Your Organs of Detoxification
Your body is an incredible biological organism capable of regenerating itself, eliminating toxins and healing. However, modern life has handicapped some of these abilities making it more difficult than ever to stay healthy. It is a bit of a paradox that we are in a world that is safer from threats than ever before but simultaneously so removed from the natural world that the real threats hide within us.
We are exposed to countless environmental chemicals on a daily basis ranging from parabens, phthalates, toluene, xylene and styrene to name a few. These are extremely toxic and can be found in body care products, fuel additives, paints, carpet glue and so on. The effects include neurological damage, endocrine (hormone) disruption, DNA damage (free radical/oxidative damage), kidney and digestive damage.
Your primary organs of detoxification are:
Below are 4 ways that you can effectively support your body's ability to detoxify from our modern world. Of course be sure to check with your doctor before trying any of these methods.
1. Infrared Sauna
One of the most effective ways to detoxify your body is to use an infrared sauna. The optimum infrared sauna uses the full spectrum including near infrared, middle infrared and far infrared light. Near-infrared (NIR) is the shortest infrared wavelength and penetrates the skin’s surface most effectively. When delivered through an infrared sauna, NIR promotes skin renewal, cell health, wound healing, and tissue growth. Middle-infrared (MIR) is a longer wavelength that can penetrate deeper into the body’s soft tissue where inflammation occurs. MIR helps expand blood vessels and increases circulation, so more oxygen can reach injured areas of the body. This reduces pain and speeds up the healing process. Far-infrared (FIR) is the longest wavelength. It can reach deepest into the body where toxins are stored. FIR stimulates the sweat glands, resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat.
Below are some benefits of using an infrared sauna:
You can find a spa near you that offers infrared sauna or you can buy your own home infrared sauna.
2. Dry Skin Brushing
A primary function of the skin occurs through the activities of its pores. Every square inch contains hundreds of these pores, all of which are made up of tiny muscles that must be exercises to assist the body in getting rid of these toxins. Below are some of the benefits of skin brushing:
Hydrotherapy is the use of pure filtered water to flush out the colon of compacted waste and undigested food in order to improve the health of the tissues of the colon as well as increase detoxification capacity and improve nutrient uptake. Hydrotherapy can be done in a number of ways and of course you should check with your doctor first. Certain conditions of the colon such as colon cancer, hemorrhoids and diverticulitis are possibly unsafe to perform this type of therapy.
Colon Hydrotherapist: this is the best place to start for anyone who has never done anything like this because it provides professional support as well as high end equipment to ensure the most effective cleanse possible. I recommend this to many of my clients when they embark on a healing program.
Colema: This is a do-it-yourself at-home procedure which is a combination of a colonic and an enema. It gets the water deeper than a basic enema but requires more equipment to perform. Many find this to be an effective procedure to be done 3-4 times per year. Here is an example of a colema board used over your toilet.
Coffee Enema: while it may seem a bit out there to insert coffee instead of water, this process was first used in the early 1900's and was found to have so many benefits that it made into the Lahey Clinic in Boston. There are a number of potential benefits from using coffee enemas including: pain relief, bile flow stimulation, dilation of blood vessels of colon, promotes peristalsis and enhance glutathione s-transferase production. You can read more about the origins and benefit of coffee enemas here.
4. Laboratory Testing for Detox Supplement Recommendations
One question that might be on your mind is whether or not you have any toxins in your system. The quick answer is yes, of course you do but how much, which ones and are you capable of mobilizing and removing them are the more relevant questions. It can't hurt to try any of the above methods for supporting your body's natural detoxification capacity but to really maximize detoxification it is necessary to test and determine which toxins need to be removed. This is where functional lab testing can be extremely beneficial so that you can know which supplements or detoxification procedures will be the most beneficial.
Here are 4 of the most important detoxification tests that I recommend. They are all tests that can be completed in the comfort of your own home with the exception of one which requires a blood draw:
Having the right information about what is going on in your body will set the stage for making the most informed decisions about which supplements and detoxification strategies may be best for you. Take a look at the special offer below to save money on your own customized detoxification program.
Danny Maresca considers himself a philosopher, scientist and teacher but most of all a humble explorer of this reality. This blog covers topics he finds fascinating as they relate to his own interpretation of his own experience of life. He hopes that you will find value in what you read but openly invites deeper and different perspectives to his own.