Detox Programs Do They Work? – Part 1

Do I believe in a miracle 7 day detox?

The short answer is No.

Ask me if I believe if a 7 day detox program can kick start your body detoxification program and I’ll say definitely, Yes.

Would I recommend using detox products? Yes.

Why?  Firstly it means you’re thinking about your health.

Secondly, a 7 day detox (or a colon cleansing) plan can help set you on a path to remove toxic build-up from your colon.

It’s a start, but it’s not the end of the story, really only the beginning.

When you think about detoxifying there is a lot more to consider than just your colon (though that’s a very important organ to cleanse). It’s all about how you live your life.

While our bodily organs are intended to filter out toxins (and do so constantly in our breath, sweat, urine and faeces), we are now subject to a level of toxicity with which we aren’t genetically designed to cope.

We live in an era of unprecedented toxic bombardment.  Never before in the history of life on earth have we been subject to so many chemicals in our environment.

The fact is that the World Health Organization released a statement that cancer will overtake heart disease as the number one global health killer by 2010. Of course there any many factors which cause cancer but it’s surely hard to argue that a leading cause is toxic chemicals, whether from smoking, pesticides, or industrial or household chemicals.

This is part 1 of an 7  part series dealing with how to recognize and deal with toxins.

Think about breathing…

Air Pollution
Our cities are so polluted we can actually see what we’re breathing – not a good thing. Since it’s not possible to avoid airborne pollution the best you can do is to be aware of it and minimise your exposure. When in your car recycle the internal air to avoid breathing exhaust fumes from the traffic outside.

Household Chemicals
If you look under your kitchen sink I’m sure you’ll find chemical sprays of some kind. Glass cleaner, oven cleaner, bench sprays, insect sprays.  Be aware and buy the “friendliest” products you can find and exercise caution when using them. Never inhale the “over-drift” of household sprays or get them on your skin.

Use friendly alternatives like steam cleaning, as it simply uses water. Microfiber cloths which “grab” onto dirt are very useful. Dedicate separate colored cloths for bathrooms and kitchens to prevent cross contamination.

Household Pesticides

Got weeds? Don’t automatically reach for the pesticide spray. You may kill more than the weeds. Try removing them by hand or using the right garden tools to pull them out. Use a mulch to thickly cover the bare soil in your garden to prevent weeds and retain water. Remove any dead foliage to minimize any fungal growth. Got bugs in your vegetable patch? If you have used spray in the past you may have upset your garden’s natural balance. Time is needed to restore it. Use physical barriers like netting and mesh to keep bugs off fruit.

Got spiders and other bugs inside your home? No need to spray! Get screens for your doors and windows. Use your vacuum cleaner hose to suck up spiders and their webs and other bugs inside your home.

Other Household Pollution
Paint, carpets, furniture and other furnishing and building materials all produce “off gases” which cause indoor pollution. Don’t forget dust. Dust is mostly dead skin cells and can be a source of viruses and bacteria. This type of pollution can be counteracted by proper ventilation and air purifiers.

Mould (Mold)
Any mould in your home is a serious, even dangerous, pollutant. Any leaks or overflows must be attended to immediately and the area dried out quickly. Kill existing mould with great smelling natural methods like tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil or citrus oil. Proper ventilation is a must to prevent mould growth. Exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens are a simple way to remove moist air. Leave them on for at least 10 minutes after a shower. If you live in a warm humid area use ceiling fans to get air moving and ceiling vents to draw air though rooms. It’s cooling too.

Smoking
What can I say?  If you don’t know by now that smoking is extremely bad for your health you must have been living in a cave. Simply don’t smoke and avoid breathing “secondhand” smoke.

Link to Part 2. – Water

Link to Part 3. – Eating

Link to Part 4. – Digestive System

Link to Part 5 – Your Skin