The typical mainstream approach to detoxification is some sort of two week event where one purges and cleanses through intensive liquid-only diets, fasts, enemas, massage, acupuncture, saunas, or some other heroic effort to eliminate toxins quickly from the body. There is certainly nothing wrong with these approaches IF you apply sound and healthy lifestyle principles before and afterwards. But if you slide right back into a dysfunctional diet and lifestyle your detoxification efforts will do little to nothing to improve your overall health. It might even make you feel worse.
I propose you look at detoxification as a DAILY practice; a step-by-step approach of supporting your liver, intestines, kidneys, skin, lymphatic system, and lungs, all of which are key organs of purification. On average we are exposed to approximately 500 chemical a day through air, water, food, plastics, hygiene products, and just about everything else we come into contact with.
Signs of toxicity include headaches, poor energy/fatigue, poor focus, memory loss, GI issues, and hormonal imbalances. One of the easiest tests for determining if you are detoxifying properly is your urinary pH. If your urinary pH is too acidic you can bet you’re not detoxifying properly. A simple test strip in your urine stream will suffice (7.0-7.4 is ideal). If your urine is too acidic follow the action steps below to improve alkalinity.
There are two main pathways/phases of detoxification (P1 and P2) that turn fat-soluble compounds into water-soluble compounds to prepare them for excretion through the feces, urine and sweat. Both processes are highly nutrient dependent.
For example, the P1 Pathway (Cytochrome P450 pathway) which occurs in the liver and kidneys needs adequate levels of magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, sulfate, selenium, and copper. Magnesium is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies and can uncouple your ability to detoxify. 10mg/kg of bodyweight is recommended until your tissue saturation point is high enough. Titrate the dose up slowly to avoid bowel distress. Also, taking a well-formulated multi-vitamin should be step one to improving detoxification.
Incorporate these suggestions into your daily lifestyle to improve detoxication:
*Homemade Dark, Leafy Green Smoothies (1-2 a day)
*Lots of Cruciferous Veggies
*Better food quality
*Low sugar intake (high sugar = high acidity)
*Sulphurophane (found in onions, leeks, and garlic)
*Limonese (found in lemons)
*Milk Thistle Extract
Remember, detoxification is much more than a two week heroic purge and cleanse. It’s a daily practice that requires daily attention!