Think you'll benefit from a diet detox? We offer detox MOTs at The Body Matters. Detox is available from our clinic based in Leigh-on-Sea, Southend.
About Diet Detox
The human body is equipped with a number of very efficient detoxification organs: liver, kidneys, lungs, and skin successfully eliminate toxins via faeces, urine, exhalation, and sweat all the time, every day. When any of those organs fail, we get very, very sick. Indeed this failure can be life threatening.
So where are those toxins coming from? Normal metabolism produces a number of toxic waste products, such as homocysteine, carbon dioxide, uric acid, spent hormones and many more. The bacteria and yeasts living on and inside the body, too, produce waste products, which can be harmful if not eliminated. These are called ‘endotoxins’, because they come from within.
It is estimated that the average woman in the US is exposed to 168 exotoxins – toxins coming at us from the outside – from cosmetics, feminine hygiene products, air fresheners and cleaning products every day: phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), dioxins, parabens, toxic metals (e. g. mercury, aluminium, cadmium, lead). Many of these substances are not properly researched or declared, because the US Food and Drugs Administration is leaving it in the hands of the manufacturers to ensure safety.
More substances of dubious benefit are found in foods, of course: colourings, flavourings, stabilisers, emulsifiers, thickening agents, artificial sweeteners, humectants, antimicrobials, pesticides, fungicides etc. Some of these may be ‘natural’, but the majority is not. Even if individual substances may have been checked for safety, it is impossible to test all possible combinations.
Conventional medicine and many scientists assure us that there is no need to detox. The body’s detox organs are powerful and will manage just fine.
Many of the substances listed above are allegedly safe. Take mercury, for example, a metal commonly used in dental amalgam fillings. It is generally deemed safe and still used in many dental practices. Some countries, such as Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany have now banned its use, but stress that this is out of environmental concerns rather than possible health risks. So, it is bad for the environment, but not our bodies?
If you google ‘mercury’ in a different context though, e. g. how to safely handle it in chemistry classes in schools or how to clean up small mercury spills (e. g. from a broken old-fashioned thermometer) you will read that the utmost care is required and safety precautions must be taken is highly toxic. Likewise, old dental amalgams that have been removed from teeth need to be disposed of as toxic waste. While in your mouth, however, mercury is apparently completely benign and safe!
While our detox organs do a terrific job, they are exposed to many more questionable substances than they were designed for, and can certainly do with some help. The best way to support your liver and other detox organs is by avoiding as many toxic substances as you can. After that, there are ways of supporting your liver with certain foods, herbs and drinks to help it work more efficiently.
If then, every now and again, you would like go on a gentle detox for a week or so, why not? Giving your liver a break from stimulants, sugar, junk foods, common allergens and animal protein is unlikely to do any harm (but do check with your doctor, especially if you are taking prescription drugs), and most people feel better for it.
If you would like to learn more about your own levels of toxic exposure and how to better support your liver, Melanie Ryan offers a Detox MOT which can help lighten your body’s toxic load and tweak your diet so it provides the nutrients the liver needs to perform at its best. The Detox can ultimately lead to maintaining a healthy weight for a lifetime.
Would you benefit from detoxing?
- Do you often suffer from headaches or migraine?
- Do you sometimes have watery or itchy eyes or swollen red or sticky eyelids?
- Do you often have dark circles under your eyes?
- Do you sometimes have itchy ears, earache, ear infections, and drainage from your ears or ringing in the ears?
- Do you often suffer from excessive mucus, a stuffy nose or sinus problems?
- Do you suffer from acne or other skin conditions?
- Do you often sweat a lot and have a strong body odour?
- Do you sometimes have joint or muscle aches or pains?
- Do you suffer from nausea or vomiting?
- Do you often have a bitter taste in your mouth or a furry tongue?
- Do you have a strong reaction to alcohol?
- Do you suffer from bloating?
- Do the effects of coffee stay in your system for a long time?
If you answered 'yes' to less than 3 questions, you are unlikely to have a problem with detoxification but will still benefit from following a gentle plan, maybe once a year.
If you answered 'yes' to between 3 and 5 questions, you are beginning to show signs of poor detoxification and would benefit from following a gentle detox.
If you answered 'yes' to 5 or more questions, it is a good idea for you to improve your detox potential.
IMPORTANT: if you scored more than 8, please take advice from your GP before detoxing (even a gentle detox).
Call 01702 714968 for more information about detox in Southend.