Detoxification Part 1| Detox 101

Your immune system relies on your lymph system, as well as your circulatory system and digestive system.  Every day we are exposed to toxins that our body needs to rid itself of. These toxins can be stored in the fat cells - many of us have about 400 to 800 chemical residues.  These toxins can obstruct our lymphatic system from working well, cause inflammation in the body, and put a burden on our immune system.  Detoxification helps remove these toxins and can be done through several treatments. 

What is detoxification?

Detoxification simply put, is the “process of removing toxic substances or qualities”.  According to the EPA, there are more than 85,000 substances that are considered toxic substances - those are a lot of toxins to be exposed to!  

Natural detoxification that happens in our body is a process that involves cleansing the blood in the liver where toxins travel to be processed and eliminated.  Your lymphatic system, as well as your liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, and skin all, play a role in this process.  When toxins enter our body, this process is obstructed or blocked completely, causing a build-up of toxins that our body can no longer handle.  

Detox programs are designed to help the body with its natural cleansing properties.  

Signs you need to detox 

  • Edema
  • Allergies
  • Food Sensitivities
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Digestive issues
  • Bloating
  • Insomnia
  • Skin conditions
  • Frequent Headaches 
  • Frequent Colds/Flu
  • Sinus infections
  • Excess weight
  • Brain Fog
  • Parasites
  • Enlarged Lymph Nodes

How does detoxification work?

Detoxification works on a cellular level, flushing toxins from your body.  In conventional medicine, this means that the toxins in your body are flushed away through your skin pores or through other body elimination processes. This allows your lymphatic system and liver to recover from toxin overload.  

TCM involves the liver, lungs, kidney, digestive, and lymph systems as well. However, the signs of toxins include fatigue, chronic inflammation, pain, and other symptoms.  Cupping, massage, and herbal treatments are some of the ways TCM helps to remove toxins and encourage the flow of energy or Qi.  

Detox treatments

  • Full Spectrum Far Infrared Sauna - this treatment helps detoxify toxins directly out of your skin pores by encouraging seating - this saves your liver from being overtaxed by toxins
  • Tuning Fork Lymph Flow Session - the vibrations from the tuning forks help increase the flow of lymph in the body
  • Therapeutic Cupping for Lymph Flow - this treatment helps to circulate the lymph fluid to drainage pathways to rid the body of toxins
  • Ionic Foot Detox Bath - a detox bath helps the pores in your feet open up and expel toxins from the body
  • Chi Machine - this helps move your Qi or Chi (vital energy) through your body while giving you a lymphatic massage that will help the energy flow

What you can do to limit the toxins in your body

  • Eat detoxing foods such as dandelion, fresh herbs, sprouts, cress, ginger, onion, and mint
  • Avoid salty and fatty foods
  • Eat light meals that are nutrient-dense
  • Choose foods that are organic when you can
  • Use an air filter to remove toxins from the air you breathe
  • Limit the use of non-stick cookware
  • Limit the use of plastics - especially with food
  • Use non-toxic household cleaners
  • Use non-toxic beauty and hygiene products
  • Avoid products that contain triclosan, parabens, phthalates, bisphenols, oxybenzone, and octinoxate

Want to learn more about detoxification treatments? 

Here at Inner Strength with Donna, we offer many detox treatments. Learn more about these detoxing services here.

Stay tuned for Detoxification Part 2 | Infrared Sauna

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