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Detoxification – Can It Help?

Dec 31, 2015 02:52PM
By Dr. Sushma Hirani
The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that almost a quarter of all global diseases are caused by environmental exposures. Nowadays we ingest new chemicals, use more drugs of all kinds and eat more sugar and refined foods.

There are a number of toxins in our body including –

  • Heavy metal toxins such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel and aluminum. These tend to accumulate in the brain, kidneys and immune system. Heavy metal toxins are linked to several diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, heart disease and neurological disorders.
  • Liver toxins – The liver is the main detoxification center for the body. Toxins cleared by the liver include alcohol, solvents, formaldehyde, pesticides, herbicides and food additives.
  • Microbial toxins – These include toxics produced by unwanted bacteria and yeast in the gut which can be absorbed and cause a significant disruption of bodily functions

Symptoms of Toxicity

Our bodies are designed to handle a certain level of toxicity. Toxicity occurs in our body when there is an excess intake or production of toxins or there is a reduction in the processes of elimination of toxins. The effect of toxins is cumulative and builds over time, thus interfering with normal metabolic processes and leading to numerous allergies and addictions.

Some of the symptoms of toxicity include headaches, fatigue, mucus problems, aches and pains, digestive problems, “allergy" symptoms, skin rashes, hormone imbalances, and sensitivity to environmental agents such as chemicals, perfumes and synthetics.

What is Detoxification?

Detoxification is the process of clearing toxins from the body or neutralizing the toxins. Internal detoxification is one of our body's most basic automatic functions. Our bodies try to protect us from dangerous materials by setting it aside, surrounding it with mucous or fat so it won't cause imbalance or trigger an immune reaction.

Why Detoxify?

We detoxify for many reasons, mainly to do with health, vitality and rejuvenation. Detoxification helps to clear symptoms, treat disease and prevent further problems. We also detoxify to rest our overloaded digestive organs as well as the liver, gallbladder and kidneys and allow them to catch up on past work. Most people can benefit from some degree of detoxification. When we eat a congesting diet—higher in fats, meats, dairy products, refined foods and chemicals—detoxification becomes more necessary.

Benefits of Detoxification

Some of the benefits of detoxification include improved health, weight loss, cleaner skin, increased energy, reduced allergies, potentially fewer aches and pains, stronger immune system, healthier skin and hair, improved concentration and memory and improved hormonal system.

Sushma Hirani, MD practices functional and integrative medicine to treat chronic diseases, such as Adrenal Fatigue, at Rose Wellness Center in Oakton, VA. She specializes in women’s health care, natural hormone balancing and digestive disorders. 

Join her for a free, live webinar, sponsored by Natural Awakenings on Tuesday, January 26 from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. to learn more about detoxification and how it can help you. Reserve your spot at

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