Detox (more popularly referred to as a cleanse) is all the rage these days, and with that popularity comes a whole lot of misinformation. It’s hard to know what suggestions are actually beneficial for your body. A detoxification program, when done safely and under guidance, can be radically transformative for your health giving you more energy, increased focus, and even help you lose weight.
IV therapy is a great way to detox! B-vitamins and amino acids that directly aid in supporting your liver and proving your body with energy can be delivered directly to your bloodstream. This reduces the work your digestive system and liver have to do. Glutathione is a strong antioxidant that is used directly by your cells, and IV glutathione is a great addition to most detox programs. You can read more about IV Therapy here.
Diet is the most important part of a good detox program. You can take all the supplements in the world, but if you’re still eating junk food every day, then you are counteracting all of the cleansing benefits of the detox program. There are two parts of diet changes that are important: removing toxic foods, and adding in foods that help your body detoxify.
Toxic foods can include junk food and processed foods high in chemicals, and it can also include foods that are toxic specifically to your body. Sometimes, a full elimination diet is appropriate, where all of the most common allergenic foods, like wheat, dairy, and soy, are removed for a period of time and re-added slowly to find out which foods are causing you trouble. Other times, through food allergy testing, you can determine which foods you should be avoiding and just cut those ones out. The idea is to give your body a rest from things it has to work hard to break down.
Because your liver is the main organ responsible for detoxification in your body, most detox programs place an emphasis on liver support. Herbs like dandelion and milk thistle help protect the liver from oxidative damage and optimize its function in removing toxins from your body. Supplemental B-vitamins and proteins support the different phases of detox, and compounds like curcumin can help reduce inflammation in your body.
Some people have high levels of heavy metals (no, not Ozzy), like lead or mercury, and need to detoxify. Chelation therapy is the main way this is done, and can be done either by IV therapy or with supplementation. If your naturopathic doctor thinks you have symptoms of heavy metal toxicity, they will order a test to confirm their suspicion before starting a detox program with you.
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