I often get asked is detox really necessary to maintain good health?
There’s a lot of hype about detoxification, and it can be hard to separate fact from fallacy.
Our bodies have inbuilt processes and organs that rid itself of toxins and waste products. These will pass through the liver, kidneys, lungs, lymphatic, digestive system, and skin. Poor health and lifestyle, will make these organs less effective. For example: diabetics will often experience kidney and lymph problems, drug and medication usage will often slow liver clearance, too much alcohol can cause problems for the kidneys, and smoking and exhaust fumes can damage lung tissues.
I always suggest that once a patient has completed their treatment plan and is symptom free that a bi-annual detox can be a great way to ensure the body keeps running smoothly and prevent relapses. It’s like regular, preventative maintenance for your car and helps to ensure that future problems, if they occur, are minor.
Having previously suffered with auto immune disease I know what it’s like to have a body that attacks it’s own organs. I’ve personally found that a six week detox program twice a year is a great way to keep my own health on track. I run the same program I use in the clinic, it focuses on:
- clean eating to prevent further exposure to toxins,
- optimising gut and digestive function,
- providing essential nutrients for conversion of toxins and waste products into less damaging forms to be more efficiently eliminated,
- supporting the liver and kidneys in elimination.
Remember, that everything you have ever done, brings you to where you are right now. You can’t keep making withdrawals, poor diet and lifestyle choices, without occasionally topping up the bank balance. So doing a detox helps to effectively ‘clean the slate’ and optimise your body and its organs to work more efficiently.
I find a car is a great analogy for health. If you service it regularly, it generally runs well with very few issues, if any. If you don’t look after your car, then it will still work, but it may not be as efficient with fuel as it could be, or it ‘runs rough’, and it eventually stops working altogether.
So when people ask me if I think a detox is necessary I always say yes. It’s not a silver bullet, but a detox program that emphasise a clean diet, improving bowel function and supporting the organs of elimination is a great way to stop disease processes progressing, to slow/reverse the ageing process, to help your body run as smoothly as possible.
Join our next 6 week detox program starting 1st September. For more information call the clinic on (07) 3800 1993. Group and individual programs are available.