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Page 4 of 35 | # 45 | Page 5 While the word detoxification may conjure images of drugged- out celebrities in rehab for substance abuse, from a scientific perspective it actually refers primarily to the body's natural methods of self-cleansing – of ridding wastes that are the by-products of its normal function, and dealing with potentially harmful invaders such as bacteria, viruses, or toxic chemicals. Detoxification is a constant bodily process. We are continually eliminating excess toxins through our digestive, urinary, skin, circulatory, respiratory, and lymphatic systems. A secondary meaning of the word relates to the treatments and concepts employed by medicine to help support the structure and function of these natural detoxification channels. Detoxification in this sense is about taking an active role in stimulating your body's innate ability to cleanse itself. Many people view detoxification in a very narrow sense, seeing it as synonymous with colon cleansing. And when asked, most people define "cleansing" as increased bowel elimination or just colon cleansing, and they think they will have to take a laxative, stay home from work, and sit by the bathroom. This is not the case, as the colon is just one of many channels of elimination. Because toxins are present throughout the body, detoxification (which includes cleansing) cannot be limited to just bowel cleansing – and you won't have to camp out in the bathroom for a month. These regimens are gentle and will detoxify in a gradual, steady process without disruptive side effects. Detoxification must be viewed as a total body process for all of the body's organ systems. It is as much a series of actionable steps as it is a set of daily habits that becomes a lifestyle. The goal is to enhance or improve your overall health and give your body what it craves to remain toxin free and in peak condition for life. The specific actions and recommendations work with the bodies own systems of self-healing to strengthen every tissue and enhance the overall functions of every part. It's noninvasive, and rooted in an understanding of the body's intrinsic capacity to recapture health in the face of injury or illness. Because detoxification is based on the body's natural rehabilitative faculties, it is very effective for a wide variety of health problems, as well as being safe and helpful for virtually everyone. • Toxins are poisonous substances taken into or produced by the body that can cause illness and disease if allowed to build up over time in the body tissues. • It's unrealistic to think we can totally eliminate all the toxic substances in the world and their risk factors. The goal is to limit and manage our exposure to them and do what we can to support the natural structures and functions of our bodies so they can detoxify as efficiently as possible. • Toxins hide out in unlikely places in the body – bones, muscles, fat cells, brain tissue, the liver and other organs – where they can do serious damage, both acutely in the short term and chronically in the long term. Because many fat- soluble toxins park themselves in fat cells, they can mess with signals from these cells that affect our hormones, and that in turn change our metabolism and how we store (or burn) fat. • A comprehensive detox program can reduce your exposure to toxins in your environment while at the same time flush toxins currently trapped in your body. What is DETOXIFICATION? Detoxification is a constant bodily process.

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