Supporting your body’s ability to detox is critical. During this wonderful change of seasons, there’s no better time.
Detoxification can mean different things to different people. In relation to health, ‘detoxing’ means cleansing the body of toxins with the intent of lessening its burden in order to improve how the body functions. Although your body is designed to continually detoxify on its own, supporting its ability to do so is often both needed and useful. The transition from fall to winter presents the perfect time to support your body and align the process of detoxification during this wonderful change of seasons.
It’s widely known that your body has an inherent ability to detoxify itself on a daily basis. Through organs of elimination, such as your lungs, skin, liver, lymphatics, circulatory system, bladder and bowels, your body is constantly recognizing, processing and eliminating chemicals, heavy metals, and other toxins continually invading your body. So when it comes to ensuring your health is functioning as optimally as it can, supporting these organs of elimination are the key to maintaining a well-tuned, highly functioning system.
The process of detoxification
In order to support natural detoxification, it’s important to have a basic understanding of what detoxification actually means. Take for example, a common chemical found in our food supply – pesticides. As a chemical often sprayed on foods, pesticides are used to help resist drought, repel insects, and encourage crop growth. Unfortunately, pesticides have the potential to interfere with your health. Once ingested, a pesticide will be shuttled to the liver, where it is processed and broken down, passed into the kidneys or bowels, where it is eliminated out of the body. Unfortunately, as there is a constant inundation of environmental chemicals to the body, your toxic load can slowly build up, and the ability to eliminate them becomes less effective. Without the ability to adequately eliminate toxins, over time, your health can become compromised. As such, symptoms of toxic overload can very quickly become evident – fatigue, headaches, brain fog, muscle and joint pain, skin issues, constipation, insomnia, emotional lability, dementias, and neurological conditions, will ensue.
Why is the fall season a good time to detoxify?
According to Chinese medicine, each season of the year carries great importance in terms of health and each organ system is intimately linked to the rhythms of each season. Specifically, fall is a perfect time to cleanse, detox and support your lungs, large intestine, liver and skin. If you have ever dealt with chronic conditions of the lungs (bronchitis, chronic cough, pneumonia), digestive issues (constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain) or skin issues (acne, eczema, dry skin or psoriasis), then fall is a great time to consider a detox. Fall is also known as a season of both change and letting go (trees lose their leaves, flowers fade, and animals prepare to hibernate). Given the close perspective to that of the nature of fall, supporting your body’s ability to detox is also the perfect time to address built up toxins and support this process of letting go.
How to help detoxify your body
Supporting the process of detoxification is actually rather easy. Simple activities such as moving more (exercise, walking, running, biking, hiking) increase body temperature, breathing, and encourage sweating. Movement also improves circulation, which helps lymphatic flow, as well as helps toxic chemicals circulate into your liver to be processed, broken down and passed on to be eliminated. Encouraging regular bowel function and urination is also key to proper detoxification, as once toxins are ready to be removed from the body, it’s the kidneys and bowels that are able to do so. In addition, eating healthy foods and supporting proper digestion is crucial to aid in supplying your body with what it needs to help encourage it to detox. As it can often be difficult to obtain all necessary vitamins and nutrients needed for detoxification from food, here are a few of the many supplements that we offer that can help make the detox difference:
N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) – needed to create the powerful antioxidant glutathione, and on its own detoxifies drug and environmental toxins and reduces liver and kidney damage from toxic compounds.
Milk Thistle – encourages liver detoxification processes, skin health, and protects liver cells from becoming damaged by chemicals and toxins.
Turmeric – behaves as a detox agent, helps dispel toxins from the body and reduces the risk of liver disease.
Dandelion Root – liver and kidney support as a diuretic, improves bile flow, and greatly aids in digestion.
Triphala – an Ayurvedic herb known for its digestive effects and as a colon cleanser where it
helps resorb nutrients, promote bowel regularity and removes fat deposits and toxins.
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Disclaimer: Never begin a detoxification regimen without being under the supervision of an experienced medical professional. Also, the content provided above is for informational purposes only and not intended to diagnose, treat or manage a health condition.
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