There is a difference between eliminating waste from the body and detoxing your body by removing residues of heavy metals, pesticides, petrochemicals etc. An adult eliminates 25 lbs of normal waste each day in the form of urine, intestinal waste, perspiration and gases from the lungs. The urinary system, skin, lungs and intestines are the organs of elimination but they also do a small amount of detoxification.
It is the liver that breaks down the environmental toxins, processing them so they can be safely eliminated. The liver also protects the body from the harmful effects of the partially decomposed toxins.
Detoxification is a sophisticated conversion process which involves enzyme pathways in the liver called Phase 1 and Phase 2.
Phase 1-the transformation process of getting the compounds ready so they can ultimately leave the body safely-begins. As the toxic compounds are converted and changed-- harmful free radical chemicals and other toxic byproducts are released- these have the potential to cause rapid aging, fermentation and disease if they are not neutralized properly and adequately prepared for safe transport out of the body.
Phase 2-protective compounds are attached to the partially broken down toxic elements, free radical chemicals & toxic byproducts. Then protective measures are taken so the body is not harmed as the toxins are removed.
Phase 1 and Phase 2 must work in good balance with each other to be effective. Once this work is completed the toxins are carried out of the body by the organs of elimination-the intestines, kidneys & bladder, lungs and skin.
It takes a very high level of metabolic energy for the liver to do this job. It is important to eat well and have substantial nutrition with lots of phytonutrients and water for healthy detox to be successful. Phytonutrients are the chemical compounds in fruits and vegetables which assist the liver in the detoxification process. They also keep the enzyme pathways in balance and assist the organs of elimination in getting the toxins out of the body as quickly as possible.
People on a deficient diet or with immune challenges, low energy, fatigue or too much stress may not be able to get rid of these toxins-- so they begin to build up in the body. As the toxins build up in addition to the orginal health challenges the individual's problems are compounded by this toxic burden.
To maintain good vitality, vibrant health and strength it's a good idea to complete a detoxing program on a regular basis. How often this needs to be done varies greatly depending on one's state of health and their levels of exposure.
Nutritional Support for Detoxification
Fasting has long been touted as a good way to detox. Yet the body must have a high level of energy to detox in a balanced effective manor. A fairly high degree of metabolic stress occurs during fasting which can actually break down the tissues.
People often feel good from fasting because they are saving energy by not having to digest food. Fasting can be a good way to give the body a rest especially if you are very tired and run down or have been eating unwisely.
Fasting in the traditional sense on water or with juice alone cannot meet the high metabolic demands required to break down toxins and safely get them to leave the body. Instead of fasting --a simple diet with frequent small servings of something known as Medical Foods along with vegetables and fruits, modest amounts of gluten free carbohydrates and healthy fats is ideal for rapid, safe, effective clinical detox.
Medical Foods are high quality protein and fiber combinations which are non allergenic and require no digestion. They are designed to support the liver and enzyme pathways of detox while supplying high energy levels for good metabolic support and to prevent your body from being damaged by the release of toxin.
Extracts from pomegranate, water cress, milk thistle, artichoke and green tea combined with B vitamins, amino acids and other forms of liver support offer dynamic protection for the liver as it deals with converting, changing and then releasing toxic byproducts of the environmental contaminants in the body.
How Long Does it Take to Make a Difference?
It can happen in as little as 10-28 days but an active illness or a state of exhaustion & burn out usually requires a slow gentle approach over a 1-2 month period for most effective detoxification.
Who Needs to Detox?
In our chemically burdened world it is no longer a matter of just eating healthy-- for us to have adequate vibrant energy we must also reduce the toxic load on our bodies. Anyone who has lived on this planet long enough to take in this toxic load whether or not they feel it’s presence in their body is a good candidate for at least a 10 day Clinical Detoxing program.
Do you just want to clean up a little?
Are you actually suffering with symptoms indicating a need for detoxing?
Do you have a chronic illness?
The goal of Clinical Detox is to heal fully and permanently so you enjoy optimal health for the rest of your life.
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