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The Importance of Detoxification

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Many people today are sharing conversations about how to take better care of themselves and improve their health.  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?”

Every day we are exposed to thousands of industrial chemicals and pollutants in our air, water, and food sources.  Manufacturing, slaughterhouse, and pharmaceutical contamination occurs more often so we must become savvy consumers.  It becomes necessary to understand the importance of how our bodies detoxify these pollutants and choosing detox protocols on a regular basis so that we may avoid poor health and disease.

The body has two main pathways to detoxify unwanted materials.   When too much pollution enters the body, these processes slow down or become dysfunctional.  When this happens, chemical reactions begin to occur within our vast mixture of chemical compounds all competing for vital nutrients for breakdown, assimilation, absorption, and/or elimination. This can oftentimes create more volatile combinations that hold the potential for damaging healthy cells and ultimately causing disease situations.

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 when this occurs when you feel undue fatigue, digestive discomfort, aches and pains, headaches, and the like.

An effective way to assist your body with detoxification is to receive massage therapy on a regular basis.  Specialty massage protocols such as Swedish massage for general relaxation (repair processes begin with good relaxation), deep tissue massage for moving stagnant and trapped interstitial fluids 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 as well as for specific retention regions are positive choices that assist our detox pathways and our immune system.  Another great way to help your body detox is to sweat:  far infrared saunas are one of the best ways to sweat, but also cardio workouts that break a sweat or steam or moist saunas assist in the endeavor.

What is most important is that we take care of ourselves every day because of the onslaught of pollution we cannot control.  Choosing a method of detoxification regularly makes a big difference in improving your chances of having a healthy body and extending your lifespan.  Adjusting dietary habits to eliminate as much as possible unnecessary harmful ingredients and processed foods improves all endeavors.

Krystle Shapiro owns Touchstone Massage Therapies and Nutrition Plus! She can be reached at 208/290-6760.

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