Dr. Kassam Why Should You Detox
Why Should You Detox?
Written by: Dr. Saira Kassam, ND
From the food’s we eat to the air we breathe, we are constantly being exposed to various toxins (processed foods, pollution, pesticides, household cleaners, alcohol, home renovations and heavy metals). Just breathing in, eating the wrong foods and putting stuff on our skin can all cause toxins to build up in the body.
Now, contrary to popular belief, our bodies already have the processes in place to help expel these toxins (Isn’t the human body just amazing!). The liver, skin, lungs, kidneys and bowels are all involved in detoxification. These organs help to neutralize and excrete unnecessary chemicals from your body. Over time, these natural body processes tend to slow down on its own because of the constant exposure to toxins. This build-up can clog our elimination pathway and overwhelm the organs so they don’t function at their best, passing these toxins back into the blood for circulation.
Signs of a sluggish elimination system and under-functioning of our detox organs is associated with both physical and mental symptoms which include, but are not limited to the following:
So once in a while, the detoxification organs require a bit of a boost! This is where a detox protocol comes in handy. Think about your car. After a certain amount of KM driven, it needs an oil change to refuel itself. The few weeks before you get the oil change, the car isn’t running as smoothly. Post-oil change, your car is as good as new! The body works very similarly. After a while, the detox processes slow down and a reboot is necessary to help move things along.
There tends to be quite a misconception around the work detox. I get a lot of comments like “I don’t want to be in the bathroom all day long”. I want to clarify something first, a detox is not a ‘cleanse’. It is not meant to keep you having bowel movements all day long. It simply provides a push to our detox organs to complete their jobs!
Here are the basic principles to a Detox:
These are all things you really should be doing regularly. But most of us don't have the time to be so diligent all year round. Practising the above-mentioned tips 1-2x a year for a couple weeks can give your mind and body the push it needs. So my challenge to you is to allocate 21 days to practice all of the above. My next article will provide you with some more detail on what foods you should be eating to help detox and what foods you should be removing! Stay Tuned.