The number and concentration of toxins we are exposed to every day has significantly increased over the last 2-4 generations. However, our body’s detoxification processes haven’t evolved to the same extent, struggling to keep up with this increased demand on our system.
This puts a massive burden on our liver, which needs to process these substances for safe removal, as well as burdening our kidneys, digestive system, lungs and skin. These are the channels our body uses to remove toxic substances from the body. The aim with a clinical detox is to help best utilise these channels as well as to reduce the toxins getting in there in the first place.
Detoxification involves the process of removing unwanted compounds from the body. Chemicals can disrupt our nervous system (which includes the brain) as well as our immune and hormone systems.
Always seek the support and guidance of a qualified Naturopath and resist the temptation to sign up for a quick fix when it comes to your health, especially detoxing. There are many botanicals, nutrients and herbs that support the body’s detoxification pathways. These should be prescribed depending on your individual needs.
Cleaning up your diet and lifestyle will significantly support your body’s clearing of toxins.
- Aim to eat at least 600g of non-starchy vegetables every day
- Include at least two servings of fruit daily
- Drink enough purified water – 40mls/kg body weight depending on your age, build, exercise/activity level and weather
- Select organic produce whenever possible – local farmers’ markets are a great place to start
- Avoid processed foods and this includes wheat and non-organic dairy
- Definitely eliminate processed sugars, sweeteners, cakes, slices, sweets, soft drinks and processed juices
- Avoid caffeine – tea, coffee, cola soft drinks, energy drinks
- Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and drugs
- Choose only organic animal products – eggs, poultry, beef, lamb, pork – and wild-caught not farmed fish and seafood
- Ensure you get eight hours of quality sleep every 24 hours.