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Excerpt from Chapter 5 on Head-to-Toe Cleanse & Detox

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Cleansing & Detoxifying Head-to-Toe

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The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.
~ Thomas Edison

There is absolutely no substitute for greens in the diet! If you refuse to eat these ‘sunlight energy’ foods, you are depriving yourself, to a large degree, of the very essence of life.
~ H. E. Kirschner, MD

We are not separate from our environment. As our environment becomes increasingly polluted, the toxic burden on our bodies increases as well. Heavy metals, pesticides, and other toxins can interfere with our hormones, affect our gut health, and accumulate in our bodies, leading to health problems like allergies, autoimmune disease, cancer, and more.

Supporting our detoxification systems, like our liver and digestion, is essential to health optimization and disease prevention. Eating organic foods, testing for heavy metals, and incorporating targeted supplements and therapies, like curcumin, glutathione, alkaline water, and infrared saunas, are powerful ways to reduce toxic exposure and boost the body’s ability to eliminate these harmful substances. So are you ready to bolster your body’s detoxification and rejuvenation systems?

Anytime of the year is a perfect time of year to embark on a detox/cleanse program. In case you’re not aware, there is an epidemic sweeping America and the UK that I refer to it as “internal toxic pollution.” Many people suffer from chronic disease and loss of health not only as a direct result of unhealthy conditions environmentally, but internally as well—within the human body. We often think of health as the absence of disease. But is this truly health? Are we healthy one day and then all of a sudden sick the next? There’s a plethora of evidence that demonstrates to us that health or sickness is a process that develops over a period of time (often years) and is based at the cellular level.

Our bodies are made of over 70 trillion cells. Cells of the same ilk join together to form organs, tissue, bones, blood, etc. Each cell is constantly in the process of dying and being replaced. Each cell receives nutrition and expels waste and toxins, which must be eliminated from the body in a timely manner. When the cells are deficient in nutrients or are overpowered with toxins and waste, cellular malfunction begins and thus the slow decline in the level of health until one day a disease state is recognized by the manifestation of symptoms.

There are thousands of toxic chemicals all around us. There are pesticides in our foods, chemicals in our water, and pollutants in the air we breathe. Even common cosmetics are full of chemicals. We drink, eat, breathe, and live in a soup of toxic chemicals. One of the greatest health secrets is that you have control over the pollution in your body. If you keep a balanced and clean internal environment, you won’t succumb to the toxic buildup so prevalent in most people’s bodies. Those who cleanse regularly look and feel younger, are much healthier, and live a longer life than those who ignore the need to internally cleanse.

Are You Toxic?

The following are some of the possible symptoms of toxic buildup in the body: constipation; chronic yeast infections; brittle hand and toe nails; frequent colds; weight gain or difficulty in losing weight; acne, dry or pale skin; mood swings or depression; low sex drive; lack of concentration; feckless short-term memory; sleeping problems; frequent headaches; chronic urinary tract infections; arthritic bone pains or rheumatism; allergies, gas, bloating, flatulence; general weakness; and frequent/chronic fatigue or lack of energy, just to name a few.

Our modern diets are to blame for many of our most common ailments. Many people are digging their graves with their knives and forks and are making life-and-death decisions every time they sit down to a meal or snack. Disease often occurs as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle, which causes the body to become sluggish, congested, acidic, and polluted. Antibiotics, excess sugar, carbonated beverages, chemical food additives, and over-the-counter drugs can alter the acid/alkaline balance of the intestinal tract, often killing beneficial bacteria and creating the perfect environment for harmful microbes to grow. Without the “good” or “friendly” bacteria to keep them in check, these “bad” bacteria can eventually overrun our body and severely depress our immune system.

Mucoid plaque is a slimy gel-like substance that covers the inner lining of the intestines and bowel. Plaque harbors toxins and interferes with nutrient absorption. The colon is known to hold up to 30 or more pounds of old matter and can be packed with undigested foods and disease-promoting bacteria.

Additionally, parasites are a toxic menace and can wreak havoc in your body. When faulty digestion keeps food from being properly processed and sent out of the body, undigested food can remain in the body and create fermentation and putrefaction. This can cause parasites and germ life to develop. Parasites thrive in an unhealthy, unclean colon. When the bowel contains partially digested proteins, sugars, or starches, it can harbor an alarming variety of parasites. These parasites can range from microscopic organisms to tapeworms 15 inches long.

Benefits of Cleansing

So what can internal cleansing do for you? Here are some of the most commonly reported benefits of cleansing and detoxifying the body: relief from bloating; flatter abdominal area; relief from constipation; clearer thinking; greater sense of well-being; stronger immune system; improved digestion; better sleep; youthful appearance and healthier skin; and more energy and confidence! Simply put, internal cleansing can dramatically improve the quality of your overall health. It’s also one of the best ways to break any bad food habits you might have such as always salting foods, being addicted to white sugar/white flour products and sodas, etc.

When the colon and liver are clear of excess toxins and waste, it frees up energy to be used by the rest of the body. It also helps the liver and intestinal tract to manufacture nutrients as well as absorb them from your food much more efficiently. This supports the healing, repair, and maintenance of your entire body.

When to Cleanse and What to Expect

During these past four decades, I have embraced the following cleansing schedule: One day a week, 2 to 3 days monthly, 7 to 10 days with each change of season, and 30 to 40 days every two to three years, I engage in some kind of detox/cleanse program to preclude a toxic buildup in my body and to keep me vibrantly healthy. In addition, for over 30 years I have also created custom-designed cleanses and health programs for my clients worldwide, depending on their personal needs. In other words, I’m passionate about the healing power of whole-body cleansing.

Depending on how toxic your body may be, and how long you choose to cleanse, during your detox, you may feel a bit more tired than usual. If that’s the case, just make sure to get more rest. Some people report feeling more energy; others have broken out with rashes on the skin, but these go away in a few days; some experience a slight fever or headaches (that’s a sign that your body is housecleaning); most people release lots of mucus during the cleanse; others experience mood swings or depression. At the end of a detox program, most will feel “lighter” and more peaceful; certainly you’ll feel in more control over your body and experience an increase in self-esteem and confidence. In fact, you will feel so good that you will probably do what I do — take one day a week and 2 to 3 consecutive days monthly and cleanse your miraculous body.

The Body’s Largest Organ—Your Skin

Weighing in at approximately six pounds and covering an area of about two square yards, your skin is the largest organ of the body. Not only is it an organ, but the skin is also a major area for the elimination of toxic wastes from our systems. It has been called our “third kidney” because it works closely with the kidneys to help release uric acid. Our body must eliminate large amounts of waste products from our systems daily or we will die. The bowel, lungs, kidneys, and skin are our four channels of elimination. Each of these organs ideally should release two pounds of toxins per day. Therefore, our skin is responsible for getting rid of nearly a fourth of our bodily toxins each and every day. If the skin is not doing its job, the kidneys, lungs, and bowel will have an extra load with which to deal.

Skin brushing is one of the finest ways to detoxify the skin, promote good circulation, reduce cellulite, and beautify skin. I learned about this skin-buffing practice when I was a teenager from my grandmother. While I discuss the healing power of dry skin brushing (as well as detoxification and cleansing) in my book Body Temple Vitality, here’s a brief summary. Make a commitment for 30 days of dry skin brushing. After one month, your skin will feel and look about 10 years younger with daily dry skin brushing. Your brush should be made from natural vegetable fibers, not nylon or other synthetic material. Brush your entire body (except your face and private areas) before you shower or bathe. Brushing the skin dry rather than wet is very important because it does a much better job of removing dead skin cells and toxins. I use a special smaller, softer brush for my face and neck.

Transcend Infrared Sauna

If you do a quick Google search, you’ll find a lot of people knocking the ability of saunas to flush toxins, but we’ve known for a long time that sweating helps the body rid itself of toxins. As mentioned earlier, your skin is your biggest organ of elimination.

Studies have found that increased sweating, as experienced in a sauna, can help you excrete toxic metals like arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. One study found “that body stores of trace metals may be depleted during prolonged exposure to heat.”

Another study found that “induced sweating in saunas can mobilize BPA in adipose tissue thus leading to enhanced excretion in sweat.” The science is there—sweating helps you eliminate toxins and infrared saunas can help you sweat at a much faster rate and are much comfortable for relaxation because they don’t feel as suffocatingly hot as traditional dry saunas.

If you want to know the difference of a dry sauna or a wet/stream sauna, please visit my website, SusanSmithJones.com, and in the search bar, put in the words “Dry vs Wet Sauna” and you can read my article and learn much more about Heat Therapy: Sweating Your Way to Vitality.

I highly recommend getting an infrared sauna for your home. They come in different sizes to fit even the smallest space constraints. Under “Favorite Products” on my website, find the article titled "10 Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy." For now, you can call the company High Tech Health (800-794-5355 or 303-413-8500 or visit HighTechHealth.com) that makes the best infrared saunas in the industry and where I purchased mine. Ask them any questions you might have or how to get a substantial discount on your purchase (using my name “SSJ”) on a one-, two-, or three-person Transcend Infrared Sauna. Remember, the gift of health is the best gift you can give yourself.

Your Personal Cleanse

There are many aspects to internal cleansing that are too numerous to mention in this chapter so here’s a brief summary. Whether it’s a 1-Day or 30-Day Cleanse, here are many of the things I embrace as part of my cleansing program. See how many you can incorporate into your program. You can find more detailed information on everything mentioned below in my books Choose to Thrive, The Curative Kitchen & Lifestyle, and Kitchen Gardening.

12 Tips for a Successful Whole-Body Detox Cleanse

1. Plant-Based Food & Fresh Juices: Foods can heal. I am sure that you have noticed that when you eat better, you feel better. It’s not complicated. While on a cleanse, adopt a plant-based diet with as many raw or “living” foods as possible. I also drink organic detox teas that I purchase from my local health food store or from Penn Herb Company. High water content foods—especially fresh fruit and vegetables—are easy to digest. Emphasize any leafy greens because the greens are very detoxifying and rejuvenating. As my grandmother always used to say to me, “When you are green inside, you are clean inside.” These fresh, colorful foods take stress off of your digestive system. For short cleansing programs, you may want to consume only raw food or just drink fresh vegetable juices. Consider one day a week consuming delicious green smoothies. When you increase fresh juices and raw foods in your daily diet, your skin will start looking younger and glow with vitality within three days. (In Chapter 17, you will find lots of wonderful recipes the entire family will love.) Also, everyone should have a good home juicer so you can make fresh juices. Refer to Chapter 14 for more information on the benefits of fresh vegetable juices and raw foods.

To read the the remaining 11 tips and the rest of this chapter on detoxifying the entire body and all 70+ trillion cells, please refer to the book.

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