Detoxification: Why It’s Important (How to Tell You Need to Detox)


The word detox has become common in the health industry, with a variety of products and eating plans that claim to rid your body of toxins. But what does “detox” really mean, and how can it impact your health?

The truth is that optimizing your health starts by eliminating the compounds and elements that are weighing your body down. We are constantly bombarded by toxins in our modern world, to the point where your body can’t keep up with all of the cleanup work that is needed. When these toxins build up, then symptoms indicate the need to cleanse.

Keeping Up with Waste Management in the Body

The human body has functions and organs that work throughout the day to manage waste and toxins. While we often think of toxins as a poisonous or dangerous substance, there are natural by-products that also need to be eliminated.

In the same way that a car produces waste (in the form of exhaust) from the gasoline used to power the engine, your body also has waste to eliminate. This waste is removed from the body through urination, bowel movements, sweating, and breathing.

To make matters worse, our modern world has many toxins in food sources, the environment, and many things we come in contact with each day. Not only is your body working with the normal cellular and digestive waste, but these environmental toxins are similar to putting sand in the gas tank of your car. A little here and there might not cause a noticeable difference, but the waste builds up over time – eventually causing functional issues and system failures.


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Signs You Need to Detox

On a cellular level, waste is produced when cells are doing their regular work. Most of the time, normal levels of toxins can be eliminated without a problem. If the organs and body systems are working correctly, your body “takes out the trash” each day.

But if the body is overloaded with toxins, then the liver, kidneys, and GI tract can’t keep up. That’s when disease and symptoms start to set in because the body is weighed down. Signs of toxicity vary from one person to the next and often include:

  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Sleep issues
  • Skin problems
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Muscle aches
  • Chronic health issues
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Food sensitivities or allergies
  • Difficulty losing weight

Often, the most effective way to alleviate these symptoms is by supporting the body in getting rid of toxins. Detoxification is always happening – the goal is to optimize these systems so that the body can eliminate even more toxins.

Detoxing the Healthy Way

A healthy detox is NOT taking weight loss pills or only drinking lemon water and cayenne pepper for a week. There’s a lot of misinformation online about detox programs, which can result in dangerous circumstances… especially when a person is in poor health.

It’s smart to work with a functional medicine doctor who can guide your detox efforts for the best results. Supporting the body through the six lifestyle pillars will have an undeniable impact on boosting toxin elimination and alleviating common symptoms.

If you would like to learn more about optimizing your health, then our experienced team at Back On Track 2 Wellness is here to help. Call today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Todd: (916) 782-3141.

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Dr. Todd W. Bunning, DC, PC

Dr. Todd W. Bunning’s chiropractic and functional medicine services reach far beyond the local Roseville area, with webcam consultations available for patients in any location. With 17 years of Private Practice experience, Dr. Todd continues to focus on the individual: science-based methods to address whole-body health factors.

Dr. Todd’s education didn’t stop when he graduated from Life West Chiropractic College in 2003. Today, he’s continuing to receive training and is chipping away on numerous post-graduate degree programs. This unique blend of clinical health investigation and Lifestyle Medicine application helps people of all ages find the underlying factors that result in chronic disease.

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