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Detoxing: Scam or Secret to Good Health?

 Everywhere you look these days you hear the words ‘colon cleanse’ or ‘liver cleanse’, or ‘detox’.  But are these all just a ruse for making money and a scam?  Is there any truth to the need for a detox?  Can they be the secret to good health? Or just a scam? Find out more below…

There seems to be a real divide among healthcare professionals regarding detoxing and ‘detox’ -otherwise known as cleansing.  Or more to the point, there seems to be a real divide between old school, conventional western medical professionals, and functional/holistic medical practitioners in regards to detoxing. The question is, ‘is it a scam? Or is it the secret to good health, and something that is done through natural methods (vs drugs) and critical to our health and well-being?’

Firstly, Let’s Provide You With Some Background…It’s Important!

We’re Born Toxic

Considering that newborn babies are born with over 200 toxic chemicals in their blood – some of which are chemicals banned over 30 years ago – and are in their mother’s (and their mother’s?) bodies. We’re born toxic. Sad (and scary) but true.

Toxicity is Everywhere

The David Suzuki Foundation did a study and found that over 12,500 personal care products from moisturizer to shampoo contain 80% of the ‘Dirty Dozen’ top toxicity chemicals.

Note – when is the last time you saw a consumer warning on that known brand of baby products? Or your lipstick, shampoo or even products that ‘look’ healthy and safe and made with ‘essential oils’.

Just One Example to Open Your Eyes…

The EWG (Environmental Working Group) scientists reviewed Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Bath, (2013 formulation) for safety according to the methodology outlined in their Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.
 
They assessed the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature.
Here is an example of just one of the (toxic) ingredients and the EWG’s toxicity rating and concerns:
(7-10 is ‘High Hazard’)
 
Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Cancer, Contamination concerns.
 
So…no matter how much organic food you nibble and how ‘green’ you are and how much bottled water you drink (that in itself is toxic – from the BPA in the plastic bottles…just sayin’….).
 
Toxins are everywhere – we can’t avoid them.  Just look at the plastic alone in your life…(and the 79,999+ other known toxic substances, many of which are in our every day lives – most of which are untested for safety! And those that are….see above…).
 
And these toxins build in our bodies, and over time clog up our guts…read ‘toxic sludge’….

Research on Detoxing

PubMed (part of the National Institute of Health and the US Library of Medicine), published this research study paper – The Effects of a Short Program of Detoxification on Disease-Free Individuals, which investigated a 7 day detox program.

The results were very encouraging – within just 7 days, there was a 47% reduction in regards to scores on a questionnaire regarding the participants well-being (in other words, they were doing better), and a 23% increase in liver detoxification capacity.

Conclusion – ”…a significant reduction in participant symptomology. The tendency toward improvement in liver detoxification measures is consistent with the hypothesis that improved liver detoxification capacity may contribute to well-being.’

You being sick is big money.  Remember…

‘The body can detox on its own’ argument…

Our bodies are truly remarkable in regards to our ability to heal – and to detox.  When we sweat, that’s exactly what we’re doing -detoxing –  and that’s why a good sweat in a sauna (a far infrared sauna is best, with many health benefits on top of aiding in cleansing), is so healthy, and has been done for centuries, let alone millennia by Romans, Scandinavians and in other countries.

Ya but…One BIG Issue…

Thing is, our bodies aren’t functioning with the 80,000 pollutants and chemicals in our environment and our food and water. And there is a vast array of illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and many other illnesses that are at epidemic levels? So in other words, we are dying…dropping like flies, in fact. Epidemics of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, mental health issues -even obesity.  All of which correlate with…toxicity and gut health.

Research is finding that gut health is responsible for almost every aspect of our health – from fatigue and mood to diabetes and cancer and a huge amount illnesses in between.  Here’s a good research paper discussing gut bacteria in health and disease.

Evolution

And then there is the basic aspect of evolution. We humans were not designed to deal with such an onslaught of chemicals to our systems – and we most certainly haven’t evolved in the past 150 years, since the industrial revolution, to cope with even a fraction of these toxic pollutants and chemicals.

We’re in Toxic Overload Crisis

…and Big Pharma is loving it!

In fact, they are one of the biggest culprits. Check out the relationship between Pfizer and Monsanto – who also produce the highly toxic weedkiller Roundup to spray on our crops – which has been recently exposed to showing up in food like Cheerios.

The chemical business and the pharmaceutical business are directly linked with your ill health. In fact, conventional medications are now the #1 killer in the US.  Now, is that not a scandal and a scam?

Why People Think Detoxing is a Scam

So, now that I have given you just a few highlights as to what is REALLY going on regarding toxicity and the need to detox, we need to look at the scams. And believe me, there are many!

There tends to be several different products and DIY detoxes and cleanses on the market. The problem is that many of the products are indeed scams! Buyer beware and all that!

  1. Detox Food Pads Experts say that they are basically BS. I have used these myself (and there has been a lot of gunk). I have researched a variety of kinds…problem is that they all seem to come from China, where the ingredients and manufacturing process are ‘iffy’ at best.  They certainly will not be pulling the toxic poop living in your colon, or helping with your gut health!
  2. Ionic Foot Baths – Now these seem to be very scammy!  Here is a good article including studies. #ripoff comes to mind.
  3. Juice Detoxes & Cleanses – These can have varying results, they will certainly help to rejuvenate your system in many cases but not sustainable
  4. Expensive Detoxes and Cleanses – Many of these are meal replacements that can be loaded with sugar and use laxatives.  Some can be good, others not.  It is important to do your research. (I was looking at one and it came in at over $900 for the month!)
  5. Detox Teas – Detox teas have certainly become a fad lately.  Many have ingredients in them that are certainly a healthier option to not doing anything, most are loaded with laxatives and false promises. 

PS.  Regarding a foot ‘detox’ hubby and I did our own DIY one and not only did we feel refreshed and relaxed, OMG the gunk that came out of our feet!  The recipe for this foot detox will be available in the Feel Great Now exclusive member’s area.

Start of DIY Foot Detox
90 minutes later….#ew

Bottom Line…

Hopefully after reading the information at the start of the article, and any other articles on our Feel Great Now website, you will appreciate that there is no question at all about the fact that we are ALL highly toxic. From birth. Causing health epidemics including obesity (toxins love to live in fat, check out my article here).

In stating this, there is no doubt that we if we can help to reduce the toxic body burden that has built up in our bodies that it could very well be a secret to good health.  However, regarding detox products,in many cases they can indeed be a scam. 

A Detox & Cleansing Tea That’s Different

Know that not all products are alike.  If you are considering a detox that is gentle, non-invasive and can be used on a longer-term daily basis, I personally recommend Te Divina Detox & Cleansing Tea.  The reason for this is a) it works (I lost 36inches in 8 weeks, eating REAL food) b) it is loaded with incredible ingredients made from adaptogenic medicinal mushrooms, botanicals and exotic fruits, supporting the immune system, gut health and helping to bring your body back into balance.

Is the need for detoxing a scam? NO! However, some detox products definitely are questionable! Do your research!

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