Annapolis Integrative Medicine
1819 Bay Ridge Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403
Creating a New You For the New Year
Typically in the days leading up to the new year people view the occasion as an opportunity to renew themselves. We make resolutions to be better people, to succeed in new ways, and quite often to create a healthier life and lifestyle. This is a time when new gym memberships tend to skyrocket, even though many of them go unused. Despite the best of intentions it seems that the pull of our habits often outweighs our commitment to what is possible.
So, what can you do to accomplish two of the most common health desires, which are to weigh less and feel better?
One of the best ways a person can accomplish both is to go through a detoxification process, a cleansing from the inside out. The western medical model does not deal much with detoxification though essentially all other models of health do regard detoxification as important.
So, what does this mean from a medical stand point?
The human body has a remarkable capacity to generate hormones and other compounds, as well as to interact with the environment. Everything created by the body and what is allowed into the body by the skin, respiratory tract and the gastrointestinal tract must be dealt with so that the body does not get poisoned.
The world we live in presents us with an ever-increasing burden of poisons, toxins, chemicals, and compounds that the human body has never had to deal with before. The rise in certain cancers and other conditions certainly is a function of poisons and toxins in the environment. Overtime, people become toxic, sometimes in a subtle way, sometimes not so subtle.
Some of the signs and symptoms of being burdened by toxins include fatigue, fogginess, moodiness, lethargy, headaches, difficulty losing weight, achiness, and skin rashes. People often experience being newly sensitive to substances like caffeine and alcohol.
The main organs of detoxification in the body are the kidney and liver. The liver is a complex organ of detoxification, having three phases of detoxification designed to take foreign and toxic compounds, render them harmless and excrete them.
A typical four-week detoxification process begins with looking at each persons current state of health. We must look at the diet and whatever else our bodies are routinely exposed to that may be harmful. For the period of time a new healthy diet is instituted. Starvation is not necessary for detoxification. It does not have to be uncomfortable.
Using certain supplements to support the liver to remove toxins is critical as our bodies are often deficient in certain trace minerals and nutrients that help along the process.
Doing this process once or twice a year under medical supervision can make an enormous difference in a persons sense of well-being and longevity. People report an increase in energy well being and lose nagging aches and pains, headaches, and extra pounds.
A detox program is one of the best things you can do for yourself.