WHY DO WE NEED TO DETOX / CLEANSE?
Throughout the last century, advances in industrialization, manufacturing, and technology have resulted in ever-increasing amounts of toxic elements being released into the environment. From air pollution, tooth fillings, skin creams, and paint dyes, to batteries, seafood, vegetables, tap water, and dietary supplements, toxic exposure now commonly occurs through a multitude of diverse vectors. Most of these elements remain in the environment long after the original exposure source is gone.
Over a lifetime, these toxic elements may accumulate inside the human body in tissue such as fat and bone, being broken down and eliminated very slowly. Eventually, this increasing toxic burden can trigger a variety of physical and cognitive disorders, including depression, anxiety, memory loss, and fatigue.
Even at relatively low levels, toxic elements have the destructive capability to damage nerves and tissue; strong clinical evidence points to their potential role in early neurodevelopment disorders, such as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, as well as in neurodegenerative conditions of aging such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.
Heart disease, impaired kidney function, respiratory illness, weakened immune function, gastrointestinal dysfunction, and increased cancer risk have also been linked to chronic toxic element exposure.
Health clinics and food stores generally carry all types of cleanses / detoxes ranging from master cleanses, juice fasts and liver flushes, kidney flushes, lung flushes, the ionic foot baths claiming to eliminate toxins from our system and spring-cleaning our intestines.
But just how are we to know what toxins are lurking around in our systems to be cleaned out without actually being tested for them, or what is the most appropriate type of cleanse / detoxification plan? Given that we are exposed to various toxins daily – from foods, or environment, products we use, and everybody may benefit from some sort of a cleanse, is there one cleanse that might be appropriate for everyone?