Many alternative medicine practitioners promote various methods such as dieting detox and long periods of fasting, or only consuming certain substances, but there’s no evidence to date that these detox diets have any health benefits – on the contrary it could be harmful to your body according to many health practitioners.
It’s better to eat healthy and clean every day with a few tweaks now and then. The following is proven to be helpful when trying to eliminate toxins from the body – in addition to eating high ORAC value foods and getting ample sleep and moderate exercise:
Colon cleansing is one of the best methods to clean out bad gut bacteria and feed friendly bacteria for digestion. It cleans up deposits of old toxins, and reduces the formation of new toxins from putrefying fecal matter. Colon cleansing with an oxygen-based cleanser is the best way because it works quickly without the use of toxic chemicals or harsh herbs – especially with common digestive tract concerns such as constipation, bloating and gas. But the most important benefit, is properly because formulated oxygen-based colon cleansers provide nascent oxygen to the body.
Oxygen-based colon cleansers contain magnesium oxide, an element of magnesium bound to oxygen. When consumed, the stomach’s hydrochloric acid reacts with this oxygenated magnesium. This promotes the slow release of oxygen throughout the body and results in the softening of fecal matter. Probiotics in the gut are strengthened by this supply of oxygen, further increasing the intestinal and digestive benefits. The magnesium found in oxygen-based cleansers also produces an osmotic effect in the intestinal tract, attracting water that flushes the entire system from waste.
By using oxygen based colon cleansers, the friendly bacteria is fed with the oxygen needed to create a stable bowel environment. Oxygen will also oxidize and clean the entire bowel, relieving constipation and compaction. When you take oxygen based colon cleansers, you also raise the level of ORS (Oxygen Reactive Species), which causes a stimulation of lymphocytes to produce T-cells. This process promotes a strengthened immune system.
Friendly bacteria are facultative (can thrive in both aerobic and anaerobic environments) strains mostly anaerobic (without oxygen) but will also flourish in an aerobic condition. The friendly bacteria in the bowel secrete hydrogen peroxide as a by-product and can live in a high spectrum of oxygen exposure. They will also fight for the receptor sites of the bad bacteria or the bad organisms concentrating themselves in the bowel.
Each bug or harmful organism picks its own environmental pH to live in. What the body needs is a good colony of probiotics thriving from the stomach all they way down through the colon. Ideally, the friendly bacteria should fight the unfriendly bacteria and secrete hydrogen peroxide as a by-product within the bowel.
Liver and kidney cleanse
The liver and kidneys are your body’s natural detox systems. So, what you take into your body can pollute your liver and kidneys, make it hard for them to function properly, which can lead to innumerable kinds of complications.
Exercising and eating the right kinds of foods are key to effectively detoxifying your liver and kidneys. Raw foods that support liver cleansing include: red skin apples, beets, broccoli, brown rice, brussels sprouts, cabbage, caraway seeds, carrots, dandelion, onions, spinach, spirulina, walnuts, herbs and spices such as turmeric, cinnamon, and licorice – and gelatin as found in bone broth.
Infrared (IR) and conventional sauna
Infrared (IR) radiation is an electromagnetic radiation of a wavelength longer than that of visible light, but shorter than that of radio waves. The radiation hits the surface of the body and heats through a process called conversion, instead of heating the air around you.
The infrared heater produces radiant energy, which is the same as the heat from the sun, only without the harmful ultraviolet rays. Most of these heaters draw on technology developed in 1965 by Dr Tadashi Ishikawa, a member of the Research and Development Department of Fuji Medical.
Infrared vs Traditional
Traditional saunas use various types of heaters to warm the air and stones in a room. The room’s walls can be logs or some other material lined with wood. Stones placed over the heat source attain a high temperature.
In its primitive form the stones are heated by wood without a chimney. The fire dies and the smoke exits by the door. Heat is maintained by the stones. Stones are usually peridotite as they are heat stable. Modern Finnish saunas have thermostatically controlled electric stoves or wood stoves with chimneys.
In a traditional form, the air temperature typically runs between 169 to 190°F (76 to 88°C), though temperatures over 200°F (93°C) are sometimes encountered. The hot air causes the body to heat up, and eventually results in a sweat. Water is thrown on the stones to achieve a steam shock.
Traditionally, one’s skin is beaten with a bunch of birch twigs. When the heat becomes intolerable one cools down under a cold shower or by jumping into a frozen lake, or perhaps, most delicately, one rolls in powdery snow. Where there is no ice or snow a cold shower will do.
An infrared model uses a variety of heater types from older technology steel incoloy rods and ceramics to newer carbon heaters that creates infrared waves that heat your body directly, instead of just by the air.
The temperature in them is much cooler, at around 120 to 140°F (43 to 54°C). The amount of sweat that results from each is comparable, though many people report that the lower temperatures in an infrared sauna allow the user to stay inside longer, resulting in longer sauna sessions and therefore more overall sweating.
Infrared radiant heat is safe and beneficial, claiming that the heat penetrates more than 1.5 inches (40mm) into the body. The argument is based on the idea that the wavelengths of far infrared waves are typically between 5.8 and 1000 micrometers.
This is supposed to correspond to the vibration of the water molecule at 9.4 micrometers. Because these vibrations are similar, say promoters, the infrared rays help knock toxins loose from fat cells into the body, and those toxins are then released through sweating.
Infrared is also gaining popularity as a safe method of natural health care and physiotherapy. Far infrared thermomedic therapy garments use thermal technology to provide compressive support and healing warmth to assist symptom control for arthritis, injury and pain.
Dr Sherry Rogers, a fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and a diplomat of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, says in her book Detoxify or Die that an infrared sauna is the only way of removing man-made toxins from your body. Dr Rogers also states that bio-accumulated toxic load in the human body is responsible for all disease not attributable to bacteria or virus.
Because the skin is the largest organ of the body, regularly sweating in a far infrared sauna can help detox by decreasing the toxic load and contribute to better health and vitality. One of the ways that infrared sauna use is beneficial for a wide range of ailments is through the increase in circulation that it causes in the body.
The sauna increases the eliminative, detoxifying, and cleansing capacity of the skin by stimulation of the sweat glands, and also promotes healthy skin tone and texture due to increased blood circulation.
More than two thousand years ago Hippocrates said: “Give me the power to create a fever, and I shall cure any disease.”
Artificially induced hyperthermia (rising body temperature) combined with sweating and a cleansing effect initiated by oxygen will result in elimination of toxins from the lymphatic system and the destruction of bacteria and viruses.
Increased circulation enables more oxygen for blood saturation. Opening your pores is helpful in a variety of ways, and is generally regarded as beneficial for health.