The Truth about Infused Water

Infused water is the latest edition in the “how to make water healthier” craze. First there was plain old bottled water, then there was vitamin water—which may do more harm than good because it is often loaded with sugar. Now we have “infused” water, which promises an array of “detox effects.” But is this just another failed attempt to improve on something that is already perfect (provided it’s clean)? Continue reading

Juicing—One of the Best Tools for Improving Your Health

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There are three basic types of juicers: centrifugal type juicers, auger or masticating types of juicers, and grind-and-press juicers

Masticating juicers tend to give you more juice than a centrifugal juicer and can therefore Continue reading

A Psychiatrist’s Perspective on Using Drugs

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Contrary to popular belief, depression is not typically the result of ‘low serotonin’ levels, nor is it an imbalance that needs to be fixed with antidepressant drugs

Eleven billion dollars are Continue reading

What is Chlorella Good For?

Chlorella, single-celled fresh water algae, is often referred to as a near-perfect food, with a wide range of health benefits.

A recent study investigated the effects of chlorella on methylmercury transfer to fetuses during pregnancy. Pregnant mice were fed diets containing either 0% or 10% chlorella powder, along with methylmercury in their drinking water.

Two neonates were randomly selected from each mother mouse within 24 hours of birth, Continue reading

Enhance Spiritual, Mental and Physical Well-Being with a Pineal Gland Detox

A tiny gland in the center of the brain named the pineal may seem insignificant, but researchers have found it to be vital for physical, mental and, many believe, spiritual health. Through poor diet, exposure to toxins, stress and modern lifestyle choices, the pineal gland becomes hardened, calcified and shuts down. To awaken this gland from its slumber, detoxification is necessary using diet and herbs, Continue reading

Detox with Oil Pulling

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the latest popular “detox” remedy is actually a centuries-old medical treatment?

According to popular diet and lifestyle blog, Well+Good, New York City trendsetters are Continue reading

Seven Easy Ways to Detox Your Way to More Energy

A personal detox program can be simple, yet impressively effective. The healthy benefits include less anxiety, reduced stress, diminished inflammation and more personal energy. And the best part about it is that you can start cleansing your body of toxins today. Continue reading

How to Detox Aluminum and why it’s Necessary

We are in the “Age of Aluminum”, this according to a lecture by Dr. Chris Exley, PhD at a January 2011 vaccine safety conference in Jamaica. A common expression among those who deflect aluminum’s toxicity issues is that aluminum is prominent throughout the earth’s crust. What they fail to mention is that aluminum (Al) wasn’t widely bioavailable to humans until the latter part of the 19th Century when it began to be mined for creating metals and medicines. Continue reading

For Staying Healthy, the Royal Liver Rules

You may think that your brain rules your body, but you can make a strong philosophical argument that the liver really rules your physiology. Yes, the brain is the prime minister that administers the nervous system and many important bodily processes, but the liver is the royal organ that loyally maintains the body’s inner workings. So you’d be wise to keep your liver happy if you want to be healthy. Continue reading

3 Excellent Fasts from Traditional Chinese Medicine

These fasts can do wonders for your natural health.

1. The Cooked Grain Fast
Whole grains are a huge part of the Asian diet. Anyone with cold or deficient symptoms will benefit from a whole grain fast, as will those who want to sharpen their concentration and memory. It must last at least three days, and you must chew food very thoroughly. Whole grain rice and other grains, such as millet, barley, and whole wheat, are common staples. If you’re out to detox, millet is your best bet. Drink some warming herbal teas if you have “cold” symptoms (here “cold” refers to a specific aspect of symptoms in Chinese medicine, not the common cold). Continue reading

Elements of a Lung Detox Cleanse

A lung detox cleanse is more than just a singular pill or tonic. Just as your lungs will have many problematic areas due to tar and chemical exposure, you will also need a multi-faceted approach to deal with the problem, and repair the damage that has been done. There are four essential aspects that need to be looked at if you want clean and detoxified lungs, they are:

  • Physical. Physical activities are important if you want to expel tar and other chemicals from your lungs. The more you exercise the more powerful your lungs will become. This aids in the detoxification process from a physical point where your body will be able to rid itself of mucus and tar from your airways resulting to better breathing, increased immune system, and overall wellbeing.
  • Mental. Did you know that your psychological state can greatly affect your physical condition? A healthy and positive frame of thought that is free of constant stress can actually aid in normalizing hormone levels, increasing your internal healing abilities. By training your brain to concentrate on the more positive aspects of life you’ll find it easier to keep yourself motivated and happy even when pulling out from a long term habit like smoking.
  • Diet. Eating properly is one of the most important aspects of being healthy. When it comes to lung detox, the same rule will still apply, but your focus on what you eat will need to somewhat shift to even healthier options. As always, fatty, sugary, and processed foods should be avoided as they can mess up your body’s hormonal balance, as well as lower your immune response. Fresh fruits and vegetables will always be recommended as they will boost your immune system. Aside from this, there are also a number of food choices that will help to loosen mucus and tar.
  • Supplementary vitamins. While it is not recommended to treat supplementary vitamins as some sort of quick fix solution, there are a number of specialized vitamins and supplementary pills which can help increase effectiveness of your lung detox program.

If you notice, the immune system is mentioned quite often, this is because it has the key role of destroying the pathogens and other foreign substances that can cause us to get sick. Strengthening the immune system will mean effective healing of the lungs from the inside out, with additional support and help from outside intervention, resulting to a more holistic approach.

To find out more on how all of these elements tie together under a lung detox cleanse, click on the link below and take your first step towards cleanser, healthier, smoke free lungs!

Sweat Lodges, Steam Rooms Aren’t for Detox

BLOOMINGTON – The Web is filled with products and practices that promise to “detoxify” the body through various means, from extreme diets to spa treatments to sweating.

Though some may be relatively harmless, the desire to detox was brought to a tragic conclusion last fall when three participants died and several were made seriously ill during a pricey sweat lodge ceremony in Arizona. Self-help guru James Arthur Ray was arrested Feb. 3 and charged with three counts of manslaughter in the deaths.

Doctors say the notion that you can — or should — undertake special efforts to cleanse the body of impurities is not only not necessary but potentially dangerous. The body has evolved through time to detoxify itself through its own processes, said Dr. Rachel Vreeman, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine and co-author of Don’t Swallow Your Gum! Myths, Half-Truths and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health.

When it comes to removing toxins from the body, several organs are designed to do just that.

    * The liver plays a major role in breaking down and filtering substances from the bloodstream that the body can’t use.

    * The kidneys remove substances such as urea, a byproduct of protein metabolism.

    * The gastrointestinal tract, including the colon, is also designed to get rid of what the body cannot use and to keep what it needs.

“There are myths that toxins clog up or get stuck in these organs,” Vreeman said. “That is just not true.”

And without a doubt, she said, sweating definitely would not be the way to go about it.

The primary reason we sweat is to regulate the body temperature. When moisture produced by the sweat glands evaporates, it cools the body.

Though the main component of sweat is water, sweat does contain small amounts of dissolved minerals and trace elements, including sodium, lactate, urea, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, nickel, iron, chromium — none of which are considered toxic, Vreeman said.

When you sweat, the major thing you lose is water — something your body can’t survive long without.

“The term ‘detoxify’ is used so often that it makes people think that special steps need to be taken so ‘detoxifying’ happens,” Vreeman said. “It leads to people not trusting their bodies. Your body, however, does not need special cleansing efforts. What it does need is for you to get enough fluids and to eat a healthy, balanced diet.”

That’s not to say sweating, or spending time in a sauna, has been proven to have no health benefits.

Some studies have indicated that saunas lower blood pressure, enhance blood flow and improve cardiac functioning in people with congestive heart failure or other cardiovascular disease, Vreeman said. One study found weak evidence that saunas could help with chronic pain, and another showed minor benefits for some with chronic fatigue syndrome. There have been almost no studies done specifically on steam rooms or sweat lodges.

Western medicine has largely ignored sweat lodges, but they continue to play a significant role in Native American culture, said David Delgado Shorter, an associate professor of world arts and cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles.

“Sweats” have been used for many centuries to purify the mind and body among tribes throughout the Americas, Shorter said. Women in Mayan and Aztec culture, for example, used them as a fertility ritual, and men among the Plains tribes used sweats in preparation for hunts, among other reasons.

“The combination of the physical, emotional, psychological and religious is something many tribes find incredibly important and have fought for their right to do that,” Shorter said.

During earlier times, when colonial settlers and government agents were sometimes violently suppressing Native American religion and culture, tribes fought to hold on to the tradition, for both spiritual and practical reasons. Sweat lodges offered a private place to sing, pray and gather.

That’s why many in the Native American community take offense to non-Native Americans co-opting and charging for participation in sweat lodges, Shorter said.

Anyone thinking of participating in a sweat lodge ceremony or something approximating it should exercise caution, experts say. In harsh environments, hot or cold, the body will work hard to balance how much heat it makes and how much it loses. But if you are in conditions that are too hot for too long, the body may not be able to cool you off sufficiently.

In Arizona, in addition to those who died, 18 people were hospitalized with burns, dehydration, respiratory arrest or kidney failure, according to published reports. Participants, who had paid $9,695 for the “Spiritual Warrior” retreat, said that some people were vomiting, lethargic and collapsing after an hour into the session.

“These are all signs of heat illness and are warnings that your body cannot keep itself cool,” Vreeman said. “Vomiting, thirst, dizziness, being uncoordinated or clumsy are all signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Heat illness can kill you and should be treated as an emergency.”

Someone who becomes overheated should get to a cool place, drink fluids and seek medical care, Vreeman said. People with heart conditions should always talk to their doctor before trying a sweat lodge or sauna.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more on heat illness.