We hear the word "detoxification" so often these days that it's become a common part of our language, but do we really know what it is? If you've been a little confused about detoxing, this article will give you some basics about it. Our bodies detoxify everyday - it's simply the process of processing or getting rid of toxins through the colon, liver, kidney, lungs, lymph or skin.
Detoxification is the body's way of getting rid of the pollutants we're exposed to daily in our environment. These can include industrial chemicals in our water, pesticides in our food, heavy metals and second-hand smoke. Unfortunately, these days we are exposed to so many toxins that our bodies can't get rid of them fast enough. That's why it's often necessary for us to use herbs, nutrition and other alternative therapies to assist our bodies in the detox process.
How do you know if you need to detox? Here are some symptoms to look for:
- Frequent or unexplained headaches
- Bad breath or body odor
- Poor memory or sleep patterns
- Poor digestion, gas, bloating
- Chronic respiratory or sinus problems
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