What is Detoxification?

In our busy modern world, toxins are very common. Environmental toxins include things like heavy metals, pesticides, chemicals, food additives, drugs and pollutants, which are present in the air, water and food that we consume. Toxins do not only come from our external environment; toxins can also be generated internally by 'unfriendly' bacteria, yeasts and parasites in your digestive system. These internally generated toxins are then absorbed into your bloodstream, affecting your health and vitality.

Detoxification is the process used to improve the expelling of both internal and external toxic agents and repairing the damage they have done.

Your body has mechanisms for eliminating all these toxins, but these pathways can become overwhelmed if you produce, consume or absorb more toxins than you can easily get rid of. To avoid this, you need to reduce your exposure to toxins as much as possible and optimise your ability to elimiate toxins day-to-day, rather than letting them build up.

The Three Stages of a Good Detox Program
We provide a professional detox program that is split into 3 phases.

  1. Remove the unfriendly bacteria from the digestive system which can cause symptoms such as bloating, flatulence, bad breath, diarrhoea and constipation.
  2. Replace the "bad bugs" with good bacteria, encourage detoxification from the kidneys and renew the lining of the intestinal walls.
  3. Encourage detoxification from the liver to help remove wastes stored throughout the body.
By detoxing in this manner you avoid some of the common side effects such as headaches, bloating and fatigue. These side effects occur when toxins are stimulated from their storage locations but are not properly metabolised and eliminated. If your detox works on your liver before your bowel this is almost guaranteed to happen.

The mucosal lining of the intestines can become too 'porous', also known as intestinal permeability. This means that substances which should be excreted are reabsorbed through the lining of the digestive system. Increased gastrointestinal permeability has a number of effects which hamper detoxification systems in the body. With increased permeability there is increased penetration of toxins through the gastrointestinal wall. These toxins have to be metabolized through the liver, and it can place an extra strain on this organ.

The liver detoxifies and processes all substances in circulation in the blood for excretion. This includes not only “pollutant” chemicals absorbed from the environment ie petrochemicals, heavy metals, radioactive wastes etc, but also infective agents, food substances, drugs, natural medicine and endogenous wastes.

The liver is generally the focus of most detox protocols, and it certainly needs to be supported. Liver detoxification involves two pathways. Phase I detoxification involves breakdown of substances into a water-soluble form. This is necessary so that the liver can deal with the toxins and excrete them. However, this form of the toxins is more dangerous, so it has to be dealt with right away by the liver in the next detoxification phase. In some people there is an imbalance in this pathway, and it usually occurs when people have exposure to more toxins than the can deal with. It results in an increase in more water-soluble, bio-available toxins circulating that haven’t had a chance to be dealt with by phase II.

Efficient kidney function is also an important component of healthy detoxification. The role of the kidneys is often overlooked in many detox programs. The kidneys filter the blood, and eliminate certain toxins through the urine. Therefore kidney support is an important component of a detoxification program.

Our detoxification programs does not use laxatives which can irritate the digestive lining and does not involve fasting, which can cause you to lose muscle mass, ultimately leading to a reduction in your metabolism.

Safety First
As you may have unexpected symptoms as toxins are released from your body we strongly advise that you do not undertake a detoxification program without first consulting one of our trained naturopaths.

A natural detoxification program can be one of the most effective strategies for rapidly improving the state of your health as it will help clear toxins out of your body and leave you feeling healthy and energetic. Detoxing is serious business however, and your safety and comfort during detoxification is important. For this reason, avoid any detox packages that many come in a box from your local supermarket, health food shop or pharmacy - these types of detoxes may not be suited to your individual needs and may actually leave you feeling sick and tired.
With personally recommended herbal and nutritional support suitable for your needs your detoxification program will be more beneficial overall.

Do I really need to detoxify?

Toxicity affects everyone. How much depends on the degree of individual exposure and an individual’s susceptibility.

Certain substances can become toxic when they are not metabolized by the body and accumulate in the soft tissues. Heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic and aluminium are common toxic substances which may be stored in this way, and may contribute to a number of symptoms of ill health. This is particularly important in people who may be exposed to a much higher level of certain pollutants than others, such as hair dressers and painters. There are specific nutrients that promote detoxification of specific toxins. This highlights the importance of an individualized program to support detoxification for people exposed to environmental toxins.

You can test your requirement for a detox with a urinary indican test which measures the level of unfriendly bacteria in the digestive system and a bio-impedance analysis which can you tell whether your body is being affected by toxicity.

We recommend a comprehensive detoxification program once a year to ensure good health and vitality. A short 2 week detox can also be done as a 'top up'.

Some symptoms of ‘toxic overload’

  • Constipation, irregular/sluggish bowel movements
  • Flatulence, abdominal bloating and poor digestion
  • Bad breath & coated tongue
  • Frequent inexplicable headaches
  • Depression, irritability & anxiety
  • Weight gain and inability to lose weight despite increased exercise (click here for more info)
  • Skin rashes, boils, pimples
  • Frequent viral infections/lowered immunity
  • General aches and pains
  • Low energy levels
  • Allergies
Book in with our naturopath for your professional detox program.

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