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Detoxification — or detox — is a popular buzzword. It typically implies following a specific diet or using special products that claim to rid your body of toxins, thereby improving health and promoting weight loss.

Detox diets are said to eliminate toxins from your body, improve health, and promote weight loss. They often involve the use of laxatives, diuretics, vitamins, minerals, teas, and other foods thought to have detoxing properties.

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The term “toxin” in the context of detox diets is loosely defined. It typically includes pollutants, synthetic chemicals, heavy metals, and processed foods — which all negatively affect health.

Detoxification is the body’s natural process of eliminating internal toxins and is accomplished through various systems and organs, including the liver, kidneys, intestines, and skin, with toxins eliminated through urine, feces, and perspiration. Everyone has a specific level of tolerance to toxicity that cannot be exceeded if good health is to be maintained; if the system becomes overwhelmed, various symptoms can occur, including hypertension.

A detoxification regimen consisting of daily saunas, homeopathic remedies, and a vegetarian diet supplemented with cayenne and garlic. Cayenne (Capsicum annuum) mixed with vegetable juices or lemon juice is excellent for lowering blood pressure. After a few days of treatment, alternating cayenne/vegetable juice with cayenne/lemon juice, patients are often able to come off medication because this regime helps to cleanse the body of toxins that may be causing the high blood pressure.

Individuals with hypertension often suffer from a liver insufficiency, in which the liver does not properly clear steroid hormones (sex hormones and hormones of the adrenal glands) as well as toxic substances from the blood. Saunas and a vegetarian diet can help to restore liver function.

A toxic lymphatic system can also contribute to hypertension. Deep breathing exercises and ten minutes daily of dry brushing of the skin (vigorously brushing the entire body with a dry brush)  in the direction of lymph flow, for three weeks. Another way to stimulate lymph flow and to clear the lymph system of toxins is by using a small trampoline or rebounder for 5-10 minutes, 2-3 times a day.

Learn more about how a simple detox can fight many health issues.