I am often asked about how and when to do a detox program. It’s important when considering doing one that you understand what it is, what it’s for and why you would or would not want to do one.
The body can become toxic for many reasons and the word “toxic” can mean many different things to different people. From your body’s point of view, the presence of anything that is not a nutrient, is a toxin. So basically, if you live and breath and eat, you are toxic. Whether or not this is a problem, is really the question.
Your body has four major organs of elimination that are working all the time to keep you non-toxic and aid the body in removing any noxious visitor: the skin, the lungs, the kidneys and the liver. If these organs are kept healthy, you may not need to do a detox program because your body is running one all the time.
If you have gall bladder disease or a family history of it, you want to steer clear of the over-the-counter and on-the-internet detox programs. These products push your system very hard, especially the liver and gall bladder and if your gall bladder is at all unwell, this will push it over the edge. An acutely ill gall bladder is a surgical emergency.
That being said, we are all exposed daily to environmental toxins, food additives, airborne particulates, heavy metals, etc that can tox our systems. These exposures are normally dealt with by the organs listed above. However, these days, the amount of exposure is sometimes greater than the amount it is possible for the detox organs to process. This causes a backlog in the system that can eventually lead to disease.
So, if you have a healthy gall bladder and are feeling sluggish and have brain fog, bad breath, intestinal gas and changes in your bowel or bladder pattern, you may want to consider doing a detox program.
Detoxing is not fun. It is uncomfortable and difficult to manage if you intend to also go to work every day and maintain your usual daily routine. You will be tired, irritable, have headaches and sometimes nausea and problems sleeping and many more bowel and bladder evacuations than usual. Take these realities into consideration when you decide to do this.
Plan this carefully with an experienced practitioner so that you have the help and support that you need during the process. Also plan to do this in the Spring when the body and the season are in harmony with the purpose of this choice. These considerations will help you have a successful and beneficial detoxification experience and reap the full benefits.