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Detox and Stay Healthy with Whole Clean Foods

Dec 31, 2016 09:23PM
by Allan Tomson, DC
As we leave the season of indulgences and look ahead, many people will consider various dietary changes as a way to “clean” up the body and get on the right track again.

Research has shown how the body detoxifies itself, which helps us to understand how to use this system to release deeper patterns that may be limiting. It is not only for the physical body that a detox is recommended. The autonomic nervous system stores traumas and past performances that have upset the sympathetic nervous system that we have not have been fully able to process and learn from. These methods of detoxing allow the body to open up blocked pathways within the nerves, blood and lymph.

There are many ways to detox. All one has to do is Google “detox” and up comes a myriad products, programs and services to accomplish many goals: weight loss, energy boosting, symptom elimination, chronic disease treatments and of course general health improvement. Finding the right fit with each body is key and it is recommended to get help from a professional to do this.

Many medical practices will often use a detox as part of an overall program to heal the gut and to identify and eliminate food sensitivities. Taking out of one’s diet potential allergens and then adding them back when the detox is done is a way of accurately seeing what symptoms the food is causing.

What can I expect from a detox?

Detoxing the body is not about starving yourself. As a matter of fact, it is vitally important to be safe with your blood sugar. With decreased food entering the body and, therefore, decreased energy available, your blood sugar may become unstable and drop. Symptoms may include light-headedness, headaches, fatigue and digestive upset. Your foundation is shifting and you must honor that. It is better to eat up to six smaller meals per day to balance the blood sugar by ensuring that a steady stream of fuel is available to the body. Eliminating nutrient-poor foods such as sugar and processed foods is vital. The best programs will include fresh organic plant-based foods and nutrients.

A person’s total symptom picture will determine the ease at which they move through a program. More symptoms going in may predispose one to reactions in the first few days of diet change. A person’s individual ability to detox, that is the efficiency with which the body performs the function of detox, and your general health status, determine the ease at which you may move through the program that you pick.

If you are feeling bad in this early phase, it is important to increase water and vitamin C. Additional support through resources, such as the far infrared biomats or saunas, PEMF technology, lymphatic drainage, colon hydrotherapy and visceral techniques, can help ease the progression through the detox program. It is also very important not to be in a high stress environment when doing a detox program. Stress stimulates the adrenals to release cortisol into the blood stream. This has a detrimental effect on the liver’s ability to balance blood sugar and efficiently do its job.

Getting started and sustaining momentum

As with any lifestyle or behavior change, your chances of success increase if you have support of loved ones or a “buddy” to go thru the process with you. Workplace wellness programs that encourage healthy habits can be very effective, since this is where we spend so much of our time. Nutritionists know that just removing sugar, wheat and dairy can have an immediate healthful effect on the body.

To learn more about detoxing and assessing your current health status, visit the team of health professionals at Neck Back and Beyond at

Dr. Allan Tomson, DC is the Executive Director of Neck Back & Beyond Healing Arts, an integrative wellness center in Fairfax, with a satellite office in Manassas. Not your ordinary chiropractor, Dr. Tomson has skills and experience in functional medicine, visceral manipulation, and cranial therapy and Cayce protocols.


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