Cleansing and Detox: What's Hibernating in Your Body?

Most of us go about our lives and never think much about them. Yet, they are impossible to avoid, exist in vast quantities in our environment, and can be difficult to identify. What are they?


Whether we know it or not, we are exposed daily to numerous toxins from the air we breath, the water we drink and the food we eat. These toxins are found in cleaning products, in the air pollutants we breathe 24/7, and in the herbicide and pesticide residues in our food. Additional toxins include, but are not limited to, cigarette smoke, alcohol, automobiles, OTC and prescription drugs, viruses and bacterial infections.

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Defined simply, a toxin is any compound that has a harmful effect upon your body. There are approximately 15 million individual chemicals in use today. Fewer than 10% have been tested for our safety. When you realize that this figure does not include any of these single chemicals in combination, the amount of chemical exposure is exponential!

The bottom line is that the burden of toxicity in the 21st century is overwhelming our bodies. Over time, most peoples’ bodies can’t handle the load. Once the body is overpowered by a toxic environment, pollutants and impurities do not get properly filtered and every cell in the body is adversely affected. When the toxic burden exceeds our body’s ability to handle it, our immune system becomes exhausted making us vulnerable to infections and illness.

How do I know if I need a cleanse?

Your body is nothing short of a miracle. It has a built in purification system that automatically cleanses and detoxifies without you ever thinking about it! Did you know there is systematic pathway your body uses to eliminate toxins? Your liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, skin and lymph system all play a pivotal cleansing role. (See illustration above). When the body is functioning properly, these organs are able to eliminate toxins naturally without any outside support. However when your body reaches its ‘toxic threshold’, I suggest a cleansing program. How do I know if I need a good cleanse? Click here.

What have you tried?

Some folks try to do their own cleaning programs. The detox-in-a-box cleansing method is popular. This type of approach however often relies solely on prepackaged colon cleanses, laxatives, concentrated or pseudo-nutrients to stimulate the elimination process. Concentrated nutrients however may become an additional chemical burden, which is contrary to the goal. This random approach also fails to identify what organs are toxic and may create an unnatural pace or artificial process for the body.

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Fasting is a popular cleansing method because it gives the body a rest from the burden of eliminating daily waste. The problem with fasting is if any one of your the organs are toxic to start, a logjam can happen in the organs or lymph system clogging the pathways of detoxification. This is when fasting can backfire and can increase toxicity, not decrease it.

Juicing is another method of cleansing.  This is an excellent way to cleanse the body because the phytonutrients in the vegetables and fruits help to nourish our bodies.

Juicing can be a problem however for some folks because you may have hidden food sensitivities to the foods you are juicing. When we are sensitive to foods, we may not digest them well.  This can produce an allergy-like inflammatory response. Undigested food becomes toxic in a system that cannot eliminate properly, so it can become a bigger burden than the chemical soup we live in!

How do you know if what you tried worked?

Fasting, juicing and detox-in-a-box products are home remedies that sometimes work and other times are not very effective. Why are they not effective for some?  Because one size does not fit all. Not everybody is every body. When you decide to cleanse, how do you know which organs are stressed and which ones need to be cleansed?

This problem happened to a patient of mine. He decided to go on a fast by himself. His body was not prepared for the onslaught of released toxins and his face developed large, swollen like blisters in reaction to fasting. It showed up on his skin because the liver, kidneys, colon and lungs were already congested.

When organs become congested, all three approaches - OTC products, fasting, and juicing - can stimulate a toxic rush and reaction that our cleansing system cannot sustain. Some toxins, such as heavy metals, have nowhere to go but to gridlock in the kidneys and lungs creating a bigger problem for the body than before.

There’s no better time than now to give your body a good cleanse. Here, at the Digestion Relief Center, we identify which organs and systems are being overworked by food sensitivities or other environmental toxins and help support your body’s natural ability to eliminate those toxins. If you are interested in a comprehensive evaluation and assessment to show you how a doctor supervised whole body cleanse and home care program can assist you in feeling better and more energetic, please our  Chico office at 530-899-8741. We're here to help. 

Patrick Giammarise is founder of the Digestion Relief Center in Chico California. Since 1999 thousands of patients from Chico, Redding and Northern California have regained their health by improving their digestion and elimination with the help of the Digestion Relief Center.

© Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

First published in the Lotus Guide For Healthy Living, Issue #49, Winter 2014

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