Just as you spring-clean your house, there should be a systematical ORDER to uncover every room and every corner for a thorough job well done.
Total Cleanse in the Right Sequence
Many people I talk to seem to think that “detoxification” means drinking some fiber drinks or some detox drink products that they can buy off the health-store shelves. While these products may help a little, they are really just scraping the surface of what it means to do a thorough detoxification.
To reverse a nagging health issue, detoxification means a total cleanse of the entire internal body system, step-by-step and in the right sequence. One of the reasons to do it in this order is to enhance the efficacy of the detox, not to mention to reduce the healing crisis “trouble”.
Ideally, a thorough detox should be done in the following sequence. Although there is no hard and fast rules, this sequence is just to make life easier for you.
- Gastrointestinal Detox / Colon Cleanse
- Liver / Gallbladder Detox
- Kidney Detox
- Lungs Detox
- Lymphatic System / Skin Detox – concurrently
Gastrointestinal Detox / Colon Cleanse
You may have heard that “death begins in the gut”. This refers to the upper and lower intestinal system (from esophagus, to the stomach, to the small intestines, the colon and the bowel system).
Due to many years of faulty eating—poor choices of food, poor eating habits and wrong food combination—the small intestines have become somewhat inefficient due to the foods clogging the internal wall lining. This happens to most people whose dietary is lacking in fiber (from eating flour-products, meat, processed foods, prolonged medication, alcohol, etc.)
Over the years, these “leftover (undigested) foods” begin to rot and form encrustation in the intestines. This is one of the causes of bad breath—it is the odor from this rotting encrustation. One of the functions of the small intestines is to absorb nutrients. But as the internal wall is now lined with encrustation, absorption has become inefficient. Many health problems follow when the intestines’ functions are compromised.
It is for this reason that a gastrointestinal detox is recommended before any other detox so that absorption of nutrients/supplements are increased as you work on the other detox organs.
Another major area of concern with the gastrointestinal is the colon. This is where the feces are collected waiting to be eliminated. However, due to lack of fibrous foods, they cannot be eliminated at will and become compacted in the colon. The longer it stays in the colon, the harder it becomes and the more difficult for elimination. And the longer it stays and rot in the colon (not to mention bacteria and parasites multiplying by the millions every day!), it produces toxic fumes that are in contact with the colon wall lining. This is the beginning of an endless list of health problems, and eventually … colon cancer.
A gastrointestinal cleanse (which include the colon) is not difficult. It’s just that most people don’t even know that there is such a thing as gastrointestinal detox! Learn what to do and do it regularly to maintain a clean internal sewage piping system. It greatly reduces health risk and over time, with proper maintenance, many health issues will also clear up.
However, for individuals who are very constipated, a series of colon hydrotherapy is helpful (even necessary) to dislodged hardened fecal matters in the colon.
Regularly drinking juices is helpful to move the bowels along. Going on regular and extended juice fast/feast do further good to detoxify the colon as the juices work like a natural broom that help sweeps out the gastrointestinal tract of old fecal matters.
Read more about the health issues that arise from a poor gastrointestinal health.
Liver and Gallbladder Detox
A good and proper gastrointestinal/colon detox will much lessen blood contamination. This helps lighten the liver burden. With a cleaner gastrointestinal system, elimination of further toxins during a liver detox will be so much easier. This is important as inability to eliminate toxins through the bowel will cause further toxins to be reabsorbed into the system. This will be counter-productive.
Our liver is the largest and one of the most important organs in our body. It has so many functions that help us to “live” healthily, that is why it is called the “live-r”. The liver and the gallbladder are considered the “accessory organs” that contribute to the proper functioning of the digestive system. Stones can form not only in the gallbladder but also in the liver.
There are a few things you can do, to detoxify your liver and then foods you can eat to support and strengthen it. Most health problems begin when the liver is not functioning properly. In other words, people with any chronic disease usually has a poor-functioning liver. A cleansed liver allows your blood to flow properly again. This alone can help reverse many health problems.
Some helpful things you can do for a healthy liver:
- DIY castor oil pack for liver detox
- Understanding fatty liver causes and knowing how to lower your risks
- How to use beetroot juice to detoxify your liver and breakdown gallbladder stones
- How to use bitter foods to detoxify your liver
- Avoid these common prescription drugs that can damage your liver
One who has a diseased kidney most likely also has a liver problem. The kidney has been so overloaded with undigested protein (especially from meat products) that protein should be immediately eliminated from the diet.
The allopathic healthcare will tell a patient with diseased kidneys “not to drink water“, “not to drink juices” and “not to exercise“. THINK! If you tell a healthy person NOT to do these three things, what do you think will happen to them? Would not their health deteriorate? What more to one who’s already weak? Aren’t these three our basic needs to stay healthy?
For an effective kidney detox, it would help to start with a gastro/colon and then liver detox. When that is done, together with a diet that is mostly fresh plant-based foods, the kidneys will also gradually clean-up by themselves, thence making a kidney detox more effective and meaningful. There are certain vegetables that are specifically targeted for cleansing of the kidneys and are helpful to be eaten when you are doing a kidney cleanse.
Meat products contain large quantities of purines that cannot be broken down properly by the kidneys and thus form uric acid that causes gout and kidney stones. Just by eliminating meat protein, there will be some relief. Avoid meat products until you have strengthen your kidney.
Some helpful things you can do for healthy kidneys:
- DIY castor oil packs to break down kidney stones
- How to use watermelon rind juice to break down kidney stones
- How to use parsley juice to detoxify your kidneys
- What to juice and eat for a good kidney flush
- 11 things you could do to prevent kidney stones formation
- How to make a kidney-cleansing vegetable broth for healthy kidneys
- How to make lemongrass-ginger tea for cleansing of bladder and kidneys
Mild lungs infection in a generally healthy person can easily be helped with a change of diet and taking supplements that will help clear it up. But damaged lungs due to many years of smoking or inhaling industrial pollution will have to go through the whole detox process of cleaning out the gastro/colon and liver.
Can you reverse blackened, damaged lungs due to smoking? Possible, but it takes time and determination. If you’ve been smoking for over 20 years, don’t expect to heal within one month or two months’ detoxification. It may be reversed because our body cells will keep multiplying new ones when we feed our body with the right nutrition. So there is hope!
But there is a need to stop smoking; or a change to a cleaner environment to stop inhaling industrial pollution. Then, embark on a full-body detox, to begin healing. A change of lifestyle is required if you value your life.
Little things you do could help to gradually clean up your lungs:
- Heal your lungs by drinking oregano tea
- Improve your lung health simply by putting any of these plants in your room
- Improve your lung health with a Himalayan salt lamp
- Drink carrot juice to improve the health of your lungs
- Include watercress in your diet to expel mucus from your lungs
Like the colon, the lymphatic system accumulates old waste materials for years of poor choices of foods and a sedentary lifestyle. With improper drainage, it begins to become stagnant and causing obstruction and inflammation of lymph nodes.
In many cases of back pain, the cause is due to inflamed or swollen lymph sacks (a.k.a. cysterna chyli) that is located at the end of the lumbar vertebrae. When wastes/toxins are not being eliminated properly, over the years, they get congested in these lymph sacks, causing middle to lower back pain or even abdominal swelling.
The lymphatic system is our internal drainage system that have minute vessels that have one-way (upward) valves. There are some things that you can do externally to help these valves open up and begin draining, such as with the right kind of exercise and massages. Read more about how you can drain your lymphatic fluids.
Skin brushing, clay baths, saunas are some other methods that can be used to help drain the lymphatic system. For more serious lymphatic conditions, a whole-body detox in the above sequence is required to achieve best results.