Detoxing Your Body and How It Can Hurt Your Health
In recent years, detoxing your body has become quite the trend. Now there are countless numbers of detox kits or cleanses on the market all touting the many health benefits of removing toxins from the body. Even celebrities are talking about how they detox and all of the amazing benefits they’ve experienced.
But is detoxing your body right for everyone?
The answer is absolutely not.
In fact, trying to force your body to detoxify can have many negative effects on your health.
And when you suffer from Leaky Gut Syndrome, detoxing your body can easily make your symptoms worse by taxing your already congested liver even more.
Your Liver’s Role in Detoxing Your Body
As you probably already know, your liver plays many extremely important roles in your body. One role it serves is as a filter which is responsible for metabolizing or breaking down toxins so that they can be properly disposed of by excreting them from your body. But remember, these toxins have to be first processed by your liver before they can be disposed of.
Because we live in a society that is literally full of toxins everywhere you look, it is becoming more and more difficult for your liver to keep up with the growing number of toxins you encounter on a daily basis.
Toxic chemicals are in your…
- Meat, vegetables, grains, and any other food
- Soaps, shampoos, and conditioners
- Toothpaste, deodorant, and other personal hygiene products
- Cleaning products
- and the list goes on…
So it’s easy to see how your liver is already working overtime to remove as many of these toxins as it can on a daily basis.
And what your liver can’t keep up with gets stored away in your fat cells for future processing.
Using cleanses and other detox promoting supplements is a way of forcefully detoxing your body or what I refer to as forced detoxification.
And forced detoxification causes your body to re-release these toxins back into your system to be properly processed by your liver and excreted. And because many of these toxins are stored in your fat cells, detoxing your body this way has become a big fat loss fad.
But what nobody stops to consider is that your liver is already backed up and congested which is why it stored those toxins away in the first place.
Instead, these toxins are released out into your body which puts a significant stress on your body and will make your chronic symptoms even worse. And this can have serious negative effects on your health depending on how congested your liver already is.
So if you suffer from Leaky Gut Syndrome or any chronic symptom then you might want to consider this before assuming that detoxing your body is great and will only improve your health.
Supporting Your Detox Pathways
Instead of focusing on detoxification, you really should be focusing on supporting your detox pathways which will help improve your body’s ability to detoxify efficiently and remove the congestion of your liver.
Without going into too much detail about all of the different detox pathways that exist in the body, there’s one major detox pathway that I like to focus on first which is your colon.
You should be moving your bowels at least once a day and a big reason for this is because your body uses your colon to excrete many of these toxins. Otherwise, these toxins will literally float around your colon only to be re-absorbed into your body again, further congesting your liver.
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Detoxing Your Body Naturally
The only time I will ever recommend forcefully detoxing your body is after your detox pathways have been cleared, your liver has had time to catch back up, and you are more than capable of properly processing all of the toxins that will be released into your body.
And to do this, I always start with your diet.
If you change your diet and follow a diet plan like I recommend in my Leaky Gut Cure program, then you will not only be eliminating some major sources of toxins from your food but it will also help you to clear your colon and allow your digestive tract and liver to function much more efficiently.
And this does take time which is why I recommend waiting a minimum of 2 weeks in order to give your liver a little bit of a break before introducing anything that could cause more stress on your body. But this way, naturally detoxing your body can not only be healthy but can also help improve and reduce your chronic symptoms.
Karen Brimeyer is a nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, and health consultant. She has helped over a hundred personal clients heal their leaky gut, digestive problems, lose weight, and resolve their chronic symptoms and conditions.
She is the owner of Optimal Self-Healing in Tampa Bay Florida, a private nutrition and health consultation business and author of the Leaky Gut Cure program.
Karen has worked with a wide variety of populations from new moms to athletes overcome their health problems and achieve optimal health.
Karen found her passion for nutrition as a teenager. While striving to achieve optimal health by following the widely accepted diet and nutrition tips of the media and conventional medicine, she found her own health declining rapidly with the development leaky gut which led to digestive problems and chronic fatigue.
Unwilling to accept her situation, she set out to determine the truth about health which led her through her own research as well as studying and working with some of the best holistic doctors and holistic practitioners in the fields of nutrition, functional medicine, and life coaching.
She has since applied her knowledge with herself to overcome her own leaky gut and achieve an unprecedented level of health and wellbeing. Her happy and healthy pregnancy and now two-year old son, TJ, are a testament to the health she has achieved.
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