Toxic exposure is a fact of modern life and a health risk that individuals face on a daily basis, regardless of how carefully we attempt to limit the environmental sources of exposure. Toxins range from chemical substances (cigarette smoke, pesticides, herbicides, alcohol, heavy metals, phthalates, parabens) to microbial toxins (health-damaging substances produced by microbes in the human body), to harmful substances produced by the breakdown of dietary products. The build-up of toxins in our bodies is not only affected by our exposure to toxins, but also by our body’s ability to process and remove these harmful substances effectively.
Detoxification is the process of optimizing the function of our detoxifying organs in order to remove built-up toxins from the body. I find that after a period of excessive eating and drinking (ie. the holiday season!), the body is fatigued, and generally does not process our daily toxic load as efficiently as it can. Just like we take our cars in for annual tune-ups, I find that the new year is a great opportunity to ‘tune-up’ our body through a detoxification program.
The process of detoxifying or cleansing the body primarily involves dietary and lifestyle modifications, and nutritional and herbal supplementation to optimize the main detoxifying organs of your body, the liver and digestive system. Promoting sweating through sauna treatments and exercise, as well as deep breathing provide additional detoxification support through the skin and lungs.
So, what are the benefits of detoxification? The most noticeable benefits are the physical ones; because we are optimizing the function of the detoxification organs, people who undergo cleansing programs generally feel “lighter” or less fatigued, their digestion will regulate, their immune systems will be strengthened, they may notice weight loss, and skin and hormone conditions generally improve. Mentally, people find that their sleep improves, as well as concentration and memory.
Another benefit, which many people don’t consider when going through a detoxification program, is the change that it’s promoting on ones overall lifestyle. Often people tell me that they feel REALLY good after they go through a detox, and that this general feeling of well-being can be addictive. To maintain this feeling of optimum health and well-being, people often make long-term lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, decreasing alcohol consumption, eating healthy, and exercising regularly. These changes ultimately prevent the development of chronic disease, and help you stay healthier longer.
If you are interested in giving your body a New Year’s tune-up, I’d recommend signing up for the Ultimate New Years Cleanse at Healing Cedar Wellness. Let’s get you feeling your best!
Dr. Maghan Stobbs, ND
Healing Cedar Wellness
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