Why you need to Detox

 

We have more people on the planet then ever before and with this comes much impact on the environment and ultimately human health. This also means higher waste accumulation, more car pollution, more food packaged in plastic to feed the masses, more chemicals to keep up with food demand, more technology and EMF and the list goes on.  No wonder why Chronic disease is on the rise with 50% of the Australian population reporting a chronic disease of some kind. This has made toxicity one of the major concerns of the 21st century.

Detox is the key to keep your body toxic free.

Detoxification has been used for centuries to rid the body of toxic accumulations and residues. It’s a safe and affective way to help you rid waste prducts out of your body and return it to optimal function. Do you cringe at the thought of having to do a detox? Well, it’s not as bad as you think! Detoxification is a great way to start any health regime , and it doesn’t have to be difficult. Detoxification encourages removal of toxic waste from the body and can help  increase energy levels, fitness and weight loss. It may also help prevent chronic disease and slow the ageing process.

The gut is the foundation of human health

One of the most important organ systems for optimal health is the digestive system and the GUT MICROBIOME . In natural medicine, the gut and its bacteria s considered to be the foundation of human health and its dysfunction is linked to a multitude of chronic disease. The Great Physician Hippocrates was quoted ” All disease begins in the Gut” If your digestive system gets out of balance you may absorb an increased amount of toxins, leaving you feeling flat, tired and run down and potentially exposed to chronic illness.

The type, the diversity and amount of bacteria in your digestive system play an important role in keeping you and your gut healthy. An overgrowth of bad/ pathogenic bacteria or yeast in your gut can make you more toxic and may also reduce your ability to get rid of toxins

Weeding out the bad flora

It is well documented that antimicrobial herbs such as black walnut, wormwood and barberry, and antimicrobial oils such as oregano, cinnamon and thyme, kill off any detrimental bacteria and yeasts that may be upsetting your gut. These herbs can be combined with a colostrum powder to help prevent harmful microbes from adhering to the gut wall. This powerful combination will help to weed out all the bad bugs that may have made themselves at home, helping to restore your digestive function after the festive season’s parties have finally ended.

Putting the good flora back in

Part of a good detox plan involves not only killing off any bad bacteria and yeasts but replenishing your digestive system with beneficial bacteria known as probiotics. There are various types of probiotics, and while they are all beneficial for digestion, their functions vary slightly. For example, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis are good for restoring general balance and maintaining overall digestive function, while Lactobacillus plantarum is more specific for medically diagnosed irritable bowel syndrome and Lactobacillus rhamnosis is particularly suitable if you are prone to allergies and eczema. There are many different beneficial strains of probiotics available, so you and your practitioner will need to choose the most appropriate strain for you, tailoring your detox plan to suit your needs.

Foods also play a vital role in our overall Gut Health ( The Gut microbiome)  and bacteria diversity. Various types of foods contain pre-biotics that feed the good bacteria in your gut and is as crucial in gut health as probiotics. Foods such as Green Bananas and Cocoa thats right CHOCOLATE !! have been shown to feed good the good bacteria in your GUT.  

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Leaky gut and gut healing

Stress, toxins, alcohol, junk food and processed food and food that is incompatible with your genetics and blood type can also cause damage to the delicate cells of the digestive tract. This may lead to a condition known as ‘leaky gut’, in which undigested food and toxins pass from the digestive tract into the bloodstream, causing digestive upset and inflammation and increasing the risk of food allergies and other diseases. If you have poor digestion and possibly a leaky gut, it would be a good idea to consider using healing nutrients and herbs such as glutamine, aloe vera, liquorice and zinc as part of your detox. These may help reduce your leaky gut, improving digestion and health.

The liver phase of your detox program

Once we have healed the gastro-intestinal system it’s time to clean up the liver, which is the body’s main cleansing unit. To give yourself a good clean-out on the inside, you need a healthy liver that is functioning at optimal capacity. Herbs such as milk thistle, watercress, globe artichoke, turmeric and schisandra can all work together to support liver function and stimulate detoxification. Ask your Naturopath which supplements will suit you best.

What about diet for detoxification?

Excessive sugar, alcohol and junk food may upset your digestive balance and can burden your liver, so reducing these will help detox your digestive system and get your liver back into balance.To generally help with detoxing add freshly made fruit and veggie juices to a healthy diet that will not react with your blood type to improve natural detoxification (Dont know your blood type ? Click here) 

Here are some great juice suggestions for the different blood types:

  • O type: Lemon, beetroot, ginger, carrot and celery.
  • A type: Carrot, celery, ginger, grapefruit and beetroot.
  • AB type: Celery, cabbage, carrot and ginger.
  • B type: Beetroot, ginger, carrot and cabbage.

Of course it’s also important to make sure you drink lots of pure water while you are detoxing. Correct hydration will ensure that the toxins are flushed out of your body.

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