By Cynthia Hill, NTP
Wednesday, January 11th at 10am kicks off our 21 day detox cleanse at Antidote Wellness Therapies. To achieve a successful cleanse your detoxification pathways must be open! Our easy detoxification program sets us apart by supporting detoxification pathways and digestion so you may achieve a successful cleanse and then reap the benefits. Let’s take a look at the critical role digestion and the elimination pathways play in detoxification:
Detoxification is the way the body heals and repairs itself. The systems involved in detoxification include the cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, urinary and the skin. Toxins have to actually be eliminated from the body, they don’t just magically disappear from your tissues when you do a cleanse. These detoxification systems pathways must be open to enable toxins to leave the body.
Detoxification will be severely impaired with poor digestion and elimination. During digestion detoxification depends on two things – the integrity of the GI membrane and the precise bacterial and chemical environment. An imbalance in the flora can injure the intestinal walls allowing undigested food and contaminants (toxins) to leak into the bloodstream. If toxins break free in the large intestine, they will go back into circulation and will not be eliminated from the body.
One of the many functions of the liver is to filter toxins from the blood and neutralize them for elimination. These toxins then pass through the gallbladder in bile. If the bile is thick, viscous, and not free flowing the toxins will not be released and excreted from the body.
If food isn’t digested, even a good diet can clog detoxification pathways. Some amino acids play important roles in the functioning of detoxification pathways in the liver. Poor fat digestion can also clog the lymph, affecting the liver function. Improper digestion can lead to vitamin/mineral deficiencies. Toxins deplete minerals like magnesium which can lead to insufficiency of enzymes necessary for phase I & phase II liver detoxification pathways. B vitamins are also needed for production of detox enzymes.
Good digestion of the proper macro and micro nutrients is essential to the body’s ability to detoxify. If digestion & elimination are not initially supported, a successful detoxification will not occur.