What happens when you detox?Posted by Anne Baker on Jul 27, 2012 in Toxins & Detoxification, Weight | Comments Off
Are toxins keeping you fat, sick and tired?
Detoxification or cleansing is very misunderstood. Cleansing
allows the body to eliminate used wastes and toxins and helps
improve our health as it removes harmful substances we in-hail,
ingest and are exposed to every day.
Most people think of a cleansing program or detox as a way
to purge their system of the poor food they have eaten and
think of this as a away to lose weight. While it certainly
helps with weight loss, cleansing or detoxing is also a
valuable and healthy process for those who have undergone
heavy pharmaceutical intravenous drugs, or who have been
hospitalized. It’ also a must for anyone who has (or suspects
they have) any food intolerance’s and always essential if
you’ve been diagnosed with yeast overgrowth (Candida)
What are the benefits of detoxing?
All detoxing programs that are worth their salt so to speak
must include a remove and replace component. This means
taking out foods that are really garbage & non-foods as well
as those foods that are known to be reactive (those foods
like gluten, dairy, soy etc.. that commonly cause an allergic
immune responds). These non- foods/toxic foods are replaced
with whole foods (think lots of fresh green and brightly
colored produce) healthy fats and proteins and of course
plenty of filtered water. This helps your body process
metabolites better because you’re reducing the load on your
liver when you’re doing a detox. Cleansing or detoxing also
helps re-balance the body due to consumption of more
alkalizing foods. Any safe detox program needs to be done
for several weeks and should include specific therapeutic
and supportive supplements to ensure proper removal of
toxins through the two stages of the process.
What actually happens when you detox:
While the body is always naturally detoxing these days our
bodies are exposed to many more contaminates than ever before
due to commercially farmed food, processed foods, pharmaceutical
medications, stuff we put on our bodies and all the pollutants
in our environment; both in the home and outdoors. Over time
this overload slows down the body’s ability to process and
remove toxins and they build up – especially in fat stores.
The skin, lymph, lungs, kidneys and liver are all
major pathways of the body for detoxifying, but the liver
does the heavy lifting. When the liver is over worked and
over burdened by medications, alcohol, caffeine; poor
food choices and environmental toxins proper digesting of
the food you eat is much more difficult.
When you don’t digest properly you don’t get the nutrients
from your food to nourish your body which not only leaves you
feeling crummy (such as; low energy, difficulty losing weight and pain!) but also puts
you at greater risk from invading pathogens.
Anyone who frequently get sick with colds, flu,
migraines, experiences nausea, constipation or diarrhea
will most certainly benefit from cleansing. Likewise anyone
who has difficulty with concentration, ADHD, arthritis, GUT
issues or allergies should absolutely do a clinically supervised
Remember that the liver is not only the body’s main detoxifying
organ it also has a dual role in proper digestion of food.
This is why so many people find it very difficult to lose
unwanted weight – there livers are overloaded and fat loves
to hold on to toxins!
When we detoxify our body’s liver must convert fat soluble
nutrients to water-soluble nutrients (Phase I and Phase II)
before they can be eliminated. It’s a complicated process to
convert these fat soluble toxins to water-soluble ones and
involves a number of steps in the metabolic process. And
frequently when people move too quickly, or have problems
with some part of this conversion process they end up with
toxic metabolites that are fare worse than those they were
trying to eliminate in the first place. In effect they
re-intoxify them self. This is why the Master Cleanse is
NOT a safe way to go about cleansing and I do not recommend
it to anyone.
Bottom line – if you’ve been thinking of changing your diet
and want to learn how to eat more healthfully a detox can
really help you get on the right path.
Take the Self Quiz If you have these symptoms – you need to detox