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Is It Time For a Detox?

Jun 30, 2016 02:38PM
by Beyla Mitchen Ogunfolu
The art of detoxification through fasting, food and colon irrigation has been used for spiritual and natural healing purposes since ancient times. It focuses on resting, cleansing and nourishing the body to maintain or regain balance and harmony.

Many religions have incorporated periods of fasting for the purification and renewal of the mind, body, and spirit for thousands of years. In ayurvedic medicine, one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world, food is considered medicine when consumed properly. Egyptians knew as early as 1500 B.C. that what comes out of the body is as important as what goes into the body with their use of colon irrigation as explained in the Ebers Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian medical document. Colon irrigation was also mentioned in The Essene Gospel of Peace which was written over 3,000 years ago. Detoxification during these times, however, was primarily used to maintain rather than to restore health.

From green smoothies to colonics, detoxing has increased dramatically in popularity in the United States over the past decade. The catalyst for this growth, in large part, is attributed to the surge in chronic health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. The overconsumption of processed foods, lack of physical exercise, chronic dehydration and stress (mental and emotional) has contributed to Americans being among the unhealthiest people on the planet and has brought detoxification into the mainstream.

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead and Supersize Me are just a few of the documentaries in recent years examining the benefits of a diet that is largely whole foods and plant based as opposed to a diet high in processed foods.

When the body is plagued with toxic material, it weakens the immune system and inhibits the body from carrying out its’ natural healing and rejuvenation functions leading to possible problems.

Some of the most common signs a person may need to detox include:

  • Brain fog
  • Low energy/fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Digestive discomfort
  • Feeling lethargic and/or depressed
  • Trouble losing weight
  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent headaches
  • Skin problems
  • Allergies
  • Body odor
It is important to note that people with chronic health conditions should be cleared by their medical doctor before beginning a detox program.

If it is time to consider detox, there are a wide variety of programs on the market today. It’s important to consider your lifestyle and the level of commitment the program will require and select one that suits your needs. If possible, work with a wellness practitioner to help support you in the process to maximize your results.

Detoxing can be a mental, emotional and spiritual roller coaster. But chances are you’ll be better at the end of the ride than you were at the beginning.

Beyla Mitchen Ogunfolu is a certified colon therapist and reiki practitioner. She brings healing from her practice at Neck, Back and Beyond in Fairfax. Visit for more information.


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