Jodi, a Perth based Functional Naturopath, chats about family health, simple tips and ways to ensure your always on track to keeping you and your family well.

Disclaimer: The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. It is in no way a substitute for professional care by a doctor or other qualified medical professional. Please consult your health care professional for individualised health information before embarking on any new health program.

In this second episode, Paul and Jodi discuss the key areas required for optimal health, work life, health in your home, sleep, importance of community, chemical load on the body and allergies as well as the power of simple aspects in nature and movement. Enjoy!

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

• Anti-aging

• 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! 

Whoops! My bacteria made me do it! (Gut health and the real reason you are so bloated and gassy)

Gut is a very loose term for the whole digestive tract, pretty much anything you put in your mouth and the tunnel it goes through to come out the other end. I do love all talk digestion and poo, as a naturopath it’s a big focus and rightly so, since it’s the system that fuels all the rest! 

We now know that 75% of your keeping you well, immune system lies in your gut, 90% of your feel good happy hormone, serotonin is produced in the gut, your control centres for absorbing nutrients, minerals and water and the protection against pathogens and bacteria is in your gut, your enteric nervous system is in your gut and is connected to the largest cranial nerve, which talks to your brain and vice versa. We also know that we have over 39 trillion bacterial cells in the body living in and on us, compared with only 30 trillion human cells in the body.  

So, I have lots of bugs living inside me and on me? 

Well yes! It’s a great thing, as long as those bacteria are behaving themselves and you are looking after them. If not you may be getting those unfortunate gassy symptoms, pain from bloating, even bad breath and nausea.  These bad bacteria over populate, the by-products produced by these such as methane and hydrogen can ramp up, and cause the unfortunate increased size of your stomach and discomfort you feel.  These symptoms can be a warning sign that some imbalances are happening and that you need to get to the cause before it turns more sinister. 

Feeding the good guys and starving out the baddies.

What makes it go so wrong?

Eating a standard diet high in processed foods, sugar and low nutrients unfortunately feeds mostly the bad guys, and increases inflammation. As does the lifestyle we live, that may include smoking, alcohol, high stress, lack of movement and environmental toxins. So, feeding these bad guys what they want makes us crave more of that. Feeding the cycle making you more and more bloated. 

When you change your diet and nourish your body, you will eventually get an increase in the good guys, however, consulting a gut specialist like a naturopath you can push this process along so you get faster results. 

Let’s talk about inflammation. 

It’s the number one issue when it comes to aging and disease! So, where does inflammation come from? Good question! It happens from poor food choices, the intolerances we have to foods, the stress and lifestyle choices we make, the viruses and bacteria that imbalance our body, plus lots more. What does this do to your gut? it’s not pretty. Histamine reactions are one issue, autoimmune can be another, dysbiosis (imbalance of the bacteria), leaky gut (holes in your intestinal wall), toxin overload from reabsorption of metabolites and the endo (internal) and exotoxins (external). These causes of inflammation further increase bad digestive symptoms and overgrowth of the bad bacteria. These issues can be easily and quickly resolved with just a little dedication and knowledge. 

So how can I look after my friends? 

Lucky for us our bodies are very forgiving and love to look after us. The intestinal cells turn over new cells every 4-5 days. So, in a way a fresh start every week. 

Treating imbalances comes down to removing the causative factors, the poor lifestyle and diet choices, the intolerances or allergies to foods and giving the intestinal cells a helping hand with medicinal supplements such as glutamine, aloe, turmeric and slippery elm which are some of the many ways you can help. 

Diet is a massive part but it’s not everything, and it may not rectify the unfortunate damage that’s already happened straight away. An antibacterial protocol is sometimes needed to push out the bad and allow the good to thrive. A gut repair and refeed protocol as well as a gut health diet that focuses on your key issues. Functional testing for identifying what bacteria and possible parasites you have may also be needed.  A functional naturopath like myself will be able to give you direction on the how’s and when. Doing this correctly can ensure you don’t get unbearable symptoms as well as making sure you are looking after and refeeding your good friends. 

Don’t forget!

These bacteria we talk of are also on your skin, in your mouth and in your hair. So not only do we need to look after our inside friends but also watch out for those on the outside. This is where reducing your chemicals in your personal care products and toxins within the home and work environments come in. (look out for my next workshop on health in your home to learn more) 

Be kind to yourself! 

We are all human, so some of these changes can seem overwhelming and bearing in mind a habit can take up to 21 days to form or break, so more often than not it’s a mental and emotional issue we need to be working through as well as the external influences. 

So the next time you ask yourself…

Why am I so bloated? My bacteria did it! Why am I so gassy? My bacteria made me do it!! 

If you need support to get your gut health back on track, give me a call on 94468322 

Makes approximately 2 Servings

Green Version

  • 2 Apples
  • 2 Stalks celery
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Drops of doTERRA lemon essential oil
  • Handful of leafy greens
  • Handful of fresh mint

Red Version

  • 1 Small Beetroot

Makes 15

  • 500 gms of mixed nuts and seed and sultanas
  • 4 dates
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 5- 6 drops wild orange essential oil

Blend all ingredients together until well combined. Then roll into bite sized balls and place in the freezer or fridge until set.