Detoxification (detox for short) is the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism, including, but not limited to, the human body, which is mainly carried out by the liver. That’s right, detoxification is a basic and normal physiological process that your liver, kidneys and skin are performing all the time. The liver is generally considered the principal organ of elimination, but the kidneys and skin are still important to the whole process.
This is all happening without you needing to give it a single thought. That being said, like any other process in the body it can occur optimally, or suboptimally. Think of your immune system, there are people who get sick all the time and others who hardly ever get sick. They both have a functional immune system that operates without any effort on their part, but clearly the sick person’s immune system is not working well whereas the healthy person’s immune system is working well. This is the same case with our detoxification pathways, some of us can detoxify well and others cannot. There are many factors that contribute to you being a ‘good detoxifier’ or a ‘poor detoxifier’, but two main things I’m going to touch on are: exposure and inherent ability.
Symptoms of Toxic Overload
What Can We Do About It?
As we discussed above, your body is capable of detoxification or detox all on its own, but from time to time it’s a good idea to give a helping hand. This can take many different forms, from a glass of water with lemon to a more organized detox program, but the main thing is to do something for your body to make elimination that much easier at least a few times a year. Consider the following options:
Have questions about these tips or how to optimize your own detoxification ability? Talk to me about it. I love helping people make gradual, positive changes that benefit their health and well being.
Note: Talk to your Naturopathic Doctor today about getting assessed and treated if needed, and as always talk to your health care provider before beginning any new medication or supplement. This information is not meant to replace the advice/guidance of a medical professional, nor should it be acted upon by individuals unsupervised by the appropriate healthcare provider.
I am a Naturopathic Doctor and Doula providing care in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. I have a passion for helping people with their health issues and improving the birth experience for Moms, and their babies. I also have a life long love affair with soccer, curling, and the alto saxophone.