Soft Touch Wellness
11145 Tampa Ave # 14 A
Northridge, CA 91326
Phone: 818.831.0100

What is a Detox?

Detox, short for detoxification, is the body's natural, ongoing process of neutralizing or eliminating toxins from the body. Toxins (anything that can potentially harm body tissue) are transformed chemically to less harmful compounds and excreted via stools or urine.

A detox is a way to rid the body of toxins that accumulate over time. Toxins can come from food in the form of preservatives, pesticides and insecticides.  They also come from smog in the air, tobacco smoke, drinking alcohol, and water.  Did you know that toxins also come from over the counter and prescription drugs as well as synthetic vitamins?  Did you know that you can make your body toxic by simply watching television?  Other sources of toxins are: chlorinated water, additives, artificial colorings, food alteration, alcohol, tobacco, pesticides, gene-manipulated foods, processed foods, texturized foods, irradiated foods, synthetics producing gas, moulds, cosmetics, deodorants, cleaning products, over the counter and prescription drugs, treatments, vaccinations and immunizations.

Obvious signs of toxicity in the body are: bloating, constipation, fatigue, lack of energy, lack of concentration, emotional instability, easily getting sick, skin conditions, PMS, recurring infections, chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and cancer.

Sources of toxins also include those produced in the body during normal functions, such as the ammonia produced during the breakdown of protein, and chemicals such as pesticides, household cleaners, food additives, drugs, pollution, cigarette smoke, and heavy metals like lead that enter the body when we ingest or inhale them.

Toxins interfere with biological processes. Illness results when the load of toxins exceeds the body's ability to remove them.

Toxins accumulated in the body over time cause diabetes, arthritis, cancer and other chronic diseases.  It is possible to reverse the damage in the body with an effective detox and change in lifestyle.

There are various ways to detox the body.  Some are more aggressive than others.  There are a myriad of choices today for detoxifying.  Health food stores carry a variety of herbal products in the form of pills, powders and liquids that cleanse the body through the bowels.  Other ways of detoxing include the use of raw fruits and vegetables, enzymes, colon cleanses, foot spa

In our seminar we teach not only how to detox, but also how to start making lifestyle changes that will lead to less toxins being accumulated in the body.  As a person takes small steps to eliminate toxins from their lifestyle, healing begins to happen in their body. They may experience less joint pain, better digestion, clearer skin, weight loss and less bloating.   It is recommended that a detox be done with the changes of the season.  The strategies we will cover in the seminar can be used daily, weekly, monthly and seasonally.

Who Needs to Detox?

In short, everyone can benefit from a detox.  Most especially those with chronic conditions like hypertension, arthritis, fibromyalgia, diabetes, circulation problems, low libido, cancer and digestive problems. Most of us know someone who is in desperate need of a detox.

If you follow the standard American diet, most likely you are malnourished and in addition are in need of a detox.  Processed foods are riddled with synthetic ingredients that not only do not provide nutrients they place toxins in the body.  Even if a person were to begin eating healthy raw, organic fruits and vegetables, their bodies would have a hard time absorbing the nutrients because the average person carries with them 5-20 lbs of fecal matter in their large intestine, making it very difficult for nutrients to get through the intestinal wall and into the blood.

Anyone who: eats processed foods that contain preservatives, eats meat, consumes dairy products, smokes tobacco, drinks alcohol, eats fast foods, lives in a large city, drives a car, uses over the counter or prescription drugs, suffers from stress, eats cooked food or consumes caffeine is in need of a detox.

Advantages of Detoxing

A detox seeks to eliminate stored toxins from our system.  Some of the advantages we have personally experienced and have seen in our patients are:

  • Weight loss
  • Increased energy
  • Increased mental clarity
  • Increased productivity
  • Clearer skin
  • Relief from bloating
  • Relief from PMS symptoms
  • Normal blood pressure
  • Improved digestion
  • Happier, more joyful hearts

Besides expelling toxins from our bodies, a detox will strengthen the organs involved in toxin elimination: the skin, intestines, liver, lungs, kidneys and the lymphatic system.

If a person continues on with the detox program beyond 21 days, they may experience:

  • Reversed diabetes
  • Reversed arthritis
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Diminished symptoms of fibromyalgia
  • Diminished symptoms of other chronic diseases

Register today for our next detox seminar.

Raw Foods for Detox

The 21 day detox we teach in our seminars (Hyperlink to V j) is comprised mostly of raw fruits and vegetables.

The extended use of raw foods in daily eating habits has been proven to aid in weight loss, reverse chronic diseases, even to the point of reversing cancer.

Our practice has seen very positive results in our patients who have gradually moved from the Standard American Diet to a lifestyle that includes a large percentage of raw fruits, raw vegetables, nuts and seeds.  Read and see the testimonials.

Register today to attend our RAW Detox Seminar and learn how to start detoxing with raw foods.

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Register today to attend our RAW Detox Seminar and learn how to start detoxing with raw foods.

Weight Loss

Here's the bottom line for weight loss: with a healthy digestive system, it is virtually impossible to be overweight while eating whole, raw, live foods! Imagine that! You can eat anything you want, as much as you want (as long as it is raw, whole, live food) and not gain an ounce in most cases. Exceptions include people with digestive or glandular disorders - though they will probably do better on raw, live foods. (When you first start eating more raw foods, you may need awhile to cleanse, detoxify and rebuild your digestive system before noticing substantial weight loss.)

A weight problem is not an isolated health issue, but is part of your "whole being." That means that it is a symptom of a greater underlying issue. An imbalance in one part of the body affects your entire system. Weight is a symptom of what is going on with your elimination system, glandular system, emotions, sleep patterns, stress levels, liver, colon, skin, lungs, blood, spirit and chi or energy levels.

The enzymes found naturally in whole, live, raw foods help with obesity at the "whole being" level. You see, enzymes do much more in your body than help digest food. Enzymes are responsible for every single chemical reaction in every single cell of your body. All your minerals, herbs, vitamins and hormones cannot do their jobs without enzymes. You can't lift an arm or think one thought without the help of enzymes. In fact, you could say that enzymes are, biologically speaking, the source of life. A diet without a source of live enzymes is removed from the source of life. Things removed from their source of life slowly begin to die. For us, that leads to dis-ease, excessive weight gain, depression, chronic diseases, cancer and many of the maladies that plague us today.

One of the magic bullets for easy weight loss is simply the action of enzymes. For example, lipase, a fat splitting enzyme, is found abundantly in raw, live foods. However, few of us eat enough raw foods to get enough lipase to burn even a normal amount of fat, not to mention any excess. Lipase helps your body in digestion, fat distribution and fat burning for energy. Lipase breaks down and dissolves fat throughout the body. Without lipase, fat stagnates and accumulates. You can see it on your hips, thighs, buttocks and the stomach.

Protease is another enzyme for maintaining a healthy body. Protease helps break down proteins and eliminate toxins. Eliminating toxins is essential when you are burning fat. Your body stores excess toxins in body fat. As your body begins to burn this fat the toxins are released into your system. This can sometimes cause water retention and bloating. Since Protease attacks and eliminates toxins, it is crucial to have plenty of protease during fat loss.

Also, common sense tells us that if you cannot get enough nutrition from the food you take in, which is what happens when you cook food, your body receives a signal that it needs to store fat to prevent starvation and will hold on to even more fat. It will also send a signal that you are hungry. This holding of fat and malnutrition, results in a vicious cycle of eating more and more and still feeling hungry. Combine the physical effects with the mental effects of poor digestion and insufficient enzymes with your natural reaction to all of this emotionally and it can lead to eating disorders, depression and anxiety as well.

If you eat close to 100% fresh raw, whole foods, then you get adequate nutrition and enzymes to digest your foods properly. If you eat cooked foods, you'll be eating dead foods that have NO enzymes. That means your body must scavenge enzymes for digestion from other metabolic processes in your body, wasting energy and resources. However, living-food enzymes will, over time, restore energy and stamina and rebuild your healthy metabolism of all nutrients, including fats.  It is also suggested that a person take additional enzymes to begin restoring balance in the body while starting to incorporate raw foods.

The detox strategies we teach will get you started on eating more whole, live foods full of enzymes that will act as catalysts in the detoxification process and thus weight loss.

Register now for our upcoming Raw Detox Seminar

Joints Detox

Toxins in the joints accumulate due to lack of movement. Every cell in our bodies produces carbon dioxide and other toxins, depending on the function of the cell.  In the case of the joints, they are prone to holding on to the toxins they produce because there are few blood vessels inside them that clean and nurture the cells.  Blood vessels clear the toxins from the joints and take them into the lymphatic system and also provide the joints with nutrients from the blood. This process is happening in our bodies 24/7.  Without movement, joints will degenerate due to the build up of toxins.

The joints of our spine, hips, knees, fingers, and toes are filled with fluid. When a joint is fully immobilized or even partially immobilized, the fluid inside becomes toxic and thus turns acidic.  An acidic environment in the joints will create erosion and deformation of the joints and bones.  Some examples of this are gout, degenerative arthritis and the loss of height due to degeneration of the spine. All situations that lead to immobilization can cause some degree of degenerative change in the muscles and bones. According to research as little as two weeks of immobilization can cause permanent damage. NEED THE STUDY

How can I mobilize my joints and prevent degeneration?
There are evidences that early mobilization, traction, and continuous passive motion overcome the harmful effects of immobilization. Joint mobilization with chiropractic manipulation can help the joints to detoxify and prevent degeneration.

Does exercise help mobilize my joints?
The short answer is yes, but if the joint is immobilized for two or more weeks, exercise will not mobilize that joint.  Professional chiropractic adjustments are effective in mobilizing the joint, in turn allowing them to release their toxins and receive nutrients.

Enzymes for Detox

Enzymes are essential in the detoxification process and aids in thwarting autointoxication. As catalysts for all body chemical reactions and life-giving substances, they play a very important role in the digestive process. As such, over 3000 various types of enzymes have been recognized. Having sufficient active enzymes in our body ensure that our body runs at the best possible level of efficacy and allows for a more successful detoxification to happen. Without enzymes, minerals, vitamins and hormones cannot do the work they are intended to do. Metabolic enzymes take care of our bodies, organs, tissues and cells. Digestive enzymes make sure that our food is properly digested and does not contribute to the toxic load.

If we have properly digested food, we gain energy, nourishment and promote regeneration. However, undigested food can burden our body. It can remain in our bowels for many months causing many chronic diseases as well as cancer. Enzymes are very important for any detoxification that happens in every cell, every second of the day because they also deliver nutrients. There is no healing process in the body that can happen in the absence of enzymes.

Therefore, a diet lacking enzymes, vitamins and minerals will lead to harmful toxins being made and retained in our own bodies. It is essential to have digestive enzymes to aid in the natural detoxification process already established. 

How do you know if you are getting the proper amount of enzymes?
If your daily diet consists mainly of cooked and processed food, you are lacking enzymes.  Enzymes come from two sources, one is the pancreas and the other is the raw fruits and vegetables that we eat.  The pancreas is only responsible for 50% of the enzymes needed.  When fruits and vegetables are cooked in over 112 degree heat, the enzymes in them die and they are, obviously, no longer effective.  When we do not eat enzyme-rich foods, we are taxing our pancreas which could lead to disease.

The best way to put these vital enzymes back into the body is to eat whole, live, raw foods and take enzyme supplements!   Our Raw Detox Seminar will show you how to introduce more live foods to your life.  Click here to register today.

Colon Cleanse for Detoxification

What is natural colon cleansing? There are two main colon-cleansing methods. One involves buying powdered or liquid supplements; the other involves seeing a practitioner to have colon irrigation or colon hydrotherapy.

Colon cleansing with powdered or liquid supplements
Supplements used for colon cleansing are designed to force the colon to expel its contents. They include:

  • enemas
  • laxatives
  • strong herbal teas
  • enzymes
  • powders
  • antiparasite capsules

In our detox seminar we teach you how to use some of these products to clear the intestinal tract for renewed energy, effective detoxification and motivation to begin making lifestyle changes for a toxin-free life.

Colon Hydrotherapy
Modern Colon Hydrotherapy for the most part takes place in a private office setting. It is largely self-regulated through state and national organizations that set a standard of safety and sanitation.

During a session, the client lies on a colonic table, face-up, and is modestly draped. A plastic tube is gently inserted into the rectum about 2 inches. The water flows through the tube gently (it is not pumped or mechanically forced) into the colon.
As the colon fills with warm water there is a feeling of wanting to eliminate, which occurs naturally with no exposure to the material or odor expelled. What you may eliminate, is visible through a sealed - clear viewing tube.

Time frame for a session is approximately 45-50 minutes, and during this time you will receive 10-15 gallons of temperature-controlled, filtered water. The process is relatively painless, however there is a possibility for mild cramping as the feces moves through the colon.

Soft Touch Wellness does not provide colon hydrotherapy services.  We do recommend it for anyone who is ready to make lifestyle changes in their eating habits to help them get started and stay motivated.

Foot Detox

During treatment sessions, the customer's feet are bathed for 30 minutes in salt water that is subjected to a low-voltage current transmitted through an electrode assembly called an "array" (the dark cylindrical object to which the wire is attached). The apparatus produces a frequency of positive and negative ions, which gently resonates through the body and stimulates all the cells within it rebalancing the cellular energy, enabling the cells to perform efficiently and release any toxins that may have built up.

The array and spa tub used in our office is slightly different than the one you will see on the video below; however, the results are the same.

Call us now to schedule an appointment for a treatment.  Enjoy a time of relaxation and detoxification.

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RAW Detox Seminar

The purpose of the seminar is to create awareness about toxicity in the body and the environment, raise consciousness about what we eat, drink and breathe and give real life, practical ways to rid the body of toxicity.  Our goal is to teach the audience to identify sources of toxins and eliminate as many as possible; to recognize symptoms of toxicity in the body and how to detoxify in order to relieve the symptoms.

The seminar is held in our offices.  We strive to bring useful information that people can use immediately after leaving the seminar.

What you can expect from our seminar

When you join us you will learn how to:
  • Remove stagnant energy from specific organs through Qigong exercise
  • Detox the mind
  • Detox the joints of the body
  • Use fresh food to detoxify internal organs
  • Learn to use relaxing ways to detox daily and weekly as health maintenance.

These strategies are easy to implement and the results from a detox are phenomenal.

Register today for our next seminar and bring a guest for free.

        Future Seminar Dates:
                October 2, 2010
                January 29, 2011
                April 30, 2011

        All seminars are from 9:30am - 1:00pm

        Location: 19474 Rinaldi St. Northridge, CA 91326