While the concepts of internal cleansing and detoxifying the body have been around for quite some time, there is renewed interest for many reasons. Chief among these is the growing awareness that toxic chemicals can impair the way that we think and feel, as well as pose serious health concerns. Here are the top benefits of an internal cleanse.
Benefit #1: Higher energy levels
When the body is overrun with toxins or sluggish detoxification, it leads to decreased cellular energy. That translates to lower overall energy levels. Energy is produced in the body by cellular compartments know as mitochondria. The production of energy in these mini factories can be disrupted by virtually any toxin. A successful cleansing program that provides the right nutritional support can help you get rid of toxins, boost cellular energy production and help cells function more efficiently, all of which help you feel more alive with higher energy levels.
Benefit #2: Greater clarity of thought
There is a strong link between cellular energy levels and mental clarity, and with the energy boost of a cleanse comes greater clarity and focus. It is very hard to maintain focus and attention if the brain is foggy because of an increased toxin load. The brain is sensitive to different toxins because most of the really bad toxins are fat-soluble. Since the brain should be the largest collection of fat in the body, it acts as virtual magnet for heavy metals, pesticides, solvents and other fat-soluble toxins. An effective cleansing program can go a long way in restoring clear thinking.
Benefit #3: Giving your liver a break
The liver functions tirelessly to facilitate the elimination of harmful chemicals from the body. It deserves a break. With improved liver function comes a multitude of health benefits. After all, the liver is the main organ of metabolism and in addition to being the primary organ responsible for detoxifying harmful substances, it is the major manufacturer of many compounds required for the body to function properly. By boosting liver function there is a definite boost to metabolism.
Benefit #4: Boosting your immune system
The immune system is susceptible to the harmful effects of toxic substances. Impaired immunity (e.g. getting frequent colds or infections) is often one of the key warning signs that it’s time for a cleanse. White blood cells move better, communicate better—and do their job of engulfing and destroying particulate matter and microorganisms better—when the lymph and blood is not cluttered with toxins.
Benefit #5: Vibrant skin
Skin health often reflects the body’s degree of toxicity. The skin is the body’s largest organ, and one of its primary functions is elimination of toxins. If there is an excess of toxins in the body, the skin must deal with it, resulting in the skin showing signs of diminished vitality. It may look dull or pale with enlarged pores, breakouts and dark circles.
Michael T. Murray, N.D., is chair of Pharmaca’s Integrative Health Advisory Board. Dr. Murray is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on natural medicine. He has written more than 30 books and numerous articles for major publications; appeared on 100s of radio and TV programs; and lectured to hundreds of thousands of people nationwide. He is a graduate and faculty member of Bastyr University and now serves on their Board of Regents.