Many people do not have perfectly healthy bowels, as evidenced by various gastro-intestinal problems, such as heartburn, indigestion, bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea and so on. In fact, more drugs are sold to treat GI symptoms than for any other organ.
There are many reasons why most people have unhealthy GI tract. We do not eat the right foods, we do not get enough physical activity, fresh air or sunshine. Alcohol, antibiotics, painkillers and other medications - all these disrupt normal bowel function. Plus, as we get older, the stomach, pancreas and small intestine produce less digestive enzymes. This leads to decreased digestion and absorption of nutrients and increased accumulation of undigested food material and putrefied fecal matter in the intestine.
This creates a condition known as dysbiosis – a decline in good bacteria and an increase in pathogenic micro-organisms, such as parasites, viruses and yeasts, especially Candida albicans. In turn, this leads to leaky gut syndrome – a condition that allows many toxic substances that were intended to be eliminated to get into the blood stream and pollute the body.
The bottom line is that everybody has extra toxins in his or her body that need to be eliminated. This is the purpose of the detoxification program.
There are literally dozens of different detoxification programs on the market today, but most of them do not address the real needs of the body. The vast majority of them are glorified laxatives that make you have more frequent and bulkier bowel movements. They generally do not support the liver or the kidneys nor do they improve the health of the GI tract.
Since we are exposed to toxins every day of our lives, it is important to understand that detoxification activities should be a part of your daily routine. The way I approach detoxification is by doing a little bit every day and doing a lot once or a few times a year.
First, try to minimize the amount of toxins getting inside your body. Avoid using plastic utensils, plastic bottles, etc. Do not use medications, either over the counter or prescription, unless your life depends on it. Do not eat junk food that is highly processed and filled with preservatives, flavoring agents, and artificial colors.
Eat a variety of foods, both of plant and animal origin. Make sure to get enough fiber to keep your bowels clean and moving. Eat food that is as close to its natural state as possible. Use garlic to fight bad bacteria in the intestine and eat fermented foods that supply good bacteria. I am talking about yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, etc. It is okay to take probiotic supplements, but I prefer getting them from food.
You want your body to be as clean as possible for better health. Protect it from all the toxins that are constantly assaulting it from inside and from outside.