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What is a Detox?

Each year, more than 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals are released into the environment; these toxic chemicals can accumulate in your body and affect overall health.

A better question is, what is toxicity? And how does Detoxification help our health?

   Toxicity is the amount of a toxic substance and how poisonous a substance is.  Each year, more than 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals are released into the environment; these toxic chemicals can accumulate in your body and affect overall health. Toxic substances can be found in large amounts such as nuclear waste, or in trace amounts, such as arsenic in soil. If you have a small exposure to a largely toxic substance, it can cause harmful effects to health. At the same token, if you have a large amount of exposure to a small substance, the outcome is remains the same. TOXICITY OF THE BODY!

   Toxins can come from the environment (exogenous) sources such as air pollution & water pollution or internal (endogenous) sources such as pesticides ingested from foods & mercury from digestion of fish. These substances can affect our cells and DNA, accelerate the aging process, are linked to cancer, and many of them stored in our fat cells if not roaming in our blood and other tissues. This can lead to a variety of chronic diseases!

   Symptoms of too much cellular toxicity can show up in a variety of ways: Fatigue, foggy brain, nausea, vomiting, depression, blood sugar imbalance, mental impairment, digestive issues, etc. These symptoms vary depending on the type of toxicity you are exposed to. (for instance, chronic alcohol abuse will show up differently than mercury toxicity).

   A natural detoxification program can be one of the most effective strategies for rapidly improving the state of your health as it may help clear toxins out of your body and leave you feeling healthy and energetic. Just like a car needs good fuel, period fluid changes, and oil flushes, our bodies need to flush out the waste as well!

Here are some tips on reducing endogenous and exogenous toxins!

1. Eat Organic. Organic foods are grown naturally without the use of pesticides, extra hormones, or antibiotics, all of which have a negative impact on our cells (particular hormones used in foods, not hormones in general)

2. Reduce your use of Plastic microwave containers. Some plastics contain a substance called Bisphenol A (BPA), which is toxic to our cells. This substance can leak into our food if heated to a certain temperature. This is also true of plastic water bottles left out in the sun!

3. Eat more asparagus,  broccoli, spinach, avocados, garlic, kale, onions, watercress, cabbage, curcumin, and  Brussels sprouts and foods. These nutrients help to create a powerful antioxidant called "Glutathione", which is needed to help the liver filter out toxins.

4. Limit time spent in environmental areas that could expose large amounts of toxins: Old houses with lead paint chipping, bars with heavy cigarette smoke, places with very restricted air flow, areas with unventilated chemicals sprayed, nuclear waste areas, or largely populated cities with a multitude of factories & motor vehicles causing pollution.

5. Eat foods high in Vitamin A, C, and E. These vitamins are antioxidants that protect cells from damage. This won't prevent toxin exposure, but limit the effects it has on our cells.

6. Do a dietary detoxification cleanse. Done correctly!, a detoxification cleanse can help push toxins through your system for excretion and rejuvenate your cells to proper functioning. Most people experience improvement in energy, sleep, libido, mood, cravings, and clarity of thought!! (Detoxification cause symptoms and side effects if used improperly or not under the care of nutritionist or physician.)

For more information on cellular detoxification, contact Dr. Misty Kosciusko at www.newhorizonchiro.com, drmistyk@newhorizonchiro.com, 401-683-6430.

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Dr. Misty Kosciusko April 10, 2013 at 09:24 PM
A good detoxification program is one that lasts for a week or two, that allows you to eat clean foods while detoxing, and one that supports your liver. When cleansing, it's important to remember that we store many of our toxins in our fat cells and other cells within our body. These toxins get released into the blood and excreted through the detoxification pathways of the liver and through the kidneys/bowels. It's important not only to have the nutrients that promote those biochemical pathways, but to also still be eating so you can push things through your system quicker and not lose water or muscle mass. Your body still needs calories to maintain it's essential brain, heart, kidney, liver, and intestine function. My practice uses a 10-day cleanse from the company Metagenics, which many physicians use, called a "clear change program". It involves a rice protein/liver support supplement and an modified organic and vegan diet. If you would like more information on this, please visit this website or look up the program online. It's gotten excellent revues and my patients have gotten wonderful results with it. I'm unsure of any other good brands that do the same at this time but while searching, be sure to follow the guidelines above to a good detox program. If you would like more information on the detox program I use at my practice, feel free to contact me. - Dr. K
The Shill April 10, 2013 at 10:50 PM
'No proof' detoxing diets work Detox diets do no more than the body's own natural system to get rid of toxins, US researchers claim. People have been "detoxing" for thousands of years, but the scientists say there is no proof that such bodily purges work. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4616603.stm Detox, or detoxification, diets are popular, but they're not scientifically proven. Detox diets are touted as a way to remove toxins from the body. Specific detox diets vary — but typically a period of fasting is followed by a strict diet of raw vegetables, fruit and fruit juices, and water. In addition, some detox diets advocate using herbs and other supplements along with colon cleansing (enemas) to empty the intestines. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/detox-diets/AN01334
Dr. Misty Kosciusko April 10, 2013 at 11:58 PM
The article posted from mayoclinic is not a clinical research article denying the efficacy of detoxification, that is simple an are educational opinion from non-physician. The article from the news, i'm unsure what research they are referring to pointing against it. They have some quotes from physicians but again, who wrote this article? It is difficult to trust everything off the internet besides actual research literature. http://www.metadocs.com/PDF/ANSR/MET650%20Detox%20Ansr.pdf " SUMMARY Optimizing the body's ability to manage and excrete toxins is essential for optimal health. Several recent revi ews have discussed targeted, nutrient-based detoxification intervention therapies for patients with CFS, FM, MCS, and Parkinson's disease, as well as in apparently healthy indiviuals.73-77 Decreasing exposure to toxins is extremely important in all programs. Airborne toxins are of particular concern since, by entering through nasal passages, they can bypass the blood-brain barrier and travel through the olfactory nerve directly to the brain. However, minimizing toxin exposure is only one part of a successful strategy to decrease susceptibility to toxicity-related conditions. Low - a l l e rgy-potential, targeted nutrition that provides the full spectrum of cofactor precursors, support for excretion, and bifunctional inducers for balanced Phase I and Phase II biotransformation may promote balanced detoxification and optimal health throughout life"
Dr. Misty Kosciusko April 11, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Here are a couple more clinical research trail papers on detoxification. http://www.metadocs.com/pdf/publications/0707_minich.pdf http://www.metadocs.com/pdf/ansr/MET1590%20Metallothionein%20Research%20Review.pdf http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=9359760 Nutrition is based on understanding biochemistry and physiology. This is one reason why I wouldn't just recommend ANYONE to do a detox and why it should be monitored by a physician or nutritionist educated on the topic. There are many detoxification programs out there I would not recommend and truly are not healthy for an individual to consume. In response to the article, although I understand some of the programs may not contain enough evidence to prove efficacy, (foot soaking bath or foot patches, or maple syrup/lemon juice starvation detox) there are certainly some programs which do. I hope this helps to clarify.
Leave RI April 11, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Thanks. This stuff is a fresh breath of air.

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