A Brief History of Cleansing
For all of recorded history, humans all over the world have performed regular detoxification programs (body/mind cleansing practices), which have helped maximize their health. Now, in the past 160 years, since the Industrial Revolution began, more than 100,000 chemical compounds have been introduced into our bodies in more than a million combinations.
Why should I detox?
The liver is responsible for eliminating anything from within the body that doesn't belong there. But, with the level of toxins that we're exposed to in the 21st Century, via our food, air, water, body care products, building supplies, everything we come in contact with and breathe in, the liver gets overwhelmed and simply can't keep up.
Whatever the liver can't handle in the moment gets stored in our cells, organs and tissues, and can lead to or contribute to disease, autoimmune conditions, chronic pain and numerous discomforts. We just consider it "normal" or part of "aging." But, regular cleansing of our organs, cells and tissues helps alleviate the symptoms associated with disease and chronic pain, allowing for rejuvenation and optimal health at any age.
How do I get started?
There are three important first steps to get started cleansing and improving your health. The first is to drink enough water every day. Ideally, we should drink half our body weight in ounces of good, clean, fresh, pure water every day: for a 150-pound person, that means drinking 75 ounces of water daily. If you’re not sure that you’re meeting this goal, and most people are not, you can measure your water intake for a few days and increase it as necessary.
The second step involves quieting your mind (often referred to as meditation) for 20 minutes to two hours, each day. Make it a habit and engage in a mind-quieting activity that you enjoy at least several times a week, and daily is even better. This can look like sitting with your legs crossed while meditating, but it can also be accomplished with things like singing, yoga, deep breathing, focused exercise, walking the dog, petting the cat, brushing the hair of a senior citizen, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or anything that takes your mind off of “the daily grind” and gives it a much needed rest.
Lastly, consume quality organically grown foods and herbs daily, leading up to and during your cleansing period. You might choose Turmeric, since it is considered to be the most powerful herb, supported by scientific research, for reducing excess inflammation and detoxifying the liver. If you add turmeric to your food, or take it in tea form, be sure to purchase a good organic, fresh or dry powdered turmeric for optimal benefits. If you choose to take it in supplement form, get an organically grown turmeric product or one that is considered high quality and full-spectrum. In other words, not a product found in a big box store, pharmacy, or supermarket, or that is 95% curcumin or mixed curcuminoids.
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