We look after our home, our pets, our garden, our car and many other aspects of our lives on a regular basis but sometimes we forget that we also need some care and attention ourselves. Whether you know it or not, every day without fail we are exposed to a huge number of chemicals, bacteria, parasites and other nasties. The food we eat, objects we touch, the air we breathe and the things we drink all contain substances that can potentially build up in our bodies to a toxic level.
Most often when our bodies become overburdened with these environmental toxins, they present us with symptoms to warn us that something isn’t quite right or is out of balance. Most people usually put these symptoms down to something they think is ‘normal’, for example, ‘I’m tired because I didn’t have my morning coffee’, ‘I’m always bloated in the afternoon, it’s just my body’ or ‘It’s normal for me to feel nauseous first thing in the morning’. The fact is, these symptoms aren’t normal at all. You shouldn’t have to rely on coffee every day to get you going nor should you be consistently bloated or feeling nauseous, among other things.
Our body is smart. It doesn’t just stop working one day and refuse to move until you look after it as we still need to function. However, our body will give us signs that there is room for improvement, symptoms including lethargy, fatigue, bloating, sluggish bowels, bad breath (halitosis) and poor skin/dull complexion.
Some key contributors to poor overall body function are poor diet i.e. low in a colourful variety of fruit and vegetables, low water intake, eating takeaway three times a week or more and high alcohol consumption (often binge drink), as well as taking multiple pharmaceutical medications.
So what do I do?
If you don’t have a good understanding of the body, it’s best to consult someone who does. And what better way than through our detox program! Run by naturopath Phil Chua, our program focuses on the most important areas for your body and what is causing these symptoms, together with recommendations which are individualised to suit you.
What makes you toxic?
Chemicals and fertilisers used to grow fresh produce
Poor food choices
Heating plastics (food packaging)
Hair dyes/make up/other ‘beauty’ products
Your own microbiome (good and bad bacteria living in your gut). Some bacteria will even make compounds that upset our immune system, leading to other more significant issues.
Environmental toxins i.e. accidents (oil spills, nuclear explosions etc, some of these cannot be avoided)
Herbicide/pesticides – extremely common in the Goulburn Valley (always look for glyphosate [the active in Roundup] which, when combined, is 125 times more toxic)
Endocrine disruptors – Some companies are using a BPS now instead of BPA as it is said to be safer, but it still has negative effect overall. Plastics and net overall reduction in plastic foods will reduce your BPS by 66% in three days. (Canned foods, packaged foods, bottles, sauces and milk processing have a very high amount of plastics involved.)
Pros of detoxing
Great sense of wellbeing and accomplishment
Removal of harmful parasites/bacteria/yeasts/fungi
Less desire for stimulants or generally ‘bad’ foods.
Cons of detoxing
Withdrawal symptoms from addictive substances e.g. caffeine, sugar, dairy, wheat
Temporary digestive upset
Often feel worse before you feel better
Big change from usual dietary choices
Improved elimination from organs e.g. skin might break out, may begin to move phlegm, running nose if sinuses begin to clear.
Understand that detox is more than just ‘giving up drinking on the weekend’ or ‘not having that much takeaway for a few weeks’. Functional detox is the focus of this program and works on complete metabolism of toxins from your body so you can clear them out of your system.
Nowadays, it’s not just a case of ‘you are what you eat’, it is also what you breathe, drink and touch.
RESET your body
Phil is offering a 4-week RESET program starting 8 January 2020 for the best natural way to start improving your health. What better way to begin the new year than by getting on the right health path for you!
Book your place at RESET and change the course of your life. Full details at www.kismethealth.com.au/product/4-week-reset-program/.
Naturopath + Herbalist
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