Toxins are everywhere in the modern world. These toxins come in the
form of food additives, chemicals in our water supply, airborne pollutants, chemicals in our hygiene and personal care products, pesticides, herbicides, drugs, alcohol, and caffeine. Increased
antigenic exposure from intestinal microbes and/or food due to intestinal hyper-permeability is also
a key contributor to toxin overload.
STEP 1: Reducing exposure
Reducing intake of and exposure to toxins ongoing, and particularly whilst doing a detoxification will
take some of the burden off the body. This allows stored toxins to be metabolised and excreted more effectively.
TIPS FOR REDUCING TOXIN EXPOSURE
• Eat organic food whenever possible
• Avoid processed foods, additives and preservatives
• Avoid plastic food packaging and plastic drink bottles
• Avoid aluminium and Teflon cooking equipment
• Limit intake of barbequed, grilled, or charbroiled food
• Install a water filter or buy filtered drinking water
• Avoid recreational toxins such as alcohol and tobacco
• Choose natural skincare and cleaning products
• Avoid using pesticides and herbicides at home
• Minimise intake of pharmaceuticals medications where safely possible
STEP 2: Improve Metabolism
Many toxins are fat soluble and therefore cannot be easily excreted – they first need to be
metabolised to render them water soluble. Toxin metabolism is a complex process that involves multiple
biochemical reactions, and proceeds through three major phases – all of which need to be functioning
optimally and in harmony for optimal detoxification (phase I, II, and III).
Include only anti-inflammatory, antioxidant rich foods to your detox diet! Increase your vegetable intake to at least 7 serves per day (one serve equals approx half a cup). Think colour! Add as many coloured vegetables to your diet as possible.
Don’t overeat. We are all chronic over-eaters. A good detox allows your digestive system as chance to rest.
Eat small amounts throughout the day, rather than 3 very large meals, and ensure you get enough calories, ie don’t restrict.
Get adequate rest and sleep. This is what your body need in order to ‘catch up’, rejuvenate, and function optimally.
STEP 3: Optimise Excretion
Step 3 is the elimination phase. This often overlooked but in many ways is the most critical phase as it ensures toxins are actually removed from the body and not just circulating. Toxins are excreted through the kidneys into urine, or via bile flow into the bowel via faeces.
Alkalisation is critical for optimising toxin elimination, because it increases the movement of
many toxins out of cells and into the urine for elimination. Try an alkalising greens powder, boost your greens intake.
Increase water intake, include lemon, ginger. Drink filtered water and tea to assist the body in this cleansing process. Try herbal teas, or matcha tea to also incorporate the alkalising component.
Gentle restorative exercises help to move toxins around and out of the body via all elimination channels, including through sweat.
Yvette is a qualified Melbourne-based Naturopath and Nutritionist, MINDD Practitioner, member of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia, and Complementary Medicine Association. Yvette specialises in the treatment of digestive complaints, skin issues, mood disorders, hormonal concerns, fatigue, and also has a key interest in children’s digestive and neurological conditions. Yvette consults in South Yarra, Camberwell, and Australia-wide via Zoom. Book HERE
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