Do you need to detox? Are you feeling sluggish? Are you having skin or digestive problems? Are you experiencing aches and pains? It just might be the perfect time to eliminate the toxins in your body by enhancing your body's natural way of healing – try a detox.
Today, with more toxins in the environment than ever, "it's critical to detox," says Linda Page, N.D., Ph.D., the author of Detoxification (Healthy Healing Publications).
To get off on the best foot, you'll want to eliminate coffee (avoid caffeine in general), cigarettes, saturated fats, fried foods, alcohol, and refined sugars. These are items you'll want to avoid during your healing process. To really go that extra mile, start using natural Earth friendly alternatives to household cleaners and eco-friendly personal health care products (cleansers, deodorants, toothpastes, and shampoos). And if you are able to reduce your stress, it will help avoid the release of stress hormones into your system. In larger quantities the stress hormones will slow down your detoxification enzymes in your liver, thus creating toxins – try mediation or yoga.
Drink plenty of water! This is a great healthy habit to start immediately. And you'll want to rest when your body is feeling tired. You might feel fatigued or you might not – everybody reacts differently to cleansing their body.
If after your cleansing experience you run straight to McDonald's and get a Big Mac, then continue a fast food binge, you'll probably need another cleanse sooner than someone who continues healthier habits. Try to cleanse at least once a year. Typical cleansing programs will follow a 7-day schedule. When you detox, you are actually cleaning your blood of toxins. It takes time to clean your blood, thus a typical detox cleanse will last for one week.
The Chi Detox Kit, a Gaiam exclusive, will help restore you're your life-force energy, or chi. This herbal cleansing kit combines modern science with ancient healing wisdom.
The Chi Detox Kit includes supplements to help purge toxins, a Chi Detox Bath to revitalize your skin and eliminate fat (enough for 3 baths), and Chi Detox Patches to help ease your insomnia, headaches and muscle pain.
Consult your health care practitioner if you have questions about whether detoxing is right for you.