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Identifying and Reversing the Impact of Toxins: Step by Step

Jun 28, 2017 12:47PM
by Julianne O’Dwyer and Darryl Yeagley
             Previous generations were not exposed to the onslaught of man-made chemicals and toxic substances as we are today. This rise in toxins impacts energy, sleep, digestion, heart, mental focus, immune system, mood, weight, chronic illness and disease and are inescapable in our modern world.

The toxins that we are all faced with come from a variety of sources, such as: foods grown with pesticides, poor-quality water, exhaust fumes from autos and airplanes, electromagnetic radiation from wireless devices, commercial household cleansers, mold and chemicals in the home, pet dander, personal care products and even heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum.

Individuals may benefit from detoxification if they struggle with joint pain, low energy, poor sleep, poor digestion, headaches, fuzzy thinking, food sensitivities, mood swings or chronic ailments. Also, individuals who tend to consume fast food or eat on the run, feel overwhelmed, anxious or stressed and/or have mercury fillings have found relief with detoxification. Finally, there are others who seek treatment who are looking to improve athletic performance or recovery, or those who try to eat right, drink lots of water and take supplements, but still are not reaching their health goals.

In each of these scenarios, an accumulation of toxins may be the reason the individual is experiencing symptoms or is unable to attain health goals. So often it is found that the underlying cause of many health challenges is linked to an unhealthy lifestyle and a buildup of toxins in the body. Fortunately, when the body is given the right “tools” for internal cleansing and detoxification support, it helps to release built-up toxins and rebuilds itself from the inside out. The art and science of "intelligent detoxification" is a process that takes time but can yield significant improvements in health.

Of course, the body has its own wonderfully designed natural processes for eliminating toxins using the liver, kidneys, digestive system, lungs and skin. However, the more over-processed, preservative-and-sugar-laden junk food that is piled into one’s body, the harder the organs may have to work to get rid of all these toxins.

To assist with the cleansing process, modalities such as colon hydrotherapy, foot baths, infrared sauna, oxygen steam cabinet, hyperbaric oxygen, massage and reflexology can be extremely helpful in restoring the body to a balanced and healthy state, in a gentle way. In addition to herbs, drainage remedies, supplements and detoxifying therapies, trained medical physicians can oversee a more comprehensive detoxification if that is indicated or medically necessary. The results of internal cleansing or detoxification have been shown to be profound. In the short term, most people often experience improvements in energy, sleep, digestion, bowel function, immune system, mental focus, pain reduction, weight reduction, mood, well-being and skin, hair and nail health. Over time, these same people often experience significant improvements in chronic health issues and overall wellness.

A trained health coach can devise a custom program for each client, but in general the following guidelines support the body and enhance natural detoxification:

Step 1: Eat less processed food out of a can or box. Eat fresh, non-GMO foods to rebuild the immune system. Step 2: Shift to 80 percent alkaline-forming and 20 percent acid-forming food and beverages. Eat more vegetables and fewer carbohydrates, meat and commercial dairy. Step 3: Drink more water and reduce soda, fruit juice, coffee and alcohol. Step 4: Drink fresh, green or vegetable juice to fortify your body with nutrients & detoxify. Step 5: Eat more fermented foods which are an excellent source of good bacteria, amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

Julianne O’Dwyer and Darryl Yeagley offer support for those seeking more information and treatment at the Rejuvenation and Detoxification Center at National Integrated Health Associates. To learn more call 202-237-7000 or visit


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