Well­ness Arti­cles

Cel­lu­lar Cleans­ing

What is True Detox­i­fi­ca­tion and Cel­lu­lar Cleansing?

cellular cleansingWhen many peo­ple think about cleans­ing, they focus pri­mar­ily on the liver, kid­neys, and other organs. While those areas are extremely impor­tant, it’s also nec­es­sary to cleanse at the cel­lu­lar level. When cel­lu­lar cleans­ing occurs, the body can rid itself of dam­aged or mal­func­tion­ing parts of cells, includ­ing dam­aged mito­chon­dria, which can truly be toxic if left unat­tended in the body. Dam­aged mito­chon­dria, for instance, can lead to accel­er­ated cel­lu­lar dam­age and aging as well chronic diseases.

We don’t often hear about cel­lu­lar cleans­ing or get­ting rid of dam­aged mito­chon­dria because this mode of cleans­ing isn’t some­thing we ingest. In fact, it has a lot to do with what we don’t ingest This is because cel­lu­lar cleans­ing often comes about when we give our bod­ies a rest from reg­u­lar meals, which helps our bod­ies use their built-​in mech­a­nisms to cleanse them­selves at the cel­lu­lar level. In fact, short peri­ods of fast­ing and “semi-​fasting” help to bol­ster the body’s abil­ity to cleanse itself, begin­ning with the cells. On the other hand, eat­ing reg­u­lar meals all the time — espe­cially processed foods — can get in the way of cel­lu­lar cleansing.

While cleans­ing at the cel­lu­lar level, it’s also impor­tant to remain prop­erly hydrated, although over 75 per­cent of North Amer­i­cans are already chron­i­cally dehy­drated. Stay­ing hydrated is essen­tial for every bod­ily func­tion, includ­ing cell metab­o­lism, toxin removal, diges­tion, body tem­per­a­ture, and oth­ers. As far as cel­lu­lar metab­o­lism, how­ever, stay­ing hydrated must occur because all nutri­ents, oxy­gen, and more are moved through the cell mem­branes to the inner-​workings of the cells. The bot­tom line is that lack of proper hydra­tion can adversely affect cells and cel­lu­lar reac­tions, quickly lead­ing to a state of unhealth.

Like­wise, it’s impor­tant to keep a healthy sodium-​potassium bal­ance. Potas­sium is an essen­tial min­eral nec­es­sary for proper bod­ily func­tions, includ­ing heart and diges­tive func­tion, bone health, and smooth mus­cle con­trac­tion. Addi­tion­ally, potas­sium is an elec­trolyte which serves to con­duct elec­tric­ity in the body so that the body’s cells, tis­sues, and organs work as they should. The prob­lem is that most peo­ple get only about half of the potas­sium they need daily. That’s not the case with sodium intake, how­ever. About 90 per­cent of us get too much of it, paving the way for high blood pres­sure, heart dis­ease, and stroke. Inter­est­ingly, approx­i­mately 75 per­cent of the sodium in America’s diet comes from processed foods.

A potas­sium short­fall is a prob­lem in and of itself, but a study says that eat­ing too much sodium while not get­ting enough potas­sium could be a dou­ble whammy. Dr. Thomas Far­ley, New York City’s health com­mis­sioner whose com­men­tary on this study was pub­lished in the Archives of Inter­nal Med­i­cine, says, “If you have too much sodium and too lit­tle potas­sium, it’s worse than either one on its own.” That’s why it should be a pri­or­ity to have a potassium-​sodium bal­ance. It allows your cells to work as they should, espe­cially dur­ing cel­lu­lar cleansing.

by Dr. Daniel Pompa, D.Psc.

Ran­dom Article

The above head­line excerpt is from the June 10, 2006 “Giants Note­book” sec­tion of the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle. This story reports on Dr.

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