Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Fat Soluble Toxin Cleansing

One certainly feels “dirty” after working in the flower beds planting their spring flowers and tending to the rose bushes; all the while enjoying the beauty and fragrance. However, once we are done, a good shower, shampoo, and scrub is needed to remove the dust and debris. This isn’t much different from what the inside of one’s body needs as well.

Often I’m asked, “Where do these toxins you speak of come from?” From the air we breathe, anything that touches our skin and on foods we eat. It could be anywhere and everywhere. One evening I was driving home from a meditation group when I remembered that I needed to get a couple of cans of cat food, as the cabinet was bare. I knew I wouldn’t be sleeping if I didn’t show up with food for my two fluffy felines.

While I didn’t normally shop at this particular grocery, it was on my way home and it had later hours than most stores. As I parked my car in the lot, an exterminator truck pulled in and began unloading the equipment. My eyebrows went up and I scurried into the store, picked up two cans and made my way to the check out line just as the service man began his job. I took a big gulp of air into my lungs, grabbed my purchase and hurried out of the store without breathing.

One of my challenges has been allergies and sensitivities. I knew if I was exposed to this I would have challenges and need to do a big cleansing detoxification. So I hurried out before there would be much exposure. There are “studies” that show the pesticides are “safe” however they attack the nervous system of bugs, so who’s to say it doesn’t also affect us. I would rather avoid any exposure and be safe, instead of sorry. Fortunately, I didn’t have any bad reactions.

I just wondered, if I had arrived at this store 30 minutes later, I wouldn’t have known that I was walking into an area that could compromise my health.

The interesting thing about one’s body is the ability to store toxins as a safe guard against damage. There are both water soluble ones and fat soluble ones. We often store the fat soluble ones in fat. So when one cleanses, the fat and cellulite reduces in quantity. Getting fat to release isn’t as easy as water soluble toxins, which can be released by sweating.

Two of the easiest and most successful means of getting to the fat soluble toxins are using far infrared saunas and colon cleansing to address the bile. Let’s look at the far infrared sauna therapy first. This invisible band of electromagnetic light spectrum warms objects without first warming the air between the source and the object. The tissues of ones body selectively absorb these rays as the water in the cell reacts in a process called “resonant absorption.” The frequency of the far infrared matches the frequency of the water in the cell causing toxins to be dropped off into the blood stream. Then it is excreted in sweat, feces and urine.

The toxins excreted in the feces can be bound in bile which is a digestive component involved in fat and oil digestion, hence the binding of fat soluble toxins. When one cleanse the colon and dumps old bile, the toxins in the bile is also eliminated. However, one must be nutrient rich in minerals since it takes minerals to make new bile salts. One’s body recycles bile so that it is stored in the gall bladder and reused as needed during digestion.

A method of removing the toxins from the bile while not needing to eliminate the bile is reflorastation. This is the rectal introduction of probiotics in quantity, quality and variety to provide many varieties of lactobacillus and bifida bacterium to carry the toxins away in the feces without needing to remove the bile. We might consider this planting "flowers" in ones large intestine to bring health and beauty to it's soil.  One must admit that our bodies are amazing in their ability to protect and care for us. Our job is to give it the opportunity and methods to do its job easily and effectively.

So avoidance is our first line of defense and cleansing is the second.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Acidity, Toxins and Diet Contribute to Disease

There are many things one can do on a daily basis to turn the corner on disease. While one might not be sick, the simple daily habits of living life can contribute to the quality of life and the enjoyment of living. Many think that a sweet dessert is "really living" and then they reach for an over the counter pain pill to feel better or a sleeping aid to stop the tossing and turning that keeps them from a restful night's sleep.

Acidity is a factor in the quality of life one has. The more acid one's body is, the more strain is put on our kidneys. Their job is to remove liquid toxins from the bloodstream and reduce the acidity as well. If the cells and tissues are too acid, the kidneys can only do so much and the remaining acids must be buffered somehow. Typically, this is done by robbing calcium from our bones and possibly teeth; and then storing these in places like tissues or joints. When this gets bad enough, one's doctor might say, "You have arthritis!"

Maybe there is arthritis, but is it preventable with a lifestyle change? Or would one prefer to take an arthritis pill, to reduce inflammation. The chemical components of the medication can also contribute to the acidity of the body. This becomes a vicious cycle.

One's second challenge is toxins from the exposure one gets in daily living. While modern science and technology gives us phenomenal advances, there are secondary aspects that can be harmful. One only needs to look at the plastics industry to see the damage one incurs by the use of Bisphenol A (BPAs) for storing water and food. The main concern about BPA is that it exhibits hormone-like properties that raise concern about its suitability in consumer products and food containers.

One must remember that just because the toxins go in through our food and water, land on our skin or are breathed into our lungs, doesn't mean they are successfully eliminated. There are numerous methods by which one deals with toxins that aren’t easily expelled. One stores toxins in fat, dilutes it with water in the form of edema (and appears puffy), might have excessive candida (yeast), or makes lots of mucus to slick away the toxins when expelling the mucus.

The third aspect of contributing to disease that one has tremendous control over is how and what one eats. Grabbing a quick bite to eat might be a necessity occasionally, however it shouldn't be the routine. Refined foods, fast foods and foods of poor nutritional quality are undermining ones health.

Taking the time to select quality food and prepare it with mindfulness contributes to wellness. Perhaps the one change that can have the biggest effect is drinking small quantities (4 – 8 ounces several times a day) of mixed vegetable juice. This increases the alkalinity of ones food and reduces the inflammation associated with acidity. Mixing those vegetables to include flavorful ones that add a little zing to the mix can make it much more delicious.

Portions can also be important when thinking of our meals. If one were to divide their plate into quarters, it becomes easy to visualize a successful meal. One quarter is for protein, animal or vegetable. One quarter is for starch, such as a slice of bread or serving of potatoes or rice. The other two quarters are for complex carbohydrates, such as steamed or raw vegetables; however include in this about one or two teaspoonfuls of high quality oil. These essential fatty acids, from olive oil, sesame oil, and safflower and avocado oil (as well as many other kinds) go a long way in decreasing inflammation caused from both acidity and toxins.

Whatever one does, being mindful and aware can turn the direction of our choices. So, here's to your health.