“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food"
Detoxification is one of the most widely used treatments and concepts in alternative medicine. It is based on the principle that illnesses can be caused by the accumulation of toxic substances (toxins) in the body. Eliminating existing toxins and avoiding new toxins are essential parts of the healing process.
Detoxification methods of healing have been used for thousands of years. Fasting is one of the oldest therapeutic practices in medicine. Hippocrates, the ancient Greek known as the "Father of Western Medicine," recommended fasting as a means for improving health. Ayurvedic medicine, a traditional Hindu healing system that has developed over thousands of years, utilizes detoxification methods to treat many chronic conditions and to prevent illness.
So, detoxing is very important for everyone. Even more so for those living in cities, smokers, people with an unstable diet, people who consume a lot of meat, coffee and alcohol, people that suffer from diseases or with a low immune system. Detoxing twice a year is sufficient for most people (except in cases of pregnancy, diabetes, if you are under 18, or suffer from a serious illness, which in any case one would need the advice of a specialist). It is widely known that the best time to go on a detox is in spring and fall. However, I believe that in some cases the best time is when you feel your body needs it.
There are many different detox diets that one can choose from - some are easier, some more challenging - but it’s always good to try a few until you decide what suits you best, always according to your body’s state and needs. Smoking of course is not allowed during a body cleansing period and I also suggest you try to spend less time in front of the TV or PC. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water! It’s also important to go early in bed at night and get a full 8-hour sleep. I really enjoy ending my detox days with a nice bath, with the right essential oils or herbs, just before going to bed. This will help you relax and it will also give an extra hand to your body to remove the toxins!
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