So I promised a summary of the information I learned at the detox module.
After starting to do this it became quickly apparent that it would be a long….long….task.
Then, while going through my notes I came across one particular slide which got me thinking. That one slide has become the focus of this blog post. The slide simply asked:
Why do some people retain, or are more sensitive to toxins?
The answer given was:
- Nutrient deficiencies
- High sugar, low protein diets
- Stress and emotional trauma
- Dysbiosis (an imbalance in the bacteria in the digestive tract)
- Genetic variations
I think this is a really important concept to acknowledge. In my clinical experience many of us have on going stressors – this in itself may contribute to dysbiosis, and dysbiosis may contribute to nutrient deficiencies. On top of this many people I speak to say that when they are stressed they consume more sugar. This is all important because our ability to detoxify depends on several nutrients including many of the B vitamins, magnesium, amino acids and sulphur. Lack these nutrients and you may have a reduced ability to detoxify, or be more sensitive to your environment.
It becomes clear then that one factor (such as stress) can cause a domino effect which has the potential to cause physiologic dysfunction.
So the quote used by Dr. Roundtree, that I have used as the title of this blog, is very true and a great twist on the well known ‘we are what we eat’. However, I think we can take it one step further, based on the above concept, and add ‘think’ to the list.
So, with this thought process another question needs to be asked:
If you want to ‘go on a detox’, is stress one of the most powerful things you need to consider removing?
I would say a big fat YES!
Most of us know we need to remove the alcohol and cigarettes. But is this a detox? Or is this simply reducing the amount of detoxification that the liver needs to perform? How many of us consider our emotional state when detoxifying? The more I learn the more I appreciate how important it is to tune in to our emotions.
By removing stressors, by being in a more relaxed, peaceful state, you may well be in a better state to restore function and health. If this new found peace does support digestive function then your nutrient status may improve as you more efficiently digest and absorb the nutrients from your food. This increased nutrient status may then support detoxification and other processes within the body.
It is my opinion that if you are in a more relaxed state, and if you are more present in your day to day activities, there will be a natural transition in to leading a healthier lifestyle. You may find you take more time preparing some fresh food rather than relying on that microwave meal. You may find you start to explore some stress reduction techniques such as some simple breathing exercises. You may buy a book that get’s you thinking about your values and goals in life. These are key questions to know about yourself (and they may change as you go through life’s journey so doing these exercises relatively regularly is important).
What is the point of this post then? I guess my point is that to experience a true improvement in health and wellbeing we need to appreciate the body is an integrated unit. You cannot completely separate thought and emotions from physiology, they are intimately linked. And so if you are seeking an improvement in physiology, you may need to consider an improvement in your psychology.