Time for a Detox

October 1, 2008

By johnmac

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I have just finished a great detoxification program. Although I have done other detox programs in the past, this particular one made the biggest difference for me. While I didn’t have many complaints going into this detox, by the end of it, I noticed a significant increase in my energy – and that my occasional craving for sweets was completely gone. As an added bonus, I also lost a few pounds.

It is good practice to do a detox two times per year. Spring and fall are the best times, or alternatively, just before the season that you tend to get the most sick or have the most health complaints. In today’s world of processed foods and environmental pollution, toxic substances exist almost everywhere. We are all exposed to toxins on a daily basis through food, water, air and other products that we come into contact with – many beyond our control. Some of these toxins build-up in the body and overtime they will create problems.

Even if we lived in a perfect environment, we would still benefit from a detox program due to the internal toxins the body produces as a result of everyday metabolism. While the body is designed to eliminate toxins, this function becomes compromised when the burden becomes too great. Just like our car engine, our body also needs an “oil change” once in a while to keep things running smoothly!

The process of detoxification takes place primarily in the liver as it is the body’s main organ of detoxification. Detoxification is largely accomplished in two phases. In the first phase, the body’s enzymes activate the toxic substances to make them more accessible for elimination. In the second phase, specific enzymes convert the toxins into harmless, water soluble molecules that can be eliminated by the body.

The detoxification process is critically dependent on an adequate amount of nutrition, specific vitamins, enzymes and minerals. Without these specific nutrients, the liver cannot eliminate certain toxins. If they are not eliminated, these toxins may be slowly released into the blood, where they will circulate throughout the entire body and contribute to many chronic illnesses.

The program that I followed is by Biotics Research Canada and is called the “3-Step Bio-Detoxification Program”. It is designed to address the most common underlying causes of chronic health issues. The foundation of the program is the removal of inflammatory foods from the diet, including the “Sensitive Seven” – dairy, wheat, sugar, corn, soy, eggs and peanuts.

The program is divided into three steps which can be customized to meet an individual’s specific health circumstances. The three steps are:

Step 1: Reduce Inflammation (lasts 6 to 7 days on average)

This step addresses the most common underlying causes of chronic health challenges, including hidden food allergies/sensitivities and acute or chronic inflammation. It includes the removal of common food allergens from the diet and uses anti-inflammatory nutritional supplements to inhibit inflammatory response mechanisms, which put the immune system under stress. This step also focuses on opening up certain channels of elimination so that the toxins that are released in Step 2 can be effectively eliminated from the body.

Step 2: Clean and Detoxify (lasts 10 to 20 days)

This step addresses four more underlying causes of chronic health challenges, which are: toxic overload, harmful bacterial, heavy metal toxicity and leaky gut. This step consists of a thorough detoxification program designed to eliminate toxins and harmful bacteria from the body.

Step 3: Regeneration and Repair (lasts 30 days or more)

This step focuses on rebuilding and repair and is designed to provide the necessary building blocks the body needs to repair damaged cartilage, joints and tissues. During this step, a multi-vitamin, an essential fatty acid blend, a probiotic and very unique vitamin D are introduced. Other supplements may be required depending on your individual circumstances, but these four are an excellent daily foundation for maintaining or improving your overall health.

 

It is important to understand that the development of health issues/diseases is a long, gradual process that occurs over time with stages of progressively ill health preceding it. It moves from the less serious physical complaints to more serious ones, and then moves inward to deeper levels. Sometimes minor ailments are driven deeper into the body and become more serious as various substances are used to suppress symptoms, which then weakens the immune system.

Common signs and symptoms of toxin build-up include:

  • Digestive issues, such as constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, nausea or heartburn
  • Emotional issues such as mood swings and anxiety
  • Mental issues such as poor memory, poor concentration and confusion
  • Low energy, fatigue, restlessness or insomnia
  • Headaches, dizziness
  • Skin problems such as acne, rashes, dry skin, excessive sweating
  • Joint and muscle pain and stiffness
  • Sinus congestion, sinus problems, allergies, excessive mucus
  • Frequent illness

If you would like to try this program for yourself, or would like more information about it, please let me know. I will be offering the full program, including Step-by-Step Guides for each phase of the program, the required supplements and personalized counselling support as you go through the various phases.

I plan on posting more information on my website regarding this great program soon, so stay tuned.

I look forward to continuing to partner for a healthier, more vibrant you!

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