Detoxing is all about looking after our internal environment. A poor internal body environment will attract and provide a habitat for bacteria, viruses and parasites. A poor internal environment is a breeding ground for disease. What can we do to prevent disease forming? Disease is when the body is no longer at ease with itself and it is trying to tell you something has gone wrong with your internal environment.
A growing body of research suggests that many of the chemicals we ingest daily through food, water, and air can become deposited in fat cells in our bodies. A toxin is anything that can potentially harm the body tissue, including waste products that result from normal cell activity such as ammonia, lactic acid, homocysteine and human made toxins that we are exposed to in our environment like food and water. Toxins include pesticides, antibiotics, hormones in food, chemicals from food packaging, household cleaners, detergents, food additives, heavy metals, pollution, drugs, and cigarette smoke.
The liver has to put them through a two-phase process.
Phase 1 Detoxification
The toxin is given an electrical charge by one of 50 different enzymes. In some cases this might make the it even more toxic. Assuming the body has all it needs to do this successfully It will be quickly passed through to Phase 2.
Phase 2 Detoxification
Conjugation takes place, where enzymes add chemical groups to toxins to make them water soluble so they can be discharged from the body. Larger molecules are discharged through bile, and smaller molecules are discharged through urine. There are six different pathways, all dealing with different forms of toxicity.
Major Issues – Liver
Irritated Liver (ie overactive)
Characterised by headaches, irritability, tension, wide awake at night but ‘hung over’ feeling in mornings, PMT, period problems, mood swings, rashes and spots.
Sluggish Liver (ie underactive)
Characterised by feeling groggy, depression, PMS, discouraged, skin problems, foot and/or body odour, frequent headaches.
DO NOT CLEANSE A SLUGGISH LIVER
Stagnant Liver (i.e. congestion)
A very common condition. Any congestion of blood and lymph will impact on the liver. Bloated stuffy feeling under right ribcage, bloating and wind, constipation, impaired fat digestion, greasy stools, headaches behind eyes, migraines, difficulty getting to sleep (nervous energy), dull and groggy in mornings, mood swings from anger to irritation to depressed and withdrawn.
Toxins can be attached to:-
- Amino Acids (acylation)
- Sugars (glucoronidation)
- Glutathione (glutathione conjugation)
- Methionine (methylation)
- Sulphur (sulfation)
- Acetyl Co-A (acetylation)
A diet that lacks certain nutrients may also impair our natural ability to detoxify chemicals, which further leads to their build-up in the body.
If we want to prevent our body attracting and providing an ideal habitat for bacteria, viruses and parasites then we first must effectively clean our body’s internal environment. We need to perform a whole body detox. One of the most complex detoxes is against heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, nickel, arsenic and aluminium.
The main detoxification organs in the body are the liver, colon, kidneys, gallbladder, lungs, skin, lymph glands and blood. They help to rid the body of wastes and toxins, but these days in a society full of pollution, chemicals, pesticides etc. the body struggles to cope. We are now a society of malnutrition, our bodies are not receiving the nutrients they require to function correctly and are working harder than ever before.
Who needs to cleanse their internal environment?
- If you have been ill.
- If you have been drinking large or regular quantities of alcohol.
- If you smoke.
- If you take drugs.
- If you have inhaled polluted air
- If you consume foods with pesticides in them
- If you have been taking medication.
- If you have been exposed to chemicals and toxins.
- If you have eaten junk food.
- If you have consumed non-organic meat.
- If you have a poor diet.
- If you want to adjust your PH Balance.
- If you have high cholesterol.
- If your suffer PMS.
- If you have problems with your skin.
- If you suffer with arthritis.
- If you suffer with allergies.
- If you have an intolerance to fatty foods.
- If you suffer with constipation.
- If you feel lethargic or fatigued.
- If you suffer with insomnia.
- If you want more energy.
- If you wish to lose weight.
- If you wish to improve your skin condition.
- If you want to tackle body odour.
- If you suffer with headaches.
- If you suffer with hormone imbalance. If you have impaired immune function.
- If you suffer with nutritional deficiency. If you have an inefficient metabolism.
- If you suffer with poor concentration.
- If you have indigestion or a sluggish bowel movement.
- If you suffer with Candida.
- If you suffer with muscle pain.
- If you want to start a new health regime
- If you wish to carry out a parasite cleanse.
- If you have colonic irrigation.
- If you use a foot detox spa.
- If you just wish to be healthy (preventative rather than cure).
Great Benefits of Detox:-
- Improved Immune function
- Scavenge free radicals and eliminate toxins
- Strengthen body’s fight against cancer cells and generate healthy cells in our body
- Cleanse mucous, congestion, fermentation, inflammation in our digestive tract
- Purify our blood
- Reform our lifestyle addictions for sugar, salt, high glycaemia carbohydrates, alcohol, junk foods, nicotine, etc
How to Detox:-
- Reduce the amount of toxins and pollution into the body to lessen the burden against the detoxification organs
- Promote healthy eating which may include cutting out processed foods and instead eating organic vegetable, fruit and meat. Cut out dairy produce, red meat, processed and convenience food, sweets and chocolate. Eat fresh and dried fruit, vegetables raw or steamed, nuts, pulses, seed, fish, brown rice, wholemeal bread, garlic and olive oil.
- Cut out alcohol.
- Cut out cigarettes.
- Cut out illegal drugs.
- Nutrition and supplementation to help our body effectively clear the toxins.
- Taking a good antioxidant to help the body detox. Take adequate levels of B vitamins, selenium, zinc and glutathione. Brown rice is a good source of B vitamins plus zinc, brazil nuts contain selenium, whilst garlic, asparagus, watermelon, papaya, avocado and mushrooms all increase glutathione levels.
- Drink more filtered water, at least 2 litres a day.
- Cut out tea and coffee, have herbal tea instead.
- Eat foods that are high in fibre and water to help increase the frequency of bowel movements and urination.
- Sugar depletes many minerals and interferes with blood sugar control, forcing the liver to manipulate its glycogen stores more than normal.
- Try to have at least half an hour’s brisk exercise a day.
- Drinking hot water with lemon juice on waking or before meals acts as a digestive stimulant and liver support due its bitterness and alkaline properties.
- Brightly coloured fruit and vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes, peppers, watercress, beetroot, sweet potatoes, berries, papaya & melon supply lots of beneficial anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C, E, beta-carotene and phytonutrients.
- By increasing the vegetable content of the diet, this naturally increases the alkalinity of the diet. The body works more efficiently with an alkaline diet as it needs to maintain a pH of 7.4 in the blood, otherwise it takes the minerals from the cells if the diet is too acidic (Meat, hard cheeses, excess grains, sugar and alcohol are all acidic).
- Try to eat lighter meals more frequently. It is especially important to have a light evening meal to try to limit the liver’s work during the healing hours of sleep.
- Rest and relaxation aids the liver as stress hormones have to be broken down by the liver.
- Have positive mental attitude, emotions and thoughts are also toxic.
- Make sure Key Body Systems are balanced.
- Dextox at least twice a year.
The most noticeable benefits from detoxification are the physical ones. Since the toxins store up in major organs, detoxification will help these areas the most. The ortgans which are affected, such as the liver and stomach will begin to work more effectively. After the detox is complete, you may feel “lighter” and have more energy. A detox is used to clear away free radicals, your body’s immune system will be stronger and you may reduce your risk of getting cancer. A detoxification regime will clear your blood, helping it circulate better.
Toxins and free radicals that accumulate in the body can also affect brain functions. Before a detox, you may have trouble sleeping, chronic fatigue, or trouble with your concerntration. Once you work through this process, many of these issuses will gradually disappear. You will be able to sleep better and concerntrate for longer.
Who shouldn’t detox?
It is probably not advisable to detox if you are suffering from any illness or recovering from illness If you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, children should not detox. People who are pale, thin, weakened and emaciated (need to build up system first). are advised to speak to their GP and those who are new to detoxing.
Caution should be observed if the gallbladder has been removed or there is a gastric band fitted. The liver capsule contains Black Walnut Hulls so be careful if you have a nut allergy.Do not cleanse in the second half of the month if on the contraceptive pill.
Will I experience any side effects whilst I am detoxing?
Mild headaches – This can be especially true of people who regularly drink caffeine and alcohol. The headaches can occur whilst the body is learning to live without chemicals and stimulants. These usually appear on day 2 or 3 of the detox and can last for up to 24hours.
The appearance of spots and other skin blemishes are not uncommon – drinking plenty of water will help.
Increased bowel movements are normal and this is a sign that your body is cleansing itself and ridding itself of toxins.
A furry tongue is also a sign that the body is removing toxins.
Some people may experience dips in energy during the first few days as their body adjusts to less instant energy snacks and processed foods. As we have mentioned before, drink lots of fluid and you may also benefit from making time for relaxation.
Healthy Starter Pack.
•Psyllium Hulls - fibre to ‘sweep’ the intestines
•Digestive Health – for the upper digestive system
•Liver Health – to support liver’s role in the cleansing process
•Kidney & Bladder Health – to encourage elimination via kidneys
•Circulatory Health – to improve circulation & elimination
•More of a ‘whole body’ cleanse
•Gentler on the digestion
•All capsules packed into dose sachets – easier to carry and use.
•Helps promote normal bowel function
•Tonifies the colon
•Reduces intestinal discomfort
•Cleansing and toning
•Supports all channels of elimination – colon, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, lymphatic’s, respiratory
How to Use it
•Take 1 pack before eating 2 – 3 times a day.
•Drink plenty of water with each pack.
•Continue until all packs are used.
Bifidophilus (the beneficial bacteria) create healthy bowel conditions, reducing the toxic load on the liver as the bad bacteria generate toxins which the liver has to break down. Vegetables promote the growth of beneficial bacteria, whilst meat and milk can raise the putrefactive bacteria in the gut and a healthy colon is important to rectify a sluggish liver.
Milk Thistle to support the liver through the detox period
Liquid Chlorophyll which is a refreshing drink will encourage you to drink more water and act as a mild cleanse in the body. Helps balance body PH. Natural deodoriser and blood cleanser.
Vitamin C as a main detox vitamin
Vitamin B-Complex or Nutra Calm
Antioxidants like Zambroza
Fibre take TNT
Aloe Vera Juice as it makes the cell walls more permeable
See our webpage on the “Detox Foot Spa”
This can be used alongside your detox