As we look forward to the warmer months ahead, some of our thoughts turn to spring cleaning. By clearing out closets and clutter, organizing desks and pantries, and scrubbing oft-ignored baseboards and blinds, we start the season fresh and feeling good. Why not extend that spring cleaning effort to our bodies with detoxification?
Why is this necessary?
Toxins are all around us. From the often-polluted air we breathe to the chemical and pesticide-laced foods we eat, external toxins are part of everyday life, even for the health conscious. Combine those with internal toxins, such as stress, anxiety and negative emotions and it’s no wonder we sometimes hit overload, experiencing extreme fatigue and unnecessary illness. When compiled, toxins can affect both the structure and the function of our body’s cell structure, leading to a variety of ailments, including fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders, headaches, and digestive problems like constipation, diarrhea or bloating. In addition, certain skin conditions, hormonal issues, and food allergies or intolerances can all the result of toxic buildup in the body.
While the body has built-in mechanisms like sweating, crying, and waste removal to rid itself of toxins, these systems often can’t keep up and additional help is needed and helpful.
What does a detox do?
Different from a cleanse, which focuses mainly on cleaning out the digestive tract, a detox aims solely to rid your body of toxic build up resulting from exposure to environmental pollutants, as well as to the cleaning products and technology we use, second-hand cigarette smoke, etc. It can literally reverse certain symptoms of illness.
How do you do it?
There are many different ways to get the benefits of detoxification. The one you choose will depend on individual needs, your level of commitment and preexisting health issues. Detoxing can be as simple as making dietary changes, such as eliminating dairy, meat, and grains in favor of fruits and vegetables for a certain period of time, while others prefer to use steam rooms, saunas or hot yoga to “sweat it out.” Acupuncture is an excellent means of detoxification because of its natural diuretic effect and simplicity. Acupuncture has been shown to not only be a successful way to detox but one that users are more likely to repeat. This ancient Chinese method is so successful at detoxification it often used to help people overcome addiction. There are many other ways to detox and an internet search of the subject will present a variety of options.
Remember when detoxing — especially for the first time — that eliminating years of toxic build-up can cause some unpleasant, albeit temporary, side effects. Mild headaches, nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, and irritability are all very natural to experience when undergoing a detox. The more toxins in your system, the more extreme the side effects may be, but the short-term unpleasantries from the detox are far outweighed by the benefits. It’s important to find the best detox plan for you and your current health needs. Consult our office to find the best type of detox for you and for support during the process.