We hear a lot these days about detoxification, a word commonly associated with rehabilitation for drugs and alcohol use, or pertaining to dietary cleansing. Truth be told, there is a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to the subject, with information ranging from dangerous and misleading to supportive and healing.
What we do know, unequivocally, is that detoxification is the removal of toxic substances from our bodies, a process mainly carried out by the liver, and that it occurs in our bodies every day.
While it’s not possible to “detox” the body, we can certainly improve and support the detoxification process on an ongoing basis. And although our bodies are capable of processing and eliminating internal and external toxins in the food we eat and the air we breathe, they are not designed to process drugs, pollutants and chemicals. However, the body carries this out as best it can, every day. Amazing.
And so, as our bodies continue to treat us kindly, I feel strongly that the favor should be returned. How? By decreasing the toxic burden. Living in the 21st century, we are unfortunately exposed to thousands of harmful substances, beginning with the air we breathe, the water we drink and the foods we eat. The list of internal and external toxins is far greater than in years past, and continues to grow.
For example, a recent study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit environmental research organization, found more than 200 toxic chemicals in the cord blood of 10 babies from racial and ethnic minorities. And, over the last 20 years, EWG’s body burden testing has discovered 553 different industrial chemicals, pollutants and pesticides in 149 Americans across 27 different states.
Periodically stimulate and support the processes of detoxification and elimination.
To add to that burden, as our bodies naturally generate waste byproducts through normal processes such as digestion and energy production, in this day and age, our internal detoxification machinery can become overloaded and overburdened with noxious compounds and, sadly, cannot keep up with the demand. Therefore, there is a need to periodically stimulate and support the processes of detoxification and elimination.
A sensible approach to detoxification.
So, how can we dominate detoxification? The good news is, it can be done with very little effort on an ongoing basis by reducing the toxic burden on our bodies, supplying our systems with optimal nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and protein, and improving elimination. Additionally, the support of trustworthy healthcare professionals who are current on detoxification research, testing and protocols and who steer clear of unnecessary supplements can be of tremendous help by pointing us in the right direction. It is also imperative to take a sensible approach, which includes avoiding any program or practitioner who advocates a “healing crisis,” which occurs as the body begins releasing toxins faster than they can be eliminated. Lastly, we must ignore the gimmicks and quick fixes offered by the media and instead develop a keen sense of our body’s needs and cycles. [bctt tweet=”Once we recognize the pathways necessary for our bodies to run smoothly, we begin feeding our souls, as well.”]
Don’t miss this cleansing class as Dr. James takes you on a Guided Detox for Five Mondays starting January 11th at 7:15 PM. January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8 | $185.00
Doing an annual detox is a great way to support the body’s natural detox pathways and to achieve healthy weight loss.