Detoxification is a cornerstone of Naturopathic treatment and philosophy.
Many conditions are fuelled by toxicity and may benefit from a professional detoxification protocol. This focuses on including functional foods that aid detoxification, such as crushed garlic and green tea in therapeutic doses, as well as supplements that aid the removal of toxins from tissue and support the liver to bind and clear these toxins, which are then eliminated via the bowel by consuming a diet high in fibre.
Why is detoxing in a box not a good option?
Firstly, this is a mass-produced protocol, which is largely not based on evidence and certainly not individualised like a practitioner-prescribed detoxification program. Plus, we have all heard horror stories in the news of someone taking a detox product, which induced liver failure!
Your own personal health needs need to be taken into consideration.
Are you well enough to be on a detox?
Sometimes, you need to do some work on your health and energy levels prior to detox, as it takes a lot of energy for the body to detoxify.
A person who is barely staying awake during the day, should not make matters worse by embarking on a detox program. Sometimes a detox can make you feel worse by liberating toxins that you are ill-equipped to deal with in your current state of health.
Other health questions to consider:
Detox programs design by an expert
Detox programs require some preparation - such as making all your meals.
Consulting with a practitioner will help you workshop all of the above. They will take into account your whole body and which systems or organs are most likely impacted, and tailor-make a program specifically for you.
There are different programs for:
Conditions which may benefit from detoxification
Many conditions may improve when your body is cleared of stored toxicity. Some of these conditions are listed below.