Perhaps it is the approach of the New Year that has you thinking about a system detox or maybe it is the advent of a big birthday that includes a zero behind the first number. The fact that you are thinking about taking better care of your body is good news and you are undoubtedly chomping at the bit to get started. Yet before you rush down to the health food store – perhaps for the first time – and run the risk of filling up your cart with a wide variety of supplements you may or may not need and spend a lot of money on supplements and cleanses that may be counteracting one another, consider what it is that you are trying to accomplish. To this end, you will want to list the conditions that you are currently noticing about yourself and how you want things to change.
A sample list could look something like this:
- “I need to lose weight.” Since you want to live a healthier life you know that a bunch of diet pills with questionable ingredients are not the answer, and thus you know that you will need to include exercise on your list.
- Therefore, the next entry could read “I want to increase my energy so I can exercise.” A lack of energy points to inadequate nutrition and you know you will need to make dietary changes. Yet it also may point toward your body’s inability to adequately absorb nutrients. Thus, a colon cleanse will ensure that your gastrointestinal tract is operating at peak performance.
- This might also be the time that you realize you are suffering from frequent headaches whenever you try to exert yourself. You know this may come from toxins still in the body, and thus your next entry may read “I need to detoxify my liver.”
While this is only a very brief sample, it does illustrate the point that you need to understand your goals and also your limitations. Overcoming your limitations with system cleanses is possible, but you need to ensure that all supplementation you are considering is working in concert with one another. If you have never used natural supplements before, you may wish to make an appointment with an alternative healer so that she or he will be able to guide you through your first system cleanse.
Even though there are system cleanse kits, it is wise to be weary of them. It is next to impossible to detoxify your entire body at the same time, and it makes much more sense to use supplements that are geared toward specific systems and thereby cleanse your body one system at a time. Those in the know suggest that you start with a colon cleanse, then do the other cleanses, and then follow it up with another colon cleanse. While this is not set in stone, it does ensure that you will not be accumulating any waste products as you are doing your body cleanses. Similarly, since toxins are being shed, you will want to make sure that they do not get lodged in the gastrointestinal tract in fecal matter which the first cleanse might have failed to flush out.