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Preparing for the Most Effective Detox

Jun 26, 2008
There are many ways to detox your body. There are herbals formulas, oxygen formulas, liquid herbal formulas, water detox, foot patch detox, enemas, and colonics just to name a few. There is no perfect one to use. They all have their benefits. It wouldn't be recommended to use more than one at the same time, but you could try different ones each time you detox and see which one gives you the best result.

Detoxing isn't a one-time, quick fix to erase all the evil things you have ever done to your body. Preparing your body for any detoxification plan is important. You need to get your body ready for the release of toxins it is about to experience. You should also consider making your detox part of your spring and fall cleaning.

If you've never tried natural detoxification before, and here are a few tips to help you prepare.

Water

Begin by increasing your water intake to a level that is about half your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 200 pounds, focus on drinking 100 ounces of water equally distributed throughout the day. This will help begin to flush toxins out.

Smoking

Nicotine is a toxin. So it only makes sense that if we are working the existing nicotine toxins out of your body, we shouldn't be putting them back in at the same time. When you decide to quit smoking, doing a detox is a very helpful approach to supplement your efforts.

Alcohol

If you regularly consume alcohol, your detox will be much more effective and less stressful on your liver if you abstain during your detox. Again, the same principal applies as with smoking. Alcohol is a toxin to your liver. If we are working to cleanse your liver, we don't want to put the toxins right back in.

Over-the-counter drugs

Many people are addicted to OTC medications, with painkillers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen at the top of the list. Studies by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that more than one-third of 300 cases of liver failure were associated with excessive use of acetaminophen. They also blamed excess acetaminophen use on liver injury in over one-third of 307 other cases. If you regularly use these types of OTC medications, it is important to discontinue use of them during a detox unless prescribed by your doctor.

As with any detox, it is important to check with your doctor and advise him of the detox program you are planning to use and make sure it is advisable based on your health and current medications. Some herbs can react with medications to make them ineffective.
About the Author
Deb Hoeve publishes a daily coaching newsletter offering unique approaches to weight loss and health restoration using the healing power of the body. Designed especially for people who have tried everything. Find out how you can finally achieve weight loss success and renewed health at http://www.MakeYourBodyLast.com . Also visit her blog for other health insights at Make Your Body Last Blog
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