Springtime is for cleaning up but what kind of "clean up" is right for your body?
What is Detox:
Myths about Detox:
Why do you need detox:
Signs that you need detox:
Detox must be personalized
Before you begin this rejuvenating process of detox, it’s prudent to understand that detoxification is a highly personalized process that needs to be adjusted to meet your needs depending on your current health and lifestyle. If you are suffering from chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease etc. you need a thorough evaluation and careful follow up through this process. In the clinic, we can do blood and urine tests for biomarkers that indicate areas of deficiency. People can also do a self-assessment to determine if they have a toxic overload. If they are experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, foggy brain, diarrhea or constipation, bloating, cravings, and eczema, those are indications that the system isn’t in homeostasis.
The Heal n Cure Detox Food Plan benefits patients by helping them eat more of those foods that support pathways in the liver for healthy elimination, as well as reduce additional exposures to toxic compounds. We utilize the phytonutrient-dense Detox Food Plan to support intestinal and liver function during the metabolic detoxification process. Cruciferous vegetables, berries, soy, garlic, and spices like turmeric support the biotransformation of polychlorinated biphenyls. There are no caloric limits with this eating plan, but rather the focus is on the quality of healthy fats, whole grains, legumes, abundant greens and other vegetables to ensure that metabolic detoxification processes have a good nutritional foundation. Consuming phytonutrient-dense and diverse food aids the detoxification process. The bottom line is that while green, non-starchy vegetables are essential for detoxification, it is important to eat a rainbow of colors every day. A healthy detox gives you nourishment from eating whole foods in a systematic manner, including lentils, nuts, produce, and whole grains. These foods supply the macronutrients you need for energy, and fiber to encourage regular digestion. Fruits and vegetables are nutrient dense and contain the prebiotics, probiotics, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and phytochemicals that help support the liver. Micronutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, can also come from supplements, herbs, and essential oils. Giving the body proper nutrition is the best way for it to begin to repair and heal, as well as build up healthy gut bacteria.
Science behind the detox
Dr. Meena's Vital Dose for Detox
Dr. Meena’s Vital Dose for Detox supports your body’s innate ability to detoxify your body. A few of the vast array of phytonutrients included for this purpose are curcumin, quercetin, and resveratrol. These have been reported to stimulate the expression of endogenous detoxification enzymes and may neutralize harmful environmental agents. Phytonutrients in cruciferous vegetables (including a rich amount of glucosinolates that are hydrolyzed to bioactive isothiocyanates such as sulforaphane) regulate liver enzymes, phase I cytochrome P450 (CYP450) enzymes, and phase II conjugation enzymes to increase biotransformation rates. Polyphenols also affect CYP450metabolism, supporting the biotransformation processes—particularly of estrogen.
A structured elimination diet along with the nutraceuticals unique to your biochemistry, followed by careful reintroduction of macronutrients, results in long standing benefits. The duration of the detox will vary depending on your baseline health and biomarkers and can vary from a few days to a few months. The healthier you are to begin with, the quicker body will be able to reach homeostasis. Just as we need to clean our house as frequently as we make it messy, or clean our house to the same degree that we create a mess, we need to give our bodies some attention to support detoxification. Even if we don’t make any mess, we still need to clean our house once in a while. The same is true for the detoxification of our bodies. Put the practices of detox into your daily life as much as possible by consuming nutrient-dense food, staying hydrated, exercising, and making sleep and stress management a priority. This will improve your biochemical individuality and allow your body to function more efficiently in between detoxes. Above all, be respectful of your body and give it the building blocks to heal.
What are the foundations of a detox?
Many people associate detoxification with starvation, liquid diets, or juice cleanse, but those methods don’t allow the body to heal and repair. A proper detoxification starts with establishing your baseline health and needs. In the clinic, we can do blood and urine tests for biomarkers that indicate areas of deficiency. People can also do a self-assessment to determine if they have a toxic overload. If they are experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, foggy brain, diarrhea or constipation, bloating, cravings, and eczema, those are indications that the system isn’t in homeostasis. The more deficient your body is, the more micronutrients you will need to replenish. Eliminating triggers such as dairy, processed food, meat, chemicals, and other toxins and introducing a plant-based diet, which promotes biotransformation, helps to make toxins in the body more water soluble and easier for the system to flush out.