Body Cleanses, How They Work

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Body cleanses are currently popular methods to detoxify the body to feel better, look better and possibly even lose weight.  Not just for cosmetic purposes, cleansing is important.

Why Cleanse?

Toxins or contaminants enter the body through the skin, drinking tap water, eating processed foods and even just from breathing air from the environment. After entering the body, harmful microscopic organisms such as viruses, bacteria, parasitic worms, and yeasts live within the digestive tract, feeding off nutrients there. That’s when diseases develop.

Skin conditions such as eczema and many other health issues can result from the buildup of these toxins and contaminants capable of invading the body. To learn how to cleanse your body, ridding it of these harmful toxins, read on.

Can the Body Cleanse Itself?

The body removes toxins on its own, somewhat. The role of the liver is to recognize, and breakdown toxic compounds, removing them from the body through waste.  The liver can get overwhelmed though when overloaded with toxins. When this happens the natural detoxification process slows down or stops altogether.

The colon and kidneys also play important roles in the detoxification process of removing toxins and contaminants from the body. The colon expels the toxins from the digestive system removing them within bowel movements while the kidneys remove toxins from the blood system through the urinary system.

Natural Body Cleanses

Natural methods can be used to reduce the number of toxins the liver is exposed to. Eliminating processed foods, sugar, alcohol and caffeine from the diet are all examples of these methods.  Instead, the diet should consist of a predominance of natural, organic produce and ingredients.

Heavy exercise can also help rid the body of toxins through sweat.

Natural herbal remedies can be helpful as a body detox as well.   Dandelion, turmeric and ginger root teas as well as organic apples, cranberries, grapes, garlic, sprouts, cucumbers and onions all help to detoxify the kidneys.  Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice added to water is effective as a colon cleanse and liver cleanse.

Many of these natural cleansers are ingredients in my morning smoothies:

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Commercial Body Cleanses

Commercial detoxification products remove the buildup of harmful toxins stored in the body for many years. Cleansing the liver, kidneys, and colon will help restore their natural detoxification effectiveness.

Made of natural ingredients, Commercial cleanses should not cause any adverse effects. Be sure to follow instructions closely.

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Your Urine, What it can Tell You

A previous post talked about your POOP; this one discusses what your urine can tell you.

I was taught in chemistry courses that normal human urine should be “straw-colored” or very pale yellow, clear (not cloudy), and fairly odorless.  Any deviation from that color, clearness, and odor is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong…

For example:

Cloudy or Murky

If your urine is cloudy or murky instead of clear, it could mean you have too much protein in your urine.  This excess of protein may indicate that your kidneys are not functioning properly due to kidney stones, a tumor, or other disease states.  Cloudiness can also indicate a bladder, vaginal or urinary tract infection. Extreme cloudiness (so cloudy that it is almost milky) can indicate the presence of fat or mucus.

Colourful Urine

Urine that is dark yellow usually indicates dehydration.  Although your first output of the day is typically darker yellow and more concentrated, especially if you have had a good night’s sleep, it should not stay that way throughout the day.

Although some medications may cause orange urine, an extremely dark orange colour can indicate impaired liver function caused by a blockage or obstruction, infection, cirrhosis, or hepatitis.

Urine that deviates from the yellow color to pink, red or dark brown often means there is blood present.  This can indicate a urinary tract or bladder infection, an enlarged prostate gland, or the presence of a tumor.

Some foods and supplements or vitamins can cause your urine to be discolored and or exhibit a pungent odor.  Examples include curry, garlic, beets, berries, asparagus, and B vitamins.  Synthetic dyes in medications, vitamins, and some food can result in a blue or green tinge.  

Smelly Urine

Urine that smells like sulfur or just funny is usually food-related. An ammonia-like smell usually indicates dehydration.  A foul smell usually indicates infection.  Sweet-smelling urine usually indicates diabetes.

Frequency

The frequency of your need to urinate is also significant.  If you cannot go almost four hours without the need to find a bathroom you should investigate this need.  The reason could be temporary like pregnancy or excessive water, caffeine, or alcohol consumption.  It can also indicate weak pelvic floor muscles, or more critically,  a bladder infection, stones, or tumors.

Conclusions

Remember that anything you eat, drink, swallow, breathe in, or even ingest through your skin is removed from your body through your kidneys and liver into your urine.

The moral of this post is to convince you to keep an eye on what your urinary output is telling you.  Keep these variations in mind.  If drinking more water does not fix the variation by rehydrating your body or helping the filtration process of your kidneys and liver by diluting the offending source, be sure to seek medical advice.

 

 

 

 

Protect and cleanse your liver to improve your overall health

You should protect your liver as it is one of the most important organs in your body and essential for life.  Because it supports most of the other organs, a healthy liver is crucial for maintaining a healthy body.  Learn how to protect and cleanse your liver to improve your well being.

A damaged liver caused by bad habits is very serious and potentially fatal.  The following list of bad habits are the hardest on your liver:

  • alcohol consumption:  your body treats alcohol like a poison, so over consumption takes a heavy toll on the liver.
  • poor diet/overweight:  a poor diet that includes toxins from the foods and drinks you consume (sugar, artificial sweeteners, preservatives etc) causes your liver to overwork as it tries to process these toxins.  Too much fat in the diet causes a fatty liver, another way your liver can be stressed.
  • medication overload:  any artificial substance is toxic to the liver, including medicine.  Even over the counter medications like ibuprofen (advil) can damage your liver if taken in excess.
  • smoking:  tobacco smoke is known to harm your lungs, but it also damages your liver because the toxins inhaled in the smoke are processed in the liver. [1]
  • sleep deprivation:  insufficient sleep can cause many health issues, including stress on your liver.

 

The good news is that your liver has the amazing ability to rejuvenate itself when these bad habits are eliminated or modified.  The foods listed below have been shown to improve liver function and condition, improving your overall health.

What are you waiting for?  Protect and cleanse your liver today to improve your overall health.

Top 10 Best Foods to Cleanse Your Liver