People want a magic pill. A figurative magic pill that will deliver what they want in a quick easy package. In other words we are not so into working for it. Losing weight is one of the big ones, in fact, it probably the biggest!
Now, there are many ways and products out there that will sell you on how taking their pill took off X number of pounds in so many days. The problem is that its not sustainable nor healthy to continue to keep taking the pills. So what do you do?
If you were a fighter or boxer you can drop 20lbs by drinking water in a matter of 24hrs! My guess is your not that and we need to find a better way still.
Since there is no magic pill, I like to think of a detox as a nice jump start. It is not something you will continue to do but it will give you a fresh new start to create new patterns. Below I have outlined some more details on a safe way to detox:
New Start from Dr. Mercola is the recommended source. A major word of caution! Many people make mistakes with colon cleansing…often very significant mistakes…
First, you might never do it at all, or maybe you’ve never even thought about it.
Second, if you do colon cleansing, you might inadvertently choose products that are very harsh on your body, take too long, or are cumbersome and disruptive to use. You choose a good option but then execute it in a damaging or inconvenient way.
Third, you do a colon cleansing and then fail to keep the ongoing ‘maintenance’ up. Although normally present in small amounts, it’s easy to see how toxins can accumulate over a period of time (just as the pollutants in our rivers accumulated over time).
There are only a few ways you can show toxins the door. Exercise that creates a large amount of sweat is a very effective way to facilitate toxin elimination. If you’re not engaged in an exercise program that causes you to sweat profusely on a regular basis, consider starting one today.
Additionally, it’s the job of your liver and colon to force toxins to exit your system. Removing toxins and cleansing your intestinal tract can then set a healthy stage for reintroducing beneficial microflora, which is critical to good overall health.
It is clearly not recommended to cleanse excessively, but many adults benefit from 2-4 cleanses per year. Also, while not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing, it has been shown that cleansing when you want to get pregnant is a great way to prepare your body for optimal health. It’s also very appropriate after weaning your child to promote cleansing of your body.
Just as periodic dredging of a navigation channel in a river is done to clean it up, conscious commitment to cleaning your internal organs and digestive system on a regular schedule makes good sense. It helps you get rid of the ‘sludge’ of toxins and other non-helpful things that build up in your system over time. Here’s why…
Your liver, weighing about four pounds, is the second largest organ of your body (your skin is the largest) and its largest gland. It performs more than 500 separate jobs, and is critically involved in every aspect of your metabolism. It’s the central ‘chemical laboratory’ of your body, producing chemicals you need to survive, such as bile, albumin, blood clotting factors, cholesterol, and vitamin E. Perhaps its most important function is the secretion of bile. This fluid is stored in the gallbladder and released as needed for digestion. Bile is essential to break down fats into small globules, and also helps absorb fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) and helps assimilate calcium. It converts beta-carotene into vitamin A. Further; it promotes intestinal peristalsis and normal bowel function.
Your liver plays an important role in fat metabolism, and production of cholesterol, lipoproteins, and phospholipids. In a complex process catalyzed by a series of enzymes, your liver converts amino acids (proteins) and lipids into glucose. Your liver helps regulate normal blood sugar levels, by creating glucose tolerance factor (GTF) from chromium and glutathione. Sugars not needed immediately are stored in the liver and converted back into sugar when needed for energy. Excess food is converted to fat in the liver and carried to your body’s fatty tissues for storage. When needed, it provides energy for the brain, heart and muscles.
In addition to its important digestion and energy production functions, your liver treats 1.4 liters of blood per minute, acting as your body’s garbage disposal, or detoxifier. It eliminates various harmful chemicals from your body…
Ammonia produced from protein digestion and bacterial fermentation of food in the intestines, insecticide residues, chlorine, alcohol, and other harmful chemicals. Your liver combines these toxic substances with less toxic ones, then excretes them via the kidneys.
Maybe too much information for you! I got on a little soapbox, but you can see how this can give a “kick in the pants” to your health… No pun intended!