Who needs to detox? The answer is that almost every person does. Ayurveda states that toxins inside the body can be of different qualities and origins. Toxins can come inside the body by the intake of contaminated food, or water. Some of the harmful substances could be preservatives, pesticides, insecticides and herbicides, which remain in foods not properly washed; as well as heavy metals sometimes present in water like arsenic, lead, Zink, Copper and Mercury. Toxins can be present in the cities polluted air we breathe every day, like carbon dioxide, and other harmful gases. They can also enter the body by contact through the Skin when we use plastics, wear industrial fabrics, perfumes or body lotions not from a natural source. We can also absorb toxins in the visual and auditory forms, disturbing images and offensive or violent language can sometimes remain as a stain in the person’s memory or subconscious and lead to psychological harm.
Toxins can also be created inside the body. Some toxins are the natural product of homeostasis, others are the product of unsuccessful and incomplete digestions, or they could also be of psychological origin created by unfinished cycles, inefficient communication or negative thinking. That’s right! In Ayurveda negative thoughts are also considered toxins of the nervous system.
The concern is not only to limit how toxins enter or are created inside the body, is also how they are eliminated to ensure they don’t accumulate and start causing problems. The Human body naturally eliminates toxins by various mechanisms like the exhalation phase of breathing, urine, bowel movements, sweating or through the hair and nails. Negative thoughts or emotional baggage are eliminated from the body by any form of expression. Communicating effectively “talking about it”, crying or letting the emotions flow. If these emotional cycles are obstructed they end up by creating a bigger emotional problem, that later can transform into something mayor like depression or any other stress related health problem.
The fact is that all of this forms of eliminations are constantly been limited either by our behavior, improper breathing, limited intake of water, deficient bowel movements, climate controlled rooms, or lack of exercise. The resultant will be an accumulation of toxins that will eventually start interfering and obstructing all body processes and channels, having devastating consequences for the immune system and cellular regeneration. This not only means that we will age faster and be more susceptible to infections and diseases caused by opportunist’s germs and bacteria, also in time this toxins will be the cause and arousal of much more serious diseases.
Ayurveda offers different levels and intensity of detox processes. The procedure called “Panchakarma” which means the five great actions, is considered the Jewel of Ayurveda and a detox authority. Panchakarma is a complete detoxification of the Body, Mind and Soul, where all physical and emotional toxins are drawn out to restore the body’s ability to self-heal and start the journey to physical and emotional wellness. The procedure lasts about four weeks and takes the complete surrender and cooperation of the person, a specific diet, herbs, massages, yoga, meditation, daily activities and other therapies are employed to attain complete detoxification. Panchakarma has been proven to be an invaluable and effective tool used to address even the most difficult health concerns.
After an Ayurvedic consultation your Practitioner will be able to select what kind of detox process you will need, depending on the severity and nature of your ailment. Basically all health problems are to some degree related to toxicity. In all cases a mild detox is needed to ensure the correct flow of all substances inside the body and the effectiveness of the wellness regime.