The natural detox you can try tonight

Not long ago, detoxification was dismissed as "alt-med mumbo-jumbo." Today, the mainstream is finally starting to recognize the role of toxins in disease -- especially in diseases of the brain.

I think it's only a matter of time before you see mainstream doctors offering the same natural detox programs I do for brain protection.

For now, however, you'll have to visit a holistic physician for most natural detox treatments. But there's one you can get started on tonight, in your own home, and it won't cost you a penny.

All you have to do is fluff your pillow, lay back and get some rest -- because new research confirms that a full night of sleep is one of the best ways to rid your brain of the toxic junk that can cause memory loss, cognitive decline and dementia.

When you sleep, your brain cells shrink by 60 percent, according to the study -- but it's not the type of shrink you need to worry about.

They shrink so the toxins that accumulate in the brain -- including the beta-amyloid responsible for dementia -- can slide out in the space that opens up between cells.

Then, when you wake up, your cells return to their normal size.

Of course, the flipside to this is what happens when you don't get enough sleep: you interrupt your natural detox process, allowing toxins such as beta-amyloid to accumulate and cause damage.

It helps explain why poor sleep is linked to cognitive problems, and consistently poor sleep is known to increase the risk of dementia.

The one downside to the study is that it was on mice, not humans. But we've seen similar studies on other animals, including dogs and baboons, so it seems quite likely that all of our brains have this same built-in cleanup program.

In other words, make sure you get a full night of sleep -- tonight and every night.

I wish I could say that's all you need to do to rid your brain of toxins. Unfortunately, modern life has exposed us to more toxins than our brains were designed to handle -- including damaging metals such as aluminum, copper, iron and more.

Sleep alone can't clear all that out -- for that, you need to work with a holistic doctor who can identify the toxins you've been exposed to and work to rid your body of them naturally.

If you're in Southern California, I can get you started here in my clinic. Contact my office for more information or to make an appointment.

And if you're not in the area, I can help talk you through the process over the phone and create a detox diet custom tailored to meet your needs. Call 855-DOC-MARK to learn more, or schedule a call.