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As a society oftentimes defined by its excess, more and more Americans are choosing to undergo detoxification in an effort to undo any potential damages that these surpluses create.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health reports that many of these detoxes revolve around diet — such as fasting, drinking only juices, or severely restricting foods — whereas others involve taking detoxifying supplements or doing colon cleanses.
Yet there is another type of detox to add to this growing list — cellular detoxification and cleansing.
What is cellular detoxification and cleansing?
Cellular detoxification and cleansing is a detox process that is more comprehensive than many of the others in that it involves removing harmful toxins at the cellular level. This helps with the removal of toxins that accumulate in the body, but aren’t necessarily a result of foods ingested.
This includes environmental toxins. Harvard Medical School reports that one of these types of toxins that is extremely difficult to detect is lead. Therefore, people may be exposed to this harmful substance and not even know it.
While many are now aware that excessive lead exposure can occur from water that passes through old water pipes thanks to the occurrence in Flint, Mich., it can also be found in some paint, toys, jewelry, and even tableware. If exposed to this substance in high enough levels, negative effects such as headaches, vomiting, constipation, and confusion can occur.
Harvard adds that other environmental toxins known to create health problems include:
- Air pollution via vehicle exhaust, industrial factories, wildfires, and wood-burning stoves, which can lead to heart attack, strokes, and irregular heart rhythms;
- Mercury in fish, dental fillings, and household items like fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, and medical devices, sometimes causing irreversible nerve and brain damage in developing fetuses and, in adults, nerve damage, hearing loss, and vision issues;
- Radiation via medical imaging tests, potentially contributing to a higher cancer risk.
Research published in the journal Federation Proceedings indicates that, once toxins like these enter the cell, its membrane function can be altered. This leaves the cell unable to perform its duties, which can ultimately cause problems with health.
This is especially important since the U.S. National Library of Medicine reports that “cells are the basic building blocks of all living things.” As such, they are the foundation for all of our body’s functions.
Successful cellular cleansing and elimination
The way cellular detoxification and cleansing works is by removing these toxins from the body’s cells. This reduces their negative effects while also restoring the cells to a higher level of health.
According to Dr. Dan Pompa, PSc.D, author of The Cellular Healing Diet, this process begins with figuring out what types of toxins are in the cells as this will help reveal “the root source of the problem.” Once this is determined, steps should be taken to reduce exposure to these specific toxins.
Another detoxification strategy involves diet modification as Pompa says that certain foods can help the body naturally detoxify, whereas other foods can create the opposite effect. These naturally detoxifying foods also support lower levels of cellular inflammation and healthy hormone regulation.
A few of the foods that Pompa recommends eating include local, organic, grass-fed and wild-caught proteins like meat, eggs, and fish. As far as oils are concerned, organic, cold-pressed coconut oil, cold-pressed olive oil, grass-fed butter, avocado oil, and grape seed oil are some of the better choices for detoxification purposes.
Conversely, foods that Pompa suggests avoiding are man-made fats (like hydrogenated oils), factory-farmed animal products, and all processed grains and sugars.
Not every detox formula is the same
In addition to taking these detoxifying actions, some individuals prefer to purchase supplements and other products designed to aid in this process. But not every detox formula is the same.
For instance, some products are only designed to detoxify certain areas of the body. An example of this is a colon cleanse. Medical News Today explains that these products are intended to only remove harmful substances from the large intestine. This is much different than a cellular detox which is meant to remove toxins from cells in all areas of the body.
Additionally, before a detoxification product can work effectively, it needs to do two things. One is to open the detox pathways — which include the kidneys, liver, and gut — and the second is to move toxins from deeper tissues, such as those found in the brain. When it does both of these, complete detoxification is better able to occur.
Another difference in detoxification formulas involves the use of binders. This particular factor is important because, in addition to removing toxins from cells, these harmful substances also have to be removed from the body without being recirculated. Binders are responsible for this action, resulting in a more effective detoxification process.
Thus, cellular-level detoxification products that open detoxification pathways, move toxins from deep tissues, and use the right binders offer a more comprehensive and successful detoxification process.
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