Detox programs are all the rage and they continue to gain momentum for good reason. Touted by medical doctors, medical mediums and everyone in between, periodic metabolic detoxification programs offer a healthy strategy to help your body deal with the toxic load of daily modern life. But with all these buzzwords flying around, it’s easy to lose sight of the REAL reasons why we should be aware of detoxification, what the term actually means, and why we should all detox regardless of stellar health practices.
- WHAT ARE TOXINS? -
No one is immune to the toxic load of modern life. We’re all exposed to toxins that tax the body, including
PHTHALATES FROM PLASTIC PACKAGING & PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS
HEAVY METALS IN FISH
PESTICIDES ON FOOD
HORMONES IN CONVENTIONAL MEAT AND DAIRY
CHEMICALS IN CLEANING PRODUCTS
These harmful substances are inhaled, absorbed through the skin or ingested and stored in tissues and cells throughout the body, and can accumulate over time. As they accumulate, they interfere with your body’s normal metabolism, displace nutrients, and make it even more difficult for your body to clear toxins that have collected in the body. This is why we recommend following a metabolic detox program this spring: to help your body eliminate stored toxins and restore optimum health. It’s like spring cleaning yourself!
Our liver, kidneys, lungs, colon, lymph, and skin all work hard to process and expel toxins, but these systems can get overwhelmed in today’s increasingly toxic environment. Even with a healthy diet and our best efforts to eliminate toxic exposure, periodic detoxification support can provide surprising benefits (more on that in upcoming posts).
- HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED DETOX SUPPORT? -
First, it’s important to understand that each person’s capacity for detoxification varies depending on these factors:
The longer we’re around, the more toxins we accumulate. Plus, as we get older, it becomes more challenging for our bodies to detoxify properly without additional supportive nutrients. Fortunately, targeted nutrition support can overcome this challenge.
Our body’s detoxification pathways — referred to a Phase I and Phase II detoxification — rely on key nutrients to function properly. For example, nutrients like selenium, B vitamins, zinc, and amino acids allow these pathways to neutralize toxins so they can be eliminated from the body. Without optimal nutrient levels, the body’s ability to detoxify may become compromised.
DIET, LIFESTYLE AND EXERCISE HABITS
Many lifestyle factors impact our ability to detoxify, including diet, water intake, exercise, stress levels, and sleep. If any of these factors are less than optimal, toxins are more likely to accumulate in the body.
Even if you think your toxic load is low, heavy metals like mercury and lead, mold, pesticides and fertilizers hide in places you may not expect. They can be in the air you breath, home, office, furniture, clothing, food and the water you drink.
Certain gene variants can impact our ability to detoxify. One of the best-known examples is variations in the MTHFR gene, which impacts our cell’s methylation pathway, an important detoxification pathway. As a result, the body’s ability to neutralize and eliminate toxins is less efficient.
- SIGNS YOU MAY BENEFIT FROM DETOX SUPPORT -
- Excess weight
- Brain fog and changes in focus and concentration
- Hormonal imbalances
- Immune dysfunction
- Mood changes
- Poor sleep
- Joint pain
- Allergic (histamine) reactions
Even under the challenging conditions of New York City (or wherever you may be), there is plenty you can do to limit and offset the effects of toxins in your life. The 10-Day Spring Detox is a great place to start.
- The Daily Benefit program eliminates inflammatory foods and allows your body to repair damaged cells, support its vital systems, and clear the channels of elimination.
- The Daily Benefit Shake supplies vitamins, minerals, medium-chain triglycerides, and antioxidants needed for liver detoxification to help you clear toxic buildup so your cells, tissues and whole body can function at their highest level.
- GET YOUR DAILY BENEFIT SET TODAY! -
10-DAY DAILY BENEFIT SET
Our 10-Day Daily Benefit set includes:
30-DAY DAILY BENEFIT SET
Our 30-Day Daily Benefit Set includes:
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This guide was written by Dr. Morrison and the health and nutrition experts at The Morrison Center. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health through the treatment and prevention of disease.
Dr. Jeffrey Morrison is an award-winning medical doctor, a leader in the field of Integrative Medicine, and champion of a nutritional approach to healthcare
Robin is a registered dietitian nutritionist specializing in Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine and holistic healing modalities. She helps her clients address complicated conditions and return to wellness.
Stephanie is a Holistic Nutrition Consultant and Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner with a passion for helping her clients fulfill their potential through both emotional and physical optimization.