Our world is being polluted at astronomical rates. As our world rapidly becomes modernized, industrialized and yes, Westernized our overall global health is declining. I say this with caution because I am a Westerner. Technology has now joined us together in such that we are called a global community, no longer with most just wondering or hearing second hand information about the ‘modern world’. By a simple click of a button people can see first-hand what is happening globally through social media. There are more and more people on the planet with the mindset and desire for progression and growth. It’s not about avoiding modernization or increasing in industry. It’s about keeping industry and advancement safe and with global care and concern in mind. The Western world has done so much for the global community and for that I give thanks. However, we have failed in many ways by playing a part in polluting the air, land, water and more. Pollution is one of the biggest destroyers of our global family, affecting over 100 million people. Cargo ships and cruise liners dump billions of pounds of garbage into our seas worldwide, destroying over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea creatures each year. Not only are animals are being destroyed because of pollution. It’s said that 40% of the lakes in America are too polluted for fishing, being a home to fish or allowing even recreational swimming. Every year 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, storm water and industrial waste are dumped into America’s water. Thankfully, recycling and composting have alleviated some of the toxins being dumped into waterways and landfills throughout the nation. It’s estimated that people living in places with higher levels of air pollutants have a 20% higher risk of death from lung cancer than those living in lower risk areas. Although America makes up approximately 5% of the world’s population it consumes 25% of the world’s resources, burning nearly 25% of the coal, 26% of the oil and 27% of the world’s natural gas. Noise pollution has even affected our communities proving direct links between noise and health. Stress-related illness, high blood pressure and other ills are on the rise due to consistent traffic, airplane noise, industrial noise and the like. More and more awareness is being drawn towards indoor and household pollutants and toxins; most commonly found in liquid soap, deodorant, shampoo, hair spray, make-up, toothpaste, indoor carpet, wall paint, cooking utensils, perfume, air freshener, sun screen, lotion, face cream, cleaning products and more. Items used in our everyday lifestyle could be creating toxicity in our bodies, unaware. What can we do to rid ourselves of toxins and to avoid polluting our body? As a health minister I’m saddened at how many people place more value on their physical possessions and appearance over the possession of their physical body; the only one we get and a body that cannot be replaced. People are becoming more and more aware that their bodies have become toxic waste dumps and it’s getting worse in contemporary societies. They are now trying to eat better and exercise more regularly in order to curb the increase of self-toxicity. However, it doesn’t matter how much you increase healthy foods and exercise into your diet and lifestyle. If you continue to expose yourself to toxic foods and environmental pollutants your body will not be able to properly assimilate all that you are spending time and money to provide your body health.
We must first aid the body in the detoxification process in order for it to be able to function as it is designed to do. There are a few factors that we will want to establish to be the foundation in the detoxification process. The body needs to have the right conditions to detox properly. It needs to have time to process, eliminate, restore and rejuvenate. Rest is essential for this to take place. Getting ample amounts of restful sleep are vital to allow this process to take place. Taking sleeping aids does not help during this process. Anytime you place a drug in your body it then taxes the liver in order to process. Having 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep is ideal. You can learn how to get your body prepared for healthful rest through a series of different practices that I speak about in the program on the subject of rest(click a link to the rest part of iamwoman). As you sleep your body is able to begin compiling all of the unusable matter that was initially brought in as a nutrient, digested, assimilated and then hauled down to the colon for early morning evacuation; otherwise known as your morning bowel movement. Drinking plenty of water also helps in the detoxification process, as water within the digestive system helps in flushing waste from the body as well as overall cellular detoxification. Providing your body with nutrient dense foods held within their fibrous carriers is a sure fire way to get the bowel flowing in the right direction; yes, downward towards the colon. Enabling the colon the ability to absorb nutrients, process them properly and with ease be eliminated from the rectum. So many people have difficulty relieving themselves and can spend up to one hour in the bathroom awaiting the moment of elimination. Their only relief in many cases is a good book to help distract the discomfort and sometimes grueling task of trying to get rid of their personal waste. A healthy functioning colon will allow you to have a B.M. within moments and with little toilet tissue needed to wipe away any residue. Before I made the changes to my diet and lifestyle years ago, I often wondered how people survived in days of old without toilet tissue. Now I personally understand how they were not in need of two or three ply tissue; no, their diets primarily consisted of living whole foods, full of fiber. Today people are eating cooked, processed and packaged food with very little to no fiber. They become bloated, backed up and find it very common to only have only one B.M. in a one or two day period. This is not good; not at all. When this toxic waste remains in your colon for overextended periods of time the colon will become sluggish and dysfunctional. The toxicities within this waste will eventually be reabsorbed into the body; posturing individuals with poor health and eventually diseased bodies. Digestive issues are on a shocking rise as more and more people gravitate to the fast food regime, not taking the time to actually eat real food. Masking our food with additives, preservatives, flavor enhancers and the like is causing many to be on the widening road to extreme weight gain, sickness, chronic illnesses, disease and in more and more cases death.
What can you do to help the detoxification process now?
- When you wake up drink 8-16 oz. of water (add some fresh lemon juice if desired). Water helps aid the body to flush the colon.
- Eat living foods filled with nutrients and loaded with fiber it helps the gut with elimination.
- Work up a sweat (doing something fun helps). Working out helps in our overall detoxification processes, creating body stimulation and circulation.
- Massage your belly. It helps activates the stomach muscles; aiding in elimination.
- Colonics (a quick way to rid yourself of toxins in the lower colon). This may not be for everyone but something worth doing some personal research on in order to make an educated and personal decision.
- Take Fiber Cleanse (short term). I call this the ‘Kick Starter’. It gives you a quick kick in the hind side (no pun intended) to get your bowels on the road to healthy functioning eliminations.