What you need to know about ‘Detoxing’
Why is it important to detox?
Detoxing has become more critical than ever with all the toxins that we are surrounded by in our food, environment, self-care products, and homes. Women apply an average of 125 chemicals before they leave the house every morning. This burden mainly falls on our liver to process, and it can become overwhelmed with this task when it is also processing pharmaceuticals, Tylenol/advil, alcohol, and tobacco products. When the liver cannot process the toxins out, they get stored in fat cells and can contribute to difficulty losing weight. Detoxing can help aid your liver in the detoxification process, make your pharmaceuticals more effective, help kickstart weight loss, and help with various symptoms you may be having.
How do you know if your body needs to detox?
There are many signs and symptoms to look out for when deciding if it is time for a detox. One of the first signs I often see in patients is fatigue or feeling tired persistently throughout the day. Low energy and poor metabolism is a sign that your liver is potentially overworked; it may even lead to some depression or anxiety. Secondly, weight issues are another common sign. Since excess toxins are stored in your fat, it adds an extra obstacle to removing stubborn weight using traditional diet and exercise methods. A detox before weight loss efforts can help flush out those toxins and make weight loss more attainable. Digestive issues such as bloating, gas pain, and constipation are also associated with detoxification dysfunction. Frequent headaches or migraines can be the result of toxic buildup as well as sleep issues. Certain skin conditions like acne and rashes are also tell-tale signs.
How often should a person detox?
For someone in perfect health, I would recommend doing a detox yearly. However, if you are taking prescription medications, have chronic health conditions, or are suffering from the symptoms I discussed above, I would recommend detoxing three to four times annually, as your liver will need more support than the average person.
What is the difference between a detox and a cleanse?
Cleanses and detoxes are similar in that they both encourage a healthy diet high in nutrient-dense foods and low in processed foods. The difference lies in the primary goal of each. For a cleanse, the plan is centered around improving your digestive system and improving bloating/supporting bowel regularity. A “detox takes cleansing to the next level, and the goal is to remove harmful toxins that naturally accumulate over time. Detoxification is, in essence, like taking the trash out of your liver and kidneys, allowing you to not only feel less bloated but also revitalized from the inside out. This process improves mental clarity, cravings, hormone balance, and energy levels.
How do I support my body during a ‘detox’ phase?
There are several different ways to support your body during a detox. One of the most important is drinking plenty of water, actually around 100 oz of water daily. According to a recent survey, 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Water can help to flush out toxins through your kidneys. A couple of lifestyle modifications would be to use glass containers rather than plastic, stop using fragrances, and remove your shoes when you enter your house to avoid contamination. Increase your intake of colored fruit and vegetables and cut out processed foods and refined sugars.
At aNu, we also have the benefit of an infrared sauna. Sweat is one of the four ways that your body rids itself of toxins. The heat from an infrared sauna is soaked up by the skin, which raises body temperature and promotes a deeper level of detox than in ordinary saunas. We recommend using the sauna two to three times a week while detoxing.
Additionally, Dr. Watkins formulated the turbo shot, which combines lipotropic agents (choline, methionine, and inositol), vitamin B-12, and Vit B complex (B2, B3, B5). Lipotropic agents are nutrients that help export fat from the liver and boost fat metabolism. The B vitamins help to increase your energy and oxidize carbohydrates. You can receive turbo shots as often as weekly, and they are a great addition to a detox regimen.
What do you recommend to get started on a detox? 14-day detox kit?
Our 14-Day Detox and Reset kit is a fantastic way to get started on a detox. It has all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to take you through all the phases of liver detoxification effectively. It combines shakes and supplements with a diet plan carefully designed for detoxification. We also bundle this kit with our infrared sauna (two-three sessions weekly) and weekly turbo shots. It is the perfect way to make 2023 your year of health and vitality.
About 14 day detox – Created to support the body’s natural two-phase detoxification process. This is accomplished by providing the nutrients needed to support and balance phase I and phase II metabolic pathways, high levels of antioxidants for safe detoxification, and a comprehensive array of herbal hepatics and cholagogues to promote healthy liver function and elimination.