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The ‘Need To Knows’ About Detoxification

The word “detox” and the idea of being on a “detox” is very trendy right now! There are a lot of products out there promoting detoxification and it is often recommended by health professionals. But before you start a detoxification itʼs good to know if you really need one before you spend the money, what exactly it is and what you should do.

What is “Detox”?

The term “detox” refers to theremoval of toxic substances from the human body or the removal of substances that are able to damage an exposed organism. Anything toxic will affect the entire organism as a whole, as well as affect the organismʼs substructure. Our body has an organ designed to carry out the process of removing toxins, that being the liver.

However, the liver has not evolved to deal with a lot of the foods that we are eating now such as too much animal protein, too much saturated and trans fats, too much caffeine and alcohol, not to mention the increased medication. As the load on the liver increases, its ability to do its job is compromised and there is an impact on the body and the organism, you.

Why The Need For A “Detox” ?

Homeostasis is what keeps the body healthy and is considered an ideal state of equilibrium in which all body systems are working and interacting together in an appropriate manner. If it is interrupted because of some form of stress (illness, too much work, overeating, alcohol, drugs) the body will attempt to restore equilibrium by adjusting the physiological response.

This involves the “stress-adaptation mechanism of the Hypothalamic/Pituitary/Adrenal Axis along with the nervous system and endocrine reactions of the body. Severe demands will cause severe imbalances, causing not only psychological stress but also psychosomatic disorders. Detoxifying an overburdened liver is one way to promotebalance. For the most part the liver might be just fine, however given the way we eat and the amount of medication that we may have taken often some detoxification is required…

Truths About Detox

For a person who eats well, is healthy and does not take any medications an elimination diet would be sufficient for detoxification. This can include eliminating refined sugars, caffeine and dairy for a period of time. However, most people donʼt fall in this category and given the consumption processed foods as well as medication, having an interventional detoxification would be prudent for your longterm health.

What Is Required!

What is often missed with a detoxification is the investigation of the elimination roots. Elimination roots include urine, stools and skin.

When you are on a “detox” and your elimination roots arenʼt healthy, you run the risk of further harm to yourself and your liver. This is too often missed when products are sold and marketed. Regardless of how great the product is, you wonʼt gain the benefits. To evaluate your elimination, you want to see if you are making frequent visits to the bathroom for urination and bowel movements.

If you are noticing inconsistencies or infrequency with your stool or urination, a simple step you can take is to increase water consumption. This will increase urination and hydrate your bowels. Itʼs only at this point that you can begin to start the process of a detoxification.

What Is Doing The Detoxing?

Iʼve come across many different products that suggest only drinking a juice, or drastically reducing caloric intake over a 3 week period.

Not to invalidate those methods, but what you want to do is increase the nutrients that work with the liver to remove the build up of toxins.

These nutrients are anti-oxidants: Vitamin C, D, E as well as Omega 3s and various herbs such as Milk Thistle. The need to have it be very long and complicated is not necessary. By increasing the intake of these critical vitamins and herbs, you will stimulate the liver to remove the toxins.

How Often Should I Detox?

What is ideal is that you are constantly tending to your liver; especially important for immunecompromised diseases like cancer, arthritis, diabetes and chronic fatigue, and not to mention if you have been or will be going on long term medication (this includes aspirin and pain relieving medication).

By maintaining good habits like the elimination of simple sugars and increasing water, as well as supplementing with the essential vitamins you can keep your liver in great shape. If you would like on 1-3 occasions during a year, this recommended during change of seasons, you can add herbal supplements to increase the detoxing effects and provide yourself with long term health and support your body with its fight against the ever increasing toxins that we face in our environment.

Suggestion “Detox” Methods:

  • Daily lemon water first thing in the morning
  • Reduction in intake of simple sugars
  • Supplementation with Omega 3, Vitamin D, Vitamin C and Vitamin B
  • Periodic supplementation of detoxificationherbs

In the clinic we offer a liquid formula for Omega 3 in combination with Vitamin D3 which in research has shown great absorption, as well as Detoxification capsule containing all the essential herbs for periodic detoxification.

For details on supplements that would be good for you specifically, please give me a call at the clinic and Iʼll be glad to help.

Heart Health Tips:

Steps for a Healthy Heart:

1 – Exercise 60 mins a day (This doesnʼt have to be all at once, it can be spread out through out the day)

2 – Supplementation with Co-enzyme Q 10 and Omega 3

3 – Eat 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day

4 – Reduce animal meat and caffeine

5 – Include daily relaxation (see last months newsletter)

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.

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