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Detoxing Your Body And Re-Thinking Spring Cleaning

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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 ingest like alcohol and trans fats, 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 building 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 eliminate. Your skin perspires which comes out through your pores and your lungs detoxify with each breath.

Who should detoxify?

Almost everyone can detoxify except if you are lactating, pregnant or have a weakened immune system. People who are constipated should be very careful when detoxifying. This is because the liver is trying to eliminate 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 spring 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. Some people may be sluggish the first few days; if you are cutting out caffeine you will get headaches; you may be irritable, you may get skin rashes. The first few days are usually the worst. It is good to have someone coach you through at least your first detox.

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