Detox Basics

The words “cleanse” and “detox” have two common meanings: (1) to withdraw from the use of drugs or alcohol to which one has developed an addiction, and (2) to describe the body’s natural process of making chemicals, compounds, hormones, and toxicants less harmful.

A person’s toxic body burden is a result of three main factors. First, there is the exposure we may have received from both internal (what we eat and drink) and external (environment) sources. Each person’s genetic predisposition to effectively produce detoxification enzymes for processing these compounds or substrates is unique and depends on familial influence. Last, the integration of proper nutrition and ongoing dietary ingestion of helpful detoxification nutrients or phytonutrients can impact the body’s capacity to appropriately reduce the presence of toxicants and lower the body burden.

Toxic symptoms may occur when we get to our personal limit of accumulated toxins and are not able to clear them fast or efficiently enough. Medical researchers are recognizing more symptoms related to the buildup of toxins, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cancer, fatigue, infertility, allergies, behavior and mood disorders, and neurological conditions such as tremors, headaches, and cognitive difficulties, along with several other diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

The process of detoxification involves many steps. There may be reasons why the body isn’t particularly efficient about clearing toxins. These reasons can be situational, such as having an increased exposure to toxins, being constipated and thus not able to excrete toxins in the stool, being deficient in specific nutrients, eating a nutrient-poor diet, being under stress, having a chronic disease, experiencing excessive inflammation, and not getting enough physical activity or restorative sleep. There may also be genetic reasons, such as having particularly slow enzymes that aren’t efficient in converting toxins into compounds that can be excreted.

The goal of a group cleanse and detox program is to provide nutritional support for facilitating the pathways involved in the processing and excretion of toxins. A detox program results in improved symptoms and an increased sense of wellbeing for most individuals. Specifically, many who participate in a personalized detoxification program describe an improvement in pain and fatigue levels, enhanced cognitive function and moods, more effective and satisfying sleep cycles, and weight loss. The Cleanse Your Body Program provides specific food and nutrition suggestions to optimize the metabolic detoxification experience and lower the body burden. The guide offers directions on how to sequence a healthy detox and wellness plan by providing tips on how to get started, what to eat, what to watch for, and how to provide the body with the right nutrients for longstanding, improved elimination and detoxification.

Avoiding Environmental Toxins

Toxins are everywhere: in food, air, water, electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and even in personal care products. It is best to start a cleansing lifestyle program by first removing toxicants from one’s food and drink supply as much as possible. Buying organically grown food helps to ensure a minimal intake of pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides. Limiting ingestion of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and heavy metals, all of which have been associated with increased inflammation, disruption to the endocrine system (hormonal chaos), obesity and increased risk type-2 diabetes and heart disease.

Ways to minimize the intake of harmful substances:

1. Choose lean meats over fatty animal foods, as pesticides concentrate in fat.

2. Consume only consciously and organically raised, grass-fed, animal products (e.g., meats and dairy).

3. Peel off the skin or remove the outer layer of leaves of some produce (e.g., lettuce, cabbage).

4. Remove surface pesticide residues, waxes, fungicides, and fertilizers by soaking the food in a mild solution of additive-free soap (pure castile soap or biodegradable cleanser).

5. Cutaway any damaged or bruised areas before preparing or eating food.

6. Wash produce before peeling it so dirt and contaminants aren’t transferred from the knife onto the fruit or vegetable.

7. Follow Guidelines put out by the Environmental Working Group on the recent versions of “Dirty Dozen” (foods that are high in pesticide residues) and the “Clean 15” (foods that are typically low in pesticide residues).

8. Do not buy foods that contain preservatives such as BHT, BHA, benzoate, and sulfites; food colorings such as FD&C yellow #5, #6, etc.; or artificial sweeteners such as sucralose and aspartame.

9. Limit exposure to canned foods (e.g., meat, fish) and plastic bottles/containers of water and high-acid foods due to the presence of toxins like bisphenol-A and other plasticizers that have been shown to disrupt the endocrine gland function.

10. Cook with non-toxic pans, skillets, and pots that aren’t worn or scuffed so as to minimize any release of problematic compounds while cooking.

11. Ensure that drinking and cooking water is filtered. Consider putting a filter on the showerhead.

12. Limit exposure to cell phone, microwave, powerlines, computer screens, television. Don't let EMFs take over your entire world.




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