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Toxic Overload

Detoxification Methods to Improve Health

by Carol Stanton

Lack of energy, depression, weight gain, brain fog, digestive disorders such as bloating or indigestion, fatigue, headaches and chemical sensitivities are signs that detoxification could be needed. There are many ways to detox, and some are more involved than others.

One of the most beneficial ways to improve one’s health is to change one’s diet. Changing from a diet lacking in nutritious foods to a diet rich in wholesome foods can make a large impact in one’s health. However, even small changes in diet can lead to positive results. These changes can be as simple as cutting out sugar, wheat, or soda from one’s diet. A whole food, whole body cleanse requires more effort, but will have a greater impact on one’s overall health. A whole food cleanse can be the start of new eating habits for the new year, and can often break the cycle of poor eating habits. In many cases, individuals will have more energy and experience improved overall well-being.

Another popular way to detox is through the use of a far infrared sauna. Sweating is a wonderful way to rid the body of toxins such as pesticides and heavy metals. Infrared saunas help to eliminate more toxins than a tradition sauna because the heat penetrates deeper. It also aids in decreasing muscle tension and promoting muscle relaxation. Additionally, the heat from a sauna increases the heart rate, which in turn speeds up metabolic rate, resulting in more calories burned.

When the lymphatic system is sluggish, dry skin brushing can assist with detoxification. Another way to keep the lymphatic system healthy is with weekly Chi machine sessions. A weekly 10-minute Chi session promotes healthy lymphatic movement and total body relaxation.

It is helpful to pinpoint specific toxins—heavy metals, pesticides, additives, or chemicals, in order to best detox the body. Electro Dermal screening can pinpoint specific frequencies to deal with these specific issues. Electro Dermal screening was developed by Dr. Reinhard Voll, a German medical doctor and engineer and is widely used throughout Europe by more than 25,000 medical practitioners.

We live in a toxic world, where we suffer from daily exposure to pesticides, artificial colors, preservatives, chemicals in household products and a food supply that is laden with chemicals. Whether baby steps are taken or major changes are made to improve one’s health for the New Year, the important thing is to do something. Don’t wait until the body has toxic overload, which may manifest in severe health issues, to start improving one’s health today.

Carol Stanton is a traditional naturopath and registered nurse who has worked in the health care field for more than 30 years. She is the Director of Nature’s Wisdom Wellness Association, located in Westerly, RI. For more information, visit See ad, page ??.