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What is Detoxification?

Maximizing the stimulation of your body's natural methods of detoxification. This includes supporting your main organs of detoxification which include your liver, kidneys, lungs, bowels and lymphatic system.

What does your body eliminate when it detoxifies?

Your body eliminates junk that you are surrounded by in your environment like smoking and pollution, the food and beverages we injest like alcohol and transfats, and toxins from our own body's normal functioning like hormones and metabolic waste (which is produced when we move/exercise).

How does your body eliminate toxins?

Your naturopath will develop a plan for you to detoxify, which will support certain organs, usually the liver or the kidneys. The plan will include a special diet, vitamins, supplements and herbs which will stimulate your organs to detoxify toxins that have been buidling up over time. Your body eliminates toxins through exhaling, sweating, skin, urine and bowel movements. Your liver dumps into your bile, your bile dumps into you stool, and you eliminate the waste through your colon. Your kidneys detoxify into your urine, which you e liminate. Your skin perspires which comes out through your pores and your lung detoxifies with each breath.

Who should detoxify?

Almost everyone can detoxify except if you are lactating, pregnant or have a weekened immune system. People who are constipated should be very careful when detoxifying. This is because the liver is trying to elminate through the bowels, but the toxins end up getting stuck and being reabsorbed into your body. You should be producing 2-3 bowel movements per day before detoxifying. You should be supervised by a naturopath when you detoxify. The naturopath will develop a plan that is specific for your body.

When should you do a Detox?

The best times to detox are srping and fall. These are natural times of change and an easy time to get people to change their habits.

Should you be supervised when you do a detox?

Ideally you should be supervised by a naturopathic doctor when you detoxify, because you do not know how your body is going to react.

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Thank you so much for this great information! I just started detoxing *sort of*. I took out all foods except lean protein, veggies, fruits and Kombucha tea.

I am still in the I-really-want-a-cookie phase but I hope that goes away soon!


March 26, 2009 - 9:00pm
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