The New Year is here, and with it come several new health resolutions. After the indulgences of the holiday season, many people suffer from post-holiday weight gain and exhaustion. This is a time when Naturopathic doctors see patients who want to put a plan in place to lose weight, increase their energy, and to improve their overall health.
If your plan is to get healthier, you may want to consider a personalized detoxification program. There are many different types of detox programs which cleanse the body of toxins, and each type has its own specific purpose and benefits. For instance, Heavy metal detoxes focus on removing accumulations of heavy metals from the body, such as mercury and aluminum. Organism detoxes work to eliminate specific organisms, such as parasites or candida yeast. Organ detoxes cleanse the liver and gall bladder, lungs, kidneys, and colon.
One of the main organs involved in detoxifying is the liver, which filters all impurities and toxins from the blood. The liver filters these substances and reduces them into compounds that the body can then eliminate through the kidneys (as urine), the skin (as sweat), the lungs (as expelled air), and the bowels (as feces). It is important for overall health to make sure that each organ system is functioning optimally.
By improving the efficiency of these systems you will notice that you have more energy, sleep better, are more mentally alert, and have enhanced well-being that is especially visible in better skin and shiny hair. You may even notice that you suffer less from colds and flus because of an improvement in your immune system.
Health concerns that can benefit from a personalized detoxification program include:
• Constipation and digestion problems such as bloating— poor bowel movements encourage harmful bacteria and toxins to accumulate over time.
• High cholesterol and high blood pressure— detoxification diets help to establish lifestyle changes that are important in both treatment and prevention of strokes and heart disease.
• Colds and flus – This is a clear reflection of a much weaker immune function and the body’s inability to fight bacteria and viruses well.
• Also— headaches and migraines, allergies and sensitivities, joint pain, smokers, those with high alcohol consumption, and those who generally feel fatigue and tired.
A Naturopathic doctor can find the best detox plan for you personally. Under guided supervision with your Naturopathic doctor, a total health program can be created for you that rejuvenates your energy and restores your health to an optimal level.
Dr. Suzanne Bartolini, B.A., M.A., N.D.
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Bartolini is available by appointment in both Toronto & Oakville locations:
Hooper’s Vitamin Shop Best Drug Mart
1011 Upper Middle Rd E 2150 Bloor Street West, Suite 305
Oakville, ON, L6H 4L2 Toronto, ON, M6S 1M8