The body maintains a constant 24/7 detoxification and elimination process. Most of us believe we can detox our body using a product or potion and that we can cleanse and be magically clean again! What nonsense! We need to understand what is really going on. The popular version vs the real one.
The body eliminates consistently using different pathways; bowels, skin, urine, sweat, tongue, breath, lungs.
A simplification of the biochemistry of detox and elimination shows the liver is the major organ for “detoxing” using 2 pathways, one to break down and the 2nd to build up or conjugate. If elimination is not easy or adequate, then mayhem can occur as toxins are recycled in the body creating extra fat storage as well as infamous detox symptoms. Some of the toxins are highly reactive metabolites like oestrogen and can be a causative factor in female cancers. It is very important to always have elimination pathways working super efficiently before starting any weight reducing diets or detox diets.
The easiest way to improve elimination is to ensure you have a high fibre diet. Use vegetables, psyllium, chia seeds, probiotics. Use a tsp of vitamin C powder with some psyllium husks each night to improve bowel function. Reduce inflammation and congestion by reducing dairy, sugar, high meat intake in the diet. Once elimination has improved markedly especially through the bowels, then it is safe to start promoting detox.
Detox is the process of removing toxins from the body. Chelation is the method by which toxins are bound up into compounds to be safely removed from the body. Chelators include: fibre, psyllium, modified citrus pectin, chlorella, chelatox. The important step is to understand you need to improve elimination before embarking on detox.
If you release toxins into the system without the ability to easily eliminate they can create serious repercussions – pain, headaches, cold and flu like symptoms, nausea, weight gain.
Supporting liver function with a good diet – high vegetable intake especially beetroot, broccoli, sprouts, dark green leafy veg, nettle tea, dandelion root tea, will all help to support liver function. Using some milk thistle will help. This a supportive herb that will allow the liver to function more efficiently and improve passage through the bowels.
Understanding how to support your body through detox is important. Eliminate first, support liver function then detox using a chelator. Also consider lifestyle – plenty of rest and good sleep is vital for liver function. Yoga and rebounding are both good for lymphatic drainage which is part of the detox process, a lymphatic massage would be great therapy to improve lymph flow. Meditation and mindfulness practices helps to calm the system and reduce cortisol, high levels of cortisol from stress will increase oestrogen and insulin levels and make the liver’s job that much harder.
Heat oil in a large pot. Saute the onion and garlic until soft. Add the rest of the ingredients and allow to boil. Once broccoli is slightly soft, allow to cool and blend. Season with rock salt and pepper to taste.
(drink 200-300ml daily whilst detoxing)
Chop up and preferably blend or juice.