Part 1: Why do we need to detox
Part 2: Food and herbs to support detoxing
Part 3: Detoxing your home
For now, let’s discuss why you need to detox.
Your body is detoxing every minute of every day through your skin, lungs, kidneys, liver, and digestive tract. These systems are efficient and effective. However, in our daily lives, we may overburden these processes with sugar and processed food, alcohol, pollution, medication use, stress, etc. Therefore, the main purpose of doing a detox program is to lighten the toxin load on your body for a period of time. Reducing excess toxin exposure will aid in re-balancing elimination systems, reduce inflammation in the body, and support the body’s detox systems to function optimally.
Detoxing is extremely important for hormonal health. When estrogen has done its job in the body’s cells, the used estrogen travels to the liver. The liver breaks down the used estrogens and binds them to proteins. These bound hormones are sent to the digestive tract for elimination via the bowels (through poo). If liver enzymes are not getting the nutrients they need or if they are being bombarded with other toxins, they may not breakdown the used hormones effectively. This can result in the hormones being recycled into the blood stream.
If the protein bound estrogens make it to the intestines, there is still a possibility that they will not be eliminated properly. When the gut bacteria is imbalanced and there is dysbiosis in the intestines, certain types of bacteria can break the bond between the estrogen and the protein. This leads to the hormones being reabsorbed into the blood stream.
As the recycled estrogens flood the blood stream, they contribute to excess estrogen in the body, also called estrogen dominance. The recycled estrogens are not stable and they don’t act in the same way as a newly produced estrogen would. The recycled estrogens can sit on the receptor cites of cells but they do not provide the same message to the cell as a new estrogen hormone. The cellular miscommunications and the excess estrogens in the body contribute to these estrogen dominance symptoms as described in Dr. Sara Gottfried’s The Hormone Cure:
- Bloating or water retention
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Weight gain
- Breast tenderness or breast swelling
- Painful periods/menstrual cramps
- PMS with mood swings, irritability, weepiness, and/or depression
- Brain fog
- Facial skin flushing or rosacea
When I mention the word detox, it may conjures up images of juicing and fasting. I actually don’t recommend juice fasts to any of my clients. In fact, I believe that in order to detox properly, you need to eat healthy, whole foods and plenty of them. This will be covered in my next blog post (Spring Detox: Part 2).
Over to you: Did you know that detoxing was important to hormonal health? Have you done a spring detox previously? Leave comments below.
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