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DETOXIFICATION

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.

Cleanse- Wash your skin thoroughly on a daily basis to remove the dirt, debris,

pollutants, and perspiration that has accumulated. Avoid bar soaps as they

tend to dry out the skin. Consider a creamy cleanser for dry skin or a clear

cleanser for oily skin.  For normal to oily skin wash with a gentle cleanser. After

you have found a cleanser that works well with your skin type stick to it as much

as possible. If you have dry or sensitive skin, use only warm water to wash your

skin and use a mild natural cleanser every few days. Brushing your teeth before

washing your face is a good practice because toothpaste residue can irritate

sensitive facial skin. Be careful though, not to cleanse too often and remember

to wash at night before going to bed. Most women prefer the water method:

Use warm water to loosen dirt and clogged pores. Use a dime-sized bit of

cleanser, and then rinse with cool or lukewarm water. You'll also want to take

off your makeup with a proper makeup remover.
In the morning, a splash of lukewarm water is all you need (we find it's great for removing excess oils from your nightly moisturizing). Never wash your face with hot or cold water (both can cause broken capillaries). Also be careful about over cleansing skin, see signs you are over cleansing your skin.

 

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Exfoliate- This is a great part of any good skin care routine because the results are immediate when done properly. Most people skip this step in their weekly skincare routine. Scrubs work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells that tend to dull your complexion. Make sure you use a gentle scrub with tiny grains. Big grains in cheap scrubs can tear skin and cause more harm than good. Where the skin is not exfoliated on a daily or weekly basis, dead skin cells build up causing your skin to look dull and older. Some experts recommend exfoliating in the morning, since the skin repairs itself at night, when the dead skin cells can be scrubbed away.

 For best results scrub once or twice a week, rubbing in a circular motion for 30 sec. then rinse with lukewarm water. Proper exfoliation means that your foundation will smooth out more cleanly and your moisturizer will soak in more completely.

 

Moisturize- Unless you have very oily skin it is important that you moisturize every day to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Your skin needs moisturizer all year long as both the indoor winter heat, and summer sun can be equally damaging to your skin.​


Protect- Use a natural sunscreen when possible, regardless of whether or not you plan on spending much time in the sun. Our skin needs sunlight every day but over exposure can have adverse effects. Experts recommend a natural sunscreen or a moisturizer that contains sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15, every day. The sun’s most beneficial rays occur at sunrise and sunset. The skincare experts agree that sunscreen is the most important part of any skincare regimen. 

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