Many of us have tried a detox or know somebody who has tried a one or is doing one now. There are tons of ads selling us the latest “detox” to help us lose weight or kick start our health journey. Nutritional Detoxifications are not new and many detox techniques have been used for thousands of years. The question is should YOU be doing a detox? Before you jump into a detox read what I have to say.
Detoxification is a parasympathetic process; you need to be relaxed for your body to detox. Our bodies naturally and continuously detoxify to heal and repair themselves. If you are in a sympathetic or stressed state you cannot effectively detox. Detoxification frees vital cellular and organ activities so the cells and organs can function productively and efficiently. To effectively detoxify the pathways of elimination must be open. There are several systems involved in detoxification; the cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, urinary, skin and respiratory systems. To make sure these systems are ready for detoxification you must address the foundations. Do not ever detoxify without addressing the foundations first. What do I mean by addressing the foundations? You need to be eating a diet that is right for you. Digestion needs to be working optimally, blood sugar needs to be balanced, your body’s fatty acids and minerals also need to be balanced and you must be properly hydrated. I do not recommend a detox until you have addressed these foundations.
Optimal health always comes back to your diet because your nutrition (diet) is extremely important. Food is your fuel, you want to fuel your body with the right amount of nutrient dense food so it can function optimally including detoxifying effectively. Eating nutrient dense food is where I suggest you start (read my post on where to start here). Next you need to focus on your digestion. If you are not digesting your food, even a perfect diet will block your detoxification pathways, and remember you can’t detox if they are blocked. If fats are not being digested because your gallbladder has been removed or is not working properly then your lymph gets blocked and as a result so does your liver, which plays a major role in detoxification. Start with focusing on eating a nutrient dense diet, improving your digestion and drinking plenty of water. When diet, digestion and hydration have been addressed as a result blood sugar, fatty acids and minerals will hopefully become balanced. If this does not occur it may be time to work one-on-one with a practitioner that can help you on a personal level. Now, after you have addressed the foundations and the pathways of elimination are open you can start detoxification protocol.
Jamey, NTP, CPT