"Every tissue is fed by the blood, which is supplied by the intestinal system. When the intestines are dirty the blood is dirty, and so are the organs and tissues. It is the intestinal system that has to be cared for first he, re any effective healing can take place."

--Dr. Bernard Jensen, Ph.D.

MANY OF THE GREATEST HEALERS OF OUR TIME firmly believe that internal detoxification of the body is the key to youth, vitality, energy and vibrant health. Dr. Bernard Jensen, my teacher, mentor and respected friend, has devoted his entire nutritional career of 60 years and counting, to educating clients, students and the general public on the benefits of internal cleansing.

What is Internal Detoxification?

Internal detoxification is an ongoing process that our bodies perform on a daily basis. In much the same way that our hearts beat nonstop and our lungs breathe consistently, our bodies continuously encounter and dispose of a variety of toxins and poisons. Some are cellular waste materials of our own making, toxic by-products of metabolism. Others consist of environmental pollutants, pesticides and poisons ingested into our systems through the air we breathe, the foods we eat and the water we drink.

Under ideal circumstances the body is equipped to neutralize and dispose of these toxins through the liver, spleen and eliminative channels (bowel, kidneys, lungs, skin and lymphatic system). But in modern-day society there are NO ideal circumstances.

The Causes of Toxicity

Accumulated toxins in the body account for a myriad of health complaints ranging from something as simple as fatigue or weight gain to serious health disorders such as arthritis, cancer and other degenerative conditions. Ninety-nine percent of the time the amount of toxicity in the body correlates directly with the seriousness of the condition.

Proper digestive and eliminative function involves having two to three bowel movements per day. Most people are not aware of this and go through their lives eliminating once a day, once every other day, or less. If you eat three meals a day and only eliminate once a day; where are the other two meals?

Faulty digestion and elimination develop in an individual through years of improper lifestyle and dietary habits. When we are not eliminating properly, wastes may not be expelled for days, months or years. Toxins back up in the colon, causing auto-intoxification, or self-poisoning. This occurs when the bowel walls become encrusted with uneliminated fecal matter. Not only does this toxic material hamper the absorption of vital nutrients through the intestinal wall, but it also causes the blood capillaries lining the intestinal wall to begin absorbing these toxins into the bloodstream, consequently polluting all our organs and cells.

This auto-intoxification lowers our overall feeling of health and vitality and a depletion of energy and degenerating health. These complaints can almost always be alleviated through internal cleansing techniques.

Are You a Candidate for Internal Cleansing?

What would happen if we didn't empty our kitchen garbage cans for months and we kept on throwing more and more food on top of the old? Wouldn't our homes start smelling like a garbage dump? The same thing happens with a constipated, clogged-up intestinal system. When toxins are not properly eliminated, life begins to smell.

Many of my seminars focus on internal cleansing and bowel management, and I am repeatedly asked the same question: "How do I know if I need to cleanse?" After consulting with over 7,000 clients, my answer is simple. I have never worked with an individual who did not benefit from internal cleansing. It can be compared to asking your auto mechanic if your car ever needs to be serviced.

Some of the more obvious symptoms of a toxic body can include:

Constipation, stomach bloat, etc.
Poor digestion
Weight gain
Excessive mucus
Poor skin
Poor memory
Body odor
Bad breath
I have seen these problems alleviated over and over again through internal detoxification techniques.

The Basics of Internal Cleansing

• Education

I encourage everyone to educate themselves on the importance and function of the eliminative organs, with special emphasis on the bowel, before embarking on any type of internal cleansing program. Recognize the necessity and importance of having two to three bowel movements per day. Understand the problems associated with constipation and take proper steps to avoid toxic buildup in the bowel.

• Proper Diet and Nutrition

No detoxification program is complete without proper nutrition. Stay away from low vitality foods that contain sugar, salt, saturated fats, caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. Excessive intake of animal protein places tremendous burden on the digestive system.

Our bodies need live foods for optimum vitality. These are fresh, organic fruits, vegetables and whole grains that contain the necessary enzymes to assure proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Wholesome natural foods provide the necessary enzymes and provide the necessary nutrients to build a strong and healthy body. The old saying "you are what you eat" is a fundamental truth.

• Water

Water is instrumental in the body's cleansing process. It flushes toxins, wastes and cellular debris from our systems while transporting nutrients for assimilation. Water cleanses the body inside and out. It is important that we drink eight to 10 glasses of water per day.

• Exercise

Exercise strengthens the entire body and mind, stimulates the circulatory and lymphatic system, increases metabolic efficiency and enhances the body's natural cleansing systems. Studies show that a moderate exercise program involving heart rate elevation for a period of 20 to 30 minutes per day is beneficial.

• Stress Management

Stress hinders proper digestion, absorption and elimination of nutrients by throwing the digestive system out of balance. It interferes with the body's cleansing processes, and actually contributes to toxic buildup. Reduction of stress is an important factor in achieving optimum health.

• Herbs and Fiber

A multi-herb and fiber cleansing program will facilitate the elimination of accumulated toxins. Herbs are nature's cleansers. They are rich in food-source vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. Herbs work with the body's own functions, accelerating and stimulating internal cleansing processes.

Fiber provides the roughage and bulk needed to sweep, clean and tone the entire gastrointestinal tract. Fiber quickens the transit time of waste elimination, absorbing toxins along the way.

• Fasting Techniques

Fasting is one of the world's oldest cleansing therapies. By abstaining from food, stress is removed from digestive processes so that detoxification can take place. I recommend a liquid fast that consists of fresh, organic fruit and vegetable juices. With this type of fast an individual receives important nutrients on a daily basis but is giving the digestive system a much needed rest. I encourage all interested individuals to educate themselves on fasting methods and techniques before you fast. There are dozens of informative books available at your local health food store.

• Enemas and Colonic Irrigation

Enemas and colonics both involve the use of purified water to irrigate and flush out toxins from the bowel.

Both increase the release of old, encrusted colon waste, encourage discharge of toxins, and make the whole cleansing process easier and more thorough.

While I do not condone over-usage of these therapeutic techniques, I firmly believe that they can be important tools in a detoxification program.

Education is the key, perfect dietary and lifestyle habits, stress management, proper exercise and internal cleansing measures cannot be incorporated into a person's daily regimen overnight but an increased awareness of these health tools and their benefits will positively influence many individuals. I encourage my clients and friends to read and educate themselves about natural health, proper nutrition and internal detoxification. Through education all things are possible.


By Lindsey Duncan, C.N., N.D.

Adapted by C.N., N.D.

Lindsey Duncan C.N., N.D. is chairman and chief formulator of Omni Nutraceuticals, Inc.

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