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HEALTH CONCERN? BioHealth Health Concerns

Why Detoxify?

Contributing Author: Riendeau, Claire N.M.D.

Claire RiendeauDr. Claire Riendeau is a naturopathic doctor specializing in nutrition and functional medicine, with many complex cases involving long-term chronic infections and environmental toxicity. Claire has earned two doctorate degrees, Doctor of Naturopathy and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, is certified in Metabolic Nutrition and holds a Diploma of Homeopathic Medicine. She is a member of the American Naturopathic Medical Association and the International Foundation for Nutrition and Health. She is a widely sought out lecturer and provider for environmental illnesses such as Lyme disease.

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Today’s day-to-day stress caused by pollution, mental, emotional, and physical factors create constant physical strain on our bodies. As these stressors are compounded by more stress, our organs, especially our kidneys, lungs, liver, skin, and intestines, become overloaded. Their ability to handle the removal of toxins gradually diminishes and becomes impaired. Symptoms such as depression, weight gain, PMS, fatigue, hot flashes, headaches, acne, eczema, asthma, chronic infections, sinus congestion, and many others thus begin to manifest.

Instead of addressing symptoms at their root cause by removing the toxins producing the symptoms in the first place, we add more toxins to our already toxic body by treating the symptoms with medications, herbs, vitamins, foods, and emotional stress. Such treatments can often worsen the symptoms. The ultimate solution then is not to add to but to reduce the toxic load on the body and the mind, and to give the individual organs a chance to recover their function properly and effectively. The removal of toxins from organs, tissues, and cells is called detoxification.

Why
Detoxification of the body, its individual organs, tissues, and cells, as well as of the mind and emotions, is of utmost importance in keeping a healthy and functioning body. It is like removing the film on your car window regularly, allowing you to continue to see the traffic around you and to let the light into your car to stimulate your eyes to see. If the film is not removed and more is added on, then eventually, you will have difficulty seeing the traffic, and your chances of getting into an accident multiply. Your spirit also diminishes as the film on the window brings less light into your car. Keeping that window clean, however, dramatically reduces the risk of accidents. Your spirit is also lifted from having more visible sunlight.

Detoxification clears up the film in your organs, tissues, and cells, and gives the body and the mind a chance to recuperate and heal themselves. As the body and mind detoxify, the majority of the symptoms begin resolving on their own. Because detoxification addresses the root cause of the symptoms, oftentimes supplementation or medication to resolve specific symptoms are no longer needed.

How Long Will a “Detox” Take?
The detoxification process may be simple or it may be involved depending on how and with what type of matter the tissues are bound. The process may involve a simple and quick dietary fast, along with colon cleansing, or it may involve a slow removal of chemicals or heavy metals that may take six months to one year.

Who Should NOT Detox?
Pregnant and nursing women and those who are weak and fragile from a debilitating disease should not detox. For safe and best results, detoxifying should be done under the supervision of a physician who will create a personalized program according to your needs and condition.