One of the key challenges we face in modern day life is an ever increasing exposure to toxins. In 2008/2009 the Centre for Disease Control tested the umbillical cords of newborn babies and found traces of over 280 harmful chemicals. As adults, the levels of toxins in our bodies are significantly higher. In an ideal world, our liver and kidneys would be able to get rid of most harmful substances. Unfortunately, our bodies are now overloaded, not just through pollution of our environments, but also increased stress levels. Most people benefit from a spring clean of their system, however, most people also approach it incorrectly, without understanding exactly what happens when you detoxify. Detoxification actually involves a 3 stage process, liberating toxins from tissue, transporting them through the body to the bowels and then excreting them as waste.
One analogy is the rubbish system in most houses. Rubbish gets put in a bin in the kitchen. It then gets moved to the wheelie bin outside. That gets put on the street for collection and then finally, someone comes and takes it away. Any failure at any of the stages,results in the rubbish not being removed and going rotten or decaying somewhere on your property. Therefore, it’s important to detoxify properly by supporting each phase of the process appropriately.
Where do the toxins come from?
Toxins are substances that either directly or indirectly harm the body. The 3 most common sources of toxins are food, pollution and toiletries. Food additives, preservatives, coulourings, etc. are all regarded by the body as harmful and will all cause a stress response at a cellular level. Exhaust fumes, chemicals in the water and even plastics in the air you breathe inside your car, all make into your blood stream. Most common cosmetics also contain sodium laureth sulfates, parabens, and other harmful chemicals, all of which can be absorbed into the body via the skin.
How do I get rid of them?
Chis can be done in one of two ways, depending on the issue motivating the need to detoxify. If there is a specific toxin or group of toxins that are causing a problem (xenestrogens cause fat accumulation on the upper legs), then certain nutrition and supplement strategies can address those issues directly. If on the other hand an individual is suffering sub-optimal health as the result of general toxin accumulation or exposure over time, then a broader strategy is required. This normally involves a structured protocol to first break down toxic substances, then remove them from the tissue and then help the body dispose of them correctly.
Why most detoxes fail.
Most people who try detoxing unsuccessfully, fail for one of three reasons:
They tried to detoxify too intensely. If you’re particularly toxic, then an express approach is not for you. You’d be better taking a more graduated approach to better allow your body to adjust.
They don’t support the detoxification process appropriately. Clearing toxins out of the body can place an incredible amount of stress on the liver and kidneys. To mitigate this, it’s important to ensure key nutrients are in place to support the process. This is similar to having extra bins and a more frequent collection schedule for your rubbish.
They don’t address the cause of the original toxicity. If the reason that you’re toxic isn’t addressed, you’ll clear toxins out of your system, only to replace them before your body has had a chance to readjust.
The best detoxification strategies take all three of the above factors into account.