Why do we need to Detox?
Detoxes are something I get asked about all time. What do they do? Do they work? Are they safe? To begin with, let’s clear up a myth that I always repeat: your body is capable of detoxing perfectly well by itself and you don’t need any fancy magic potions, foot patches, and mantras to do it. On the other hand, it’s only capable of doing this if we give it a helping hand and support it best we can.
If we know our gut is all over the place, we’re drinking more than usual due to the party season or we’re completely run down- then it makes senses that our bodies ability to detox isn’t effective. We ‘detox’ through our elimination pathways: the skin, the gut, the kidneys, liver and menstrating (yes, really! There you go: that’s one benefit of your period). So if you’re liver is working over time due to more alcohol or not enough water or your gut is out of whack- you can see how these detox pathways might need some support to get working right. What it doesn’t need is laxative teas or cleanses: which will just agrevate the detox system and act as a laxative or diuretic- you might go to the loo more temporarily but you’ll be back to square one afrer a few days.
How can we ‘detox properly’?
First of all we need to change our meaning of detox: it’s not a quick fix but an everyday approach to supporting our body. Since my nutrition course, I have been reading up more and more on this- it’s difficult to separate fact from fiction but I learnt how important the liver is, the role it plays and how supporting that can then help with the rest of the body. I know lots of you are asking me about my studies and courses-so I thought I’d share one that is completely free and could be a great place to begin if you’re new to studying nutrition: a free quick 5-day ‘detox’ video course taught by Dr Graham Rowe, an authority in natural wellness with over twenty years’ experience on the topic. Dr Row is a naturopath and explains how detoxing should work in the body and when you might need to give your body more support.
Why Detoxes Are Dangerous
Detoxes are dangerous because of misinformation. A really important point to stress:Fasting is not detox. According to Dr Rowe, one of the things that science has taught us is that your body needs food to detox. Secondly, your body actually does detox itself every day. If it didn’t you’d die; so you don’t need to do anything drastic As for colonics – studies have shown that people who do colonics have an increased risk of Crohn’s disease and bowel cancer over the next 10 years. I would never EVER recommend anyone with IBD or IBS to fast, undertake a colonic or any intense detox regime. The only detox needed; as the course outlines- is support through basic nutrients from food and probiotics.If done properly and supported through advice in the course then this can counteract increased exposure to chemicals, and it offers benefits like improved digestion, clarity and mental focus, reduced sugar cravings and balanced blood sugar levels, and increased energy and natural vitality.
I don’t want to give away too much otherwise I might spoil the video course for you, but if you’re interested in finding out more about helping your gut or supporting your body then the course offers a really informative and holistic look at what detoxing means and how to do it without inflicting stress to your body (or let’s be honest, forcing you to rush to the loo!)
– What toxins are and why we need to detox the right way.
– How you can create your own home detox programme through natural ingredients.
– What is detox diet and how to use nature’s herbs to empower your detox
Enjoy the course and let me know how you get on- I’d love to hear your experiences of detoxing too!
*This is a collaborative post.*