Exercise and proper nutrition are accompanied by a regular detoxing routine by many health and fitness enthusiasts. However, there are different types of detox regimens, so it is important to identify the type of body cleansing you desire. Food grade diatomaceous earth has broad application due to its many cleansing qualities. Mineral supplements are used when ridding the body of heavy metal toxins is the objective.
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Although the body has natural detoxing systems, such as the lungs, kidneys, liver and skin, a build-up of one or more forms of toxins can occur through environmental exposure or diet. According to Dorfman and Gordon, in their book "The Reunion Diet: Lose Weight and Look Great at Your Reunion and Beyond," any food, however nutritious, can become toxic if you over-indulge in it. The authors indicate the conventional medical community does not sanction detox programs because there have been few, if any, scientific studies to validate the efficacy of detox.
Heavy metals are held responsible for neurological and physical disorders. The website AnthonyPisquale.com cites the examples of mercury poisoning and the fate of the mental and physical deterioration of the Romans who drank from leadenware mugs. According to this article, heavy metals can be responsible for symptoms of ADHD, Alzheimer's, depression, dementia and diseases of the vital organs. Mineral supplements are used to detoxify the body by removing heavy metals. Heavy metals are attracted to specific minerals, which draw the metals out of the body and allow them to be excreted. A hair analysis is necessary to determine each individual's need for heavy metal detox.
Diatomaceous earth, or DE, is fossilized marine life with a high silica content and a honeycomb structure. DE has many agricultural, household and industrial uses. In addition, food-grade DE is used for human consumption as a supplement and a detoxing agent. According to Galen D. Knight, in his article on the Freshwater Organics website, DE rids the body of parasites, harmful bacteria and viruses, methyl mercury, E. coli, organophosphate pesticide residues and drug residues. According to MoreThanAlive.com, the therapeutic dose is 1 to 2 tbsp. of DE daily.
A detox regimen can cause side effects. Dorfman and Gordon list headaches, lethargy or excessive energy, irritability, and a bad taste in the mouth as possible responses to detox. Rick Wagner, in his article on the Eidon Ionic Minerals website, warns that detoxification can be very uncomfortable as heavy metals are pulled out of the tissues and into the bloodstream. Wagner recommends the use of a chelating agent following ingestion of the detoxifying mineral supplements to bind the heavy metals and eliminate them from your system.