Not long after I started practicing medicine over 30 years ago, I hit a brick wall when it came to my own health.
My medical school training offered no answers. I realized I had to make a break from the conventional way of doing things . . .
It was then - after digging deep into research on natural health - I discovered the real cause of most illnesses.
Sure, there are germs and genes and plaque build-up. But when it comes down to what's really robbing your body of the ability to fight back and hold on to vitality, it's toxins.
As I discussed in a couple earlier posts, toxins are everywhere . . . toxins are in our air, food, water and even in our medicine. Toxins infiltrate our cells, destroy them, spread through the bloodstream to go on to weaken the rest of our body.
Discovering the extent to which toxins seep into our lives and eat away at our health can be frightening. But your body has many ways to minimize the damage they do. Plus, nature's provided us with a number of ways to help us get rid of this deadly sludge inside of us.
Last week, I gave you 10 natural ways to detox. Here are 10 more natural detoxifiers.
Natural Detoxifier #1: Check Your Dentistry
Most fillings are made with mercury. And despite findings published by the USDA that mercury in dental fillings is linked to neurological problems, the American Dentistry Association refuses to acknowledge the danger. In fact, members are specifically prohibited from discussing mercury's potential toxic effects with their patients.
Want to ditch the mercury in your fillings? Some dentists have broken with the pack and offer procedures to safely remove fillings with mercury and replace them with safer alternatives.
Natural Detoxifier #2: Do A Quick Fast
Fasting can be dangerous and put your health at risk if not done carefully. Long fasts - while sometimes useful - should always be done by following a careful protocol.
However, a short, 8-24 hour fast doesn't carry the same risks with it. In fact, a short break from loading your body with food can do a great job helping your body clean out.
If you decide to do a short fast, here are few pieces of advice: Drink lots of water to help your body flush itself out, get your rest, and stay warm. No need to tax your body unnecessarily.
And keep in mind, while usually people associate fasting with eating nothing, you can also do a moderated fast. Simply take a day to take in only smoothies or clear, vegetable soups. Just lighten the load for a day and enjoy the relief it brings your body.
Natural Detoxifier #3: Yoga and Breathing
We often forget the power of breathing . . . but with yoga or meditation, we can rediscover it.
Inhaling brings fresh air, loaded with oxygen, into our lungs. Our exhales let out the
While breathing may seem mundane, it fuels our body's ability to metabolize and helps increase circulation.
Want to take breathing a step further? Yoga has developed several highly technical ways to take breathing to a whole new level and help your body detox even more effectively.
Natural Detoxifier #4: Clean Green
Ironically enough, when we clean our houses, we're often adding more dirty toxins to our environment. Many cleaning products can damage your respiratory system, disrupt your hormones and even cause cancer or birth defects.
How can you avoid getting dirty when you clean?
Look for non-toxic green cleaners. And when it comes down to it, much of your cleaning products can be replaced by a little soap, water, baking
Natural Detoxifier #5: Reduce Stress
While many consider
Want to get rid of these toxic hormones? Look out for chronic stress. And develop a tool chest full of ways to relax when stress starts hanging on for too long.
One of my favorite tools for countering stress is the adaptogen, eleuthero. Key to helping you detox, eleuthero helps moderate your body's reaction to stress and speeds your return to equilibrium.
Natural Detoxifier #6: Eliminate or Minimize Caffeine, Alcohol and Sugar
Small doses of all these unhealthy chemicals found in food are okay. But often enough we have a hard time stopping at just one cup of coffee . . . or a little wine before dinner.
Before you know it these chemicals become habitual. And as they course through your body, they cause more problems than they're worth. Caffeine triggers a stress response . . . alcohol depresses your body . . . and too much sugar in your diet can put you at risk for diabetes.
Eat these in moderation. Or go one more step and eliminate them from your diet altogether.
Natural Detoxifier #7: Laugh - Detox The Mind
If stress can release toxic hormones in your blood, laughter does just the opposite.
Laugh a little each day. Not only will you change your perspective and release the toxic emotions that may be weighing you down . . . but you can also help change your body chemistry. Some research even indicates laughing out loud can give your immune system a boost!
Natural Detoxifier #8: Avoid Medications As Much As Possible
Of course, they're meant to get your body to behave in ways that make you feel more comfortable or bring you closer to health.
But too often, they don't do this very well. And
There can be specific situations where drugs can help. But I always urge my patients to focus on holistic approaches to health first - like nutrition, activity and relaxation techniques. By taking this approach, you give your body the support to heal itself without the exposure to toxins.
Natural Detoxifier #9: Use Natural Personal Care Products
Your skin is a barrier between you and the environment. But it's also very porous. Toxic chemicals in your personal care products can go right through your skin and into your bloodstream.
Use only green, natural and organic personal care products. Not sure what to look for specifically? The Environmental Working Group has put together an extensive database that lists the health concerns associated with hundreds of ingredients used in personal care products.
Natural Detoxifier #10: Get Sleep
You may not know it when you're dreaming away . . . but while you're sleeping your body is busy!
Your immune system is at its peak of activity. And your body is busy repairing, distributing and processing.
All of these activities contribute to helping your body get rid of toxins. But new research reveals something even more compelling . . .
Sleep seems to be when your brain clears out toxins that are linked to brain degeneration!
So if you want to help your mind clean out, don't skimp on sleep!
Clean Up Your Insides And Energize Naturally!
Now some of these detoxifiers may seem a little inconvenient - like fasting, for instance. Or switching your cleaning products.
But here's the thing: Do not underestimate the impact toxins have on your body! When you reduce the toxic load your body's been carrying around, you'll be amazed at how much better you feel.
Your whole body works better. You'll feel more energy . . . You'll notice beautiful changes in your skin, how you sleep . . . even how you think. No more foggy days!
All you have to do is to make a few changes. Ready to rejuvenate your body by cleaning out? Get rid of toxins using these techniques. And enjoy the surge of vitality that comes with taking out the trash.
About Dr. Michael E Rosenbaum, MD
Dr. Michael E. Rosenbaum is a 35-year veteran and widely recognized pioneer in the field of nutritional medicine, alternative
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