How To Do a Detox

How To Do a Detox

by Dr. Frank Lipman

To be completely effective, a detox program has to address both internal and  external toxins. We obviously need to deal with the toxins we eat, drink, breath  and put on our bodies. But, it’s just as important to address the internal  toxicity created by the body as it performs it’s normal everyday functions.  These biochemical, cellular, and bodily activities generate substances that need  to be neutralized and or eliminated, as do the external toxins.

A comprehensive detox program must supply the appropriate nutrients to do  this – and should include nutrients specifically to support the 2 most important  detoxification organ systems, the liver and gastro-intestinal tract.

Although there are additional ways to boost a detox, these should be the key  components of any detox.

• Decrease The Number Of Toxins Going In Limit external  toxins by decreasing or removing the amount of irritants that we put into our  bodies. This means eliminating the foods that often cause sensitivities or  reactions, like gluten and dairy, irritants to the gut like alcohol and caffeine  and sugar and all processed foods that also trigger inflammation. For a complete  list of foods I recommend you can and cannot eat while detoxing please check out  my REMOVE  DIET.

• Support Gastro-Intestinal Function

  • Give the digestive system a rest by decreasing the      amount of food and  supplying key nutrients via juices and or powders.
  • Help balance and maintain healthy flora by removing      abnormal bugs in  the gut. These abnormal bacteria, yeast and parasites can      release toxins  and overload the liver’s capacity to deal with the flood of      toxins.
  • Aid digestion with digestive enzymes which assist the      body to break  down food properly ensuring fewer negative effects from      undigested  foods.
  • Add fiber to “sweep” the intestines. Fiber promotes the      elimination of  toxins and also binds to toxins, which helps to prevent      their absorption.  Dietary fiber is also metabolized by gut bacteria into      short-chain fatty  acids (SCFAs), which feed the cells lining the intestines      and thereby  support cellular integrity, therefore decreasing inflammation.

•  Support Liver Function Assist liver function, as  it is the main organ involved in transforming toxins into metabolites that are  easier to excrete. Nutritionally supporting the liver boosts it’s function  during detox preventing the accumulation of toxic products in the tissues.

A comprehensive detox program must include the targeted  nutrition you need to boost your bodies own detox system. Supplying the right  mix of nutrients to balance the body and optimize function is essential for an  effective detox.

Why Do You Recommend Detoxing?

Why Do You Recommend Detoxing?

by Dr. Frank Lipman

Detoxing helps our bodies cope with the onslaught of toxins and stress which  are an unavoidable part of modern day life. Boosting the detoxification system  helps bring the body back into balance. It’s an important first step in  restoring function and getting the body back to optimal health.

Internally we harbor toxins produced by the billions of bacteria and other  flora in the intestines as well as the waste products produced by the body’s  normal metabolic processes. And externally, our exposure to chemicals in the air  we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the personal care products we put on our skin and in household  products is greater than ever. Our bodies are constantly neutralizing and  eliminating all these toxins, that is, detoxing. It is a totally natural  process. Just like with cars, our own internal engines are subject to waste  build-up and can become sluggish over time – they both run better when  clean.

So while we are obviously equipped to deal with low levels of some toxins,  our bodies can become overwhelmed and overtaxed by the substantial increase in  the number of toxins to which we are exposed.

If and when our own detoxification systems (predominantly the liver and the  gut) become overloaded and do not function properly, toxins get stored in  various tissues in the body, including fatty tissue. This prevents our system  from functioning at optimum strength and efficiency and is a factor in the  development of various chronic diseases, including cancer. Many of these  external toxins or synthetic molecules are chemically similar to biologically  active substances in our bodies and therefore easily interfere with our cell’s  normal activities. For example,

  • Some interfere with our hormones
  • Some attach themselves to our chromosomes
  • Some disable the immune system
  • Some cause overstimulation of certain enzymes, others      block their  activity

A well functioning detoxification system that is supported nutritionally is  essential to maintaining good health. I have been putting my patients on  “detoxes” for the last 20 years and seen incredible results. An effective,  natural, gentle detox  program can help your body’s natural cleansing ability and put you on the  road to rejuvenation.

What Do You Mean By Detox?

What Do You Mean By Detox?

by Dr. Frank Lipman

There is a lot of misunderstanding about what a detox is and how to do it, so  let me explain how I understand detoxification.

Detoxification is what your body does naturally to neutralize, transform or  get rid of unwanted materials or toxins. It is a primary function of the body,  constantly working and interacting with all other functions of the body. So when  I am talking about detoxification, it is about improving and optimizing the  function of your body’s own detoxification systems. This is done by decreasing  the amount of toxins we put into our bodies while at the same time supporting  our body’s detoxification and elimination systems with the nutrients it needs to  function properly.

As a culture we are very aware of our external cleanliness. We clean our  teeth daily, we bath and wash our hair daily or every other day and we like to  look and smell clean because it makes us feel better. Similarly, I see  detoxification as internal cleansing. The problem is that it’s often hard to  know when our internal cleansing mechanisms are not functioning well. Unlike  other parts of our body it is very hard to know how well our liver is working,  and our liver is the main detoxification organ. It filters the blood of bacteria  and toxins, chemically neutralizing toxins and converting them to substances  that can be eliminated by the kidneys and synthesizing and secreting bile.

Although it is mostly ignored by our current medical system, the  detoxification system is a key component of our body’s functioning. Most of the  molecules made by our bodies every day, are for getting rid of waste products.  We need hundreds of enzymes, vitamins and other molecules to help rid the body  of unwanted waste products and chemicals. We need to manufacture these molecules  to help take the good from what we ingest and get rid of the unwanted. Although  the bulk of the work is done by the liver and the intestinal tract, the kidneys,  lungs, lymphatic system and skin are all involved in this complex detoxification  system.

The purpose of a detoxification program is primarily to support these organs  of elimination so that toxins present in the body can be metabolized and  excreted. Time and time again I’ve seen the benefits a good internal cleanse can  bring.

I think an effective detoxification system is necessary for good  health and in response to the many requests I’ve had, I have put together my own  program based on what I’ve seen working in my practice.I designed a 2 week detox with all the components I feel are necessary to optimize your body’s  detoxification systems. This is now available for everybody online.