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Why Detoxify The Body? Cleansing and Detoxifying the Body For Healthy Living

By | April 25th, 2012 | Modified - December 4th, 2014

Detoxify The Body For Healthy Living

Detoxify The Body
Detoxify The Body

I have been pretty health conscious, and I have gradually removed meat from my diet because it made me feel good to do so, and I like feeling good and feeling energized. I thought my journey had ended when I removed pork, beef, and poultry from my diet, and just ate fish and dairy here and there.

I then bumped into some information from an herbalist healer named Dr. Sebi, which made me rethink my position. His claims as a healer seemed pretty far out there, but after researching his claims and after looking at what so much of the holistic healing practices were indicating, I decided to give his method a try. I adopted a plant based diet and I detoxified my body with alkaline herbs.

His basic method of healing is eat an alkaline diet by removing meat and dairy and by eating alkaline foods that detoxify the body such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, and alkalizing grains. Dr. Sebi’s method of healing removes excess mucus from the body, which is the foundation of disease in the body, to detoxify your body.

Detoxify The Body To Restore Your Health

I did a colonic a few years before I became a vegan and it did work, but it was a quick fix. It made me lose weight and I felt lighter and more energetic. After the colonic my body rejected certain foods like bread. I tried to eat it, but my body just rejected it. During the colonic I fasted by drinking water and by eating small portions of green leaf salads. I also took the cleansers that came with the colonic product I was using. The significance of eating the salads was to raise my alkalinity level, which is also part of Dr. Sebo’s method of healing.

Colonics work on the premise of removing built up waste that is lining the walls of our intestines. This waste develops toxins which are then spread throughout the body by way of our blood. Colonics do remove some of this waste, and while doing the colonic I lost weight from the removal of this waste material. It lowered the toxin count in my body and bloodstream, took pressure off of my body, and made me feel better. The good feeling lasted for a while until the toxins began to build up again, as I returned to my old eating habits. Colonics remove some of the top level waste that is impacted on the colon walls, but the results of these short term colonics as well as these 3 days fad cleanses don’t last long.

After researching the herbs Dr. Sebi uses in his electric tonics, and also by doing a general research of cleansing methods used in holistic healing, I developed a list of herbs based on Dr. Sebi’s tonics that I used as part of a three month deep cleanse which include: black walnut complex, bladderwrack/irish moss, bromelian & papain, burdock root, chlorella, dandelion, elderberry, milk thistle, mullein, sarsaparilla, and st. john’s wort.

I was a pescatarian for years before I became a vegan and adopted a plant base diet, and I was pretty active, so I felt pretty comfortable using a combination of herbs the targeted and detoxed my organs all at the same time. Detoxifying the body all at once can be too much for many people though, and it might be better for some to detoxify the body using a cleansing order that makes the process a bit easier.

Detoxify The Body In An Order

Many people don’t want to spend a lot of time to detoxify the body the way I did with long deep cleanse. My cleanse involved me eating only alkaline foods which didn’t continue to add toxins to my organs. I also took small amounts of herbs daily so I could have a slow natural detox, just as I slowly added toxins through the foods I ate to my body over time, which put less stress on my body.

The are many detox products and programs on the market that are geared towards detoxifying individual organs quickly. Under these conditions it might be best to clean each organ individually to reduce stress on the body.

There seems to be an order to detoxify the body which causes less stress on the person detoxifying, because of the job the each organ does. The kidneys and the colon remove waste from the body, so they should be cleaned before the other organs. If the other organs are cleaned first the kidneys and the colon will be clogged and toxins which will be reintroduced back into the bloodstream and the other organs. From information I have gathered it appears that this may be the best to detoxify the body: kidney, colon, liver, gallbladder, small intestine, and then the blood.

Detoxify The Body – Colon

The colon or large intestine’s major job is to absorb water from indigestible food, compact it into waste material (feces) and pass it from the body. A person with a healthy colon will have 2-3 bowel movements a day shortly after each meal. Many of us do not have healthy colons because our diets consist of many processed foods that lack a high fiber content, and we build up waste and toxins in the colon that contribute to disease in the body. A colon cleanse will help to remove the built up waste and toxins from the body.

Detoxify The Body – Kidneys

The kidneys maintain a water/mineral balance in the body, regulate blood pressure, and filter waste from the blood in the form of urine. Proper water intake is essential in cleaning the kidneys, because many of the herbs I list that detox the kidneys are diuretics and they elevate the rate of urination. Increasing the amount of water you drink in itself is a kidney cleanse because it flushes toxins from the kidneys.

Detoxify The Body – Liver and Gallbladder

The liver screens the blood for toxins, viruses and bacteria, detoxifies alcohol and certain drugs, and plays a major part in the supporting the body’s immune system. Bile is made in the liver, which is used to breakdown fats and to remove toxins from the liver. Bile is stored in the Gallbladder. The liver and gallbladder can become overwhelmed by the large amounts of processed foods we eat, and alcohol and toxins we take into our bodies. A liver cleanse can help to remove these toxins and help restore the liver and gallbladder.

Detoxify The Body – Small Intestine

The small intestine absorbs nutrients from food that is broken down in the stomach. Acidic and mucus heavy diets cause excess mucus called mucoid the line the small intestines and interfere with the absorption of nutrients in the bloodstream. A small intestine cleanse can help to remove this harmful mucoid.

Detoxify The Body – Blood

Cleaning the blood removes toxins, fungus, bacteria, and viruses from the bloodstream, and it improves circulation.

Ways to Detoxify The Body

Colon Cleanse
Kidney Cleanse
Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse
Small Intestine Cleanse
Detoxify the Blood

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About Author:

Aqiyl is the author of the books Alkaline Herbal Medicine, Alkaline Plant Based Diet and the children's book, Faith and Justice eat an Alkaline Plant Based Diet." He received a certificate in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University, a BA in Organizational Behavior and Communications from NYU, worked as an elementary school teacher, and studied social work. He enjoys boxing, kick boxing, cycling, power walking, and basically anything challenging, and his alkaline plant-based diet supports all that he does. Learn more about transitioning to an alkaline vegan diet using the Dr. Sebi nutritional guide.

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