Body Cleansing and Detoxification

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Today's world is full of toxins. The foods we eat, and sometimes the water we drink, can contain them. At times, the very air we breathe can be toxic. Some people swear by a total body cleanse to detoxify your body and ensure good health.

Ways to Cleanse

Many products claim they cleanse all toxins out of the body and drastically improve your health. However, detox can be done naturally without spending a ton of money on various gimmicks.

The most popular way to detox your body is to begin with a diet that consists mainly of fresh and raw fruits and vegetables. Omitting all processed and cooked foods helps cleanse your whole digestive system. By effectively removing all waste material from the body with more frequent bowel movements, you remove toxins that may be trapped due to your body not eliminating as it should.

Bentonite clay works by soaking up water and turning into a gel, which holds the toxins in order to eliminate them from your body. Add 1 tbsp. of ground flax seed and 1 tbsp. of liquid bentonite to a glass of water in the morning. Wait at least 30 minutes before eating after you drink this. Drink plenty of water during the day to prevent constipation and dehydration (see Reference 1).

Probiotics are good bacteria that help remove chlorine and other toxins from the gastrointestinal tract. They also enhance the immune system, improve digestion and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Look for probiotics that have a enteric coating, a layer protecting the bacteria to ensure it makes it to the digestive system where it is most needed.

Side Effects

Some of the side effects of body cleansing include muscle breakdown, vitamin deficiencies, and problems with blood sugar levels. It can also cause problems with potassium and sodium levels in the body. The immune system can also be compromised, leaving a person more prone to colds and infections than usual. Another unpleasant side effect is more frequent and liquid bowel movements. Pregnant women should not use a body cleansing program. People suffering from diabetes or heart and kidney disease should also avoid them (see Reference 2).

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