The low down on Detox - should you or shouldn't you?

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The low down on Detox - should you or shouldn't you?

10th January 2018 12:51 PM

Author: Samantha Farmer

Christmas has been and gone. Hopefully you had a wonderful time celebrating the festive season with your nearest and dearest.

Now, if you’re like me, you are turning your thoughts to what you want to achieve in 2018 and what it may bring.

I like to start the year with a detox.  For me it is a good time following the indulgences that Christmas brings, and make no mistake, even nutritional therapists can improve their diet and health practices!

There are many views on detox, and many different programmes on offer, so I wanted to give you a brief overview of what it involves.

Our bodies are equipped to detox waste from normal bodily metabolic functions and from some external toxins on a daily basis.  The main organs involved in detoxification include the liver, colon, kidneys, skin, and lungs. However, modern life has given us greater challenges with external toxins including processed foods, heavy metals, plastics, cleaning chemicals, pesticides, GMO and hybridized foods, electro-magnetic fields – I could go on.

All these extra toxins put extra pressure on the body and eventually we get to a stage where our bodies cannot cope any longer – we start to feel sluggish, our skin breaks out, a variety of physical symptoms sneak up on us like headaches, aching joints, and weight gain that we cannot shift. On a mental level we can lose clarity, feel emotional, irritable, sad or we just couldn’t care less. I am sure you can easily add to the list.  Ultimately, we can develop more serious issues and experience ill health.

It is my belief that supporting detoxification through a detox programme can provide the relief the organs require to deal with the backlog of toxins. However, how each of us does this depends on where we are with our health.  

Let me explain...

If you are constipated and start a detox without first tackling your constipation, you are in danger of releasing toxins from safe storage to recirculate in your body rather than be eliminated in your stools. If our bowels are slow, toxins have a better chance to be reabsorbed in the colon rather than be eliminated. This can cause more problems than before you started.

It is my belief that those who are quite toxic should approach detox gently – starting with a food detox, rather than a juice detox.  Those who already eat very healthy diet are better equipped for more demanding juice diets, but must still ensure good levels of protein, which is required by the liver to enable the detox function.

My advice, to get started, is to remove obvious toxins like alcohol, caffeine, all sugars, and processed foods, and to include plenty of water, good fibrous vegetables, lots of green and coloured veg, eat some raw or lightly steamed, go easy on the fruit.  

Allow 13 to 16 hours between the last meal of the day and the first meal of the next morning.  Get out and walk each day, and turn off your tech! These few easy actions suit the majority of people.  

If you can do this for 28 days you should start to see improvements in your energy levels, improved skin appearance, symptoms reduce, and some weight loss.

Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year.

Samantha is a registered nutritional therapist (CNHC & BANT) with a keen interest in womens health, digestive issues and stress management. Her approach is in line with Functional Medicine, which focuses on the client, looking to re-balance all components that lead to optimum health. These components include diet, lifestyle, exercise, genetics and medical history. For more information, please visit Samantha's website

Tags: detox, Diet, Nutritional Therapy, Sam Farmer

Treatments: Nutritional Therapy

Practitioners: Samantha Farmer

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