Most people know about detoxification and its benefits or have at least heard of it a time or two. There are numerous protocols out there for detox, and it can be overwhelming at times to know which ones are suitable.
Detoxification is a natural process that your body regulates on a daily basis. Every cell in your body has the ability to take in nutrients they need from your bloodstream and then release their waste products back out. However, if certain functions in our body are not running at optimum levels, this can leave toxins or waste products in our body much longer than expected.
For instance, the health of our intestinal tract is key to eliminating toxins efficiently. If your gut is unhealthy, you can reabsorb toxins through the intestinal lining and pass to your liver. Environmental chemicals and pollutants, like xenoestrogens, can also accumulate in our body and affect overall health. Everything we breathe, eat, or absorb through the skin gets into the bloodstream and eventually passes through the liver. Accumulating toxins makes it harder for our liver to function appropriately. The liver is responsible for key components in hormone balancing, both those that are produced in our bodies as well as those used via hormone therapies.
Not having a proper nutrition along with an accumulation of toxins can overwhelm the natural process of its removal and get worse. Possible signs of toxin overload may include the following:
- PMS symptoms, including mood swings and depression around cycle time
- Menopausal symptoms
- Cyclic insomnia, night sweats
- Diminished sex drive
- Belly fat
- Brain fog
- Been on BHRT, but symptoms are returning
What are the key components of a good detox program?
- Have a healthy digestive tract
- Eat right. A diet high in healthy fats and proteins and low in carbs