Gold Coast Naturopath: Is it time to Detox?

15 Sep 2015 12:46 PMLicensee Person Gold Coast Naturopath: Is it time to Detox?

Detoxification is a process that your body undertakes every day to help eliminate toxins and restore a healthy balance.

Is it time to Detox?

What better time to detox than in Spring? Detoxification is a process that your body undertakes every day to help eliminate toxins and restore a healthy balance. Your body is constantly exposed to toxins from the external world, as well as those created within. Unfortunately toxins are evolving faster than humans and our bodies find it hard to keep up with the elimination process.  This can increase the body’s toxin burden and impact on its ability to clear toxins.  For whatever reason you are interested in detoxing your body – Its probably a good idea.

Signs and Symptoms that you may need to detox

Digestive complaints

Skin problems

Hormonal imbalances

Neurological conditions

Poor energy

Weight gain or difficulty losing weight

Food intolerances

Reason why you should detox

Exposure to pollution and chemicals

Exposure to new cars and new furniture

Smoking, alcohol and coffee consumption

Diets high in saturated fats, refined carbohydrates, processed and packaged foods

Fertility and pre-conception care

Overweight or obesity

What’s involved in Detox?

Detoxing is not about not eating and only having lemon juice or broths its is about reducing the toxins that you are exposed to on a daily basis whilst strengthening the function of your detox organs to process and eliminate toxins stored in your body. This is known as reducing the toxin burden and improving toxin resistance; therefore enhancing your ability to cope with toxins. This will greatly improve your overall health and wellbeing.

When detoxing it is important to reduce the toxin load of your everyday consumption You can try and detox on your own but it is recommend for a a practitioner to support and guide you in what foods are more suitable for detoxing and also what supplements you should be taking. A diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, low in animal fast, alkalizing and anti-inflammatory foods.

It is also a good time to review other toxins in your home – like cleaning products, personal care items, plastics such as Bisphenol A is a product we use on a regular basis which has been linked to increasing prevalence of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and liver abnormalities. Bisphenol A is a plasticiser often found in water bottles with recycling numbers 3 or 7. It is now found in 90% of the population.  We are not only what we eat but what we drink, breathe and touch.

There is a big misconception with detoxing as what can happen is you can release your bodies toxin load back into your body but it isn’t eliminated. This is where a naturopath can guide and educate you in what products best support your body. Some people need to focus on gut detox, liver detox or even heavy metal detox. Its not all black and white.

As I have told my clients time and time again “don’t start detox with your liver… your gut is the essential starting point for detox”. Having the wrong kind of bacteria in your gut is similar as having the wrong kind of cells in your liver. A balance of friendly verses hostie organisms is needed.

Dysbiosis causes disruption in the gut and hence influences detoxification capacity. Bacterial endotoxins are located in the cell walls of dysbiotic bacteria and are very inflammatory. Herbs assisting in gut detoxification include Artemisia annua and also berberine containing herbs.  

I am sure I don’t need to explain the numerous health benefits that detox achieves; you already know how it can promote your overall health.  Beware that over the counter detox kits will release the toxins from your organs, circulating the toxins around the blood stream, but not removing them. 

Many people schedule a detox every 6-12 months for optimal health and to help improve the balance between you body’s toxic burden and its detox capacity. By the end of your detox, if it’s done correctly should have you looking and feeling great.

 

This month’s slim into spring (September) specials include 15% off G5 packages. Mention this blog and I will also do a complimentary hemaview and CHA with your next naturopathic consultation on detoxification.