At Charm City Natural Health, we believe that all interventions should be supported by a strong understanding of benefit, so let’s talk about detoxing.
Three Reasons, One Detox
Almost everyone can benefit from an occasional detox, but there are three main issues that a formal detox program can address. That doesn’t mean that there are only three diseases or symptoms that a detox can help with! Our patients may have different diagnoses, but have similar underlying issues with diet, lifestyle, and high toxic burden causing those illnesses. People whose health will benefit from a detox typically suffer from one or more of the following issues:
Environmental Toxin Exposure
Whether it’s pollution, pesticides, medications, plastics, or any of the host of harmful substances found in our environment, most of us endure regular exposure to toxins found in our external environment. Our modern world is full of harmful compounds that weren’t around 50 or 100 years ago. Studies of umbilical cord blood by the Environmental Working Group have shown that babies are exposed to over 200 chemicals while in utero. While our bodies have built-in detoxification systems, the burden on these systems has grown exponentially in the last century, and most of us are struggling to keep pace with what we are exposed to. When we fall behind, these toxins affect our health. The Charm City Detox mobilizes and removes accumulated toxins by enhancing the body’s routes of elimination. These routes of elimination include your bowels, kidneys, skin, and lungs.
Unhealthy Food Consumption
The typical American diet is high in saturated fat, refined sugar, and food additives, while being simultaneously low in vitamins, fiber, minerals, and other health-giving compounds. Our bodies are adapted for high quality fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and protein sources. They often struggle to process so much bad fat and sugar, causing cumulative damage. By eating a clean, health-promoting diet during a detox, you give your body a break and the opportunity to clean up. You can also set the stage for a new, improved diet in the future.
Food Sensitivities and Reactions
Not just a fad, food sensitivities and reactions are involved in a high percentage of chronic ailments from skin conditions to digestive disorders to joint pain. However, they can also be difficult to diagnose because the effects of these foods are often slow to disappear. By eliminating the most common offending foods from your diet during a detox, you give your body a chance to return to symptom-free living, and by gradually reintroducing these foods, you can make correlations between symptoms and the offending foods.