Philadelphia, PA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 03, 2011
For centuries, in ancient medical traditions the world over, healing practitioners have known the importance of detoxification -- drawing out, neutralizing and eliminating accumulated toxins -- for maintaining optimum health. Today, we have even more of a need for detoxification than the ancients. Every minute, our body's cells produce the energy needed to sustain life and, in the process, produce wastes that must be eliminated such as carbon dioxide, uric acid and free radical molecules.
Under ideal conditions, the body's expertly designed detoxification system expels these toxins through the lungs, skin, kidneys and intestines. But in modern life, we've come to overtax our systems a great deal. Due to the stresses of our fast-paced society, we are often sleep deprived, fraught with anxiety and overfull of nutritionally void fast foods, so our bodies are unable to perform the deeper level of detoxification that is necessary to avert the accumulation of ordinary toxins. Add to this the toxins that we've introduced to our world within the past fifty years -- including synthetic chemicals, air and water pollutants, heavy metals, prescription drugs and trans fatty acids -- and it's clear that we're piling on much more than our natural detoxification systems were designed to handle.
Allopathic (Western) medicine is beginning to turn its attention to ways in which this "detox debt" is contributing to widespread ailments such as headaches, bowel irregularities, allergies and depression, as well as the epidemic levels of "diseases of civilization" such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Modern practitioners have begun to investigate the efficacy of ancient healing practices to bolster the body's detox mechanisms. While many detoxification programs are still viewed skeptically because of the potential health risks they pose (such as intensive juicing and fasting "fad" cleansing programs), there is a growing consensus that when used properly, herbs and nutritionally rich foods can help coax the body into a deeper level of detoxification than its normal baseline and thereby quell many conditions associated with toxicity.
According to Susan Smith Jones, PhD, “completing a beneficial detoxification program is like working with a clean slate: Not only will you be helping to prevent the onset of disease in the long term, but you will also notice beneficial changes in the short term, including weight loss, clear skin and renewed energy, just to name a few.” Here are some of the recommendations from her new books that Dr. Susan uses in her detoxification programs:
Cape Aloes is a palm-like plant native to South Africa’s Cape region. The dried resin is a powerful stimulant laxative for prompt, effective relief of occasional constipation and healthy lower bowel function. While belonging to the family of the Aloe species, Cape Aloes is considerably stronger and should not to be confused with the commonly known Aloe Vera. It is often effective within 15-18 hours. Look for Nature’s Wonderland 775mg vegetarian capsules available at Penn Herb Company – http://www.PennHerb.com.
The Kutenai, Yurok, and other Native American groups of the North American Pacific region highly valued cascara for its laxative action. Today, this gentle cleanser is still known as one of the most reliable herbs for promoting regularity and colon health. Cascara's "moving" properties became popular after Native Americans introduced it to the Spanish explorers, who then called it cascara sagrada or sacred bark. It later entered the realms of mainstream health when it was included in several over-the-counter laxative formulas. Cascara is currently cited in several European Pharmacopoeias for relief of constipation and as a stool softener. Available in 625mg vegetarian capsules.
Psyllium husks, an excellent source of fiber, cleanses the colon and maintains regularity. Psyllium husks are the dried outer shell of the psyllium seed. It acts as a gentle, non-stimulant laxative (no cramping) to relieve occasional constipation and to help “sweep” the colon of toxins. Its naturally abundant content of soluble fiber makes Psyllium husks an ideal resource for incorporating this important ingredient into your diet. Available in 750mg vegetarian capsules.
While each of the aforementioned herbs is individually effective for colon cleansing, many herbal blends combine the power of several herbs in order to compound their efficacy. These formulas from Nature's Wonderland offer effective combinations:
Bowel Cleanser (S10X)
The laxative properties of Cape aloes are augmented by rhubarb and buckthorn (which also flush out unfriendly bacteria), while peppermint relieves the gas and bloating often associated with occasional constipation. Contains: buckthorn bark, peppermint, rhubarb root, and Cape aloes.
Herbal Purifying Laxative (S40X)
Senna is a stimulant laxative that relieves constipation. Malva, saffron, and peppermint soothe gastric upset, prevent intestinal cramping and alleviate gas and bloating. Linden and elder flowers support normal kidney function and urinary tract health. Buckthorn and pansy leaves promote bowel regularity.
In addition to the herbal support recommended above, Dr. Susan also suggests the following 5 steps to detoxifying and rejuvenating the body:
1. Drink plenty of purified water daily.
2. Sleep at least 7-8 hours nightly.
3. Practice deep breathing throughout the day to keep stress levels down.
4. Engage in a hobby such as gardening, museum outings or bird watching.
5. Exercise regularly so you can sweat and promote vitality.
To learn more about methods of detoxification and what herbs and remedies are most effective, get a free copy of Dr. Susan’s new booklet “Detoxify & Rejuvenate: Dr. Susan’s Gold-Star Secrets to Beautiful Skin, a Leaner Waistline & Energy to Spare”. It is yours free for the asking for the next 30 days when you order Dr. Susan’s new book “The Joy Factor”. Just call 800-523-9971 or go to http://www.SusansRemedies.com to order.
For 30 years, Susan Smith Jones, PhD, taught students, staff and faculty at UCLA how to be healthy and fit. She is the author of over 27 books, including her latest bestseller just released The Joy Factor: 10 Sacred Practices for Radiant Health (Conari Press, 2011). Dr. Susan is available for radio interviews by telephone to discuss any aspect of healthy living, natural stress solutions, full-body detoxification, and how to use spices, herbs, foods and lifestyle choices as natural remedies. Visit Dr. Susan online at http://www.SusanSmithJones.com or http://www.SusansRemedies.com.
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