Detoxification is a normal bodily process. The current levels of exposure to toxic heavy metals (eg lead, mercury), and environmental chemicals (eg pesticides, hormones, BPA), have resulted in toxin accumulation and a burden to our detox organs (especially liver and bowels).
The six primary sources of toxins are:
Metabolic end products - eg ammonia, acetalaldehyde.
Micro-organisms - bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.
Contaminants - heavy metals (in dental fillings, car exhaust, flu vaccines, personal care products), pesticides, insecticides (sprayed on food).
Drugs and alcohol - includes recreational and pharmaceutical drugs.
Food additives - colourings, preservatives, MSG, aspartame, hormones and antibiotics added to foods.
Toxicity can lead to:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Neurological illness
- Reproductive/fertility problems
- Immune dysfunction
- Blood sugar imbalance
Effective detoxification relies on reducing the toxic burden on the body by avoiding /minimising many of the factors above, in addition to an individualised program from your Naturopath. Herbal medicines, specific nutrients, and many foods have the ability to help your body process these chemicals and effectively eliminate them.
St Marys Thistle, Rosemary, Schisandra, and Garlic are excellent herbal detoxifiers - herb quality is paramount.
So whether you are wanting to optimise your fertility, lose weight, or reduce your risk of chronic disease, EFFECTIVE DETOXIFICATION IS AN ESSENTIAL FIRST STEP.