Detox: A Guide

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I use detox as a clinical tool,  I find it makes a huge improvement in my patients, especially for( but not limited to) fatigue, pre-conception care, endocrine issues,  digestive disorders & adrenal burnout.

I always spend time, chatting with my people and really getting a sense of  what is  realistic and what they can manage. Aspirations can be admirable, but you must know what your getting in to, be invested in the benefits and be up for it. It can either be a pleasurable coming home to your optimal health or it can be a total struggle. Preparation is what makes the difference.

My programs are designed primarily for the inner city urban dweller who often has a huge demand on their energy and time. There is no fasting involved and they are designed to provide you with consistent and improved energy levels. I also integrate my Chinese Medicine perspective in tailoring a program to an individual.

Just as your body does deep growth and repair whilst you sleep, detox is a time of spaciousness, relaxation & downtime. Especially in the first week. It’s definitely not time to be crazy hectic with obligations, events and stimulation.  You absolutely need to be getting lots of sleep and limiting your exposure to screens /devices.

Detox won’t work if you are stressed & adrenalised.

So, whats involved?

Detox involves taking out substances that makes your body work hard. In addition we flood it with all the essential nutrients and practices that you need to go into deep growth & repair.  My detox usually involve taking out:

  • Dairy
  • Gluten
  • Sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Nicotine/Drugs/Where possible, reduce any medications
  • All processed foods & drinks

It takes preparation and determination to break habits.

The above list includes our treats, rewards, coping mechanisms and social rituals. We can also have deep emotional attachment to certain food & drink, wired into a limbic and reward centres of the brain. So you really need to be ready, with alternatives and replacements and already start changing your behaviour and choices, before pulling any rugs out underneath yourself.

This alone can be huge & transformational.

It’s often a time of re-organising the way we shop & cook. We are lucky to be living though an explosion of healthy food on the internet, so head on over to pinterest or find some blogs that can provide you with inspiration,options and direction. There is also an abundance of staple food/organic stores opening throughout Melbourne , plus local farmers markets which makes shopping for detox inclusive foods even easier than before.

In addition to cutting out the above, people reduce their starchy carb intake to 1 x serve per day.  Starchy carbs are: bread, rice, pasta.

They often also replace one meal with a high protein, good fat smoothie.  Most people are eating primarily an organic protein , lots of veg, good fats based diet throughout. Inc snacks.

I design tailored programs for people to achieve targeted results. 

Areas of the body that are targeted for detox include:

  1. Intestines; remove accumulation, improve motility, reduce inflammation, improved absorption of nutrients, nourish and heal mucosa & lining,
  2. The Microbiome; clear pathogenic bacteria, improve environmental conditions for beneficial bacteria, encourage bacterial diversity & also colonise specific strains, increase nutrient absorption & neurotransmitter production.
  3. Balance PH throughout Gut
  4. Liver Health & Function; clear fatty deposits, improve natural detoxification processes, clear excess estrogens, balance hormones, replenish key hormones
  5. Improve Gall Bladder secretions, clear old bile accumulation, improve bile secretion.
  6. Mind; clear brain fog, improve attention, clarity & memory.
  7. Emotions; reduce irritability, balance mood,  process old pain & trauma
  8. Weight; I think about this as a side effect of the body balancing itself, people always lose some fat & fluid stores on a detox, dependant on length of time but usually between 2-5 kg

Getting these clinical results involves a targeted supplement program, that is of high quality & therapeutic does ie practitioner prescribed.

Why Detox?

Because we are living in a chemical soup. It’s everywhere: air, soil, water, food, clothing, leaching from furniture, paint, toys, cooking ware, packaging, body products, electrical goods. Everywhere.

Plus we can create internal toxicity by:

Improper eating habits, undiagnosed allergies, an unchecked stress response, consuming caffeine, alcohol, medications, the pill etc. Having a compromised Microbiome, leaky gut, unchecked inflammation, chronic malabsorption, suppressed and undealt with emotions and psychological misperceptions.

Mainly I utilise detox to improve organ function, clear pathology and to allow for a period of deep regeneration to stabilise or progress a treatment process.

My clients also use it to focus, re-calibrate, break habits, let go of dysfunctional patterns and achieve their therapeutic goals.

Awesome activities to do while detoxing

Crank up the Self-Love.

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Plan nature escapes, solo time, soak in spas & saunas, get acupuncture, get massage, try kinesiology, write, immerse yourself in art, take a yoga class, learn to meditate, get emotionally up to date, go see your psychologist, buy a new book & read it, do a creative workshop, immerse yourself in music, have hot salt foot baths at night, dry body brush and oil up your body regularly. Start a pranayama practice, learn qi gong or tai qi. Immerse yourself in water & stay hydrated.

Classical detox practices that I advocate, but don’t usually include in my programs (Must be done with appropriate education /supervision)

  • Colonic Irrigation
  • Gall Bladder Flush
  • Yogic Salt Water Flush/Kriya practices
  • Panchakarma
  • Fasting

How do you feel on a detox?

Everyone will have a different experience depending on factors like; health, age, experience, clinical goals + many more variables. The most common uncomfortable experience people describe are headaches, irritability &  fatigue. This usually lasts  from day 1-3, after that you build in clarity&  energy. Your mood becomes balanced, eyes and skin start to really glow as elimination is improved. You start to feel lighter and more spacious. At this time, you can also become extremely attuned to what serves you, what you desire to be surrounded and influenced by and what you don’t. Your taste buds awaken, senses and perception becomes clearer, sleep deep & restful.

Best to be done in Spring, late Summer or Easter.  We don’t detox in Winter. So if your feeling like this is what you need to really bring you into balance and wellness. Chose the right time, get psyched, get an individual program designed for you and dive in.

If you want me to write up a specialized plan, come in for a treatment, we get clear on what you need and then for an extra $40 fee, I can deliver a plan for you via email.