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Spring is Nature’s process of renewal.  It prepares the way for the growth of Summer, the maturity of Fall and the rest and relaxation of winter.  Like all of Nature, our bodies must also go through a process of renewal, but unlike much of Nature, we humans need to thoughtfully assist in the process by initiating cleansing rituals to rid our systems of toxins naturally accumulated during Winter’s down time.

Detoxification, often referred to as simply, detox, is a process that intentionally pulls toxins from our systems. Without a proactive approach, poisons such as pesticides, hormonal disruptors, heavy metal, and the like are all quite willing to just sit comfortably, hidden within our bodies, hampering functions from simple digestion to impaired immune systems. A wide variety of useful detoxification methods are available.

I want to provide some essential guidelines for you to follow as you select the detoxification process you will utilize.  Following them should lead you to finding approaches that are practical, safe and effective.

  • For those who are new to detox, I recommend that the first time you should have it supervised by a nutritional specialist. That refers to a person who has been specifically trained in all aspects and philosophies of nutrition. This means someone with training beyond that of the conventional certified nutritionists who design hospital food!
  • You can not assume that all healthcare professionals are nutritional experts.  Make certain they have been specifically certified by a recognized institution.  This includes your “regular” doctor, who by his traditional course of study is typically not knowledgeable in nutritional science and detoxification programs.
  • Avoid the graduates of short-term nutritional training programs received from institutions bearing nontraditional names and are not accredited by the state educational authorities.  A beautiful ‘diploma’ is no substitute for a solid, scientifically based program.
  • In general, less able nutritional practitioners tend to be highly opinionated and critical of all approaches except their own (confirming their very narrow range of knowledge and training).  Be very cautious, and ask many questions when a program seems to be based in required products sold by the practitioner.
  • Remember, you are the ultimate expert on your body and your intuition generally indicates what is right (or not) for you. At least, never buy into a program that doesn’t make logical sense to you and coincides with what you know about yourself and your body.
  • Choose a slow destocks process over a rapid one, except in rare urgent medical situations such as heavy metal acute poisoning. Otherwise, fast detox, such as intravenous chelating, may result in loss of valuable minerals along with the toxins. The ultimate goal of detox is to bring body to balance and that is more likely to happen as a result of a slow process.
  • In your research for the formulation,  remedy to detox, always aim to give a priority to specific food to be used as the detox vehicle. It means that if you are advised to use a particular medicine or nutritional supplement for you detox, always explore whether specific kind of food may do the detoxing job.
  • Consider detoxing with whole and natural foods rather than processed food substances (processed food, which includes virtually anything from a box, can or jar). Use non GMO, preferably organic, raw food. Besides the traditional regimen of raw food (salad, smoothies, nuts), experiment with substituting raw ingredients in your favorite dishes. For example, I just found out how easy it is to prepare my favorite humus using raw chickpeas soaked over night. However I also learned by the trial and error of my humus preparation, that the beans have to be purchased from a reliable source such as Whole Foods, Mom’s Market, etc.
  • The detox is a form of self-healing and both are necessary ingredients for a healthy life style.  Eating right so detoxification sessions are unnecessary both simplifies and improves your life and health.
  • Just as a person needs physical detox, it is equally important to perform psychological detox – setting your mind on a positive path. That process often begins by recognizing the pattern of our thoughts and inspecting them according to the impact they have on your life and the lives you encounter. It is said that we continuously create our own reality through thoughts, attitudes and beliefs. Set out to deliberately create a positive, helpful, mutually satisfying life style.  When you help the others in your life to become happy, fulfilled individuals, your own life becomes immediately easier, happier, and more fulfilling.
  • The psychological detox attitude includes meditation, introspection, prayer or a strong connection with nature. They all may help access the mental patterns that are seated deep within our psyche. As an alternative, a meditative state may be created by the careful and appropriate use of hypnosis or self-hypnosis.

Wishing you Healthy and Happy Spring.

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