What is a ‘detox’?
There are many different definitions of detoxification. The word 'detox' has become associated with fad diets, strict juice cleanses, and general deprivation.
As a nutritional therapist, my interest is in the process of transforming potentially harmful (fat soluble) molecules into less harmful (water soluble) molecules so that they can be safely and efficiently eliminated from the body in a timely manner.
This reduces the risk of toxins being reabsorbed in the colon. Having the right balance of foods and nutrients in our diet helps this process to work smoothly and prevent disease.
Many organs are involved in detoxification but our liver is our main chemical processing factory and is the focus of this blog post.
Liver ‘detox’ involves two steps:
In simple terms ‘doing a detox’ is a bit like taking your car in for a service. You won’t leave with a shiny new engine but you might just get something that runs a bit better afterwards.
Common benefits include more energy, healthier skin, less aches and pains, clearer thinking and feeling more alert as well as less bloating.
What detox isn’t…
Some signs you may need to support your liver nutritionally:
I will be speaking about liver detoxification at the next Revive Yoga Break. Hope to see you there!
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