Quite often feelings of stress, anxiety, tiredness and poor sleep can be attributed to Toxic Overload. Our bodies go through incredible detoxifying processes each and every day and you can be sure that as soon as you mention the word ‘Detox’ some-one will point out that this is what our livers do automatically.
Detoxing is the key
You will see many ‘Detox’ kits available, some good and some are complete nonsense. The clever marketers and advertisers have fully jumped on the Detox bandwagon not realising that some of us are here to guide you towards an actual productive detox and not just some ‘wonder supplement’ or magic pill that won’t make a shred of difference without you making a bold, long term, life changes in the process.
Detoxing is something I discovered way back in 2004 in Koh Samui, Thailand. Having been recommended by a friend I went along to the Dharma Healing International Centre and spent the most amazing week of my life detoxing under the guidance of an incredible Guru, Hillary Adrian Haan.
I was AMAZED at how good I felt after completing the 7 day Retreat with Hillary. I had never felt so alive, clean, focused and ready to face the world. I vowed to myself that I would continue to detox at least once a year (and preferably in Thailand) to ensure that my body got at least 1 out of every 52 weeks off from the world in which to heal itself. And prevent disease.
I had a life changing epiphany during this deep detox and cleanse and the seeds for Glorious Food were planted way back then…
Hillary has kindly provided me with a more competent explanation of the detoxifying process and the health benefits of providing your body with a break from the norm:
The word detoxification refers to the natural elimination of unwanted toxic chemicals from the body; where the body processes them for elimination. Thus a particular metabolic pathway with a series of enzymatic reactions neutralize and solubilize toxins and then transport them to organs of elimination for excretion.As a verb the word “detox” is used; which is the action that takes place.We erroneously think that this action only takes place when we put some particular program or practice into effect. However the body is always detoxifying to keep you healthy. It is just when this natural body process stops working, gets clogged-up, and isn’t able to do its normal daily operation of enzymatic reactions for neutrilizing and solubilizing that the alarm goes on telling us we had better put some effort forth to help it.Thus as more and more people are having this alarm go off–their ears and other senses are being bombarded with noise from the body, for the first time–everyone is being called to action.Detoxification reactions can occur throughout the whole body, although the liver is the predominant detoxifying organ, then the intestinal tract, and then the kidneys, also the lungs, lymph and skin. But in actuality, every cell in your body has organelles for detoxification. The liver and also the kidneys just happen to have the most number of organelles, and for good reason: every drop of blood passes through both of them.Resting the organs of digestion, from eating, as in fasting:1. Stimulates the liver and galbladder to release toxic excess2. Promotes the kidneys, large intestine, lungs, lymph and skin to eliminate3. Improves blood circulation