Detox is such a buzzword today. As society becomes more health-conscious, we are inundated with articles and ads for the next great miracle detox or cleanse. How do you sort through all of the trends to find a program that works? Only true metabolic detoxification programs – that support the body’s natural detox systems – will actually reduce toxic burden on the body.
The goal of any detox is to flush out toxins that we come in contact with every day. The modern world has caused our planet to become highly toxic. We are exposed to a multitude of toxins through their air, water, food and products containing heavy metals, pesticides and plastics.
If the body does not efficiently eliminate these toxins they can accumulate in the organs and tissues, disrupting normal cellular function, and increasing the risk of disease such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes – to name a few. Today, metabolic detoxification has become essential. Utilizing detox programs to support the body’s natural detoxification systems for proper elimination of toxins is critical to overall health and longevity.
The term metabolic detoxification refers to a specific metabolic pathway – active throughout the human body – that processes unwanted chemicals for elimination. This pathway involves a series of enzymatic reactions that neutralize and solubilize toxins, and transport them to the liver or kidneys where they will be excreted from the body.
Metabolic detoxification is not only important for protection from environmental toxins, but central to maintaining balance in the body. Excess hormones, vitamins and inflammatory molecules are typically eliminated from the body by the same detox systems. An important component of any metabolic detoxification program is to support these elimination pathways.
Three Phases of Cellular Detoxification
Any successful metabolic detox program must also support the three phases of cellular detoxification.
- Phase 1: Functionalization occurs when toxic molecules – from the environment or your own body processes – get molecularly transformed into a different molecule.
- Phase 2: Conjugation involves combining the molecule with another molecule to create something that the body can eliminate.
- Phase 3: Elimination occurs once your body has transformed the toxic elements into a benign molecule and it is excreted through urine, feces, or sweat.
Supporting the Body
The human body is very efficient at detoxing on its own. All of these processes occur whether you are on a metabolic detox program or not, but sometimes our bodies require support to complete the natural detox process.
Your body needs energy to undergo the different stages of detox. Each phase requires certain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients. This is why juice cleanses don’t work – because you are not giving your body the proper fuel to support the detoxification process. Legitimate detox programs will provide you with the food, nutrients and herbs that your body needs for a proper cleanse.
Differences in genetics can alter detoxification pathways and can either speed up or slow down a detox stage. If two stages are not in sync, problems can arise. If you produce more toxic molecules from stage one and are not able to handle stage two at the same rate, you have a backup of dangerous molecules in your body. Equally, if you are unable to eliminate the toxins, they will remain in the body. Metabolic detox programs ensure that your body works smoothly, in sync, and at the speed you need.
Reset. Renew. Re-energize. The question is not if you should detox, it’s when. Our 10 and 28-day metabolic detox programs are proven to cleanse and purify your entire body. Removing harmful chemicals, pesticides and heavy metals from the body will leave you feeling better than you ever thought possible! Call our office at 281.894.9992 to schedule your free nutrition consultation to learn more about detoxing.