In our modern-day world we are exposed to an astronomical amount of toxins on a continuous basis and consequently this has inundated our body’s natural detox abilities leading to toxic overload symptoms. These symptoms include but are not limited to migraines, headaches, allergies or allergic skin, digestive disorders, insomnia, muscle and joint pains. Toxic overload can also hinder one’s mood and manifest as depression, anxiety, nervousness, and irritability.

Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to live a toxic-free life. Our list of exposures is vast but the most common places we are getting toxins from is our food (both conventional store-bought and from restaurants), the environment (pesticides, fungicides, weed killers, chemical sprays), and common household products (bug spray, chlorine from the pool, household cleaners, bottled water).

The good news is there are ways to assist detoxification in your body. Below are a list of detoxification processes, depending on your level of toxicity and your lifestyle your physician can work with you to come up with a treatment plan to get you on the right track.

Ionic Foot Bath
The ionic foot bath realigns and rebalances the body’s energy field allowing the body to function at a higher level. Greater function results in purging of toxins and cellular waste products. The ionic cleanse works by decreasing the surface tension of water, allowing the body to absorb high oxygenated water, which in turn stimulates cellar function and detoxification. There are many meridian points on the feet, representing the distal terminals of meridian systems. Immersing the feet in the foot bath will enable electrical contact with all of the primary meridians in the body. The meridians are one of several pathways for toxins released from the matrix to exit the body. As the direct current is passed thru the water via the array, the hydrogen and oxygen will separate creating ions. The ion field can be either primarily positive or negative depending upon the electrical polarity going to the array. Changes in charge density and changes in geometry will release both ions or other charged species and toxic compounds trapped in the matrix and purged through the feet.

Castor Oil Packs
Castor oil comes from the castor seed, Ricinus Communis, and when used topically it has remarkable health benefits. Some of those benefits include: improving the function of the thymus gland and supporting the immune system, increases lymphocyte production (your immune system’s disease-fighting cells), assists with lymphatic drainage, which is a leading factor in inflammatory diseases, and decreases inflammation. Other usages of castor oil packs include relieving congestion, constipation, and pain as well as stimulating the liver and gallbladder, which is an important part in detoxing.

Detox Programs
There is a huge market for detox programs, ranging from strict diets to supplements, teas and tinctures, juice cleanses and fasting. It can be difficult to understand the differences between each program, and which ones are most beneficial for your overall well-being. At Integrative Health and Allergy we take the guess-work out of it for you. As a clinic the staff, and patients who qualify, do two detoxes annually. These detoxes are chosen based on a variety of factors, including seasons for detox based on Chinese medicine theory (for example, spring is for the liver). The reason we do these is because we understand the importance of detoxing for optimal health, and it’s important that the physicians and staff are taking care of themselves along with the patients. If you’d like to do the next detox with us, call our office for more information.

The rebounder is a great home detox option to incorporate into your daily routine. Our lymph system is responsible for washing our cells and carrying away waste products, however, this can only happen through physical movement. If we aren’t exercising, our lymphatic system isn’t able to do its job properly. Studies have shown that the rebounding motion stimulates the internal organs, moves spinal and aqueous fluid and directly straightens the immune system.

Always consult with your physician before starting a detox.