Here are some facts about detoxification:
- Many lipo-soluble toxins are stored in the fat tissue
- The liver is the main organ responsible for detoxification in the body. Lipo-soluble toxic compounds (i.e., those soluble in fat) are transformed by the liver and they become hydro-soluble (i.e., soluble in water) in order to be eliminated. This very complex process occurs in 2 phases.
- Many of the byproducts of phase 1 (liver transformation) are toxic and include many free radicals. If the cleanse is performed correctly, they are rapidly neutralized by the liver through the phase 2 of detoxification.
- Mitochondria, (“the powerhouse of the cell”) needs special support, especially for individuals suffering from fatigue and pain syndromes, for those undergoing Hormone Replacement Therapy, or those taking medications for sleep or mood problems.
The problem with fasting:
- Calorie restricted and protein deficient diets cause a rapid breakdown of adipose tissue (lipolysis) which leads to a surge of toxins into blood circulation.
- An insufficient supply of calories impairs phase 2 of liver detoxification, and this creates an accumulation of free radicals in the body that can damage DNA.
- If that happens, you develop an acute toxic overload and you start feeling sick with symptoms like malaise, nausea, headaches, dizziness and flu like symptoms.
Other significant problems can occur with fasting or some cleanses, such as:
- Poor digestive elimination due to the lack of fiber
- Inadequate antioxidant support (needed to neutralize the increased production of free radicals)
- Lack of special nutrients for optimal mitochondrial functioning
The Cleanse Program at Medicine Naturally is research based and follows Functional Medicine principles. It is specifically designed to target and prevent problems like these that can occur during a Cleanse. You can read more about our Cleanse Program by following this link.