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?
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?
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.