Welcome To The HSP Experts Guide To An Empowered 2013 Program

The HSP Experts' Guide To An Empowered 2013- HSP Health Blog

Welcome to the The HSP Experts Guide To An Empowered 2013. We will be posting a series of articles starting on Wednesday, January 2nd according to the schedule below:

Wednesday, January 2

Our High Sensitivity: Both A Gift and Vulnerability to Anxiety by Douglas Eby

Douglas is a highly regarded expert on sensitivity and creativity. As he shows in his article, people who are highly sensitive have both physical and social reasons to suffer from anxiety. Unfortunately the cost to all of us in lost creativity is great. Douglas’ article offers numerous tips and links to important references that will help a sensitive person reduce their anxiety levels so that they can be more effective. 

Friday, January 4

Emotional Healing And The Body by Mary Kay Parkinson

Mary Kay is an expert on emotional healing. She shows us a way for highly sensitive people to heal from painful emotions. For highly sensitive people, there is no escape from the healing needs of their painful feelings; however, you have to have a realistic plan to do so. Mary Kay provides the insights you need to heal either by yourself or with the assistance of others.

Monday, January 7

Changing Habits by Ted Zeff, Ph.D.

Ted Zeff has spent more than 25 years counseling highly sensitive adults and children. As a result he has a lot of experience with change to share with us. Ted’s article discusses two important aspects of change: the need to take steps to create it and the need to proceed with compassion for ourselves. His article helps us consider how to do that.

Wednesday January 9

Highly Self Employed by Grace Kerina

Grace Kerina is a self-employed HSP, who leads us through her path to self-employment. She shows us why she considered it and how she learned to take her gifts and apply them in the world of work. Part of her path was learning how being sensitive and empathetic was of value to others in her life. Her article is a useful way for HSPs to consider how self-emplyment might suit them.

Friday, January 11

The HSPs 7 Paths to Reducing Overwhelm by Mari J. Dionne

Highly sensitive people suffer from sensory overload and overwhelm. Mari discusses the implications of sensory overload and the tendency to develop sensory defensiveness to compensate for it. She offers exercises for handling it and also describes 7 paths for reducing the stress and tendency to isolate ourselves as a coping mechanism.

Wednesday, January 16

Top 10 List For A Happier And Healthier 2013 For HSPs by Jim Hallowes

Jim Hallowes discusses his favorite health and relationship advice for highly sensitive people from years of counseling HSP’s. He also provides a great list of books for highly sensitive people seeking to improve their lives by gaining from the wisdom of people who have travelled the path to empowerment and well-being before them.

Friday, January 18

Using The Creative Process To Heal And Create Change by Maria Hill

Maria is a highly sensitive person and an artist. She shows us how to use the creative process to create the steps of change in our lives. Change can be something we dream about, think about and wish for. But if we cannot take concrete steps to make it happen, our wishes will remain unfulfilled. The creative process can help brings our desires into reality.

We hope you will join us for these informative articles on empowering yourself for a productive and happy 2013.


Finding Our Way Home – Happy Holidays!



Not in the sense of getting in our cars and driving somewhere.

Not in the sense of home as an identity.

We Have Gotten Lost!

The holidays are more than a celebration. And I am not talking about a spiritual event in the traditional sense.

But this year presents us with a particular urgency beyond shopping, food and families with all of their conflicts.

Hurricane Sandy and the Newtown, CT killings of so many young children have touched a nerve in many us. We have gotten lost and need to do something about it.

What Has Happened To Us?

Our world is devolving into a series of disasters: wars, ecological damage and superstorms, and tragedies like Newtown which make our hearts hurt.

No place on earth is exempt, apparently. No age or innocence is a deterrent for the wars, violence  and environmental harm that is taking over our lives.

Many systems which should be supporting our lives have become military or disaster handling systems. Healthcare, which treats health issues as a problem to attack, is a perfect example.

Disasters and wars are expensive and drown our the rest of the lives with their huge costs. Social “entitlements” are frequently touted as the causes of our problems, while the huge costs of our wars and large scale disasters are accepted in an offhand  manner. $100-150 billion is the financial impact of storms like Katrina and Sandy. Wars have a huge cost as well.

But this is not just about the money.

Something more important is at stake.

Progress Is Up For Grabs

I read once that war stops growth and I think it makes sense.

I am not referring to capitalistic growth; I mean personal growth.

Anyone living in a war zone can only attempt to survive each day. Longer term considerations of education and other forms of development are necessarily put on the back burner. Therefore allowing disasters and wars to dominate our cultural lives is a way of hijacking the social space. It is a way of hijacking priorities. It is a subtle or not so subtle form of discrimination depending on your awareness of it.

It is very controlling.

We are at a point in our history where many people have been working on themselves to be a part of creating a world that is more humane, generous and sustainable. However, we are at risk. With 7 billion people on the planet, we are now being overwhelmed by disasters of all kinds.

Life Is Not War

I do not think that life was ever meant to be a war, I think we have made it that way. When we go to war, we claim the world for some and not for others. Unfortunately that has never been true.

The world is a home to all creatures and living forms. We humans are a small part of it.

So finding our way home means coming to terms with it – with our small place in the larger cosmos and respecting that we share it with everyone else.

It means being a part of making the amazing world a good home for everyone.

It means asking, “What is my part to play in making this world a great home?”

Coming Home

This year has provided us with a serious wake-up call in many ways.

Home is not a building. It is not a place.

Home is inside us. It is a soft place of wonder, generosity, and humility. It is open, sharing and creative.

It is a place each of us needs to find so that we can offer it and help us to do the same. Then we will truly have a special place on this amazing planet that is a home to all of us.

I wish you the best of holidays and a great journey home.

The HSP Experts’ Guide To An Empowered 2013

The HSP Experts' Guide To An Empowered 2013- HSP Health Blog
The HSP Experts' Guide To An Empowered 2013


This year HSP Health has decided to do something different.

In response to our recent survey, we have invited HSP experts to offer their wisdom to help highly sensitive people get off to a good start in 2013.

Highly sensitive people can become frustrated by the challenge of being who they are.

Our experts are very familiar with all of the HSP challenges having advised highly sensitive people for many years.

The HSP Experts Guide To An Empowered 2013

Seven wonderful HSP experts will be offering their assistance to help you navigate the start of 2013. As the title suggests, the topic is empowerment. All of our contributors are experts on the subject of empowerment. They will be helping you to become stronger and more empowered to create a wonderful life for yourself:

  • Douglas Eby is a writer, researcher and online publisher on creative expression and personal growth. He is creator of the Talent Development Resources series of sites and author of the books Developing Multiple Talents: The personal side of creative expression and Being Highly Sensitive and Creative.
  • Ted Zeff Ph.D., received his doctorate in psychology in 1981 from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Zeff has more than 25 years experience counseling sensitive children and adults. He currently teaches workshops and consults internationally on coping strategies for highly sensitive children and adults. Dr. Zeff is considered one of the world’s experts on the trait of high sensitivity. He has given presentations and workshops in Denmark, The Netherlands and in many venues throughout the United States. He is the author of The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide, The Highly Sensitive Person’s Companion and The Strong, Sensitive Boy. His books have been translated into five languages. Dr. Zeff’s articles about how to detect and prevent bullying have appeared in many magazines including Texas and Ohio state PTA, Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy and the Connecticut School Psychologists Association He has been interviewed by Good Morning Bay Area on NBC TV, National Public Radio and Psychology Today, as well as by Dutch and Danish magazines.
  • Grace Kerina  gently teaches writing skills to people who want to inspire and help others (like solo entrepreneurs and life coaches), helping them navigate their own writing process, write more confidently, master marketing materials, polish website copy, blog meaningfully, start and finish books, and more.
  • Cliff Harwin is the owner of The Highly Sensitive Person Publishing Company and the author of the book, Making Sense of Your High Sensitivity: Discover, Develop and Maximize Your Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) Traits. In his book, he reflects upon his life and provides a unique perspective on the lessons that he has learned as a highly sensitive person. The purpose of his company is to provide thought-provoking, inspirational, and insightful information from a personal perspective.
  • Mary Kay Parkinson is an, HSP, energy healer and life coach based in Maryland. Her site offers information about the HSP trait, and many articles about living well as an HSP.  Mary Kay is a highly trained psychologist, energy healer and coach in spiritual development. She has a BA in Psychology, and has studied at the  Center for Intentional LivingBarbara Brennan School of Healing , the Bert Hellinger Institute USA, and the Potomac Massage Training Institute. 
  • Jim Hallowes is Founder of Highly Sensitive People® and the HighlySensitivePeople website. He is a speaker, coach, educator and expert on the trait of high sensitivity and highly sensitive people. He’s a Certified ASR® Coach and Trainer and is a Certified Transactional Analysis Practitioner dealing primarily with highly sensitive people. Jim Hallowes is the former Executive Director of the Dr. Pat Allen WANT® Institute  “Educators of Effective Communication Strategies.” Jim is also an Award-Winning Producer / Director, Member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) since 1984, and is a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the EMMYs).
  • Mari J Dionne is a Holistic Health Practitioner, board certified through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, specializing in nutrition, supplements, and alternative remedies.She also a degree in Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Counseling from Pierce College in Steilacoom, Washington, with coursework in nutrition, anatomy, physiology and pharmacology, crisis intervention, and behavioral counseling. In addition to her formal education she has studied various forms of energy balancing. Mari is also a highly sensitive person, meaning she was born with a sensitive nervous system. Her gift is empathy, meaning she has the ability to pick up on emotions associated with people, places, and things that others may miss. She applies her combined education, knowledge, and expertise toward helping other highly sensitive people, like herself, to relieve stress syndromes doctors have a hard time treating, if at all, by offering lifestyle management solutions and all-natural, body-based remedies when being highly sensitive hurts.

The program will begin on January 1. I hope you can join us.

Are You Ready For The Great Turning?



It’s in the air.

A change that is inescapable, long overdue, and very welcome.

Are you ready?

What’s Coming

I am going to make a bold statement.

We are going to go through a HUGE overhaul of the way we organize ourselves and how we live.

It’s called The Great Turning.

The top down hierarchical structures of the past several thousand years are inadequate to meet our current needs and too destructive to maintain.

Top down hierarchical models concentrate knowledge, power and resources in the hands of a few people. There is no guarantee that those few people are wise or interested in the common good. Recent events have reminded us of that fact.

What is needed is a more organic way of organizing our shared reality, one that offers us greater potential for creating lives with high well-being.

The End Of The War Model

We are currently in what is called as the Great Turning. The Living Economies Forum does a wonderful job of explaining the change called The Great Turning from war based dominator cultural systems to a new partnership model of human existence.

The dominator model has dominated human culture for at least 5000 years. The dominator model can also be thought of as a war model or as empire.

5000 years is a very long time. It is so long that, to many, it is THE definition of reality because that is what they know and taught from one generation to another.

However, war is a structure just like any other and there is nothing sacred about it as a model for human cultural systems.

So What Is The Great Turning?

The Great Turning is a change in the basis of human society, in the ideas upon which human society is built.

And it is necessary.

War-like dominator cultures leave a lot of wreckage. The larger the size of the human race, the greater the wreakage. Now that we number more than 7 billion, we cannot afford so many people at war with each other. Even if only some are at war with each other  the cost is more than we can sustain.

We are on a collision course over our natural resources. Wars consume a huge amount of resources. So do 7 billion people. Something has to give. What has to give is the war-based empire model. At some point we have to deal with the consequence of this reckless approach to living or totally destroy our natural home.

If there is one advantage to the large numbers of people on the planet is that so many are giving voice to the need to change in order to prevent catastrophic environmental collapse, although the hour is late. According to the Human Development Index, 14.6% of the total world human population is located in highly developed countries. This means that those who are most advantaged by the existing system are vastly outnumbered.

Recent global movements demonstrate a willingness on the part of many people around the world to seek new living and governing solutions. After all, the past 50 years has been devoted to increased education and empowerment all over the world. People are ready for change.

The combination of  a large human population, peak oil, climate change and the empowerment movement creates the conditions where change becomes necessary and inevitable.

So What Does The Great Turning Mean For Our Lives?

I think there will be a lot of great changes coming from this important step in human society:

  • economies will become local and regional because we cannot afford to ship food and goods all over the world any more. There is not enough oil.
  • communities will want to provide for their own basic necessities including food, water and fuel.
  • people will turn more and more to alternative health since our allopathic system is heavily oil based. Everything in a hospital including medication requires a lot of oil to produce. In addition, unhealthy eating and other poor health practices will be eliminated since the resources to sustain them will not be available.
  • maintenance of our bodies, communities and environments will become a top priority to wean ourselves from a war culture. We will become much more serious about prevention, to which we only pay lip service now.
  • basic needs will trump all luxuries. When people can expect that their basic needs will be met, there is no need to go to war to secure required life supplies. This will reduce and eventually minimize the need for a military, police and jails which will increasingly be considered a very wasteful use of resources.
  • we will all share more as we become more resource smart out of necessity.
  • cooperation and partnership will replace adversarial governance.
  • there will be a long period of recovery. It may last a century or more since global warming is on a path to exceed “safe” temperature increases.
  • technology will evolve human interaction to a equal basis. The internet will create an organic communication system of shared knowledge that will replace more controlled information systems. It cannot be stopped. The internet may become the new education system.
  • after a period of transition which will be challenging, people will enjoy more freedom than at any time in the past.
  • everyone will need to develop new skills to participate in more egalitarian community structures in more open societies.
  • the return to craft and making your own clothing, food and other products will accelerate to replace the capitalistic retail system of securing goods. The new self-reliance will be a foundation for increased freedom in the future.
  • any institutions that are resource intensive will be reconsidered: cultural, economic etc.
  • marginalized groups especially creative and healing ones will be valued.
  • there will be an interest in supporting all life on the planet not just the lives of a few.

I think this will be a Golden Age for highly sensitive people. HSP’s bring empathy and healing at this important time in our history. All that is needed is understanding how to contribute to the important changes that have to be made.

In spite of all of our problems, I am very encouraged by desire of so many people to create a more compassionate world, for humans, animals and the environment. I am encouraged by the growth of the animal rights and human rights efforts.

Many times I have wondered why we humans have not created cultures that offer a way of life worth participating in. War, competition and mindless consumption are not uplifting life strategies. For all of us who have wanted our purpose to align with our more compassionate natures, the Great Turning is a dream come true.

Why Responsibility Is Not Enough

Why Responsibility Is Not Enough- HSP Health Blog

Photo Jean-Marc-Astesana

Have you ever noticed how the word responsibility gets thrown around a lot?

Does it seem strange that in spite of that we have so many pressing problems in our world?

I think it is worth asking why that is.

Responsibility Is Not Stewardship

When we talk about responsibility we are usually referring to tasks:

  • you are responsible for certain tasks in your work.
  • you are responsible for your share of the work at home
  • you are responsible for your health
  • you are responsible for how you treat others.

Notice that all of these responsibilities have a predominantly task oriented short-term focus.

A short term focus is not intrinsically problematic unless that is all that is going on. What is interesting is that this kind of responsibility is very compartmentalized. Therefore it is very difficult to get a big picture perspective and we live with a kind of short-term tunnel vision. When people do not have perspective, they are usually reacting to their circumstances with all of  the negative implications that go with being reactive.

This short term responsibility structure doesn’t just apply to individuals. When individuals who operate this way create groups and organizations, they often create similar structures.

When the word responsibility is used there is often an implied expectation that we support the status quo – the economic and cultural system that we live in. That can be satisfactory some of the time; however, all cultural ecologies have a life cycle. When the system is not longer working and devolving, supporting it may be counterproductive and even self-destructive. It can also mean living in a state of continual crisis.

Why Responsibility Is Not Enough

When we focus on short term responsibilities we may think that we are doing the right thing, and in some ways we are. However there is a considerable downside:

  • we organize ourselves around taking care of the latest emergency
  • we spend time being consumed by the emergencies of others.
  • we may chose easier activities which are faster to complete over activities that require more skill and sustained attention.
  • we are likely to ignore longer term maintenance tasks until they become the next emergency.
  • we become short-sighted and neglect important parts of life in favor of survival strategies

Good intentions can get us in a lot of trouble by making it difficult to set priorities in a way that supports us in a long-term and sustainable way.

Crises can take over our lives and prevent us from engaging in any sort of growth and development. We may think that we are doing the right thing by rising to the occasion when a problem presents itself for attention, and actually be shooting ourselves in the foot if we make this process a way of life. In fact, it can feel like we are digging our own grave.

We instinctively known when our way of life is not serving us. If that way of life is the norm, stepping outside of it to make new choices, can be difficult and require a lot of courage.

How Stewardship Helps

Stewardship is a different way of thinking about life. It brings short term and long term considerations together. It is an approach to living that lets us take care of life necessities and maintenance requirements and still have time for personal development. There is no comflict between the two.

Stewardship lets us see beyond current circumstances. It enlarges our responsibility to include our talents and the sustainability of the planet.

Stewardship sees beyond the status quo in an ever changing world.

Stewardship sees our environment as creating the conditions for our living experience. Our environment is therefore very important and critical to our well being, it is not just there to be consumed and exploited.

At a personal level, stewardship lets us pace ourselves. We can take the time to grow. We can take the time to take care of ourselves. We can align with the larger challenges of our time, do our part and not have the world on our shoulders. We are one of many stewards.

Stewardship is living in the spirit of friendship. It is HSP friendly. It is friendly to all people, in fact. and I think it is what we sorely need right now.

13 Herbs For Detoxing

Mixed Salad © by the Italian voice

My cat, Kelly, loves to eat my asparagus fern.

She is detoxing.

I learned from Dr. John Douillard of Lifespa in Colorado that new greens which emerge from the ground in the spring are meant to help us cleanse our intestinal tract after a winter of eating heavy insulating foods. There are specific steps in an effective detox:  Which Detoxing Steps Are You Missing?

In order to detox well, you need the right diet and practices that will support the cleansing of your system.  In addition, there are herbs that are especially effective for removing the toxins that make you sluggish and create disease.

These are 13 Ayurvedic herbs for an effective detox and rejuvenation program (1)(2):

  1. for cleaning the lymphatic system, where our immune system is located: manjistha. According to the Ayurvedic Encyclopedia, manjistha is one of the best herbs for blood purification and for detoxing the liver of environmental toxins which are increasingly a reason for poor health. It also cleans and regulates the liver, spleen, pancreas and kidneys, all organs which are important parts of the digestive system, and is anti-cancer and anti-tumor.
  2. for repairing the mucus membrane of the gut, which becomes dysfunctional when clogged by heavy foods: turmeric. Turmeric helps relieve the mucus buildup that comes from eating heavy foods, regulates the metabolism, is a natural antibiotic that improves intestinal flora and purifies the blood.  It improves IBS, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease and all inflammatory conditions.
  3. thinning the bile so that toxins do not get backed up in the liver forcing them into the body where they will be stored in fat cells: beets, fenugreek, cinnamon.
    • Beets improve lymph, liver and gall bladder functioning and act as a laxative as well.
    • Fenugreek is a rejuvenating herb that improves liver function and diabetic symptoms.
    • Cinnamon is a strengthener: it strengthens the metabolism, one’s constitution and the individual organs of digestion: the liver, spleen pancreas and kidneys.
  4. cleansing the liver  for proper processing of fat soluble toxins: amalaki, guduchi, barberry.
    • Amalaki cleans the intestines, stops stomach and intestinal inflammation, and improves the symptoms of diabetes and gastrointestinal conditions.
    • Guduchi is a blood purifier that improves digestion. It supports the immune system.
    • Barberry is a kind of decongestant in that it reduces fat, reduces congestion in the stomach, regulates liver functioning and destroys toxins in the body.
  5. cell regeneration: shilajit. Shilajit restores oxygen and nutrition to depleted cells and strengthens the immune system.
  6. balancing blood sugar: gymnema sylvestre removes sugar from the pancreas and restores pancreatic function and making it one of the most important  Ayurvedic herbs for diabetes.
  7. restoring digestion: ginger, black pepper, long pepper. These three herbs all act on digestion to stimulate and restore the digestive fire.

These are all important and useful herbs for anyone seeking a strong digestive detox. I have personally used then and have been very pleased with the improvement to my well-being. They are worth considering as part of a detoxification plan.

(1) Some herbal information obtained from the Ayurvedic Encyclopedia.

(2)These herbs are part of Dr. John Douillard’s Colorado Cleanse.

Walls Do Not Make Us Safe

Wall Street © by Manu_H

The walls are up in our society.

All sorts of walls: brick, stone, identity, geographical, ideological, and economic.

There there are physical walls of race, sex and physical abilities.

Roles and social affiliations are another form of wall.

So are rules.

We can’t live with them and we cannot live without them.

Why We Have Walls

Walls are not intrinsically a problem. However, after thousands of years of creating walls to protect ourselves we are now drowning in them.

Rules, roles, customs, conventions, expressed expectations, unexpressed expectations. There are a lot of ways to create walls. We humans have been very creative about it.

And of course we all have our personal walls including our habits and personalities.

Many of our walls came into being when we needed them when our species was younger and more defenseless. They became a part of our reality out of necessity. Now with 7 billion people on the planet they are being questioned in a more serious way than every before.

Walls are meant to protect us when we need protecting. They are not meant to just keep others out. There is a distinction. Walls are a closed and fixed structure; boundaries are more open and flexible.

The Limitations Of Walls

Sometime walls are contrived and sometimes they are not. Sometimes they help and sometimes they do not.

There is a reason why, however, at this particular point in time we are in need of a rethink about walls more so than others:

  1. 7 billion people all with their own walls is unwieldy.
  2. we have always needed to cooperate. However, the complexity of our current human systems and the demands on them require a more skillful interdependency.
  3. our problems are bigger. There are too many of us for the resources on the planet. Our walls are making it harder to solve our big problems and we cannot shut ourselves off from the needs of others.
Walls are what we have when boundaries fail, when we cannot find a way to negotiate our differing needs and claims on mutually shared resources. They are what we create when we do not trust.

What to do?

Changing the closed structures of the human race is a big task. The walls cannot be simply brought down. Instead we need to ask ourselves a new question.

What does a human society look like with cultural institutions built on the basis of and for the purpose of creating trust? Trust is something we create just like anything else.

Perhaps at one time survival was more important than trust. Well, we survived!

Now we have to repair the damage and figure out how to create a different kind of human society built around trust and sustainability.

Structures create results. Now we need new results so we need new structures.

It is time for an overhaul. Let’s bring the walls down by creating a world where people see that they do not need them.

Which Detoxification Steps Are You Missing?

secret summer herb garden © by woodleywonderworks

Are you aware that detoxification is only part of the process of rejuvenating yourself?

Detoxification is necessary when toxins build up in our bodies to a point where the pathways of the body become clogged so that nourishment and detoxification are not able to occur naturally.

Getting rid of toxins and restoring balance consists of 2 objectives:

  1. clean up the digestive and immune systems
  2. restoring cell and digestive functioning.

One of the best detoxification experts is Dr. John Douillard of Lifespa in Colorado. He is also the author of Colorado Cleanse which details in a very readable way why you need to detox and the steps necessary to remove toxins from the body and restore optimal functioning. Dr. Douillard’s excellent detoxification program that both detoxes and rejuvenates the body.

These are the steps for an effective detox and rejuvenation program:

  1. cleaning the lymphatic system, home to most of our immune system. The lymphatic system is found in the inside of our intestinal wall and extends to all the lymph channels of the body including the lymphatic systems the drain the skin and membranes of the body of toxins. When the lymphatic system is compromised, our immune systems cannot do their jobs.
  2. repairing the mucus membrane of the gut. Part of the lymph system is the mucus membrane of the gut which is very responsive to digestive imbalances. The imbalances show up either as constipation or diarrhea depending on whether the imbalances are drying or creating congestion. These imbalances then damage our immune functioning.
  3. thinning the bile.  When there is congestion in the mucus membranes of the intestine, toxins do not get processed by the intestines. Instead they back up to the liver which thickens the bile which in turn congests the bile and pancreatic ducts. The result is that fats cannot be digested, fat soluble toxins cannot be processed and digestive enzymes are not as available to do their job. This compromises both the immune system and digestion.
  4. cleansing the liver for proper processing of fat soluble toxins and digestion of fats so that they of not end up stored in fat cells throughout the body.
  5. cell regeneration. When you have a build up of toxicity in the body, nutrition and oxygen do not reach the cells causing them to starve. Cell regeneration helps restore nutrition and energy to the cells of the body.
  6. balancing blood sugar. With all the concerns about diabetes, most of us worry about blood sugar levels which when stabilized make it easier it use fat stores as fuel for the body, in addition to preventing a long-term chronic diseases.
  7. restoring digestion. It is necessary to restore the necessary digestive enzymes for proper digestion to support the health of the body. They can become damaged when your system is our of balance.  

So often we think that taking a pill will detox us. And it may help somewhat. However we need to engage the larger problem of getting out of balance and restoring ourselves to be really healthy.

Unfortunately, all the environmental toxins we have now makes detoxification a must for good health.

Disclosure: the author has an affiliate relationship with Lifespa and is also a customer.