Why is detoxing your body the correct way so important?
It’s no secret that, here at the Wellness Way, we look at the body like a fine-tuned Swiss watch. What happens when that watch gets wet, or a few grains of sand wiggle their way in? One foreign substance that isn’t supposed to be in such an intricate machine can wreak havoc on that machine as a whole. The human body is the same way. If toxins get into the body, whether through food eaten, or the air breathed, or water consumed, it impacts the body. When someone eats something they’re allergic to, or breathes in pollutants, or takes a drink of water with chemicals in it, the body reacts with inflammation. When one part of the body is impacted, the entire body is impacted.
Inflammation can cause weight gain
We’ve all stubbed our toe or smashed our finger in a door. What happens? It gets red and puffy–inflamed. The same thing happens when we eat something we’re not supposed to or take in toxins from the air or water or other environmental factors. It irritates the cells and organs within our body, making them puff up. If there is too much inflammation within the body, it’ll start to show in the form of unwanted weight gain. This weight has nothing to do with eating too much, and everything to do with eating incorrectly.
Inflammation can cause aches and pains
Just like that finger or toe hurts to touch, the inflammation within the human body also becomes tender and painful, leading to aches and pains in various places. We’re all familiar with the misery of a stomach- or headache. Cut out one of the biggest reasons for both by detoxing your body from inflammation.
Inflammation affects mental health and anxiety
Most mental health has less to do with the physical brain, and much more to do with hormonal imbalances. Most of these hormones aren’t even made in the brain. When organs that produce hormones are inflamed, their production is knocked out of homeostasis, which can wreak havoc on the human body.
Inflammation can lead to fatigue and brain fog
When the body has inflammation, the majority of its focus is on fixing that inflammation–cleaning it up and clearing it out. The human body has a fixed amount of energy, and when that energy is going toward clearing out toxins and inflammation, it can’t be used elsewhere. When the body isn’t getting the amount and quality of nutrients it needs from the foods it’s given, the amount of energy it can produce also goes down. This means that there is less energy being put toward thinking clearly and making it through the day.
Inflammation can lead to autoimmune disorders and getting sick more often
When the body is constantly fighting toxins, the immune system gets fatigued and can’t function properly. When the immune system can’t fight off pathogens and toxins, illnesses follow. When the immune system gets fatigued, it stops recognizing the difference between the inflammation it’s supposed to be fighting, and the body tissue that inflammation is nestled in, leading to autoimmune diseases.
Detoxing Your Body
All these reasons and more are the reasons it’s so important to detox your body from inflammation. This can be easier said than done, however, and there are a few important things to keep in mind when detoxing.
Be Mindful of Ground Zero
What needs to be detoxed? What are you up against? In order to know the end goal, the position of the starting block needs to be determined. Get tested to find out where the body’s neurotransmitters, hormones, and inflammation receptors are, to know how long, what kind of detox is needed, and how your body needs to be uniquely supported.
Be Mindful of Allergies
A lot of what makes a detox a detox is what is eaten, or–more accurately–not eaten. If someone is trying to detox, but doesn’t know their allergies, they could be adding inflammation rather than reducing it. This is why it’s so important to get allergies tested.
Beware of Hidden Enemies
Not being allergic to something doesn’t mean it’s a good thing to take in. There are some foods that are naturally inflammatory, or just better to cut out altogether. Sugar is the biggest culprit in this area–there are multiple benefits to the human body, and gut in particular, to cutting out sugar. Dairy, too, is far better to cut that continue to eat or drink. There are many other foods that are naturally inflammatory that most people aren’t aware would do them more good to stop eating.
Be Mindful of Environment
Inflammation also comes from environmental factors–the water and air taken in. If you’re trying to detox your body, but keep breathing in and drinking toxins that are harmful to the body, the detoxification is counterproductive.
If you are eating, drinking, and breathing clean, but still putting toxins on your body in the form of beauty or hair products, the detox will be a treadmill–all the work, but ending no further along the journey toward health restoration. Try some healthier products, and even a detoxifying coffee mask.
When a Good Thing Becomes a Bad Thing…
Detoxing your body is helpful for clearing out toxins, but there is a point where too much isn’t a good thing. Making sure to do the detox correctly is also important, because even “healthy” things can become dangerous when done wrong.
To learn how to detox your body the correct way and get started, contact a Wellness Way clinic today.