Detox or Detoxification means to get rid of toxins that have entered or are produced in the body. It is a normal part of our daily process to get rid of waste. However, in our highly stressed, fast-food, junk food, busy busy fast-paced lifestyle, we need extra support in detoxifying our bodies and our minds! I think it is for that reason why so many of my patients seem to be interested in detoxification programs. I think about detoxification kind of like the process of weeding a garden. Weeds in the garden are similar to toxins in our body. Weeds are a normal part of the growing cycle. Detoxification is a normal part of getting rid of waste in our bodies. Weeds can be harmless but if we do not take care to remove them they can over take our flowerbeds or our gardens. We have to be diligent about getting rid of weeds or toxins before they get out of control. Our poor eating habits, lack of quality sleep, our over-stimulation from electronic devices, our constant stress from work and family, and our lack of exercise and rise in chronic illness are the weeds that show up in our lives.
Weeds can take over space in the garden and prevent roots from embedding themselves in the ground, thus killing the plants' chances of growing and surviving. Weeds compete for nutrients in the soil and deplete plants or flowers from being able to bloom.
Toxins compete for nutrients, like antioxidants, in our body. If our body is overloaded with toxins we cannot grow, repair or restore itself.
How do we manage all the toxins that our life presents us with? We have to start to detoxify our lives by looking at our lifestyle and behaviors. We need to evaluate what we are eating, how we are exercising, what we are thinking, how we manage our stress, how much sleep we are getting, and how are we taking care of our overall health. This week I will start our detoxification conversation by looking at how our foods can be used for detoxification.
Dr. Daemon Jones