Why Should You Detox?

Everywhere you go, a lot of people are doing a Detox. Is this just another trend, or is it a worthwhile endeavor? I personally have done a Detox every January for the last 10 years. To understand the importance of a quality Detox, let’s step back for a second.

What is a Detox?

A Detox is short for detoxification.

Dr. Jim LaValle, a nationally recognized clinical pharmacist, author, board certified clinical nutritionist, founder of Metabolic Code Enterprises, Inc., explains:

A toxin is anything that causes irritation or destruction in the body. Detoxification is the process of removing and metabolizing unwanted chemical compounds that can disrupt normal bodily functions.

Detoxification is like taking soiled that has laid barren for years and then working it to produce a healthy harvest. You have to add nutrients, till the soil to aerate it, get healthful microorganisms growing in the soil, and constantly weed out the pests-natural enemies that are always trying to destroy the health harvest.

What harm can come from Toxins?

Toxins can alter genetic expression and damage the endocrine (hormonal) systems. They can also destroy or disrupt enzymes, negatively alter cellular metabolism and energy production, and/or cause direct neurological damage. Moreover, they can permanently impair the immune system. Lastly, the effects of toxins can accelerate the aging process, causing biological age to exceed chronological age.

Many common symptoms can be linked to potential toxic overload:

  • Insulin resistance (prediabetic condition)
  • Hypothyroidism (underproduction of thyroid hormone)
  • Poor digestion (malabsorption of food and nutrition)
  • Fatigue
  • Obesity
  • Reduced cognitive function (decline in memory and recall)
  • Impaired immune function
  • Atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease
  • Accelerated aging
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Cancer

What types of toxins are there?

Toxins that enter the body from without, products of our external environment are called exotoxins. Food, preservatives, pesticides, toxic metals, and fertilizers are all examples of exotoxins.

Internal toxins, called endotoxins, are poisons that are naturally produced by the body as a result of biochemical processes such as metabolites, hormones, antibodies, and bacterial waste. They can be created by fermentation and the putrefaction of poorly digested foods in the instillation tract.

How many chemicals are in use today which could make you toxic?

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says:

Of the more than 80,000 chemicals currently used in the United States, most haven't been adequately tested for their effects on human health.

These chemicals lurk in everyday items: furniture, cosmetics, household cleaners, toys, even food. NRDC is pushing Congress to reform outdated chemical-safety laws and close loopholes exploited by the chemical industry.

BeautyByEarth.com tells us how Europe’s regulations for chemicals are very different than what the United States Food & Drug Association (FDA) has.

There are over 1300 substances completely banned from use in cosmetics (by the EU Cosmetics Regulation). A more recent set of regulations called REACH puts further regulations on more than 500 of those toxic ingredients. By comparison, the FDA has banned 11.

Can you accumulate toxins throughout your life?

Dr. Jim LaValle explains further:

Studies report that our bodies store toxins from a lifetime of accumulated exposures. These studies measure substances-such as those that would be in the body from environmental pollution, pesticides, and preservatives from our foods-in human tissue. Most people would be shocked to know, for instance, that studies conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show that 100% of the people studied had fat stores containing chemicals such as styrene from Styrofoam, dioxin from pesticides, and xylene, a solvent. Indoor pollution poses as great a health threat as outdoor pollution levels. Additional studies conducted by the EPA have found that levels of air pollution inside our houses, schools, and offices are typically two to three times greater than levels beyond these walls.

Detoxification is not a one-time event. It is a process that should be part of everyone’s lifelong health practices. Instead of passively waiting for disease to strike, take action now to get healthy and to create an internal and external environment in which you can stay healthy.

What are you to do?

Understand that toxins accumulate throughout your life. 100% of the subjects tested had Styrofoam stored in their fat cells! Think of what else your body is storing. Those endotoxins and exotoxins are preventing your body from being as healthy as you can be. Instead of just reading about a Detox, actually do a Detox on a yearly basis.


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Steven Zahn
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