Understanding that our quality of life is determined by our daily choices, we have the power to improve our health and well-being quickly and dramatically. Optimum nutrition is a key factor, but our health depends not only on what nutrients we eat, but how much of those nutrients are absorbed and how well and regularly the body’s waste products are eliminated. With the proper use of cleansing and detoxification we can maintain health and vitality, even as we age.
WHERE TO START?
Any cleansing program should begin in the colon, the last portion of the digestive system. The colon’s job is to compact the chyme, absorb water, and receive B-vitamins that are produced by healthy intestinal bacteria. We could actually compare the function of the colon in our bodies to a sewer system in a large city.
Just imagine for a second what would happen if the sewers in our area became clogged by some debris. Undoubtedly, within a short time the whole neighbourhood would be filled with filth and an unbearable stench. This is the same process that occurs in our bodies when the elimination system is not functioning properly. When the colon is clean and healthy, we experience an overall well-being. When it is congested with stagnant waste, poisons back up into the system and pollute the inner environment. This is called autointoxication or self-poisoning.
SIGNS OF SELF-POISONING
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing autointoxication (a process whereby you are poisoned by substances produced by your own body as a result of inadequate digestion and elimination), and therefore you might want to consider some type of internal cleansing program:
-Allergy or intolerance to certain foods
-Bad breath and foul-smelling gas and stools
-Constipation, diarrhoea, sluggish elimination, irregular bowel movements
-Frequent congestion, colds, viruses
-Flatulence or gas and frequent intestinal disorders
-Frequent headaches for no apparent reason
-General aches and pains that migrate from one place to another
-Intolerance to fatty foods
-Low energy; loss of vitality for no apparent reason
-Lower back pain
-Lowered resistance to infections
-Needing to sleep a long time
-Pain in your liver or gall bladder
-Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), breast soreness, vaginal infections
-Skin problems, rashes, boils, pimples, acne
If you have severe symptoms or any serious disorders, seek the attention of a competent health care provider. The above list is only meant to indicate some of the symptoms of autointoxication. Anyone who has been on a Standard American Diet for more than two years would benefit from periodic cleansing, especially if you live in an urban area. "