Why Detoxify?

The results are in:  major scientific studies are proving that our bodies have become the dumping grounds for chemicals such as PCBs, dioxin, pesticides, herbicides and more.  We are paying the price in our health as chronic degenerative diseases are increasing along with the unprecedented levels  of toxins in our bodies.  Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, chronic fatigue and general low immune function are at epidemic levels. 
 
Toxins come from the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breath.  Toxins also are a normal part of regular metabolism, and  the body is able to eliminate these toxins through the liver, kidneys, lungs and skin.  However, our lifestyles contribute to an over-whelmed system and therefore, poor detoxification due to dehydration, constipation, lack of exercise and consumption of a low-fiber, low-nutrient, processed food diet.

In order to regain and maintain our health, these toxins that pollute the blood and tissues need to be eliminated.  We also need to nourish our bodies  with high-nutrient whole foods, pure water and exercise.

Results you can expect from the detox program:
# Increased energy and mental clarity
# Stronger immune system
# Reduction of pain and inflammation
# Improved digestive function

 

Argon Oil

Argan Oil is an exceptional oil, and until recently it was a little known secret of the nomadic Berber tribes of Morocco.  Protected by UNESCO, the Argan tree, which grows only in southern Morocco is an important species not only for its virtuous oil, but also for helping to prevent encroachment by the Sahara desert.

It is collected with only the ripe fruits being knocked off the tree. The fruits are gathered and sun-dried. The pulp is removed then the nut-like inner cases are cracked by Berber women between two stones (a hammer stone and stone anvil) in the time mannered tradition, revealing several kernels. The oil bearing kernel is then cold-pressed. It takes the combined harvest of 6-7 trees to create 1 liter of precious oil.
The molecular composition of argan oil is such that it is smaller than the pores of human skin and thus, readily absorbable.   Other oils that you may put on your skin tend to lay on the surface, without absorbing.  Olive oil, for example, also has some good skin enhancing qualities, however, it doesn’t absorb into the skin as well as argan oil. 


Benefits of Argan Oil

- It stimulates the skin's defense against environmental factors to help prevent damage.
- It reinforces the hydro-lipid layer for better skin hydration.
- It renews the skin's structure and speeds up micro-circulation in order to slow down the aging process.
- It can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scar tissue.
- It accelerates cell oxygenation for a more elastic, soft and luminous skin
- It is absorbed in seconds; it hydrates dry skin, drains oily skins and rejuvenates dull skin.
- It is effective against acne, with it's anti-bacterial properties, helping to heal the skin without creating flakiness and redness
- It soothes problem skin including psoriasis and eczema.
- It conditions and strengthens both the hair and nails.


Argan Oil is Especialy Recomended For:

- skin irritations
- psoriasis
- eczema
- acne
- dry or oily skin
- delicate facial skin.


Fatty Acid Composition of Argan Oil

The following is a list of some of the key compounds naturally present in Argan Oil.

Fatty Acids 99% (Major constituents)
Oleic (Omega 9) 45.3—46.9
Linoleic (Omega 6) 31.6—35.0
Palmitic 12—13.9 Stearic 5.5—5.7
Linolenic 0.2
Arachidonic 0.4

Oleic Acid (omega-9) is an essential fatty acid (can not be made by the body) of the monosaturated group. It can be derived from both plant and animal sources. It is found in all cell membranes where it helps the cells to perform their vital functions. It has an anti-inflamatory function, decreases wrinkles and helps in skin regeneration.

Linoleic Acid (omega-6) Also an essential fatty acid and precursor of vitamin F, linoleic acid helps to preserve cell integrity and stimulates the contractions of blood vesels reducing inflamation. It is associated with reducing the signs of eczema, psoriasis and with clearing acne and rosacea. Argan oil contains three times the quantity of linoleic acid as olive oil. There is an excess of oleic acid in the sebum of acne sufferers, linoleic acid can help resore the fluidity of the sebum, giving relief.

Vitamin E contains important anti-oxidants. It is a fat soluable vitamin which exists in 8 different forms (isomers), Alpha, Beta, Delta and Gamma-Tocopherols and Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gamma-Tocotrienols. They are a powerful anti-oxidant protecting the lipid structures from oxidation and free radical damage. In deactivating free radicals they stimulate cell oxygenation. This process restores the hydrophilic layer making the skin smoother, more elastic and more radiant reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In Argan oil 75mg/100g of the total tocopherols is gamma-tocpherol which protects against nitrogen-based free radicals associated with ageing. Gamma-tocopheral is currently being studied as a cancer preventative. Tocotrienols, also found in argan oil, has a 50 times greater anti-oxidant potential than that of tocopherols!

Squalene which regenerates, nourishes and hydrates the skin is contained in high quantities in Argan Oil (310mg/100g). Squalene forms 5-8% of the sebum which is naturally secreted by the skin to provide a protective and softening barier on the surface, it binds and absorbs fat soluable toxins helping the skin to eliminate them from the body. Sometimes the sebum produced by the body is too thick, clogging the pores - squalene helps restore the viscuous balance and self-cleansing of the pores, which would otherwise invite bacterial infection. Importantly squalene deactivates a kind of free radical caused by exposure to UV radiation, it has antibacterial properties and is suggested to protect against skin cancer.

Sterols boost moisture retention in hair and skin. In Argan Oil the plant-based sterols comprise Schottenol (48% of the sterols) with anti-carcinogenic potential, and Spinasterol (40% of the sterols) with probable anti-tumeric effects, they may also help the T-cells of the immune system destroy cells containing viruses. These sterols are rarely found in vegetable oil and although a similar substance from shark livers is being marketed, ethical consumers should shy away from the animal derived form.

Xanthophyll, a form of carotene, has been shown to modify the skin's response to ultra-violet radiation.

While many high-end and pricey cosmetics contain these compounds, often in isolation and often synthetically formed, nothing can be better than to use the 'whole' oil containing a natural range

 

Ion Cleanse Detox Footbath

How It Works

For optimal health the body is composed of 80% negative electrons or ions (anions) and 20% positive electrons or ions (cations). When negative electrons in the body are exposed to pollutants, or other stressors from the environment of unhealthy lifestyles they become positively charged and when in excess are toxic to the body. These toxins interfere with the optimal functioning of the body and can lead to any number of symptoms.


The Ion-Cleanse Detox footbath is essentially electrolysis of water to break down water molecules into thousands of ions that in turn create an electromagnetic energy field that travels through the feet and permeates the body. Once inside the body these ions start to neutralize the cations within the body and draw them out of the body through osmosis. The Ion-Cleanse foot baths create energy by altering the electron and proton load in the water to create an electromagnetic environment or “Bio-energetically” altering the water environment in which the patient places his or her feet to experience the donation of appropriate ions.


The donation of appropriate ions increases the body’s energy or simply translated “life energy”. This safe and painless tool is used to detoxify and balance the energy meridians of the body by the creation of this ionic field which helps to neutralize and eliminate harmful free radicals while removing unwanted debris. At the same time the treatment helps to balance the pH of the body.


Within the human body are energy channels known in Chinese Medicine as meridians. These meridians provide a pathway for energy to flow to or from a particular organ. These pathways begin or end at points on the feet. A person’s current state of health is determined by how well the energy in the body flows through these meridians


It is impossible to remove all the toxins that we are exposed to on a daily basis however we can utilize tools to aid the detoxification processes of the body. These include oral cleansing programs, infrared sauna baths and up-regulating the functioning of the emunctory or the elimination organs: kidney, digestive tract, lungs, lymphatic system and skin.


The skin is the second largest organ of elimination (after the lungs). During the foot bath the body easily absorbs negative ions which neutralize free radicals and allow cells to more readily release toxins and absorb oxygen.


What Will You Experience

Healthy individuals can expect to feel lighter and experience a greater feeling of well being, reporting an increase in energy, vitality and improved sleep patterns. Others report improved recovery time and improved liver, kidney and bowel functions such as reduced fluid retention. Feelings of improved mental clarity and relaxation are most often reported. Some patients with pain, edema and swollen joints have reported relief immediately. Other patients with arthritis, allergies, gout, lymphadema, headaches and neuralgia as well as other symptoms have experienced relief and benefit with multiple treatments.


What Happens During the Treatment

Your therapist will immerse your feet in a bath of warm salty water and instruct you not to move your feet during the 30 minute treatment in order to enhance the view of the treatment while in progress. The Ion-Cleanse Therapy Unit is plugged into the wall using a surge protector and the unit is equipped to automatically shut down if the salt solution gradient is not satisfactory for optimal functioning. The stainless steel array is immersed into the bath. This array is what generates the positive or negative ions that create the energy field for the duration of the treatment. Please note that moving your feet during the treatment will not affect the outcome of the treatment in any way.

The salt in the water provides the optimum conductivity. The ideal amperage during treatment is 1.5 to 2.1 (to generate the most negative ions) but this number will fluctuate during treatment.


Why Does The Water Change Color?

All tap water has natural occurring minerals and impurities which are drawn out during this electrolysis treatment. The tea color of the water is due to this process. Some gases are also released including oxygen, chlorine and some sulphurs. The stainless steel array will also release some metals. The skin of the hands or feet depending on the pH of the skin will also release remnants of soap, creams, dyes and fibres, substances from sebaceous glands in the skin and of course dead skin cells. The internal health of the body will also influence and manifest in the water. The typical colors seen include: black, green, white, yellow and orange. The color of the water during the treatments will vary from treatment to treatment due to the energy state of the person and their toxicity level. Please note that the changing water color is not what this treatment is all about. It is about the effect the energy has on the body!


Guidelines During Therapy

Remove all jewelry, include watches
Do not use a cell phone or a computer
If taking prescription medications take 6 hours before or 6 hours after treatment
Following the treatment replenish electrolytes with supplemental minerals including vitamin C and vegetable juices.


Contraindications

Children under age 5
Pregnant or lactating women
Anyone with pacemakers, electrical implants, breast implants and transplanted organs
Anyone with open wounds on their feet (use hands instead)
Anyone with Type 1 diabetes, congestive heart failure, dialysis
* Please note those with joint replacements and metal plates are safe to use the Ion-Cleanse Foot Bath.


Side Effects

The Ion-Cleanse Foot Bath is a detoxification treatment so those who have any degree of toxicity can expect to have some cleansing reactions. These may result in feelings of fatigue, headache and similar symptoms of the flu. These symptoms will abate with subsequent treatments and will do so more quickly by combining the treatments with Far-Infrared sauna, or Heel Detox Kit.


Recommendations for Ion-Cleanse Foot Bath Detoxification

It is best to be on some kind of detoxification program while you are doing a series of detox foot baths to reduce cleansing reactions. These reactions are usually very mild and temporary and can include symptoms of headaches and fatigue. You can augment your detox footbath results with a total detoxification program, including FIR sauna, colon hydrotherapy and either the Heel Detox Kit (more simple) or the Blessed Herbs Internal Cleanse System (21 days and more involved). The Detox Kit is a homeopathic kit of remedies that help open up the key drainage organs in the body: the liver, lymph and kidney. 10 drops of each remedy is put into one liter of water and drunk throughout the day. This kit lasts for one month. The Internal Cleanse System has a more involved schedule for taking the supplements and cleansing herbs.

It is recommended to do at least 3 consecutive foot baths while on a detoxification program but to really put a dent in the chemical toxic load of the body, 10 weekly consecutive treatments are ideal. Resting 1- 2 months before resuming more treatments prevents excessive fatigue as a result of overly rapid detoxification.

During the procedure some electrolytes might be lost including calcium, magnesium, sodium, zinc, chromium and potassium. To replenish, taking your supplements after the treatment might be best. These should include minerals, vitamin C and essential fats such as cod liver and borage oil. Drinking vegetable juices, and green drink or Emergen-C mineral drink just after each treatment is recommended.

Elimination of toxins using the detox bath happens primarily through the kidney with maximum discharge occurring 6-10 hours after the bath treatment but continues for 1-3 days afterwards as well. According to some German studies the key elements discharged include aluminum, titanium, barium, nickel, lead, silver, tin, thallium and beryllium.

 

Health Benefits of Sauna Therapy

History

Sitting in a sauna or lying under a steam canopy is a vigorous activity that produces an artificial “fever”, pushing every organ of the body into action, just as if you were jogging or doing other aerobic activity.  The immune system is stimulated, triggering the production of white blood cells and T cells (killer cells).  The skin, the body’s largest organ, cleanses you from the inside out as you relax and sweat. 
Historically, the oldest known medical writings of Ayurvedic Medicine praise the benefits of sweating.  In fact, it considers sweating so important for good health that it prescribes regular sweat baths and thirteen other methods to induce a sweat.  The medicinal value of sweating has been extolled throughout the centuries and in all cultures; for example: the Finnish sauna, Russian banya, Turkish hammam and Native American sweatlodge.  Physicians throughout the ages have said that sweating is as essential to health as eating, sleeping and breathing. 


Detoxification

Today, people are more sedentary and nutrient deficient, with more toxic overload, so the need is even greater to sweat than ever before.  During a 15-minute sauna, about one quart of sweat is excreted.  Some of this is heavy metal excretion, such as mercury and lead, which would take the kidneys at least 24 hours to eliminate.  This is why the skin is often referred to as the third kidney.

Skin Exfoliation

Combining sauna and steam with dry skin brushing, or other forms of exfoliation (scrubs, Hammam glove and loofa) removes dead skin cells that accumulate on the epidermis.  If not removed, they clog the pores and cause dry, flakey skin. 

Circulatory and Metabolic Effect

Heat opens the pores and increases circulation through vasodilation.   As the blood vessels dilate, blood rushes into the tissues bringing oxygen and nutrients.  This increased circulation also helps to remove cellular wastes, thereby increasing the detoxification effect.   A half-hour sessions in the sauna can burn up to 600 calories, which can assist in weight loss.   Studies have shown a beneficial effect on the heart and circulatory system through repeated sauna therapy.   It appears to put a similar stress on the cardiovascular system as does exercise, and can be a beneficial conditioning tool for most people.

Arthritis, Joint and Muscular Inflammation

Heat offers relief to people with osteoarthritis by dilating blood vessels.  Heat also decreases muscle spasms, relieves pain and can increase range of motion from over-exercise or stress. Combining a mineral mud treatment such as Moor Mud helps to penetrate the minerals into the system.

Contraindications

  • PREGNANT WOMEN

  • DIABETES

  • HEART DISEASE

  • EPILEPSY

  • UNDER INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS

  • BLEEDING OR CHRONIC SKIN CONDITIONS

 

Benefits of Tulsi (Holy Basil)

  • Helps promote your respiratory system health

  • Supports your healthy vision

  • Gives you antioxidant protection against free radicals

  • Helps you alleviate minor discomfort and irritation

  • Provides you with a calming effect and relief from occasional stress

  • Helps bolster your immune system

  • May even give your stamina a boost

  • Helps promote your healthy metabolism

  • Balances the health of your digestive system

  • Helps you maintain blood sugar levels in the normal range

  • Provides you with skeletal and joint support

  • Aids you in supporting normal cholesterol levels


*Shanti is the brand name we carry of Tulsi



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