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Detoxification

Detoxification

Detoxification is the medicinal or herbal removal of toxic and addictive substances from the body. Body detoxification can be achieved by using antidotes or decontamination agents to spare certain organs (liver, kidney, brain) from the shock and threat toxins in even small dosage pose to the body.

Toxicity occurs on internal and external levels, through ingestion, breathing and physical contact.

  • Internal level – refers to the normal toxin production through everyday functions (microbes, bacteria, parasites).
  • External level – refers to any harmful substance that gets into contact with body and influence biochemical and organ functions (alcohol, drugs, food, etc.)

The toxicity level in the body rises when homeostasis is unbalanced, depending on the dosage, frequency and potency of the toxin.

Alcohol Detoxification

Alcohol detoxification is the medical process by which an alcohol consumer’s organism is cleansed from alcohol and its condition is normalized. It is usually the first step towards full alcohol rehabilitation,  followed by an extended, often life-long addiction treatment.

The rehab, as a comprehensive medical and psychiatric care, takes place in diverse settings, in residential and outpatient programs or at a naturopath’s office. Natural alcohol detoxification should accompany the medical and psychological addiction and withdrawal treatment comprised of drugs, therapy and counseling. Alternative medicine is offers great antidepressant and cleansing treatments such as:

  • St. John’s wort, vitamin B and magnesium supplements are worth considering against depression.
  • Mary Thistle (Silibinin) therapy to cleanse the liver and restore its function.

Alcohol detoxification uses medication and herbs to manage some serious symptoms of overdose such as:

  • Nausea
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Convulsions
  • Seizures

Detoxification Diet

Metabolic detoxification is used to treat xenobiotic metabolism, which produces harmful substances during normal metabolism. Alternative medicine is used by healthy individuals or patients who wish to undergo a voluntary detoxification.

One common form of alternative detoxification is herbal detoxification, based on the selection of herbs to stimulate elimination. Some targeted effects are:

  • Laxative
  • Diuretic
  • Hepatic
  • Lymphatic tonics
  • Diaphoretic
  • Expectorant
  • Adaptogen
  • Anti-microbial

Alternative medicine promotes several types of full body detoxification therapies and   detoxification diet. These are dietary plans that involve the consumption of foods with detoxifying effects, including fresh vegetables and fruit.

Consuming limited sets of foods, for instance only juice or water, as a form of fasting, and eliminating foods such as trans-fats, processed foods and animal protein, can help the body improve the detoxification process.

Detoxification diets offer components high in fiber, which cause the body to burn stored fat and eliminate them through blood, urine, feces, sweat and breath.

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