Why Detox is Good for You
A new beginning, a new you, rejuvenated, healthier, happier, freer. Alive again.
The nature of life is such that, unless cared for, deterioration sets in. The human body and our personal wellbeing is no exception to this. Though we may consider ourselves to be healthy and conscious we still cannot avoid the effects of nature. Add to that the thousands of man-made problems that lead our systems to end up congested with a variety of toxins as the years go by.
Our Bodies and Minds are Exposed to Toxic Attack
Our body is a tremendously intelligent product of nature and is designed to heal and detoxify in its own natural way. Unfortunately we are over-exposed to a large variety of toxins in daily life plus we do not take good care of ourselves, leaving our system compromised and further polluted.
We are exposed to thousands of chemical compounds used by industry in practically every product we consume today. These chemicals were not designed for our bodies, nor were those of environmental pollution in the air and water. Our bodies end up carrying a lethal cocktail of both heavy metals and organic bacteria that will ultimately make us feel unwell, reduce our energy levels and over time may bring about illness and disease. The good news is we can remove them and that is exactly what the word "detoxify" means.
Over the past 60 years it is increasingly hard to find foods in their natural form available in the market. We compound this with the pressure from modern living of time constraints in a working day and we end up taking the most convenient food option available. Most foods in the supermarket today are highly processed and often those that are lower priced are loaded with chemicals and non-food additives. In addition, foods have been broken down and genetically modified resulting in increased chemical use and decreased nutritional value. White flour, white sugar and other similar refined foodstuffs bring on a host of digestive issues and can lead to allergies and a depletion of healthy bacteria in the colon. In short, our digestive system is unable to handle all that we put in it and very often does not know what to do with it so it gets stored in fat cells, left as a wrapped up toxic deposit. Again the good news is - it can be removed through a proper approach to detoxification.
Related to both food and our environment, the quality of the water we drink today has deteriorated. Much drinking water, especially bottled, is acidic, immediately causing a toxic internal environment. Water is vital to life and many do not drink enough, let alone get good mineralized 'living' water, ionically charged, alkaline and easily absorbed by the body's cells. Unless you have a state-of-the-art filter or a spring well it is very difficult to get such natural water.
As our material level in life has risen to remove many burdens and stresses on the body, our psychological burden seems to have followed the same trend. Over the past century we have gone from curing basic illnesses and diseases through better sanitation, living systems and modern medicine, to a rise in mental pressures and emotional instability due to stress from modern living. As a result, we are separated from community and increased our use and dependence on pharmaceutical drugs.
The negative emotional states of stress and depression alter the internal chemical structure and balance, themselves polluting the body and leaving toxins in our system. We have the ability to prevent and cure this naturally. The education through detox is to help balance one's life and apply learned techniques to help rejuvenate and calm our body and mind. Typically many of these techniques are of ancient origin such as yoga, meditation and a variety of energetic exercises and therapies.
Most people in the world breathe incorrectly. This is due to poor breathing habits, postural shifts and an accumulation of and increase in stress continuing year upon year through life. It is a fact that every exhale removes toxins, yet who pays attention to this? Poor breathing also leaves the system more acidic, preventing it from optimally processing the nutrients that have been taken in from food. As the breath deteriorates our natural functioning and our stress level goes up. A vicious circle ensues. Luckily with committment and training the whole breathing process can be reversed and improved to make a huge change in the quality of your life.
Signs of Toxic Build-up
- low energy
- low motivation
- parasites, worms
- fungus, yeast growth
- continuous headaches
- poor digestion
- constipation or poor elimination
- prolonged use of pharmaceuticals
- prolonged use of alcohol, tobacco and recreational drugs
- inability to relax or sit comfortably and still
- poor concentration
The ancient teachings in yoga tell us that we are 'un-well', in "dukha" (suffering). It really is the whole issue of life. Yet on a practical level this functional physical and mental 'un-well' alters our nature and keeps us down. The more we move in this direction the more weak, ill and depressed we will feel. We just need to know how to undo this. We take measures to clear our systems and learn techniques to empower us. Part of this process is to detox and grow from there. That is our philosophy here. Help and educate.
From Acidity to Alkalinity
Stress, food choices, poor breathing and lack of sleep simply leave our systems overly acidic. The blood needs to remain in an alkaline range and the body's intelligence will do everything in its power to keep this. This work creates a further stress on our system. A toxic internal environment is an acidic one that suffers cravings, addictions, tension, moodiness, stiffness, difficulties in weight loss, poor digestion, heartburn and eventually even diseases like osteoporosis and kidney stones.
Through the water we drink, the quality of our breath, the positive food choices we make and our overall attitude to life we can change this imbalance and cause our system to move into the pH neutral zone and eventually alkaline. You will feel more energy, attain a normal weight, remove cravings, improve digestion and have an overall happier psychological state. And who would not want that?
This is exactly what the ancient science of yoga and the modern approach to detoxing can provide for us.
Feel great and be a positive support to yourself and everyone else around you in life.