Why Detox? Plus how to do it safely and effectively!
What is detoxification?
Well, let’s think of it as a spring clean, a vacuum and a mop, an oil change, a spruce of the engine … I think you get my point;) We need our bodies to work efficiently so it can carry out its huge job of keeping us well and alive. If it is clogged it won’t do as well as it can, which as you can imagine will lead to tiredness, poor concentration, poor food choices, poor sleep as well as illness, aging and disease. However, a lot of information out there is wrong about detox, especially when it comes down to you! As the individual, your body functions very differently to the person next to you. So, the Instagram post promising you will lose 5kg in 2 days, it may just make you feel more sick and clog up your body more. Let’s read on and I will explain..
Why do a detox?
• Increased Longevity
• Reduce illness
• Reduce injury and promote healing
• Reduce inflammation
• Repair and regeneration
• Boost immune function
• Increase energy
• Optimise your sleep
Who is the boss of detox?
The liver! Every minute the liver filters approximately 1.6L of blood, within this blood contains hundreds of chemicals that are processed and excreted throughout our sweat, stools, urine, saliva, lungs, hair, nails and skin.
We come in contact with these chemicals and toxins all day. These include fumes from cars, heavy metals, pollutants and toxins in our unfiltered water, pesticides and by products in our food, artificial preservatives and colourings, xenoestrogens from plastics that wreak havoc with our endocrine system, dust mites, moulds, specific environmental and work place chemicals.
Yes, the liver is made for detoxing and we naturally do this every minute of the day. However, what our liver didn’t bargain on is the amount of pressure we put on it to perform, the number of chemicals and toxins it has to deal with along with the bad lifestyle choices we make, its drowning!
However, it’s not all doom and gloom, we can give our most prized possession a helping hand, a well-deserved holiday so it can get back on track and look after you the best it can.
So, how is a safe detox done?
The safest and more effective way is a customised approach with the support of a health professional who can make it sustainable long term and ensure the littlest amount of side effects possible. A small amount of short term discomfort such as headaches or bad breath can be experienced, however this is a small price to pay for long term benefits.
So, this is what a detox looks like!
Short term dietary changes, herbal medicines to assist the elimination and process toxin removal safely and efficiently, specific nutraceuticals to give antioxidant benefits of protection, and cofactors to boost depleted stores. Our enzymes, neurotransmitters and cellular processes can then all re-establish optimal function, and your body will be thanking you with increased energy, improved digestion, less injuries, reduced inflammation and clearer thinking.
You will also receive detailed education including reducing your toxin exposure, information surrounding importance of water, when to eat your meals and what long term changes you should implement.
Clinical Testing is used to track your progress and assess your initial health state. Testing includes blood pressure, pathology testing, urinalysis and constitutional assessment Other functional lab tests are used for testing allergies, heavy metal exposure, pesticide and xenoestrogen exposure as well as intestinal permeability and microbiome diversity for markers of a strong immune system.
Who is detoxing for?
Anyone can start a detoxification program under professional guidance. Individual assessment is important to maintain a safe detox based on your current state of health.
How often should we do a detox?
A detoxification program is recommended twice a year, however there are many other ways to detoxify. It can also be implemented over two dedicated days every week, or you can adopt ways to detox every day and reduce your exposure to toxins. This way you can optimise your body’s ability to function at a higher level and detox more effectively and more regularly.
Contact me for a consultation and I can get you started!