How to Know If a Person Needs to Body Detox

Below is a list of symptoms that may serve as indicators that a person needs to body detox. However, remember to always tell the person’s doctor about the symptoms that are recurrent as they could indicate a more serious medical condition.

 

Symptoms of Toxicity:

 

1. Flushing

 

2. Palpitations

 

3. Rapid Pulse

 

4. Dizziness

 

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Detoxification and Withdrawal

Detoxification and withdrawal go hand in hand.  Detoxification does not happen without the expectation of having withdrawal symptoms.  For example, drug detoxification involves expelling of the drugs that your body has gotten used to for a long time.  The body has formed some level of dependency to the drug, whether prescription or otherwise. 

Ideally, drug detoxification is done for several months and should be done in a treatment center.  And for those that concerns illegal drug addiction, counseling and therapy are ideal to be incorporated in the program. 

 

How Long Deos Detoxification Take?

Detox or detoxification has to go at its own pace – it can’t be sped up. Just about every cell in a person’s body is renewed during the course of a year, so in theory it will take at least a year for all the toxins accumulated during a person’s life to be mobilized and eliminated. During that time, new toxins will be encountered, and these will also be needed to be processed.

 

While a person can follow a strict detox plan for a few weeks to help jump-start the process, detox or detoxification should ideally be regarded more as a way of life – a lifestyle – so that a person minimizes the toxins he or she is exposed to long term.

Why Follow a Detoxification Plan?

Detoxificaton is our body’s way of ridding itself of unwanted chemicals. These might result from our own metabolism, or enter our system from the air we breathe, the food and drink we consume, the chemicals we are exposed to, or the toxins and allergens produced by micro-organisms that inhabit our intestines.

 

Detoxification is a process that occurs naturally in our body on a continuing basis. Usually, however, it is a question of taking one step forward and one step back again, for as quickly as the toxins are removed, new ones are encountered – except, of course, when following a detoxification plan.

 

The basis of detoxification is to reduce the amount of toxins we are exposed to so that our bodies can cope effectively with those already lodged in our system.

The Role of Free Radicals in Our Health

 

 

The free radical theory has never been talked about more than it has been now.  The reason?  Free radicals multiply by the second and are practically all around our environment.  But what really is the origin of this term, free radicals?

 

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The free radical theory was coined by Denham Harman in 1950s.  This theory explains the damage within the cells that are otherwise unexplainable.  Here is  what Wikipedia has to say about Free Radicals. 

The free-radical theory of aging states that organisms age because cells accumulate free radical damage over time. A free radical is any atom or molecule that has a single unpaired electron in an outer shell. While a few free radicals such as melanin are not chemically reactive, most biologically-relevant free radicals are highly reactive. For most biological structures, free radical damage is closely associated with oxidative damage. Antioxidants are reducing agents, and limit oxidative damage to biological structures by passivating free radicals.

Strictly speaking, the free radical theory is only concerned with free radicals, but it has since been expanded to encompass oxidative damage from reactive oxygen species such as O2,H2O2, or OH.

Denham Harman first proposed the free radical theory of aging in the 1950s,[1] and in the 1970s extended the idea to implicate mitochondrial production of reactive oxygen species.[2]

In some model organisms, such as yeast and Drosophila, there is evidence that reducing oxidative damage does, as the theory would predict, extend lifespan. In mice, interventions that enhance oxidative damage generally shorten lifespan. Whether reducing oxidative damage below normal levels is sufficient to extend lifespan remains an open and controversial question.