Detoxing has become incredibly popular in recent years. And for good reason. A properly-executed detox can be life-altering. But so can an un-properly-executed detox. And not in a good way.
Let me explain.
I used to be kind of a detox fanatic. I come from a family with a history of some pretty terrible conditions. My father and his father both died of ALS. My mom is the third generation of women in the family to have Parkinson’s Disease. Siblings and
Here’s the problem with one-protocol-fits-all detoxing.
Following a detox protocol pulls the toxins out of their “hiding places” in your body. In theory, this sounds great. But, once that happens, they need somewhere to go. If you don’t have open detox pathways (i.e. you aren’t sweating enough, pooping enough, etc.), those toxins are going to your bloodstream, your brain, your bones, and other such places where they cause damage.
AND if you are continuing to expose yourself to toxins in your home and work environment, your body is having to contend with not only the old stuff that’s being pulled out but also the new stuff all around you.
How do we deal with these detoxing dangers?
To start with, you need to open the pathways. You need to do things like drink a lot of water, sauna, steam shower, and keep your digestion moving. These days, more and more detox protocols are including activities and supplements to support your detox pathways. This is awesome.
However, what seems to get forgotten – or barely touched on – are the environmental toxins that your body is continuing to be burdened with.
For safe detoxing start with your environment.
Here’s the thing: there are currently over 84,000 chemicals listed for use in the US marketplace. Eleven of them are regulated. Eleven. Seriously.
A decade ago, when I started my detoxing experiments, I thought I lived a pretty clean life. I used “natural” cleaners, didn’t eat fast food, and skipped a lot of cosmetics. I had no idea the chemical cesspool that was brewing all around me. As a result, my body was overwhelmed by the detoxes and I got sick.
And I mean sick.
I started having terrible digestive issues. To the point of being afraid to leave my house. My body hurt EVERYWHERE. I started having extreme mood swings, and I would literally collapse from exhaustion. I’m much better now (after a lot of work), but I may never be the same again. The most impactful thing I did to get better was a home detox.
What’s a home detox?
For some good first steps to a home detox, read How to Reduce Your Exposure to Environmental Pollutants.