Detox. Easily the most overused world in the health industry. But what does it actually mean? And how can it help you?
Firstly, let's look at the the 'tox'. Sadly, we live in a toxic world. These toxins mostly come from food. But they can also come from stress and your environment. They enter into our bodies both externally and internally. You may eat healthily but you can’t always control the pollution, air quality, or allergens around you. Simply riding your bike to work every day could leave you with a lung full of toxic fumes.
As if this wasn't enough, your body also produces toxins through everyday normal processes. These toxins are called free radicals and need to be excreted. When free radicals are not eliminated they can cause irritation or inflammation to cells, tissues, and organs, which can lead to the development of chronic diseases.
How Do We Know We're Toxic?
Symptoms of acidosis (the term used for increased acidity levels in the blood as a result of these toxins) include headaches, fatigue, joint pain, coughing, digestive problems, a weakened immune system, arthritis, obesity, allergies, skin problems, depression, diabetes, bad breath, insomnia, and high blood pressure, just to name a few. It should be noted that these symptoms don’t always mean you have a serious risk for health issues, so don't freak out just yet! However, they should serve as a red flag that something in your diet needs to change.
Acidosis makes the body sick in three different ways. The first has to do with interference of enzyme function. Enzymes can be thought of as the worker bees that organs depend on. They can only perform their task correctly if blood pH levels are stable. When blood is acidic, enzyme function can be altered or ceased altogether.
Second, the body becomes sick due to the harsh nature of acids present within tissues. If acids are not stabilised by alkaline nutrients, they can irritate organs in which they come in contact with, which causes painful inflammation, as well as the hardening of tissues. In many cases, symptoms such as hives, eczema, itching, and irritated skin may occur. Immune system functions may also be affected by acidosis, which lowers production of white blood cells responsible for attacking bad cells.
The third way acidosis makes the body sick is by depleting it of alkaline minerals, which are used to stabilize acids. Demineralization can affect any organ because alkaline minerals are stored in all of the body’s tissues. Demineralization can cause bones to lose their calcium, teeth to become brittle, joints to become inflamed, and hair to start falling out.
What To Do About It?
Your body is equipped to properly handle a certain amount of toxins but some extra help is needed. A detox diet that restricts refined sugars, processed foods, and animal products for a certain period of time may come in handy when an excess amount of toxins are present.
Using a detox diet several times a year can clear your body of harmful toxins and reduce your risk for chronic diseases. Disease cannot thrive in an environment that is not acidic.
The bottom line? Too much acidity = bad. Alkaline foods = good.
I could give you a list of things to eat and avoid but it will be all the familiar products. Eat stuff that grows on trees. Don't eat man made food.