I am routinely asked by our patients: “what is a detoxification?” Some of our more advanced patients ask, “how often should I detox?” or, “what is the best detox?”
This month, we will addressing the topic of detoxification and an associated issue in the form of food sensitivities as well as one of our preferred tests for this condition. I should point out that we utilize several of the finest reference labs in the nation for this testing, and likewise, we use several excellent detoxification products. This month, we will highlight one lab test and one detox product out of several that we prefer.
So, the key concept to understanding detoxification is that we all live in a world that exposes us to toxins, and that these toxins accumulate in every cell of our bodies. As we age, this toxin accumulation has been shown to affect the cell functions negatively at many levels. In general, our liver, kidneys, colon, and skin are the major organs that try to eliminate toxins from our bodies.
A “detox” is typically a 7, 10, or 21-day period wherein eating specific food sources along with specific nutrients and vitamins, while avoiding certain food sources, helps the body cleanse itself more thoroughly. The result is felt to be a better functioning body at many levels. There are a number of excellent and scientifically-grounded physicians that provide us with prescriptive advice. Check out The Hormone Reset Diet by Sara Gottfried, MD for a Harvard-trained physician’s prescription on this matter. Dr. Gottfried recommends a detox 2 to 4 times a year, and so does Deanna Minnich, PhD, one of the nation’s leading nutritionists from Seattle, Washington.
The colon must be in excellent health to perform its functions precisely. The concept behind food sensitivities is that many foods cause colon inflammation in a measurable fashion. This is not the kind of inflammation you can “feel” typically. By eliminating the most significant foods that cause inflammation, we improve our health in many ways. One way is that the colon can do its part in appropriately absorbing our vitamins, minerals, and vital nutrients and also help eliminate toxins from the body.
We hope this information is useful in your journey for optimal health.