Detox or waste handling is a very important and complex metabolic process that takes place in numerous organs of our bodies. Accumulation of toxins can affect the body in several ways. They impair proper organ function. They inhibit optimal absorption of nutrients. In addition, toxins can have treatments for specific issues less effective or even ineffective. By ridding the body of harmful toxins we promote better function of the body’s complex systems and increased receptiveness to secondary treatments.
Your body will try to expel toxins in any way it can: from your liver, via bowel movements, and through the pores of your skin. While you are detoxing, your body focuses on releasing toxins, so you might feel under the weather because you have all of this garbage traveling throughout your body.
Think of it as deciding to clean a very dusty house for the first time in years. When you start sweeping the dust, it’s going to get into the air and make it hard to breathe. You’ll feel better when you’ve gotten all the dust out, of course.
The same goes for trying to brush the toxins away from your body, you will feel the ill effects of drudging toxins up and out. Once they’re out you’ll feel better, but the process can make one feel under the weather.
Here is a short list of possible detox symptoms to help you recognize detox when it happens. Most patients get no symptoms at all, but it is possible to get:
- Skin breakouts and rashes
- Bloating, stomach pains
- Food cravings
- Trouble sleeping, nightmares
- Diarrhea and/or constipation
- Fatigue, low energy levels
- Congestion or mucus
Top 10 Environmental Toxins:
- Dioxins: Cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders, chloracne (a severe skin disease with acne like lesions), skin rashes, skin discoloration, excessive body hair, mild liver damage.
- Asbestos: cancer, scarring of the lung tissue, mesothelioma (a rare form of cancer).
- Heavy Metals: cancer, neurological disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, foggy head, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, abnormal hearth rhythm, damage to blood vessels.
- Chlorine: sore throat, coughing, eye and skin irritation, rapid breathing, narrowing of the bronchi, accumulation of fluid in the lungs, severe eye and skin burns, lung collapse, reactive airway dysfunction syndrome (RADS – type of asthma).
- Chloroform: cancer, potential reproductive damage, birth defects, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, liver and kidney damage.
- PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls): cancer, impaired fetal development.
- Herbicides and Pesticides: cancer, Parkinson’s disease, miscarriage, nerve damage, birth defects, blocking of the absorption of food nutrients.
- Mold and other Fungal Toxins: cancer, heart disease, asthma, multiple sclerosis, diabetes.
- Phthalates: endocrine system damage.
- VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds): cancer, eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, visual disorders, memory impairment.
In addition to these top 10 environmental, we are constantly exposed to electromagnetic fields, pharmaceutical toxins, dental poisons (such as mercury), petrochemicals, free radicals, etc.. Toxins enter our body through respiratory system, skin and gastrointestinal tract.
What detox program is better for you?
“Doctor, which detox system would you recommend for me?” – most common question I hear when it comes to the point when a patient decides that this is the right time to get reenergized, rejuvenated and balanced.
Most detox systems are organ-specific, meaning they aim to cleanse or purify individual body systems such as the liver or colon. Though these systems provide benefits, they fail to consider the relationships between organs or organ systems. Since detoxification is a multi-step, multi-system process, single-system approaches cannot address certain toxic buildups or even worse, cause detox pathways to get clogged or congested along the elimination route.
Throughout my experience, I had learned that Detox programs that combine homeopathic and professional-grade nutraceuticals are superior and designed to clear the body of toxins and regenerate healthy tissues and cells better than other combinations. In addition, the detox system has to support Primary and Secondary pathways for drainage and elimination (demonstrated below).
Homeopathy targets and manipulates the deepest patterns of physiology including the control mechanisms in the autonomic centers of the brain. This allows for the release and mobilization of toxins harbored deep within the tissues. Homeopathy can also up-regulate energy-producing activities and open up energy flow pathways to ensure toxins move efficiently through organ systems until they are eliminated.
Nutritionals serve major functions in detoxification substrates and co-factors for the enzymes and physiological processes involved in detoxification and to help to build and regenerate healthy tissues.
Botanical and herbal remedies have the ability to alter physiological activity, such as enzymes and antioxidant processes, to be more favorable for detoxification and cellular health.