What happens when you Detox? 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 way 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).
As a functional practitioner, I use clinical detoxification programs as a tool to help re-establish balance in the digestive system, strengthen immunity and reduce the burden on the body. In approaching health through clinical detoxification programs I have found it helps to help speed the body’s own ability to heal naturally.
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 (such as foods like gluten, dairy, soy etc.. that commonly cause an allergic immune responds).
These non- foods/toxic foods need to be replaced with whole foods (think lots of fresh green and brightly colored produce) healthy fats and proteins and of course plenty of filtered water. While the specific foods that serve you are quite bioindividual, certainly, eating organic produce and pasture or wild caught animal products is a good place for all of us to begin.
~ It just makes no sense to me to continue to eat poorly and expose yourself to unnecessary toxins if you are trying to really get healthy! You simply must reduce your toxic load FIRST!
Changing your eating habits and carefully monitoring what you put on your body 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.
Are toxins keeping you fat, sick and tired?
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.
Our livers were never designed to process the huge amounts of man-made chemicals we are now all being subjected too!
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 (low energy, difficulty losing weight and in 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.
If you have chronic pain; low energy and poor sleep you should look at cleaning up your detoxification pathways.
~ ~ Likewise if you have difficulty with concentration, ADHD, arthritis, GUT issues or allergies should absolutely do a clinically supervised detox program….
Also see this post: What happens when you detox?
Our incredible liver!
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. When the liver is overloaded, we tend to store more fat, 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 of detoxification) 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.
Unfortunately, many people trying to detox on their own 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.
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