Detoxification – How to Detoxify Your Body – Our Approach
In the 65 years since World War II, 82,000 new chemicals have been introduced into our air and water supply. These toxins have completely infiltrated the food chain and we also breathe and absorb them through our skin. No matter how healthy your lifestyle may be, it’s no longer a question of if you are toxic… The questions are now, how toxic are you, and which toxins are in you?
High toxin levels in your body manifest in different ways. Some people have low energy, some have degenerative illnesses like chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia and some may look years older than they really are due to sallow, wrinkly skin. In a nutshell, the more toxins you have in your body, the older you are going to look, the older you are going to feel, and the sooner you are going to die.
It’s easy for conventional doctors to give you a diagnosis, prescribe medication and then hope you improve. At Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center, we go a step further and dig deep into why you’re experiencing symptoms. In most cases, we can identify the source of the toxins that are contributing to your condition, and eliminate them—as well as the side effects they are causing—through a detoxification plan.
Which toxins are in your body?
There are two main types of toxins that affect our bodies: Heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants (or POPs).
Heavy metals: High levels of mercury, cadmium, lead and arsenic most often cause symptoms like numbness and tingling along with difficulty concentrating. Mercury is the most common heavy metal found in humans, and the main source is shellfish and fish such as salmon, swordfish and tuna.
POPs: Pesticides, herbicides and even chemical byproducts of common activities like using Teflon pans, microwaving plastic or frying food have an adverse effect on our bodies. Bisphenol A (BPA) is the most common, and it causes an endocrine disruption that leads to female cancers, prostate cancer and low sperm count.
The detox process
The liver is our bodies’ own detox mechanism, but there are a variety of reasons most of us still carry high loads of toxins. Some of us have genetic abnormalities that prevent the liver from moving toxins out, while others intake more toxins than the liver is capable of removing. The first step is testing, and POP levels can easily be assessed with a simple blood test. For heavy metals, we test both the blood and urine. After testing, we then identify the sources of these toxins in order to prevent toxic accumulation after the detoxification process is complete.
The individual toxins found in your body and their levels will dictate the best detoxification process for you. Generally, our approach involves dietary changes, supplements, drugs and specialized treatments, such as colonics and the far-red sauna, which stimulates the release of toxins internally. Most patients are prescribed an organic vegetarian diet designed to stimulate the liver and the release of toxins that have been stored within the body, along with exercise and drinking plenty of water for a period of 10 to 28 days. After this point, patients are generally toxin-free, and they often remain “clean” for the long-term as long as they avoid toxic sources and maintain a healthy, conscious lifestyle.