Updated: Jul 8
If you're considering detoxification, it's important to understand the process and what you need to do to make it as successful as possible. We will outline the two phases of detoxification and what you should keep in mind during each one. It's also important to note that everyone's body is different, so what works for someone else may not work for you. Consult with your doctor before starting any detoxification program.
The human body is a miraculous thing. It can detoxify itself of various harmful substances regularly. However, sometimes the natural detoxification process can get backed up and we may need some help getting rid of those toxins. That's where detoxes come in. There are many different ways to detox your body, from simple diet and lifestyle changes to more drastic measures like fasting or colon cleansing. However, it's important to understand that not all detoxes are created equal. Some may be more effective than others, and some may even be dangerous.
The Toxic Tub
Detoxification is the process by which our bodies get rid of harmful toxins. These can come from the food we eat, the air we breathe, and even products used on the skin to remove dirt. There are different phases to detoxing and several factors we need to consider before diving in head first.
Phase one is all about pulling those toxins out of our tissues. The toxins are gathered and pulled out of the tissues so that they can be dealt with. However, there are a few things we need to keep in mind. Think of it like you are filling up a bathtub with water. For example, you would ask yourself how hot is the water? Is it scalding hot or just warm? Is it dangerous to get in? Also, how fast is the tub filling up? Is it a slow process or is it happening quickly? Similarly, when toxins are coming out of our tissues, we need to be aware of how fast or slow the process is happening. If it's happening too quickly, it could be harmful to our bodies.
Phase two is when the water in our toxic tub (body) starts to cool down and the drain (elimination organs) opens up to let toxins out and keep the tub from overflowing. This happens when we give our bodies a break from toxic food, thoughts, and relationships. Instead focus on eating wholesome foods, thinking positive thoughts, and surrounding ourselves with people who support us. When the detoxification process is working well, we feel refreshed, relaxed, and have more energy. We may also notice improvements in our skin, digestion, and sleep. The next time you're feeling overwhelmed or exhausted, remember to open up the drain and let the toxic water out!
In detoxification, we also have to think about: "what if the drain is clogged?" So even if toxins aren't coming out of your tissues very quickly, but instead at a slower/moderate pace -- if your drain is clogged in phase two, detoxification is not going to happen properly. This means you are going to overflow your toxic tub. Thus, it's very important to keep in mind that you MUST have a very functional phase two of your toxic tub. The drain must be working properly to get rid of all the toxins from your body. You have to control phase one by making sure the "tub" is clean and the water is changed regularly. If you don't do these things, and don't have a functional phase two, the toxic tub can become a breeding ground for bacteria and other harmful organisms. If you want to make sure your detoxification system is functioning properly, be sure to keep your drain clear.
The Reactive Intermediates Phase
There's a moment in this process of detoxification that you'll see right in the middle between phase one and phase two.
This is called the Reactive Intermediates Phase. Chemicals that have been pulled out of your tissues during phase one go into a more dangerous environment. This is a place where they can be more harmful than the original compound or toxin that you took in. We think of these chemicals as fireballs that can bounce around causing damage to the body before they are eventually addressed and removed by phase two.
If your first phase is happening quickly, and you are creating all of these reactive intermediates, but your second phase (the drain) is slow or clogged, you risk putting yourself into a more serious health situation. However, when the second phase is working well, it stops those "fireball" reaction intermediates from happening and we're able to excrete them just like we should be doing.
It's important to keep in mind that there are several steps involved in detoxification, and you should be careful about trying a new detox fad on your own, without guidance from a healthcare provider. Always make sure that you understand the entire process. Otherwise, you can make yourself sicker by revving up a system that might not be able to neutralize and excrete properly.
Our team at Vitality Natural Wellness and Medspa is here to help guide you through your detox journey and answer any questions you may have. If you’re curious about how detox can benefit you, we offer a free discovery call so that we can discuss your specific needs. Contact us today to get started!
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