It’s a new year and with it come resolutions to be healthy, to lose weight, and this year you’ll follow through!! 😉
Most will start with a detox plan… Maybe the master cleanse, possibly something else.
Before you dive in, there’s something you should know: if ALL your body’s channels and pathways of elimination are NOT functioning properly detoxing your body could be doing more harm than good. It’s kind of like sweeping a dusty home with all your windows closed. It all gets stirred up with nowhere to go. In the case of your body that could create some serious issues.
Take a look at the image below that illustrates the liver’s detox pathways. Your body is a complex mechanism that has requirement when taking out the trash.
AN ANALOGY: LIVER DETOXIFICATION IS LIKE CLEANING YOUR LAUNDRY
FILTRATION. First a good baseline of nutrients allow the liver the ability to filter the blood; identifying good things (food and nutrients) and bad things (toxins and harmful substances). This is similar to finding stains in your laundry.
PHASE 1 DETOXIFICATION. Next the body uses enzymes and nutrients to transform the bad guys (toxins, used hormones, RX drugs, food additives, etc). The goal of this phase is to begin neutralizing a toxin and start to make it into a water-soluble compound that is able to leave the body. However at this half way point, toxin reactivity actually increases, and can cause problems if it does not continue to phase 2 right away. Think of phase 1 detoxification as a pre-wash cycle.
PHASE 2 DETOXIFICATION. Phase 2 acts upon phase 1 as the final transformation stage on the toxin, making it water-soluble for removal from the body. Amino acids (building blocks of protein) DRIVE this stage, as they attach to the toxins to further neutralize and escort them out of the body. Phase 2 is like the main wash cycle that removes dirt and debris leaving your clothes clean.
ELIMINATION. Lastly, the toxins are eliminated out the digestive track via bile, or via the kidneys in urine. Much like the drain and spin cycle.
There’s a proper order that you need to follow, we will dive into what that is in a new podcast we’re starting very soon.
The point here is that a real detox requires care and isn’t as simple as some make it out to be. You also should not go through a crisis, meaning no extreme symptoms of poor health like body aches, nausea, headaches, feeling like crap…etc.
Stay tuned as we guide you through the right steps to a healthy happy body!
Until next time…