September and October are popular months to participate in a detoxification program. Detoxification programs typically range anywhere from 10 to 28 days.
You may ask: “Is detoxification a trend? Is detox a buzz word?” Absolutely not!
We now know the science behind detoxification and why it works. We can now identify the critical co-factors (including specific vitamins, minerals, and amino acids) that support our detoxification enzymes. Detoxification can be used simply as a jump start to better health and more energy or it can be used as a healing therapy for chronic illness.
Why engage in a detoxification program? We used to think that toxicity only happened when a person was exposed to high amounts of a metal like lead or mercury or high amounts of a industrial chemical.
Now we know that even low levels of toxins such as BPA found in bottles, cans, and credit card receipts can have a dramatic effect on insulin production and our body’s ability to utilize glucose. Over time, low levels of toxins can poison our mitochondria, which affects our ability to make energy. In other words, low levels of toxins can disrupt our metabolism and yes, even make us gain weight! In fact, Dr. Jeffery Bland, often called the father of functional medicine, has connected molecular toxicology to obesity, diabetes, and oncogenic events.
There are numerous types of detoxification programs out there, and I am sure that you have been exposed to some of them! It is important to note that not all programs are safe for everyone.
I mentioned above that our detoxification enzymes are highly dependent on co-factors including specific vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to get the job done.
Water and juice fasts and/or detox programs that lack adequate protein do not provide all these critical co-factors to adequately support your detoxification pathways. And if you have a toxic load (which most of us do) and start to dump toxins without having enough support to get rid of the toxins, you will most likely end up feeling worse and not doing your body any good.
If you are interested in assessing your toxic load or testing to see how well you detoxify, please click here to set up a complementary strategy session with me.
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