What’s all this hype about detox programs and is a detox right for me?
With all the information out on the web and in the health industry, I understand that this can be a confusing topic for you! Grab your green juice, get comfy, and let me break it down for you!
Detoxification is the removal of waste products of normal metabolism as well as toxic substances. We can get overloaded with toxins from both external and internal influences. Let’s take a look at two categories:
1. Exogenous toxins (outside of our bodies)
- Chemicals including pesticides, herbicides, etc.
- Heavy metals (mercury, lead, arsenic)
- Plastics (BPA)
- Food additives/preservatives (MSG, nitrates, food colorings)
- Artificial sweeteners
2. Endogenous toxins (inside our bodies),
- Digestive waste
- Pathogens (bacteria & viruses)
- Metabolic waste (lactic acid & carbon dioxide)
There are three phases of detoxification.
The liver, known as the grandfather organ, is the body’s filter and protector. This organ is the main organ in control of detoxification. Its role is to filter out the toxins which is a natural process, but most people are exposed to large amounts of toxins making the liver sluggish. An analogy I like to use is a vacuum cleaner. If you never clean the filter and dispose of the dirt, it becomes harder to pick up the dirt from the ground. The same goes for your liver! If you aren’t giving it a good cleaning, it won’t do its job as effectively. Once toxins are processed they can be excreted by the other following organs: kidney’s (urine), skin (sweat), lungs (breath), large intestine (feces).
Why do a detox?
A detox will facilitate in the following ways:
- Provide support for the elimination of accumulated harmful toxins
- Ongoing support for optimal health
- Improve digestion
- Looks and feel as energetic as possible
- Allow the lymphatic system to cleanse itself
- Release negative emotions
- Improve other organ functions
Who should we do one?
Cleanses vary depending on a client’s need: I recommend doing a gentle cleanse or an intensive cleanse if the client has access to equipment like a sauna. In today’s world, we are exposed to more toxins than ever, which is why I recommend everyone getting a good cleaning at least once a year. Depending on the detox program, you can do a detox seasonally or yearly.
What’s involved in a detox?
Food: Plant-based as plants are easier on the organ systems. The body is in rest and recover state, therefore, the easier on the system the better. A gentle cleanse I suggest is 3 days while the more cleanse is a 10-day cleanse. I recommend getting quality sleep 7-8 hours. For the more intense cleanse and if you have access to the items below, they will help facilitate in the detoxification process:
- Sauna (helps release toxins through sweat)
- Fasting (allows organs to rest and work only in a restricted window)
- HIIT workouts (to increase circulation)
- Herbs to efficiently help the elimination process
Other helpful tools to maximize a detox are doing stress reduction techniques such as meditations, deep breathing, journaling and walks in nature. This is an ideal time to do an inventory of what else you to detox from. Identify factors in your life that cause stress on the mind and/or body such as news, unhealthy habits, and relationships.
I also recommend do a digital detox when you are on a detox program. We are exposed to EMF’s (electromagnetic frequencies that cause stress in the body) this is a time to reduce as much stress as possible- so ditch the devices!
As with any program, I recommend, talking to your regular MD or naturopath doctor to see if they approve of the detox programs if you choose to do one.
To get started on a detox that’s right for you contact Megan.