Claridge Naturopathics Blog


January 21, 2016
Detox

TIME TO DETOX?

Author: Emma Wisbey

Your Future Self

At this time of year many of you will have made New Year resolutions and hopefully that involves challenging yourself to lead a healthier and ultimately happier life in 2016. For some this might involve a detox. But what is a detox and where do you start? Unfortunately this is not a simple question and is like asking "how long is a piece of string?"

At Claridge Naturopathics we like to assess all elements to determine an individualised detox strategy, and yes this includes what is coming in through your diet. But food and diet is just the start. Detoxification is a very complex process that also involves looking at (but is not limited to) the following:

  • Assessment of your protective barriers- GIT, lungs and skin
  • Supporting your major detox organ- your liver
  • Ensuring your elimination pathways (bowel and kidneys) are functioning well
  • Consideration of cleansing the blood and lymph
  • Clearing stubborn stored waste such as heavy metals

 This is no small task and as you can see is not something that is easily replicated on your own. Therefore a good place to start, is to ask yourself: what is your body exposed to and would a detox or a lifestyle clean up benefit your overall wellbeing? What is getting in?

  • Are you eating poor quality foods?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Do your personal care items and cosmetic products contain lots of chemicals?
  • Do your cleaning products contain chemicals?
  • Are you exposed to electromagnetic radiation?

 The list goes on!

 Answering yes to such questions means that a detox is a good consideration for your health. And, we would always recommend you seek guidance from your healthcare practitioner at our clinic for a comprehensive and individualised detox program. But that said, there are lots of basic things you can do to get started.

FOOD THAT COMES FROM NATURE

Try to eat foods closer to their natural state. Chances are if it's found in nature it is better for you. Think fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, seafood and lean meat. Anything that requires intense manufacturing often has the addition of preservatives, flavours, colours and additives. All of these are harder for your body to digest and eliminate. A general rule of thumb is that if you don't recognise the number sequence or chemical name on the ingredient list, chances are your digestive system and body won't either.

H2O - THE WAY TO GO

Try swapping sugary drinks such as soft drink and fruit juice for water. And don't despair if you have tried this and found water boring. Simply adding a splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice not only adds flavour, but has health promoting benefits. Lemons are alkalising and can help to kick start both digestion and liver function. They also contain vitamin C, which supports your body's immune system. Frozen berries instead of ice are another consideration for jazzing up your water. Berries are full of antioxidants – which naturally “mop up” free radicals (our cellular waste)

MORE THAN JUST YOUR DIET

As previously mentioned, a detox can be more than just diet related. It might be that you need to let go of destructive behaviours such as smoking. Or for some people, a detox might be decreasing the number of hours spent looking at a screen. For example, after spending a day at work on the computer, you should consider limiting time in the evening spent watching television or on social media.

EXERCISE AND FRESH AIR

Detox strategies can also involve a commitment to exercise more. Our lymph system is a network of tiny vessels that act as a drainage system and keep our body fluids in perfect balance. It is also an important part of our immune system. But unlike our circulatory system which has a heart to pump blood through it, the lymphatic vessels rely on movement to keep things circulating and clean. Therefore exercise or at least more physical movement could be a simple way to get your lymphatics detoxifying. If exercising outdoors, you will also give your body a couple of extra vitamin D from the sun and oxygen in the fresh air you breath.

In a nutshell, anyone and everyone can adopt healthier habits and this in itself is a way of detoxifying your life. But for the best detoxification program for your individual needs perhaps consider a chat with myself, Rob or Lindsay. Think of it like taking your car to the mechanic for a service because it’s just too darn hard to attempt a DIY. We are well equipped with the tools, resources and research to ensure your "detox" is not only perfect for you but also highly achievable. Go ahead "do something today that your future self will thank you for".

 

 




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