07 Dec Want to Try a Detox? Here Are Key Tips for the Best Results
by Elena Klimenko, MD and Emanuela Visone, Master Transformational Coach
Have you been feeling tired or weak lately? Do you often have itchy skin? Do you feel more forgetful or confused than usual? These issues could all be related to toxic burden.
Toxins are everywhere, and they are especially unavoidable today. They are present throughout our environment, from the air we breathe to the food we eat and the medications we take. Our own bodies can also generate toxins in the form of hormone metabolites or stress. When these build up, you may feel worn down and tired.
Whatever the source, toxins have a compounding effect on our bodies over time, and accumulated toxins need to be neutralized and removed for your health and well-being.
The Benefits of Detoxification
Detoxification relieves toxic burden from the body by enhancing the removal of foreign chemical substances and harmful hormone metabolites. It also restores the body’s natural cleansing process. Think of it as “cleaning the filter.”
A thorough detoxification protocol can help you:
- Boost your energy
- Strengthen your immunity
- Improve your mental clarity
- Manage stress
- Improve your metabolism and weight loss
Just Lose Weight, They Say…
You may have toxic overload if you struggle to shed some pounds from calorie cutting or if your weight rebounds after periods of weight loss. Most toxins are fat soluble, meaning they are stored in fat cells when not excreted properly.
To maintain weight loss, you need to eliminate the toxins before releasing excess fat. Otherwise, you may be stuck in a frustrating cycle of trying to overcome the “toxicity hump” with no success.
How Does Detox Actually Work?
The liver is central to our body’s natural detoxification process. As the largest gland in the body, it serves many functions, including filtering blood, storing glucose for energy, and producing bile. It is a workhorse facing constant demands. If your liver is overloaded with toxins, it may become sluggish and have some difficulty performing essential tasks. One of those tasks is biotransformation—the process your liver undergoes to process toxins.
When the liver works efficiently, its two-phase process of biotransformation ensures fat-soluble toxins are altered, neutralized and converted to water-soluble compounds that are then safely removed from the body. When these phases are not working efficiently, fat-soluble toxins pass through the liver unmodified and are eventually deposited into your fat cells and other tissues.
Boosting Your Detox Capacity
You can enhance healthy toxin biotransformation by providing the liver with targeted nutritional support, ideally including an abundance of key macronutrients, micronutrients and antioxidants. This support both reduces the burden of incoming toxins and helps the body remove existing toxins.
More specifically, nutrient support for Phase I and II liver processes includes:
- Micronutrients, including B vitamins
- A complete array of amino acids
- High-dose antioxidant support
Other nutrients support the elimination of toxins from the body, including:
- Fiber (soluble and insoluble)
- Choleretics and cholagogues for bile support
The Complete Package
A successful detoxification program requires more than just taking supplements. A comprehensive approach provides guidance to help you implement personalized changes to your daily habits. Our program features step-by-step instructions for each day of the protocol alongside diet and lifestyle changes, including assistance with the following:
- Fasting and meal timing
- Dietary recommendations and allowable foods
- Documenting your progress in a journal
- Ongoing detoxification support
- Food reintroduction
Many traditional “detoxification” programs are only colon cleanses or purges that flush out the intestines. They do not enhance true detoxification, which occurs in the liver. A comprehensive detoxification protocol provides the nutrients and metabolic tools needed to aid in liver biotransformation, revitalizing your body’s natural detoxification process by targeting both the GI tract and the liver.
Detoxification is a complex process, and several elements of the process require careful consideration and assistance. Many patients in my clinic have successfully completed a thorough detox, and I would be happy to talk to you more about how it may help boost your health. Together, we can explore how to neutralize and remove toxins from your body to help you feel renewed.
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