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Cleansing and Detoxing Demystified

Detoxification is a necessary component of maintaining a healthy body in today’s world. The pollutants that are present in the air, water, food and our environment can cause the body to become depleted of energy and get sick. To make matters worse, it is difficult for a body to heal from illness or injury when it is still full of toxins.

There are many different ways to detox. Eating green vegetables, drinking green juices like celery, cucumber and kale, and staying well hydrated with alkaline water are high on the list of detox methods because of the wonderful nutrients they provide. The juices from these green vegetables and alkaline water can help cleanse the blood and pull out heavy metals, chemicals and toxins.

The local supermarket shelves are also full of detoxification products in the form of herbs and superfoods. These can be used to help speed up the detoxification process. Cilantro and chlorella together, for example, are excellent at removing traces of mercury in the body.

Many therapies offered by holistic practitioners can also further the process of detoxification and bring about ideal health. Colonics clears out the colon by removing impacted waste and mucoid plaque, thus helping the body absorb more nutrients from food. Enemas, which can easily be done at home, are also an effective way to help cleanse and detox the colon. Use pure filtered water and follow up with a wheatgrass implant for the most intense detoxification.

Biomagnetic water therapy, also known as footbath detox, can help balance the body and relieve many symptoms in a variety of ailments. This procedure is best done using a copper vessel filled with filtered water, a small amount of sea salt solution and an electrical orb placed in the water. This produces a complex electromagnetic waveform that resonates throughout the water and interacts in a way that is synergistic with the bioelectric state of the body.

Reflexology, a therapy which massages reflex points in the feet, can also help the body detox. Reflexology relieves stress and tension, improves blood supply to all the organs and glands and unblocks nerve impulses that aid in normalizing and balancing the body.

Body massage has long been known to relieve muscle tension and stress, and it can also improve circulation and help the body dump toxins. After a massage, it is important to drink a lot of alkaline filtered water to help in the release of the toxins. Indian Head Massage is a specialized type of massage that focuses on the face, head, neck, shoulders and upper arms. Its purpose is to improve lymphatic drainage to assist in detoxification. A bonus with this therapy is that it calms and revitalizes, while uplifting the spirit.

Infrared ray sauna therapy helps the body cleanse by eliminating toxins through the skin’s pores, which increases metabolism and helps renew cells. A side benefit for those wanting to shed some pounds is that it helps burn calories, too.

Pranic Healing therapy is a powerful, effective energy healing that uses the life force readily available from the sun, air and ground to help the body release toxic waste and toxic emotions. Energy clearing therapy helps get rid of anger, fear, blocked energy and negative emotions from the cells, organs and glands. It is well-known that to heal the physical body, you must heal and detox the emotions.

Qi machine therapy is a powerful treatment that drains the lymphatic system, oxygenates the body, boosts the immune system and helps alleviate anxiety, depression and constipation as it facilitates a deep detoxification.

Experience has shown that it is often best to combine a series of detox treatments for best results. It also takes time for the body to complete the process of detoxing. Maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise routine with help this process along and keep up the body’s ability to shed toxins.

Healthy Detox Juice

1 cup celery juice 1 cup cucumber juice 1 cup kale juice 2 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp ginger juice Dash cayenne pepper

Use all organic vegetables. Drink 36 ounces of this detox juice, followed by 36 ounces of alkaline water over an eight-hour span. A good way to do this is to drink one glass of juice and then in 30 minutes drink one glass of water. This will help flush out toxins and nourish the body.

Brenda Cobb is author of The Living Foods Lifestyle and founder of The Living Foods Institute, an educational center and therapy spa in Atlanta, offering healthy lifestyle courses on nutrition, cleansing, healing, anti-aging, detoxification, relaxation and cleansing therapies. For more information, call 404-524-4488 or 1-800-844-9876 and visit

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