Detox – Part One: What is Detox?
What is Detox and Cleansing of Body?
Do you feel sluggish or out of sync? Do you have skin problems, aches and pains, or does your digestive system feel uncooperative? Are you lost in the wild jungle of different diets, trying to find the optimal one for your own body? Have you lost weight recently (or planning to) but found it difficult to continue the ripping off the fat tissue? What you might need is to cleanse your body beautiful and to reveal the inner, healthier You.
Cleansing and detox has been practiced for centuries by many cultures around the world — including ayurvedic and traditional chinese medicine practices. Today, detox is one of the main pillars of naturopathic practices and healing. Even though detox is not a weight-loss diet, a good and safe weight-loss should ALWAYS start with cleansing first. Why? I will explain that to you in later blogs!
So what is detox really? Briefly, it is a natural process of a human body. Our beautiful bodies have been designed to eliminate toxins every day, every minute, every second! However, what makes detoxification so important in today’s world, are all the nasties lurking around in our modern world and our repeated exposure to toxins in food (colours, additives, preservatives, pesticides, hormone and antibiotic residues etc), cosmetics, air pollution, toxins from building materials, medical procedures – the list is HUGE – all of which interfere with the body’s regular cleansing function!
All the toxins above are classified as ”external toxins”, but body also produces toxins internally all the time in the form of hormones and metabolic waste – as a natural process. If the amount of toxins exceeds the capacity what the cleansing organs can handle, they start to cumulate in the body’s tissues and organs and detoriorate health – and beauty – in many ways.
How do I know if I need to detox and what are the results to expect?
Almost eveyone needs to detox and rest their body from time to time. Some of us need to do that more frequently than others; it really depends on your lifestyle, the place where you live and your body’s capacity. A regular, balanced diet, full of nutrient dense foods, doesn’t require intensive detoxification. Also, using natural house cleaning products, organic cosmetics and excercing frequently, but not excessively, reduces the need for ”radical” detoxification.
Many times symptoms such as unexplained fatigue, sluggish elimination, irritated skin, allergies, or low-grade infections; bags under the eyes; a distended stomach even if the rest of your body is thin; menstrual difficulties; or mental confusion can be your body’s signs that it’s cleansing system needs some care and attention. After all, detox is about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can protect you from diseases and renew your ability to maintain optimum health.
What can you then expect after detox…
- • better mood
- • reduced pains in muscles and joints
- • shinier hair, white eye balls, healthier nails and glowing skin
- • reduced cravings for unhealthy foods
- • more energy
- • better quality of sleep
- • better concentration
- • weight-gain or loss depending on what is your biological ideal weight
- • less cellulite
The benefits are endless! Just wait till you see! Whatever your current state of health is, or whatever you have done in the past which shouldn’t be done, you can certainly feel better tomorrow than today if you take the right action. When gently done, detox is recommended for everyone. However, nursing mothers, children, and patients with chronic degenerative diseases, cancer or tuberculosis should be cautious. Consult your health care practitioner if you have questions whether detoxing is right for you.
How does detoxification work?
A detox program is not a miracle diet. The point of a body cleanse is not forcing the body to unload toxins miraculously or rapidly – in fact, juice fasts or other ”miracle detox diets” can be very detrimental to your health. Real and lasting detox and body cleansing does not come in a pill or a foot pad; real and lasting detoxification is the result of a long term change in awareness, choices and lifestyle.
As mentioned before, our body is designed to get rid of unwanted waste. This is done through VERY complex process, however, I don’t want to get into too much detail here. If you are interested in hearing more about detoxification process, please contact me directly. The detox process is divided in two main phases. In phase 1 the liver transforms the fat-soluble toxins to water-soluble so that they can be handled by kidneys and excreted in urine or through intestines and feces. Also lungs and skin assist in cleansing process.
There are also minor routes of excretion of toxins such as hair, fingernails and toenails, sweat, tears and breast milk. What needs to be noticed, however, is that where blood sample is an indicator of recent exposures to toxic substances, hair analysis is indicative of chronic,long-term exposure. Breast milk is of particular importance; because of its fat content of 3-5% many fat-soluble toxins can be excreted into it and finally to baby’s mouth.
What are the elements that affect the ability of the body to cleanse itself?
People are not equal in terms of their susceptibility to adverse effects of toxins. A person’s ability to detoxify naturally varies with age, gender, health status, genetic factors, enzyme metabolism, nutritional status and lifestyle factors.
Although infants have detoxification enzymes at birth, their detoxification rate is slower than adults, causing them to be wasily affected by toxins. Children also breath faster than adults and also mainly through the mouth, so that the air bypasses the nasal passages, which could filter some of the particulate matter. Females are more sensitive to toxins than males because they have more adipose (fatty) tissue and thus more fat cells in which fat-soluble toxins can be stored. They also have lower levels of certain enzymes, such as anzyme alcohol dehydrogenase, and thus are less able to detoxify alcohol. Women also have higher levels of estrogen hormones and progesterone, which causes them to sencitize more easily, as some detoxification enzymes are particularly sensitive to hormones. Lack of excersise, nutrient-deficient diet, drugs, smoking, alcohol, chemicals in personal care, cleaning and laundry products are all things that burden the body’s cleansing ability.
The good news is that most of the things that burden your body are also things that you can take control over. So the new, healthier, more glowing you is in your own hands! Just give it a chance and ”re-program” your body to its natural, healthy state through a detox lifestyle (or program to begin with). From the following blogs you will get a lot of information on the toxins, different detox programs and detox in practise. Welcome to join me!
In the next blog:
Blog 2: The toxins
- • What are the toxins and where do they come from?
- • Toxins at home, workplace and school, leisure activities and travel, medical treatments
- • External toxins: food, drinks and water, food preparation and storage, plastics, cosmetics and household cleansers, air, pants and organisms, noise, radiation, electromagnetic fields, medical treatment
- • Toxins produced by human body: metabolic waste products, neurotransmitter imbalances, acid-alkaline balance, lactic acid balance, free radicals, toxins of mind and spirit