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Q: What is purification?

Posted January 22, 2014 in Altoona, Advice Column, Pleasant Hill

A: Purification, or detoxification, can help remove natural toxins from your body and help maintain a healthy weight. We are exposed to toxins continually, including pollutants, pesticides and chemicals. Although your body is designed to rid itself of these toxins naturally, it can become overburdened. Purification offers your body additional support to expel natural toxins and minimize your weight. Research has shown many of these chemicals can disrupt our immune, endocrine, nervous and reproductive systems. Toxins can contribute to a wide range of conditions including stuffy head, fatigue or difficulty sleeping, digestion and other gastrointestinal problems, food cravings and weight gain, reduced mental clarity and low libido.

Detoxification is essential for optimal health and body function. The purpose of a detox is to stimulate liver enzymes, empty intestines of waste,and help the kidneys eliminate toxins that build up in your tissues, organs and blood. A purification program should stimulate specific detoxification organs and, with the help of these organs, decrease your toxic load and allow your body to concentrate its energy on purification and weight reduction. A quality detoxification or purification program will support your major organ systems with the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients found in whole foods. The program should be focused on purifying, nourishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle not just rapid, short-term weight loss. A program that allows you to eat whole foods, specifically a wide range fruits and vegetables, is safe and helps give your body the energy it needs to stimulate the digestive organs. Consult your health practitioner before beginning any type of purification or detoxification program.

Information provided by Dr. Kari Swain, Swain Chiropractic, 410 Center Place S.W., 967-9300.

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