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Cleansing Your Body and Keeping It Toxin Free

Updated on February 20, 2010

Cleansing your body and Keeping it Toxin Free

In the modern world there are so many toxins that have built up in the environment through pollution, smoking, use of pesticides on food and genetically modified foods. It is unavoidable that some toxins will get into your body, no matter how healthy you try to be and how well you take care of yourself. 


Stress can also be a factor that causes a toxin build up in your body.  That is why it is important to find ways to cleanse your body and keep it cleansed of toxins on a regular bases.  There are different kinds of cleanses that people do, such as a liver cleanse, colon cleanse, parasite cleanse, among others.  Often herbs are used, or a particular diet followed, to cleanse the body of the toxin build up. 


You should learn to recognize some of the symptoms of toxic build up in your body.  Fatigue, headaches, mood swings, bloating, gas and acne are all tell tale symptoms that you body is retaining toxins.  While some of these symptoms are of course caused by other things, they are also warning signals of toxins in the body that, if not taken care of, will cause more pain and problems down the line. 


Your liver in particular is one organ that suffers a lot from toxin build up as it has to work harder to try to get the toxins out of your body.  When we eat processed foods such as white bread, pastries, TV dinners, and junk foods, our liver has to do double time or more to try to clean our bodies out.  This puts the liver under a whole lot of stress and that is when some of the above mentioned symptoms begin to appear. 


The first step in cleansing your liver is to drink enough water.  Drink eight cups of water a day, at the very least.  Water is a tremendous cleanser on its own. 


There are also different kinds of herbs you can take to help your body to eliminate the toxins that have built up over time.  Herbal cleanses use certain herbs to help the body detoxify particular organs.  For instance, milk thistle helps to detoxify the liver, while psyllium husks do the same for the intestines. 


Other herbs that are commonly used for cleanses include yucca root, marshmallow root, slippery elm and licorice root. 


If you want to do a 'master cleanse' that will help more than one part of your body, then combine different herbs that aid the body in elimination. 


Drink plenty of organic vegetable and fruit juice; consider getting a juicer and buying the fruit and vegetables yourself. Making your own juice is the best way to ensure you are getting the nutrient benefit held within.  Citrus fruits in particular are an important way to get the vitamin C that your body needs.


Over the long term, having a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables with only minimal amounts of junk food and processed food will keep your body clean and running well.  Exercise will also help your body to stay in peak shape and not only help the elimination process but also keep stress levels down.




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