Why Should You Detox?
Toxicity is unavoidable in our everyday lives. A rapidly developing ‘chemical age’ has led to contaminants in our air, water, soil and food. Even babies are being born pre-polluted, with disturbing levels of chemicals found in their umbilical cord.
Toxicity can come in many different forms. Exposure to chemicals including pesticides, herbicides, plasticisers and other industrial chemicals have been strongly associated with hormonal disturbances, cancer, dementia, and cardiovascular disease.
Detoxification is a process in which one abstains and rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances including chemicals, hormones, metabolic waste products and indigestible food products.
Our bodies naturally detoxify everyday as part of a normal body process. We have specific organs and systems already built into our body to excrete and unwanted chemicals. Unfortunately in today’s society, the chemical load found in our air, water, food and soil are heavily laden with toxic chemicals – meaning our bodies are overwhelmed and cannot keep up with the load. Throw in a lack of exercise, poor sleep, dehydration, alcohol and caffeine and sugar and you are setting yourself up for a toxic internal eco-system. High levels of chemical burden acts as an insidious poison, pushing the body into tipping point of chronic disease.
6 Organs of Detoxification
The liver is our primary organ of detoxification. It processes all the foods, chemicals, and drugs that enter our bodies. It is the body’s primary detoxification system.
The kidneys play the important role of purifying the blood from harmful substances, by filtering them out of the blood and excreting them in the form of urine.
The respiratory tract evacuates toxins in the form of carbonic gas. It may also excrete through phlegm.
The colon plays an important role of eliminating toxins. If the intestinal passage becomes delayed or blocked (also known as constipation), faecal matter cannot be eliminated, meaning it will ferment and putrefy.
The skin is the body’s largest organ. It provides protection and defense. The skin plays an important role in the elimination of toxins in the form of sweat, through sweat glands.
The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in detoxification. About 2L of lymph fluid circulates through the lymphatic vessels. It acts as a vessel to carry the waste products out of the cells, into the blood steam and evacuated.
Importance of Detoxification
When there is an over-load of toxic chemicals floating through our system, our body’s natural excretion pathways are unable to rid these toxins, leaving the second best option- to store these dangerous substances in adipose cells (fat cells). This is not an ideal situation, especially if you are trying to lose weight – you re-release the toxins back into the blood stream.
Factors That Influence’s Your Toxic Load
- Diet & Lifestyle (antioxidant status, exercise, calorie level, nutrient co-factors)
- Gut function (digestion, gut barrier integrity, microbial status)
- Detox enzyme capacity
- Immune function (inflammation levels, regulatory capacity)
Signs of Toxicity
Impaired detoxification pathways can increase a person’s toxic load. Symptoms of toxicity may appear as fatigue, depression, allergies, infertility, thyroid problems, skin rashes, mood swings, headaches, joint pain, inflammation and mitochondrial dysfunction.
Benefits & Outcomes of Detoxification
• Decreases the toxic load
• Reduces the risk of chronic disease
• Enhance immune system function
• Weight loss
• Mental and emotional clarity
• Reduces the aging process
• Improved quality of life
• Increased energy
• Improved skin quality
• Restores balance
Our detoxification program has been designed to reduce the toxic load and improve the body’s natural ability to detox.
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