We live in an increasingly toxic world. From diet purges to a full body cleanse – detoxifying is the all new rage for people who are looking to start a healthy lifestyle or just feel rejuvenated. In the whole buzz around “detox”, the second part of the term often gets overlooked – toxin.
It’s important to shed light on toxins. The word “toxins” is often used but not often understood. Understanding what they are, how they accumulate in our bodies, and how we can get rid of them.
When we speak about something that is toxic, we refer to a substance that causes negative short-term effects and persistent long-term damage. Although the word toxin sounds scary, not many people are aware of how toxins interact with human physiology and how that often leads to health problems.
Before we delve deeper into the need for a toxin-free life, Swaantana helps you understand what toxins actually are and why Ayurvedic detox or natural detox is important for a healthy lifestyle.
What Are Toxins? How Do They Accumulate In The Body?
As mentioned above, toxin refers to any substance that is harmful and causes long-term health problems. From an Ayurvedic perspective, a toxin is anything that our body is unable to digest or get rid of. This includes:
-natural waste from your body that includes internal processes and cell waste as well as undigested material from food
– external factors such as chemicals and chemical by-products that can alter your DNA structure
It’s important to understand here that toxins don’t work the same for everybody. For example, what is toxic to you may not be toxic to your friend. If you have a negative reaction to certain substances that you’re exposed to, somebody else may not. For that reason, it is sometimes easier to classify natural wastes as “residues” instead.
Usually, our bodies are pretty good at taking care of eliminating these waste products effectively, but sometimes these toxic residues can build up in the body and we start to see symptoms.
So, what causes toxin build-up?
These toxins or residues accumulate mainly from three sources – environmental, cellular waste products, and from bacteria in our digestive tract.
Chronic exposure to toxic substances can accelerate the negative effects. When thinking about environmental chemicals, we generally think about toxins in the air such as diesel and petrol fumes. There are more environmental factors in addition to that. Mould and fungus in homes can also cause a build-up of toxins in the body.
Cellular Waste Products
These are mainly by-products from our body’s internal cellular processes. When our cells utilize and expend energy, there’s a certain amount of excess protein that is created.
This excess protein can accumulate in the body over years and cause a build-up. In most cases, cells have a tendency to self-destruct, because certain components get old. They can turn toxic if the body is unable to get rid of them.
Digestive Tract Bacteria
The presence of bacteria in our digestive tract is a good thing. That bacteria helps break down complex compounds of carbohydrates and fats and makes digestion easier.
In fact, a lack of this bacteria can lead to serious intestinal problems. However, this bacteria needs to be periodically flushed out since it multiplies quickly. If it’s not, then the excess build-up can turn toxic.
Knowing that we live surrounded by dozens of toxins is a good reason to indulge in a body detox, once in a while.
What Is A Body Detox?
Detoxification refers to the process of clearing or neutralizing harmful toxins in the body that can lead to undesirable short-term and long-term health effects. In clinical terms, a “detox” is a process through which drugs and alcohol are flushed out from the system through the use of medication.
A full body detox involves two main approaches: the short-term and the long-term. Both of these work together to provide a holistic treatment package that best suits your needs.
The Short-Term Approach
The short-term approach includes ritual cleanses, fasting, and massages conducted in sessions over a few days. As the name suggests, this way is the easiest for many who are strapped for time. While it can rid the body of initial toxins, it’s best to have a plan that involves certain fundamental changes in a person’s way of living.
The Long-Term Approach
This involves dietary and lifestyle changes that reduce the intake of toxins while improving elimination of residues. This approach works for a lifetime as it requires an individual to stick to a certain routine consistently. It’s also the best way to guarantee good health and mental wellness.
A body detox plan works when short-term and long-term goals align. Just to give you a brief idea of how natural body detoxing works, here are a few ways that Swaantana recommends:
-Deep breathing: Your lungs are the one of the most important organs in detoxification, so breathing deeply is one of the best ways to start this process!
-Staying hydrated: Water is necessary for diluting waste and bringing it to the kidneys to be filtered out.
-Exercise: Sluggish and inactive muscles can cause a build-up of toxins which can also damage the respiration processes of the cells. Working out is a great way to get the extra blood pumping and help break down the toxic residues.
There are several other ways to rid your body of toxins as well. However, it is important to understand why a detox is required.
Why Is A Body Detox Required?
The idea of detoxing dates back thousands of years. Sources state that people would often practice detoxification all the way back to ancient Egyptian times.
The ancient Greek philosopher Hippocrates also believed that the cause of disease was internal. His theory states that all disease is caused by accumulation of toxic residues that clog the major organ systems.
In Ayurveda, detoxification is considered as a process through which the body’s natural balance is restored. Toxins are those substances that upset the balance.
To restore physical harmony, internal cleansing is required. Biologically speaking, your body already has organs in place that automatically detox – your liver, kidneys, and large intestine. However, these organs can sometimes get overwhelmed and so a basic restart of the system always helps.
This is where the full body detox comes into picture. There are several reasons why one may need an Ayurvedic detox cleanse. It offers several benefits and helps:
-Restore a sense of harmony and balance to the mind and the body’s nervous system
-Nurture a feeling of energy and vitality
-Restore and maintain the body’s natural processes that support long life
-Promote optimal health
How Do Natural Therapies Help?
Natural therapies work as a supplemental tool to Allopathic medical treatments for promoting good health. For example, if you’re on a medication plan your doctor may also advise you to eat healthier or meditate more. Meditation and healthy eating, among others, fall under the umbrella of “natural therapy”.
Ayurveda can be a transformational force for everybody; it literally means “science of life.” The teachings of Ayurveda promote being in tune with our body, mind, and spirit.
Natural therapies help by addressing the root cause of the issue without suppressing it. As a system of healing, Ayurveda understands the uniqueness of the individual’s needs and addresses them accordingly.
Full Body Detox At Swaantana – Restoring Equilibrium
Our bodies are riddled with toxins generated from the synthetic and organic substances in the environment, undigested foods, and wastes produced during metabolism.
Periodic internal cleansing of the body is an important part of Ayurveda, but a specific approach to the detox therapy should always take into consideration one’s current state of health – physical and mental.
Most Ayurvedic cleanses are centred around altering and simplifying diet and lifestyle practices. The goal is to balance the body’s natural harmony – a powerful outcome which helps reset the baseline health of an individual.
The aim of Swaantana’s detox therapy is to restore equilibrium in the body and eliminate toxins. This is achieved through a multidisciplinary health approach – one that works in tandem with 16 other natural therapies to give an individual the balance that their mind and body requires.
The detox therapy process can be curative as well as preventative; a ritual cleanse helps invigorate the body’s defense mechanism and boost its healing capacity. The simplest way to get started would be to begin with the 3 day body cleanse.
Swaantana’s well-trained, highly capable practitioners work on understanding your body’s needs and capabilities – after which a customised treatment plan is presented to you.
Working with a personal practitioner who can guide you on your treatment offers invaluable support that can amplify the benefits. The guidance further extends to the family members as well, so that a healthy lifestyle is achieved at a group level; and not just at an individual level.
At Swaantana, you take a step towards your holistic healing that aligns your mind, body and soul. If you’re looking for detox therapies, contact us to know more.
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