Full Body Detoxification Strategies

FIR Sauna Full Body Sweat unit

FIR Sauna Full Body Sweat unit

Because we offer both foot bath detox and far infrared sauna sweat detox sessions, clients often ask me “Which one is better?”, “Do those foot patches really work?”, “What’s the best way to detoxify their body?”, “Should I do a liver and gall bladder flush?”, “What about a fast?”, “How long should I fast?”, “Is a water fast better than a juice fast?”, “I don’t like enemas (or colon hydrotherapy). Do I have to do those?”

The questions are as varied as the clients and so are the answers. Where do you start? The first thing to determine is(are) the reason(s) you want to start a detoxification program in the first place. We often hear about environmental toxins in our air, food and water and suspect that after 30, 40 or 50 plus years, we have stored too much of them in our adipose (fat) tissue and joints. Others are concerned about specific heavy metals such as lead or mercury. Some are concerned about reduced nutrient absorption or parasites in the digestive tract. Some have heard that it might be a good way to lose weight. Others have serious physical, emotional or mental symptoms that have been linked to one or all of the above conditions. Maybe a friend tried a foot bath detox and said it was ‘Great!’ So you’d like to try it.  Hair analysis is often the first step in determining mineral levels (toxic & essential). Depending on the lab doing the testing, it  can also provide pertinent information about your metabolic rate, energy levels, sugar and carbohydrate tolerance, stage of stress, immune system and glandular activity.

The next most important issue is time.  You see if you are serious about detoxifying your body, it will take time.  It has taken years to accumulate what ever is in your body.  It will take time for repeated detox, liver flush, colon cleansing or fasting sessions.  You don’t want to start a detoxification program just before going on a trip for instance.  Once you complete an initial period of detoxification you should let your body rest for a few weeks then repeat it.  Maybe more than once.

Once you have identified why you want to start a detox program and that you have at least a month for the initial cleansing sessions, you can discuss it with an experienced alternative health care provider to outline which treatments are most likely to help you achieve your goal.

Look for my next post on this subject where I begin to discuss the detoxification process and some of the potential side effects.

Don Gillmore, Licensed Massage Therapist(15 yrs), B.S.- Life Sciences

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