Detoxification: Thriving in Today’s Toxic World

smogUnless you’ve been hiding in a cave for the last decade, I’m sure that you are aware that we are being bombarded by thousands of harmful chemicals and environmental pollutants. If that wasn’t enough, consider the over-use of antibiotics and other prescription drugs, our over-indulgence in commercially processed foods, alcohol and tobacco use and our ever increasing stress loads and you have a recipe for disaster.

Everyday our bodies absorb and then attempt to excrete these toxic products that we are exposed to.  When we become over-burdened with these toxins and our systems cannot adequately eliminate them it may lead to a number of unhealthy consequences: headaches, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, irritability, depression, mental confusion, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular illness, weight gain, flu-like symptoms, chemical sensitivities and allergies. Keep in mind that this list is just the beginning. In addition to these symptoms, it has been suggested that toxic overload may also contribute to more serious conditions such as autoimmune diseases, neurological diseases and cancers.

It is impossible to avoid toxins completely! With that realization, the importance of supporting the body’s efforts to eliminate accumulated toxins cannot be overstated.  But how we go about this can be quite confusing to people. There are many programs and theories about “detoxification” out there.  They range from the benign but ineffective to the potentially dangerous and foolish. At the most foundational, biochemical level, detoxification is a process that takes place every day in several organs of our body.  These organs are well equipped to help us detoxify but they are often simply over worked.  They become deficient in key nutrients that are required to be present in abundance in order for our system to actually eliminate toxins from the body.

At I Am Wellness, we teach you a well-balanced, scientifically sound method of cleansing and purifying your body. You will learn about the importance of what you eat and when you eat it. We’ll also focus on appropriate exercise, stress management and other techniques, like far infrared sauna, dry skin brushing, Epsom salt baths and homeopathic remedies that will assist in safely releasing toxins from your body.

Successful detoxification is something that we each should do periodically throughout the year. It can greatly improve our health and vitality. Our patients report improved energy, clarity of thought, better sleep, better skin, less irritability, relief from digestive problems and weight loss.  Join with a group of friends and family and make a 14 or 28 day detox part of your health routine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q – I’ve heard that just doing a water or juice fast is the best way to detox. Is that right?

A – Many of us get a large portion of our toxic burden through the foods we choose to eat.  So reducing the intake of those foods will decrease the amount of new toxins coming in to your body.  Dietary modification should be a part of any good detoxification program but it isn’t enough.  We need to really load up the body with the key phytonutrients, antioxidants, proteins and fats that will help our body deal with the toxins that are already trapped in our tissues and cells.   

Q – How often should I do a detox or a cleanse?

A – We ideally want to maintain a lifestyle that is as “clean” as possible but let’s face it, no one is perfect and some toxins are unavoidable (unless you choose not to breathe J) so periodic detox or cleansing is needed.  We recommend that the average person do a 21-day cleanse program every 6 months.

Q – My friend did a cleanse and felt horrible all the while she was on it. Is that normal?

A – Absolutely not!  Occasionally a person will feel some achiness or fatigue or even a mild headache as they begin a detox program. This is usually just a sign that they are “stirring up” more toxins than they can eliminate. We see that as a problem and will advise you to slow down and add a few simple at home procedures to release toxins in a more balanced way.

Q – Should I expect to lose weight on detox program?

A – Many people do lose a significant amount of weight while detoxifying their bodies. There are several reasons why that happens. First, simply avoiding foods that are not ideal for their body will often decrease calories as well as water retention and inflammation. Second, toxins in our bodies sabotage the normal functions of our cells. When there is a decrease in the amount of toxins, there is often an increase in cellular energy and our metabolism works more efficiently.  For some people, detox is the key to jump starting weight loss.

Patient Success Stories

 “Before coming to Dr. Duggar I had severe allergies resulting in sinus problems, headaches, and several side effects from my daily sinus medication. Dr. Duggar helped me get off my medications with detoxification and I’ve never felt better. Natural healing is the most effective approach to health that I’ve seen. I’m so sold on it that I’m now going to school to become a chiropractor! Kick your skepticism in the teeth and schedule an appointment. If you are suffering, it’s because what you’ve tried obviously isn’t working. Your health is priceless and through Dr. Duggar, great health is attainable! – B.T. Bountiful UT

“After only 6 weeks I have experienced a huge improvement in my symptoms! Yesterday I had a friend tell me, ‘The last few times I have seen you, you just look healthier and healthier, and healthier.’ I feel healthier! I am thrilled with the results so far and feel more optimistic about the future than ever before.” – J.P.  West Bountiful UT

“I came to Dr. Duggar as a referral because I was in need of care. I needed help with weight loss, Fibromyalgia, and pain in my shoulder. On day one, I sat in his office and cried because I was at the end of my rope and did not know where to turn. He worked with and my outlook started to change as I started to feel better. We combined nutrition (detox) and adjustments and it started my road to recovery. I am now able to get up and out of bed and feel wonderful. I look forward to the future.” W.F. – Bountiful UT

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