A friend recently asked me about Detox Pads and if they’re legit or not. I’ve heard of them through my sporadic late-night-half-asleep-trying-to-fall-back-asleep infomercial viewing parties, but I couldn’t tell you a damn thing about them until I embarked on a Google session. Just as I suspected – crap! I don’t think they’re crap because they don’t work or they’re a waste of money or because there are better-spent detox mechanisms. No. They’re crap because that’s not how the freaking detoxification system is meant to function!
There are TONS of detoxes that claim to work: detox diets (only 1 day, no 2 days, no 3 days, no 5 days, no 7 days, no 14 days, no only 30 days to detoxify possible years upon years worth of toxin exposure!), detox liquids, detox pills, detox powders, detox machines, detox baths, detox exercises, detox retreats, detox this, and detox that. Some of these platforms may yield results, some may do nothing, and some could make matters worse without a good idea of why there’s a need to detox in the first place. The bottom line is: a true detox occurs when the body is operating at a high metabolic rate, is at a 98 F or slight above temperature, is digesting, assimilating, and excreting properly, and is balancing hormones accordingly.
Question: Does anyone really know how the detoxification system works? Because the last time I checked, the detoxification system is one of the most intricate and intelligent systems on this planet and it knows damn well what it is doing. It knows how to detoxify in a pro-metabolic environment, but it also knows how to keep itself sustained in a highly toxic, anti-metabolic, and/or an over-burdened not-so-ideal living environment that prevents it from fully doing its job in a timely and effective manner. Ya with me?
A detoxification system that cannot fully/properly/efficiently/effectively detoxify is a SYMPTOM to a greater cause. The detox system isn’t the problem, it can be found within an imbalance, unawareness, irresponsibility, or neglect of the following:
- Daily caloric intake - Eating enough daily calories to sustain your body’s daily needs to operate daily, function daily, and perform daily human body activities… daily (the detox organs need energy, too, ya know!)
- Hydration - Consuming enough water, salt, potassium, magnesium, and sugar which provide cellular energy, nutrient delivery, and flush the body of [cellular] waste
- Environmental toxins - Avoiding plastics, BPA, phytoestrogens, gases, smoke, mercury [fillings] [fish], lead, arsenic, all fluoride, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, inhalation or skin exposure to various chemical-based sprays, lotions, or applicants (household sprays, cosmetics, deodorants, sunscreen, perfume, etc.)
- Digestive and immune health - Maintaining a balanced ratio of good:bad intestinal bacteria. Maintaining an acidic stomach pH to prevent pathogens, fungi, parasites, and harmful bacteria from entering the body. Consuming a diet high in fat-soluble vitamins to build immunity. Increasing dietary saturated fats while decreasing pro-inflammatory polyunsaturated fats/omega-6. Limiting food allergens and irritants such as lecithin, carrageenan, added gums, added cultures, added [synthetic] vitamins, unfermented [gmo] soy, [gmo] wheat, gluten, and [gmo] corn (hfcs, maltodextrin, dextrose).
Maintaining metabolic health through pro-metabolic diet and lifestyle choices while simultaneously limiting one’s exposure to anti-metabolic circumstances is crucial in maintaining not only detoxification system health, but overall the-body-is-a-system-of-systems health!