Dubious about the need to detox?

How about a 2 visit detox program!

Skull and Cross BonesThe number and concentration of toxins we are exposed to everyday has exploded exponentially over the last 2-4 generations, however, our bodies detoxification processes have hardly evolved at all and struggles to keep up with this increased demand on our system. This puts a massive burden on our liver (which needs to process these substances so they can be safely removed) as well as our kidneys, digestive system, lungs and skin (which are responsible for then removing these toxic substances from the body). This body burden of toxins leaves us feeling flat, fatigued and unwell and accelerates disease progression.

Recently, the discovery of a very common gene mutation (MTHFR) has thrown even more fuel on the fire of our toxic load. People with this gene mutation have reduced:

  • Function of their detoxification processes
  • Clearance of homocysteine (potentially increasing cardiovascular disease risks)
  • Production of neurotransmitters (important for mood and brain function)
  • Clearance of excess hormones which leads to:
    • fertility issues
    • thyroid dysfunction and weight gain
    • PMS symptoms
    • possible increased risk of many types of cancers.

Just some of the conditions this gene defect can contribute to include:

  • Diabetes
  • Neural tube defects
  • Autism
  • Parkinson’s
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Allergies
  • Thyroid dysfunction

The big clincher is that the degree to which this gene mutation is expressed is influenced by: our toxin load, inflammation in the body, stress and the lower nutrient intake. These variables then compound the problem even further.

The great news is that there are so many ways we can naturally reduce our toxin load, increase the ability of the body to detoxify, assist removal of these substances from the body and help turn down these genes.

The program consists of:

  • 2 visits ($66 a visit, plus supplements if required)
  • Questionnaires to assess more precisely your toxic load, your sources of toxicity and your body’s current capacity to detoxify (Sent prior to appt via email)
  • Iridology session
  • Case taking to ascertain your toxin load sources, health issues related to toxicity or potentially hindering your detoxification processes, and to determine the best treatment direction for you
  • Full support throughout the 4 weeks to keep you on track and address any issues
  • Testing can be arranged if desired, optional
    • MTHFR gene test-once only -cost $50, via Clinical Labs.
    • Homocysteine blood test
    • Vitamin B12

Rebecca Stevens is the Naturopath at The Centre of Wellbeing. If you would like a consultation with Rebecca please call 03 9763 0033 or book on line.

5 Stress busting tips for Women.

We all lead such busy lives.

Here are a few simple ideas that can help to relieve the stress of everyday life:

  1. Acknowledging first that you are tired and overwhelmed and admitting that truly, sometimes your kids really are the last people you want to see after a long hard day at work! Just giving yourself permission to feel these things without feeling ‘guilty’ for it is the first step. It is a big thing to admit this is how you are actually feeling outside of other people constantly telling you that you appear stressed and tired – then you can take steps to seek assistance and do something about it.
  2. Take a high strength B- Complex vitamin supplement and also a magnesium supplement that has been optimised for absorption and utilisation. Your nervous system and adrenal glands (which produce stress coping hormones – adrenaline and cortisol) require b vitamins and magnesium to regulate function. When we are undergoing regular bursts of stress over a long period of time our nervous system and adrenal hormones become quite depleted, leading to exhaustion and burn out. Giving your nervous system the ‘fuel’ it runs on helps it to perform better and prevents you feeling ‘frazzled’ and irritated. Coping better during stressful times helps you to think clearer and be more resourceful under pressure. This can assist you from getting to the stage where you will just ‘eat anything within one foot of you’ and can also help you sleep better at night.
  3. Epsom Salt Baths – create a weekly ritual for yourself when you lock the bathroom door, light some candles and just let your tension melt away. Epsom salts are high in magnesium – 2 cups to one full bath of water is excellent for absorbing magnesium into your tissues and flushing away tension-causing calcium salts and toxic by products from over active stress hormones from your tired, tense muscles.
  4.  Exercise – there is no doubt that regular exercise is just about the best thing you can do to lower cortisol levels and boost your endorphins – or the hormones that make you feel connected, calm and happy. Take the dog for a walk, have a rumble with the kids on the lawn, go for a run around the local park with a soccer ball, and plan other family-time activities around being physically active.
  5. Regular remedial massage – did you know that one hour of massage produces the same brainwave patterns otherwise associated with deep REM sleep? If you are waking regularly due to young children or just tossing and turning at night because you are feeling anxious or ‘wired’, regular massage can help to create a space for you to wind down and feel regenerated and refreshed.

This article was prepared by Dr. Rogan Smith. Rogan is the family chiropractor at The Centre of Wellbeing. The centre has a range of services and practitioners that can assist you in reducing the stress levels in your body.

The centre has a free no obligation assessment across a range of services to assess your particular needs.

Would you like to know me, Call us on 03 9763 0033 to discuss your particular.