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Aiding the Organs of Elimination

The main organs of elimination are the skin, kidneys, liver, lungs and colon. These natural routes of elimination may not be active and functioning at all times leading to an unnatural accumulation of toxins.

These toxins in the body may be considered to be thecause of many different symptoms and diseases. That is to say that your present health concerns may be the result of toxic accumulations in your tissues. Below are some simple tasks that can be performed during a cleansing diet or at any time to aid these organs in eliminating toxic accumulation. It is important to do all of these tasks during a cleansing diet in order to bring you closer to health, rather than just freeing up toxic build-up without a way to exit the body. Six tasks are described below. With the exception of the enema, all other tasks are safe and beneficial when done daily.

Water Intake (throughout the day): To aid the kidneys in adequate elimination, drink at least the equivalent of one-half your body weight in ounces daily, of filtered water. If you are drinking caffeinated beverages, you must add additional water to your intake, equal to the amount of caffeine beverages you drink. (For example, for 8 oz of coffee,add 8 more oz of water to your computed daily amount.) Work up to this amount slowly.

Dry Skin Brushing (1 minute): To help stimulate circulation and lymphatic flow, obtaina loofa sponge, natural sea sponge, or natural bristle body brush. Before each shower,gently rub your dry skin with the dry sponge. Start at your hands and work towards your chest. Then rub from your feet, up your legs, abdomen and towards your heart. Don't forget your back and buttocks. Use light pressure and long strokes. Now you are ready to follow the hydrotherapy instructions for your shower. Hydrotherapy (10 minutes): This is the simple application of alternating hot and cold water in the shower or bath each day which helps with circulation. Perform three cycles of three minutes hot and 30 seconds cold. End the third cycle on cold just before you get out of the shower. You do not have to use extremes of temperature for this to be helpful. Use temperatures that you can tolerate. You may also want to start by just applying cold to certain parts of the body (arms and legs). Oddly enough, you may find the cold very invigorating. Castor Oil Packs (20 minutes): The castor oil pack has many applications and is used for the treatment of poor elimination, constriction/strictures, bowel impaction, inflammation, cystitis, headache including migraine, colitis, scleroderma, insomnia, ovarian cysts, menstrual cramping, non-malignant ovarian cystsand uterine fibroids, and gallbladder and liver conditions. It may be applied locally over the affected area for arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, neuritis, kidney and bladder disorders. Simple, specific instructions areavailable from naturopathic physicians. Breathing Exercises (3 minutes, several times a day): Breathing exercises arebeneficial for stress reduction, and can be done practically anywhere at any time in the day. Place your hand on your abdomen and inhale in such a way that your hand rises. Atthe peak of your inhale, try to inhale three more times consecutively. Now, forcefully exhale. At the peak of the exhale, try to blow out the remaining air in your lungs with three short exhales. Repeat this for five cycles. Exercise: (20 minutes at least, five times a week): Walking, Yoga, Qigong, or other full-body, aerobic exercise is important every day. Additional weight-bearing exercise atleast two times a week is an important component of bone strength and overall health. Enema (1 hour): This is to be performed when advised by your doctor. It is specific to the type of cleanse you are doing. Purchase an enema bag from the your local drugstore, and see your doctor for specific instructions.

References: Bailey, Steven ND, The Fasting Diet. New York, NY: Contemporary Books, 2002.Krohn, Jacqueline MD and Taylor, Frances, MA. Natural Detoxification, 2nd Edition. PtRoberts, WA: Hartley & Marks Publishers, Inc, 2000.