Detox in Costa Rica

What are toxins and how do we get them?

There are several ways we accumulate toxins.  Some come from outside factors:

  • We inhale them. This includes household cleaning products, air fresheners, carpets, paints, glues, cigarette smoke and many more. Read my 16 Dangers of Indoor Air Pollution.
  • We swallow them in our food and water.  Even buying from organic health companies does not guarantee long-term safety since many of them are owned by huge food corporations.
  • We absorb them through our skin. Consider the clothes you wear, the sheets you sleep on and the towels you rub your skin with. Have they all been cleaned with detergents? Are they powerful and toxic?

Then there are the toxins generated from within:

  • Your Metabolism & Toxins. When we burn carbs or proteins or fats for energy, this process creates byproducts that the body must treat like toxins and eliminate. Burning proteins can be inefficient and toxic but even the cleanest burning carbs leave residues.
  • Incomplete Digestion. You can eat the purest food in the world, but if you eat too much of it, or you don’t chew your food to begin the digestive process properly, you will create a lot of waste that must be taken care of. Some people just can’t properly digest gluten products and grains. If they continue to eat large quantities of these foods like everyone else in our culture, they continuously deal with toxins and inflammation, disrupting their blood sugar and insulin levels and leaving them overweight.

What is Detox?

There is a lot of misunderstanding about what a detox is and how to do it, so here is an explanation.

Detoxification is what your body does naturally to neutralize, transform or get rid of unwanted materials or toxins. It is a primary function of the body, constantly working and interacting with all other functions of the body. So when you hear the term “detoxification”, it refers to improving and optimizing the function of your body’s own detoxification systems. This is done by decreasing the amount of toxins we put into our bodies while at the same time supporting our body’s detoxification and elimination systems with the nutrients it needs to function properly.

As a culture we are very aware of our external cleanliness. We clean our teeth daily, we bathe and wash our hair daily or every other day and we like to look and smell clean because it makes us feel better. Similarly, detoxification is an internal cleansing.

It is often difficult to know when our internal cleansing mechanisms are not functioning well. Unlike other external parts of our body, it is very hard to know how well our liver is working, and our liver is the main detoxification organ. Apart from synthesizing and secreting bile, the liver acts as a filter for toxins and bacteria in the blood and chemically neutralizes toxins, converting them into substances that can be eliminated by the kidneys.

If and when our own detoxification systems (predominantly the liver and the gut) become overloaded and do not function properly, toxins get stored in various tissues in the body, including fatty tissue. This prevents our system from functioning at optimum strength and efficiency and is a factor in the development of various chronic diseases, including cancer.

Detox at Waterfall Villas Resort in the Lush Tropical Baru Rainforest of Costa Rica

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