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A common misconception when it comes to cleansing the body and maintaining good health is that the symptoms the body experiences during recovery are the actual sickness. They are not! Symptoms indicate that the body has detected irritants and/or abnormalities . So most acute disease symptoms are simply the body's effort to remove excess waste through the elimination channels (i.e. skin, lungs, urine or bowels). In other words, symptoms are indicators that the body needs an oil change and tune up.

When it comes to immune defense and cleansing the body there are four major elimination channels. 1) The gastrointestinal tract; 2) the liver; 3) the glandular system; and 4) the respiratory System.

The gastrointestinal tract is your second brain and first line of defense! It consists of the mouth, esophagus, the stomach, large and small intestines and the colon. Science has shown that there are complex networks of nerves and neurotransmitters in the intestines that function to communicate vital information to the brain. Hence the ancient phrase, "you should always go with your gut", is in fact a true statement figuratively and literally. The truth is that as you regulate your body to function more in alignment with a holistic/naturopathic lifestyle the easier it becomes to recognize when and what your body is communicating. 

As our first line of defense we must be aware of what may trigger inflammation within the gastrointestinal tract and weaken our immune system thereby opening up the pathway to destruction, discomfort, and disease. Some of the major causes in the break down of the gastrointestinal tract that can lead to intestinal inflammation and further disease are antibiotics, food allergies, synthetic drugs and medication, other chemicals like processed foods and pesticides, as well as microorganisms.  Medical research has even linked all of the following diseases with intestinal inflammation including arthritis, allergies, eczema and other skin diseases, some cancers, asthma, as well as mental health diseases like depression, ADHD, and schizophrenia.  So don't be a glut and clean your gut!! Click here for the HAT Shop's digestive tract detoxes, cleanses, and toning formulas.

The second line of defense is the liver. Though it is the second line of defense, it is the body's primary filtration system. It converts toxins in to waste products, cleanses the blood, functions as a storehouse for nutrients and metabolizes food substances to provide the body with some of its most important nutrients among many other things. However if the liver is overwhelmed, overburdened with waste, and lacks essential nutrients, then it too will become irritated and inflamed.

Symptoms that the liver is overburdened with toxins include a sensation of bloating or stuffiness under the right rib cage, frequent abdominal gas and bloating, headaches (especially migraines), skin eruptive diseases (like acne, rashes, hives, and eczema), dizziness, eye problems, PMS, mood disregulation, uterine fibroids, varicose veins, insomnia at night with a groggy feeling in the morning, depression, swollen lymph nodes, poor appetite and severe body odor. Click here for the HAT Shops liver detoxes, cleanses, and toning formulas.

The third line of defense is the glandular system. The major organs of the glandular system include the thyroid, the adrenals, pituitary, and reproductive glands. When the liver is overwhelmed, the endocrine glands force elimination through other organs. For instance, the thyroid gland forces elimination through the skin and mucous membranes. The adrenals increase elimination through the urinary and reproductive systems. The pituitary gland is the master gland and regulates the body's hormone production and thus an imbalance in the glandular system's ability to function can result in poor hormonal circulation throughout the body, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other endocrine system related conditions. Click here for the HAT Shops glandular system detoxes, cleanses, and toning formulas. 

The fourth line of defense is the Respiratory System. It is the last but definitely not the least important. I mean think about it.. If you stop breathing... Its a wrap!! The respiratory system includes your nose, throat, ears, and lungs and is responsible for taking in oxygen and expelling toxins like carbon dioxide. Its primary organs are the lungs, which carry out an exchange of gases as we breath. The Respiratory system works closely with the circulatory system to pump oxygen rich blood to all cells in the body. The blood then collects carbon dioxide as well as other waste products and transports them back to the lungs where they are pumped out of the body during exhalation. When the respiratory system is inflamed and needs cleansing we experience these complications as acute diseases like sinusitis, ear infections, soar throats, bronchitis. More chronic inflammation may result in asthma or pneumonia. Click here for the HAT Shops Respiratory detoxes, cleanses, and toning formulas. 

Often times, people seek to remedy disease by suppressing or arresting symptoms which are mechanisms of the eliminative channels within the body. If there's a fever, they'll take a fever reducer. If there's a cough, they'll take a cough suppressant. If there's a runny nose, they'll take an anti-histamine. If there's a stomach ache, they'll take a tums or drink some Pepto Bismol, and so on. Well the reality is that when we treat the body in this way we are only covering up, smothering, or attacking the very actions that the body is producing in efforts to recover. It is critical to note that taking such medications and treating the body allopathically drives waste/toxins deeper into the body and leads to more serious chronic and degenerative diseases because as we all know, as above so below just as within... so without! 

It is the first principle of understanding in the science of thermodynamics; the Law of Conservation. Regarding the Law of Conservation, Albert Einstein asserts that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Energy can only be transferred or changed from one state to another.  So keep in mind when you are attempting to suppress your bodies natural process for eliminating waste/toxins you are only shifting the energy to manifest in other more intense dis-eased states. Our focus must be on aiding the body in releasing waste and toxins that will lead to inflammation. Click here to purchase the HAT Shops detoxes, cleanses, and toning formulas. 

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