Although the word “detox” gets thrown around and is on almost every magazine cover, billboard, diet tea, wellness blog, and the supposed latest and greatest health food trend, true detoxification protocols have been practiced for centuries around the world, particularly within traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine systems.
Today we are exposed to more toxins than ever which all add to our bodies “toxic load”.Some of the common culprits include glyphosate on the food we eat, bisphenol-Ain the plastic we eat from, fluoride in the water we drink, mercury in the fillings in our teeth – and the list unfortunately goes on.
Our soil,and therefore our food, is less nutrient dense than ever before, leaving us with less of the co factors which make many of our bodies intrinsic detoxification pathways work effectively. This leads to the body becoming overloaded with toxins, compromising our bodies internal biochemistry and self-regulating mechanisms and contributing to a wide range of ailments and dis-ease. At worst,certain chemicals, an inability to detoxify them effectively and a subsequent high toxic load has been shown to contribute to Alzheimer’s, autoimmune conditions, thyroid disorders, infertility and reproductive disorders, and even some cancers.
Other conditions which benefit from detoxification protocols include:
· Frequent colds/recurrent infections
· Skin ailments – i.e. rashes, eczema, psoriasis, acne and blemishes
· Digestive disturbances
· Sinus congestion
· Itchy eyes
· Halitosis (bad breath)
· Migraines and neurological issues
· Anxiety and depression
· Sleep disturbances – particularly waking between 1am - 3am
Autumn is the perfect time to detox the body in preparation for winter. By clearing the body of toxins and debris, we provide the body with further capacity to fight off colds, flu and other infections as the winter sets in. Our Autumn detox programme focuses on the health of the kidneys – which is the organ associated with Autumn – and includes herbal medicine, homeopathy and dietary changes to gently detox and prepare the immune system for winter.
For more information contact our Naturopath, Bridget