers. All other fruits and vegetables should be peeled with a vegetable peeler or knife to remove the skin.
Fill a sink or large bowl with warm water. Pour in 1/2 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of vinegar. Mix the solution well with a spoon until the salt starts to dissolve.
Place the fruits and vegetables into the bowl or sink and wash the outsides of the them thoroughly with your hands. You can also use a vegetable scrubbing brush to wash the outside of the produce as well.
Rinse the fruits and vegetables in clean tap water and dry them off using a towel.
YOU PROBABLY THINK YOU DON’T NEED DETOXIFICATION BUT LOOK AT THE THINGS YOU ARE EXPOSED TO EVERY DAY:
• Agricultural chemical contaminants-Believe it or not our food supply is laden with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and growth hormones and are common practice in crop production. Jamaican crops are not exempt, many of our farming practices are now about mass production and the dictates of international farming practices. Crops are routinely sprayed with a wide variety of chemicals and not one of them can be used inside your body (Toxins).
• Chemicals formed in the cooking of food- Burning or charring food, especially meat, causes the formation of many different chemicals; none of which can be used to build strength, health and vitality in your body.
• Exposure to detergents, solvents, cleaning fluids, adhesives and fumes from paint, gasoline or automobile- It is virtually impossible to avoid these things, and actually even without direct contact these things can affect you. The mere fact that you smell these things means that they have already entered into your blood stream and your lungs.
• Food additives-Chemicals like dyes, preservatives and nitrates are just a few of the chemical additives that we are constantly exposed to. There are over 7000 man-made and non-nutritive substances that are approved for use in food processing.
• Hormones, steroids and antibiotics you get without even knowing-It is common practice for cows, pigs and poultry to be injected with hormones and antibiotics. This is one of the reasons why fast food is so dangerous. These steroids, hormones and antibiotics end up in the chicken, burgers, bacon, beef and even fish. Lead and mercury contamination in tuna and “farm raised” fish of any type is nowhere near as nutritious as fish caught in their natural environment. Fresh water fish is laden with contaminants and chemicals in the feed. Buy local sea water fish.
• Insecticide Is Everywhere - How well do you wash your fruits and vegetables? Although we are advised to wash fruits and vegetables in water, this may not be enough to remove all traces of insecticides or pesticides. Here are some suggestions as to how you can remove more of these traces:
• Inorganic Contaminants- Heavy metals and lead sometimes end up in the air, water and food supply. (Cigarette smoke is loaded with cadmium and some candles have lead infused wicks that throw off lead contamination in the air that is thousands of time higher than the "safe" limit.)
• Natural Toxins- Even plants produce toxins that they use as a defense mechanism against insects, fugus etc. Though these are not toxic for humans they must be eliminated from the body.
• Toxins that are the natural by-products of metabolism and energy production- Your body is a highly complex bio-chemical production plant that is run by self-generated electricity and production plants produce waste products. The fact that a toxin is the natural result of a natural metabolic process does not change the fact that it is a toxin and must be eliminated.
• Toxins from Stress- When you are stressed there is a natural response from your body to respond to the stress. A chemical reaction takes place which can do alot o damage. These chemicals must be processed and eliminated and when this happens energy is utilised, nutrients are consumed, but this detoxiication must take place to restore balance and optimal health.