There’s endless talk about why so many people find it difficult to lose weight and feel good, despite the numerous diets they try, how well they stick to them or even how much exercise they do. The lumps and bumps won’t budge. Although diet and exercise are vital, they may not be the immediate answer and the first line of defense.
Consider that a car or a machine won’t work well or may not work at all if it has accumulated a mess of sludge. Well, the same thing goes on in the body. Once it gets filled with gooey, sticky, long-standing garbage from basically bad food, it starts to malfunction, clearly visible by overweight, exhaustion, depression, irritability and sickness. The liver and kidneys get overtaxed, causing more toxins to be stored up, adding more weight.
On top of that, because of all that glue causing the non-function, many people do not make enough trips to the bathroom to get rid of the stuff, essentially poisons which re-circulate in the body, causing more havoc.
There’s much agreement that when the body weight just won’t come off, it’s time to clean it out with some kind of detoxification. This practice has been around thousands of years in many different forms, often with great success in losing weight, looking younger and feeling good.
But which one? There are unthinkable ones like fasting for a week or two on water. Some super brave fasters carry on for a month. While this has worked well for many people, it can cause the body to regain all the weight lost plus more once the fast is ended. This is because the metabolism has slowed down during the fast and the body will start holding onto fat for dear life because it thinks it’s starving. Also, it’s not considered advisable to fast if one is very ill. Another problem is the bowels stop working which defeats the purpose. In all, it’s best to do under a doctor’s care.
There are many other less severe fasts that keep you more grounded in the real world and give nourishment while you lose weight and detox, such as vegetable or fruit juices or a combinations of both. Or simply eating lots of them.
There’s the Master Cleanse, made up of cayenne pepper, maple syrup and lemon in water several times a day and some detox tea or salt cleanses but no food. This is considered by many to be a very powerful detox and recommended to do for ten days.
But let’s face it, many of us don’t have the stamina or perseverance to deprive ourselves like that and for so long. Many don’t make it through the first day. Just one whiff of pasta or fried chicken and the cleanse goes down the drain. Some may start chanting – lead us not into McDonald’s.
There is a variation, though, of the Master Cleanse which allows you to eat and it still detoxifies. It’s cayenne, apple cider vinegar, lemon and honey or stevia. However, it’s best to be on a good exercise and diet program while you drink this; many lose weight like that.
Looking online you can find hundreds of detox products to take while you continue eating, everything from pills to enemas . There are all kinds of supplements, many you can’t pronounce, much less even heard of.
There’s one, however, (also unpronounceable) that is very simple to use and one of the most effective to clean out the body of yucky worms, parasites, toxins, pesticides, drugs, etc. That product is diatomaceous earth. a sediment found in rocks that builds plankon.
It crumbles into a fine white powder, the fossilized remains of diatroms which is a kind of algae. On the surface, this powder looks very smooth but under a microscope, you can see the very sharp edges of silica which makes up about 90 percent of it. This is what scrubs the digestive system to remove all the debris. Also, silica is a very vital nutrient, especially since the soil is fairly depleted of it.
Many consider this the most powerful detoxifier, simple to use and inexpensive. A 2 ½ pound bottle costs only about $12.00 and could last for months.
It’s recommended to start with a teaspoon in a glass of water each day on an empty stomach and work up to a quarter of a cup or so, best in the morning because it also gives more energy. It has no taste, unlike many healing products that just have to taste bad to do any good, right? Not.
The one piece of advice that runs through most detox programs is to drink plenty of water, regardless of what you eat. We are made up mostly of water and it’s a powerful detox all by itself.
There are so many toxins in our food, water and air that it’s easy to see how it might be difficult to lose weight and be healthy despite diet and exercise. Detoxing is a great solution. We clean the outside of our bodies; why not the inside?
By: Lucille Femine