Common conditions that may be improved by detoxification include: headaches, mood swings, fatigue, food sensitivities, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, gas and other digestive disturbances.

detoxification-pic-2.jpgToxins can make you feel sluggish, tired, irritable and generally unwell. They can also contribute to headaches, mood swings, food sensitivities, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, gas and other digestive disturbances.

In our busy modern world we commonly encounter many types of toxins. Environmental toxins include things like heavy metals, pesticides, chemicals, food additives, drugs and pollutants, which are present in the air, water and food that we consume. Toxins do not only come from your external environment, they can also be generated internally by "unfriendly" bacteria, yeasts and parasites in your digestive systems.

Your body has an amazing ability to eliminate all these toxins through many different pathways; however, excess toxic exposure can overburden your system. If you are not feeling 100%, a detoxification program can help to reduce this toxic load from your body and put a spring back into your step.

A natural detoxification program can be one of the most effective ways to rapidly improve the state of your health, as it will help clear toxins out of your body and leave you feeling healthy and energetic. However, detoxification is serious business and your safety and comfort during the process is important. Therefore, the best detox is a program done under the guidance and support of a qualified naturopath.

A good detox program will often involve three major steps. First, you need to remove the "bad" bugs from your digestive system; and then replace the "good" bugs, finally, you need to support and enhance the capacity of your liver and kidneys to remove waste from your body.

During your detox, it is really important to eat a healthy well balanced diet. Your naturopath will advise you on the best diet for your individual requirements to ensure you are eating the right foods for your body in order to maximise the detoxification process.

There are some simple diet changes you can make today to help reduce your level of toxicity:

  • Always look for fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables. You may be able to get some great buys at the local growers markets or the nearby fruit shop. It is always preferable to buy organic produce when you can.
  • Remember to avoid packaged and processed foods as much as possible.
  • It is important to eliminate foods containing artificial colours, flavours, additives and flavour enhancers, as well as foods containing hydrogenated fats. This information is usually contained in the ingredients list on the food label.
  • Read the ingredients list to ensure that the food does not contain high amounts of saturated fat, gluten and sugar. Sugar can be in the form of glucose, sucrose, fructose, corn syrup, maltodextrin, dextrose, malt syrup, molasses, maltose, lactose or honey.
  • Fresh vegetable juice makes a great addition to a healthy diet. If you own a juicer, try juicing carrots, apples, ginger, fresh beetroot, celery and lemons.

Consult your naturopath for a safe, gentle and effective detox.