BY Tracy Duhs

Come New Year’s, our resolutions kick into high gear. Following the holiday season and all of its delicious offerings, many vow to hit the gym and lose the extra holiday weight. But before diving (or running, or lifting or crunching) right in, Tracy Duhs, director of The Sanctuary Wellness Experience, recommends a detoxifying regimen to get you off to a good start. Below, Tracy discusses her experiences with detoxes and offers valuable insight to those considering it.

What is detoxing and why should I consider it? Detoxing is a broad term used to describe the act of eliminating toxins from the body. Detoxing can be accomplished in a wide variety of formats. Detoxes range from juice cleansing to full-on intravenous infusions of amino acids, cofactor enzymes, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Many people want to look better and feel better but don’t know which detox is right for them. I understand this dilemma as there are many detoxes out there with lots of mixed information.

Detoxing can be beneficial because caustic chemicals assault all of us on a daily basis. We unavoidably inhale and ingest substances such as car exhaust, secondhand smoke, mold, plastics and heavy metals. These toxic substances need to be eliminated from our body with intention in order to maintain vibrant health.

How do I choose a detox? Which one is right for me? Choosing the right detox is very important. If not done properly, a detox can worsen the issues at hand and drive the problem deeper into the mesenchymal tissues or just move the toxins from one area of the body to another. Juice cleanses are very popular right now but can be counterproductive because they contain a lot of sugar and deprive the body of the essential nutrients it needs to function.

Some detox suggestions that are safe for most of the population and can be done on an ongoing basis include:

• Sweating daily (infrared saunas, cardio workouts and mineral baths are excellent ways to detox)

• Eating a whole food diet void of processed sugars, flours, dairy and unfermented soy (See Whole 30 diet)

• Body brushing before getting in the shower (detoxes your largest organ, skin)

• Meditation and prayer (to detox the mind)

• Drink half your body weight in mineral spring water daily (example: If you weigh 150 pounds, drink at least 75 ounces of water daily)

Are there any unsafe detoxes to avoid? I would avoid self-diagnosing and then purchasing herbs to remedy the diagnosis. It’s always best to consult a health professional who can run tests to see which supplements best treat your specific case and can make suggestions on proper dosages.

If your lymph is congested and your major detox organs are not properly supported during a detox, you can run the risk of worsening your symptoms. Think of the lymphatic system as your body’s trash can. If the trash can is already full and you dump more trash (toxins) into it by detoxing your organs, it will back up into the blood stream, causing the toxins to be moved to another part of the body.

What are the benefits of detoxing? When detoxes are done safely, there are many benefits, including increased energy, enhanced mood, a more radiant-looking complexion, clearer thinking and healthy weight loss or gain.

When’s the best time to detox? I suggest making it a habit to sweat every day through cardio exercise or sitting in an infrared sauna. This act alone can do wonders for your skin and has the ability to aid the body in releasing toxins such as heavy metals. I also suggest making it a lifestyle practice to eat whole foods on a daily basis. Doing an organ- and gland-specific cleanse twice a year with the aid of a health professional would be ideal as well.


For more information on detoxification, contact a wellness professional or see your doctor.

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