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Start the New Year Right: Benefits of Body Cleansing

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Throughout the year, our bodies are constantly being bombarded with toxins. Both internally, through natural biological processes, and externally through environmental toxins, pollutants, processed food and alcohol, etc.

Each day, 700,000 tons of pollution are released into the air and ground. The food that we eat is pumped with hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and other chemicals (not to mention the nutrient-depleted soil we often grow it in)!

Many believe that a build-up of toxins in the body is the sole cause of cancer and other chronic diseases. Therefore, a ritualistic cleansing is pertinent for maintaining our health and wellbeing.

So often we participate in a ritualistic cleaning of our homes, workspaces, and computers but we tend to neglect our bodies — the most important machine of all! In fact, Chinese medicine utilizes post-winter fasting as preventative care to shed excess fat and weight gained during the season.

The benefits of cleansing are astronomical. Eliminating toxins through cleansing can increase energy, improve memory and focus, improve complexion, improve the immune system — increasing health and decreasing disease, in addition to many other positive benefits. Cleansing has also been known to have a positive psychological and spiritual effect.

According to renewlife, there are seven different important channels in which to eliminate toxins: bowels (or colon), blood, skin, kidneys, lymphatic system, lungs, and liver.

Many of these channels can be cleansed individually through various types of cleansing. Not every cleanse is right for every individual, so it’s important to explore different cleanses, or talk to a health care professional to see what is right for you.

Although there are many different ways to cleanse the body, a popular method is to cleanse the colon through an enema or a colonic. Cleansing the colon is believed to help eliminate toxins from the digestive system and liver, thus improving their function.

For a longer more thorough cleanse, juicing is another popular method.

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EmpowHER Guest

Try this Liver Cleanse Diet:


Puristat Digestive Specialist

January 4, 2012 - 3:21pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Great info! Thank you for the input! 

January 5, 2012 - 1:09pm
(reply to Danielle Serrano)

Danielle, I really liked your article, can I circulate it through a newsletter?

January 5, 2012 - 3:36pm
(reply to noorishyoga@gmail.com)

That is very flattering, thank you! Of course you can :)

January 5, 2012 - 4:11pm
EmpowHER Guest

For those who are unsure about taking pills, consider a simple Cleansing Diet as a first step. Puristat has some great suggestions for you.

January 4, 2012 - 3:20pm
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