Spring is here! It is the perfect time to do a detox and ‘spring clean’ your body. Why do a detox? 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. The human body is amazing in the way that it has evolved, but what happens when the toxins in our world are evolving faster than humans? This can increase the body’s toxic burden and impact on its ability to clear toxins. Do you want your body to effectively and efficiently eliminate toxins you are exposed to? Or maybe you are interested in detoxing because you want to look and feel even healthier! Have you noticed any signs or symptoms that indicate your body may be suffering from the burden of toxins and be in need of a good detox?
Signs that indicate you may need to detox & factors that increase the need to detox:
• Digestive complaints
• Skin problems
• Hormonal imbalances
• Neurological conditions
• Poor energy
• Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
• Food intolerances
• 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?
A Detoxification Program will involve 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 toxic burden and improving your toxic resistance, thereby enhancing your ability to cope with toxins. A detox program can greatly improve your overall health and wellbeing.
The following herbs and nutrients can help promote your detoxification abilities:
• Milk thistle, green tea, gardenia: Stimulate the liver, enhancing the elimination of toxins.
• Dandelion, ginger, meadowsweet: These herbs regulate healthy digestion by increasing digestive juices and enzymes.
• Glutamine and zinc: Nutrients to protect and heal the gut.
When detoxing, it is important to reduce the toxic load that you are encountering in your daily life. A detox diet will encourage clean eating and reduce your exposure to dietary toxins. This diet will be rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, low in animal fats, and contain alkalising and anti-inflammatory foods. It is just as important to remove other “toxins” from your daily life that may be affecting your health. Stress is a major factor that may need addressing. Your Practitioner may also advise you to do an audit of toxic household chemicals by reviewing your personal care items, cleaning products, and plastics used for food containers and water bottles; encouraging healthier choices.
A detox program not only improves health, wellbeing and quality of life. To keep your body functioning at its optimal capacity it’s good to undertake a detox every 6-12 months. This helps your body maintain the balance between your body’s toxin burden and its detox capacity. By the end of your detox you will be looking good and feeling great! Its best to see your Naturopath to ensure your program is tailored to your specific health care needs.