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Change of Season Detoxification Improves Health

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Every day we read in newspapers and magazines about the rising numbers of people suffering from various cancers, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and especially the rise in obesity in young people.  And we then ask ourselves, “How is this happening in our society so rich in access to information?”

It is important to understand that our national and global communities are the first generations to experience exposure to thousands of industrial chemicals and pollutants in our air, water, and food sources.  Articles on manufacturing, slaughterhouse, and pharmaceutical contamination occur almost daily.  Again, we ask ourselves, “What can I do to help myself and not become ill?”

An effective answer to this important question centers on understanding how our bodies detoxify the pollutants we ingest; what actually happens within the body biochemically and physiologically from the onslaught of chemical exposures and how we can support the liver and immune system clearing these out.

The body has two main pathways to detoxify unwanted materials.  Most toxins are attracted to fat in our body and often store in these tissues.  The first pathway breaks down these harmful substances into less harmful ones. Many steps are involved in this pathway and vital nutrients and enzymes are required for these functions to occur.  The second pathway takes the first break-down products, many still fatty, and turns them into water soluble substances that are easier to eliminate.  This process also requires nutrients, enzymes, and gene activity to complete its activities.

A breakdown occurs when too much pollution enters the body and backs up in tissues and slows down these detoxification processes.  What then occurs is the creation of more volatile combinations that hold the potential for damaging healthy cells and ultimately creating disease.

Supporting detoxification pathways becomes an important routine endeavor by each person not only as prevention, but for assisting the body when overtaxation of these pathways has begun.  You will know it is time for undertaking a detoxification protocol when you feel undue fatigue, digestive discomfort, aches and pains, headaches, and the like.

Many detoxification methods exist.  Massage therapy is an excellent choice for moving stagnant and trapped chemicals out of muscles and joints, hot stone massage for dilating vessel systems to improve fluid flow and elimination, and lymphatic drainage massage for overall clearing of waste fluids through lymph vessels.  Far infrared saunas cause sweating and this helps move out those fat soluble toxins.

Many cleanses and organ detoxification programs exist and you can find the right one for you by consulting with nutritionists and health care professionals.  Another very important choice focuses on eating lots of fruits and vegetables, especially deeply colored ones and lots of greens as these provide those vital nutrients and enzymes that enable our detoxification pathways to function optimally.  Eliminate fried foods and refined and processed foods to stop the flow of ingesting ingredients full of toxic chemicals.

Choosing a method of detoxification regularly makes a big difference in improving your chances of having a healthy body and extending your lifespan.  Take care of yourself.  You are important.  And you are the only one who gets to choose how you do what is best for you.

Krystle Shapiro is a Washington State licensed medical massage therapist. She owns Touchstone Massage Therapies  and Nutrition Plus! located in the Stepping Stones Wellness Center at 803 W. Pine Street, Sandpoint. She is currently and can be reached at 208/290-6760.

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