How do you know if a Detox is right for you?

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Do any of the following apply to you

  • Are you feeling low in energy or mood?
  • Do you have trouble concentrating, remembering things, is your mental function low, do you have a ‘cloudy mind’?
  • Does it feel as if the growth & repair of your body is not up to par?
  • Do you have an increase of disease or illness?
  • Do you have frequent headaches/migraines?
  • Do you have have bowel movements that are soft and not easy to pass?
  • Do you frequently get diarrhea?
  • Are you feeling constantly congested (in your nasal pass or throat)?
  • Do you have acne on your back? Do you acne elsewhere, or other skin conditions (itchy skin, eczema etc)?
  • Do you experience heartburn?
  • Do you have a very strong craving for sugar, especially after meals?
  • Do you experience a lot of gas?
  • Are you experiencing bloating after you eat or drink?
  • Trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep?
  • These are a few of the general effects of toxicity in the body.

From the start of the industrial revolution to the birth of synthetic chemistry, the presence of toxic substances has ruptured the global environment. It is rather impossible to not be exposed to toxins in the world today. Therefore, in order to improve the health of the body, it is important to rid it of built-up toxicity.

The body has a limit to the amount of burden it can handle. A total load of that burden includes the current and previous physical, chemical, and biological contaminants found within air, food and water as well as the emotionalwell beingof the individual. Once the limit is reached there is an “overflow”, this is presented in the form of symptoms (Krop, 2002).

The body can be perceived as a bucket, it wears down with age but the amount it can hold is always the same, anything over the capacity of the bucket will spill over — “overflow”. Age and genetics are twoconstants that cannot be removed from the bucket. Their presence will always be there (ibid). However, depending on the health of the body the amount of burden they inflict will falter. The toxic exposure that the body takes in (from pollution, drugs, cigarette smoking, alcohol, infections, bacteria, parasites, food and water contamination, radiation, etc.), stress – both physical and mental, as well as any emotional imbalances in the individual, will cause spill over.

The “overflow” can be seen as an allergic reaction, sickness etc. However, if the bucket is constantly experiencing “overflow” and the symptoms constantly recur the body over time will build up a tolerance to the onslaught of pain and discomfort. Notwithstanding the effect is still there. If someone lives with pain every day, eventually it will begin to feel as if the pain is a normal occurrence and they will not give it a second thought.

If you feel as if this might be you, reflect on this;

  • When was the last time I truly felt well?
  • Do I take medication to help my body function better?
  • Can I function properly in the morning without caffeine?
  • When was the last time I experienced pain? When was the last time I experienced great pain? Do I have joint inflammation (arthritis, osteoporosis, etc.)?
  • Do I feel mentally & emotionally well?
  • Do I get tired easily?
  • Do I experience frequent headaches?

To clear up the “overflow” of your body you need to begin by removing common toxins and pollutants from your environment. A well-structured Detox or Cleanse will get this done. When you decide “I want to feel and be my best”, you are ready for a Detox!!

How do you know if a Detox is right for you?

References and Further Readings

Dancygier, H. (2010). Clinical Hepatology, Principles and Practice of Hepatobiliary Diseases Volume 1. New York, Springer.

Demeda, P. (2014). Lecture on Clinical Detoxification. Personal Collection of P. Demeda, Institute of holistic nutrition, Mississauga Ontario.

Holford, P. (2004). The Optimal Nutrition Bible. London: Piatkus.

Krop, J.J. (2002). Healing the Planet, One Patient at a Time. Canada, KOS Publishing Inc.

Jensen, B. (1999). Dr. Jensen’s Guide to Better Bowel Care. A complete program for tissue cleansing through bowel management. New York: Avery.

Lee, S.D.. Lo, K.J., Lu, R.H., Shyu, J.K., & Wang, Y.L. (1996). Caffeine clearance test: a quantitative liver function assessment in patients with liver cirrhosis. Taipei. Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi, 57(5), 329-34.

Lipski, E. (2012). Digestive Wellness (4th ed). United States, McGraw-Hill.

Marieb, E.N. (2012). Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (10th ed). San Francisco, CA: Pearson Education, Inc.

Murray, M.T., & Pizzorno, J. (2012). The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (3rd ed). New York, Atria Paperback.

Regan, J., Russo, A., Seeley, R., & VanPutte, C. (2011). Seeley’s Anatomy & Physiology (9th ed). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Companies Inc.

Amanda Filipowicz
Amanda Filipowicz

Amanda Filipowicz is a certified nutritional practitioner (CNP) with a bachelor in environmental studies (BES) from York University. She also has certification in clinical detoxification, prenatal and postnatal care as well as nutrition for mental health. She has a decade of experience in nutritional health and is a lifelong proponent of eating healthy.

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