Toxins: What they do and how to get rid of them
Followers of natural medicine believe that most of our health issues stem from toxin overload. So what is the problem with toxins, and how can we get rid of them?
Today’s society sees many of us overeating, not exercising enough and living in polluted cities, and all of these factors mean your body is at risk of toxin build-up.
Toxins enter the body through diet and environment, sapping your energy and helping the spread of disease. With the right diet, exercise and natural remedies we can keep toxins at bay for a healthier, happier lifestyle.
There are two different groups of toxins at play: colloidal wastes and crystals. Colloidal wastes are generally responsible for illnesses such as bronchitis, acne and cellulites and are eliminated by the respiratory tract, sebaceous glands and the liver. Crystals are like acidic grit that builds up in our joints, unbalancing our chemical balance and triggering illnesses such as arthritis, eczema and neuritis. Sweat glands and the kidneys eliminate crystal toxins.
Once you identify which type of toxin you’re dealing with, it will be easier to treat. A great way of reducing your toxin levels is by detoxing your body on a regular basis.
Detoxing is like giving your whole system a good clear out, letting it function properly – like a well-oiled machine. The best way to detox is to stimulate your body’s detoxifying organs, that’s your liver, kidneys, skin and lungs.
Simple steps to start detoxing:
1. Drink between 2.5 and 3 litres of water a day (this can include herbal tea).
2. For colloidal waste, drink an infusion of rosemary or dandelion tea three times a day.
3. For crystal toxins, drink an infusion of bearberry or heather tea three times a day.
4. Jog for one hour, three times a week to help sweat the toxins out.
Naturopathy is an alternative therapy that embraces the elimination of toxins through natural means. To find out more, please see our Naturopathy page.
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