The world is increasingly becoming toxic and is having adverse effects on our health and well-being. Exposure to toxic chemicals are known to contribute to the onset of diseases and also effect treatment outcomes. At any given time, we have a certain accumulation of man-made chemicals inside our bodies – called body burden. These chemicals can be carcinogens or other chemical contaminants. In cancer treatment, the drugs used in chemotherapy can also contribute to the body burden. Therefore, detoxification is essential to rid your body of these harmful chemicals.

Here is a list of some items from our daily lives that carry toxic substances:

  1. Pesticides (Organophosphate pesticides)
  2. Phthalates found in shampoos, conditioners, perfumes, soap, nail polish, IV bags, food packaging, etc.
  3. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers which are used as flame retardants in televisions, computers, insulation and foam products, etc.
  4. Pollutants in the air which can also include nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde, benzene, etc.
  5. Lead which can be found in water in certain places, industrial paints, car batteries, etc.
  6. Mercury which can be found in some household items like thermometers, light bulbs and older-model clothes dryers and washing machines, etc.
  7. Polychlorinated biphenyls, which have been banned in most countries were used in coolants and lubricators in electrical equipment due to their insulating property. 

People fighting against cancer also have the toxic substances from chemotherapy treatment in their bodies. Hence, it is important that they reduce their body burdens by detoxifying themselves. By definition, “Detoxification involves the mobilization, biotransformation, and elimination of toxicants of exogenous and endogenous origin. In simpler words, detoxification is all about resting, nourishing, and cleaning the body from the inside out. The process of detoxification helps you to protect yourself from diseases and enhances your ability to maintain optimum health.

Following a detox regimen should ideally be done with the help of a healthcare professional. Usually it involves, diet control, adequate rest, drinking lots of water, meditation, stress management, exercise, etc. Here are some tips:

  1. Avoid pre-processed or pre-packaged foods.
  2. Eat natural products as much as you can.
  3. Reduce the consumption of white sugar.
  4. Drink green tea for its anti-oxidant properties
  5. Perspire (exercise and/or go to a sauna/steam room)
  6. Talk to a nutritionist
  7. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and carbonated drinks
  8. Get a massage (get pampered)
  9. Drink lots of water
  10. Brush your dry skin away once/twice a day
  11. Indulge in aromatherapy and create a nurturing atmosphere at home.
  12. Have fresh vegetable and fruit juices
  13. Eat a lot of fiber
  14. Sleep early and for 7-8 hours minimum
  15. Do some yoga and/or meditation
  16. Coffee enemas

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References & More Information

  1. Credit: Beyond Conventional Care Therapies
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