Does Your Body Need a Detox?

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By Becky Kileteny, CHC

The world we live in is becoming more and more toxic. There are harmful substances in the air, water, cleaners, plastics, food, beauty products, vaccines/medications, dental fillings and even appliances! Truth be told, toxins have always been around, but as societies have developed, so too have their quantity and harshness.These toxins can wreak a variety of negative effects on the body; taking the form of many common health issues today. This is bad news for those of us who take in air on earth: EVERYONE! Living in a bubble may be our best bet to avoid these toxins. However, this isn’t possible for most, so what can be done?

Good enough, God has designed the body with an amazing ability to process toxins so they don’t kill us! The liver is largely responsible for processing toxins we come into contact with. Through a series of intricate chemical processes, it breaks down and bundles toxins to get them out of the body. However, there is a limit the amount of toxins the body can handle; also known as “toxic load.” Excess toxins that can’t be eliminated from the body are stored away in various parts of the body such as fat cells, bone, and even the brain! And as they linger, health issues begin to arise.

If you are concerned, you should be, but keep reading, there’s hope!

We can’t live in a bubble, but if we can start to make small steps to reducing our toxic load and that is progress! There are countless practical steps one can take to reduce their exposure to toxins, but that’s overwhelming. Start with some simple basics such as: drinking filtered water (not from a plastic bottle) vs tap water, eating more local or organic foods to reduce pesticide exposure, use less toxic beauty and cleaning products, and use glass or metal ware instead of plastic. Make small goals of things you want to change in a period of time and then go onto another one.

I have been asked numerous times who and when should one do a detoxification program. There are some who may benefit more than others, but the true answer is EVERYONE and on a regular basis! Toxins are everywhere and yes, we can take practical steps to reduce our exposure to them, but that still isn’t enough. Some symptoms of toxic overload are: fatigue, skin issues, headaches, acne, inability to lose weight, anxiety, depression, mood swings, menstrual disorders, miscarriages, constipation, bloating, hair loss, aching, sinus issues, food cravings, and memory loss. It’s hard to not relate to at least one of these symptoms isn’t it?!

There are a variety of foods, herbs and supplements that are safe and effective in supporting detoxification such as milk thistle, dandelion, and ginger. However, detoxification is a delicate process and there is no one size fits all. Not all detoxification protocols are right for everyone. It is always best to see a trained health care provider to help you determine what is best for you and your health needs. At Woodbury Spine, we offer a variety of detoxification protocols that are specific to patient’s health needs. Christy or I would be happy to sit down with you to find the program that is best for you!

Want to learn more?  Join us on Tuesday, May 22nd, at 7pm for a deeper look into ways to detox your life (dinner on us at the Tamarack Taproom, and awesome education with our health coaches)!  Ready to take a step toward detoxification in your life? Call us at Woodbury Spine Wellness Center to schedule an appointment with Becky or Christy, our Certified Health Coaches – they’ll help assess the toxic load on your body and what you can do about it!!

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