Detoxification can occur in many different forms and refers to many different programs that cleanse our bodies of toxins. Our environment is extremely toxic, the foods we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink are filled with chemicals foreign to our bodies. As a result, it is recommended that we undergo some type of Detoxification to maintain life and health. Although basic Detoxification begins with our diet, Detoxification programs may include nutritional fortification for the liver, lungs, kidneys, bowels and blood.
What is Detoxification?
Detoxification can be used as a tool to help relieve symptoms and as a preventative tool to increase overall health, vitality, and resistance to disease. Detoxification is a widely used treatment and concept in alternative medicine. The leading Detoxification principle is that illnesses can be caused by the build-up of toxic substances or toxins in your body.
Detoxification therapy is also helpful to those people who are suffering from immune system problems that include chronic fatigue syndrome, environmental illness/multiple chemical sensitivity and fibromyalgia.
Types of Detoxification
There are many types of Detoxification which can be used by Naturopathic Doctors, however some of the more common forms include:
Far Infrared Sauna
Far Infrared Sauna Detoxification was designed to detoxify the body from heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and aluminum as well as arsenic, formaldehyde, industrial chemicals, and gasoline. Far Infrared Sauna is also a popular method of Detoxification from alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs.
Because the sauna operates more effectively (the body actually perspires more) at temperatures 60 to 80 degrees lower than conventional saunas, the Detoxification is from 7 to 10 times greater, which helps to better detoxify the body at a cellular level.
Learn more about our Far Infrared Sauna offered by Dr. Diana and the MNHC Naturopathic & Medispa Clinic.
Chelation Therapy Detoxification
Chelation therapy has been practiced for over 30 years. Chelation Detoxification involves using special chelating agents found in herbs, vitamins, minerals and natural sources . These chelating agents are administered intravenously to help detoxify the body from poisonous metal agents such as mercury, arsenic and lead by converting them to a chemically neutral form that can be excreted without further interaction with the body.
Chelation therapy is also used in the treatment of Autism and Cancer as well as a preventative measure for other medical conditions including heart disease.
Nutritional Detoxification is a short-term program that helps eliminate environmental and dietary toxins from your system. Although there are many different types of detox diets, most focus on decreasing your intake of potentially harmful chemicals and increasing foods that aid the body in cleansing. By removing the toxins from your body, you will see an improvement in your energy levels, stimulate your digestive health, and improve your concentration.
In order for nutritional Detoxification to be effective you should avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame), trans fats, refined carbohydrates (such as white rice and white pasta), gluten, processed soy foods, and alcohol for a week prior to starting your Detoxification Program. During your nutritional Detoxification it is important to drink plenty of water as it will help flush out toxins.
As part of the nutritional Detoxification process Dr. Diana will consult with you to asses your particular needs and create a personalized Detoxification program which is designed to help you reach your goals.
Detoxification is not only good for your body and vital organs as a whole but it is also helpful to people who suffer from a wide range of diseases and medical conditions including:
- Chronic infections
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Low blood sugar
- Digestive disorders
- Mental illness