Detox for Dummies

Are you gaining weight and not able to lose it? Are you suffering from frequent headaches or back and joint pain? Are you constantly battling with constipation, bloating, or gas?

If the answer is YES, then it may be time for a detox.

Detoxification may sound like a scary word, like a word that is better left stuffed behind the couch or pushed to the very furthest back burner. But, the benefits of a healthy detox could be exactly what you need to get your life back on track, to get back to being the regular, happy, normal you.

What is detoxification?

This process is something that our bodies do every day. It is a normal elimination of toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph, and skin. In the liver, the main location of detoxification occurs in two phases. Phase 1 alters toxins, through different processes, to prepare them for phase II, which is elimination from the body, via urine, bile, or stool. Today, we are exposed to chemicals of all kinds: pollutant run-offs in the water, pesticides, additives in food, heavy metals, anesthetics, metabolites from drugs, and environmental hormones. More than 2 million synthetic substances are known, 25,000 are added each year, and over 30,000 are produced on a commercial scale. The constant exposure to toxins can cause them to saturate the tissues, deplete antioxidants and minerals, and put stress on the immune system, which can lead to diseases and symptoms such as chronic fatigue, respiratory and asthma issues, poor memory, insomnia, depression, and irritability.

Who should detox?


How to detox?

A successful detox can be accomplished in three easy steps:

  1. Elimination: This step will clean out unwanted pollutants and toxins from the intestinal tract and major organs. Certain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are needed to allow the detoxification elimination processes to occur. Phase 1 requires vitamins B2, B3, B6, B12, folic acid, glutathione, and flavonoids (from fruits and vegetables). Phase II requires methionine, cysteine, magnesium, glutathione, glycine, taurine, glutamine, folic acid, choline, and vitamins C, B5, and B12.

  2. Rebuilding healthy tissue and restoring energy: This step is important because once the toxins are removed, the body needs nutrients to rebuild, re-regulate, and remain healthy. Eating fresh, local produce, drinking lots of water, and continuing to supplement with multivitamins and other minerals and antioxidants that your body needs to support complete healing.

  3. Maintenance: Lifestyle modifications are key to keeping your body resistant, and whole. A healthy diet can sustain a healthy gut. Vitamins and antioxidants can provide the nutrients needed for the continuous detoxification in the liver, and other organs and also allow the immune system to continue keeping us alive and well.

Detoxification is a process and it does take effort. It does take commitment. But you can expect to have a significant improvement in the way you feel. This process my help clean your digestive tract to dissipate the constipation, the bloating, and the gas; may help clear excess mucous to help with respiratory and asthma issues; may enhance mental clarity; and may help you regain energy.

If you are ready to take the leap into better health, Annie’s has all the tools you will need. We offer a great support system, in addition to all the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that you will need to have a successful detox. We carry pharmaceutical grade supplements, and we would love to help you get started! Stop by, Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm or give us a call at 830-981-4774 to talk with an Annie's pharmacist to see if this is the right option for you.

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