Our naturopathic doctors will supervise your detoxification and cleansing process to ensure that you receive the healing benefits of a detox while avoiding the pitfalls.
What is detoxification and cleansing?
Our body naturally processes foreign substances (like food, mineral compounds and chemicals), changing them to more useful or harmless forms and eliminating what it doesn’t need or want. Generally, this entire process is called metabolism but it is also known as detoxification (when we talk about the body ridding itself of substances that are harmful) and/or cleansing (used as a broader term than detoxification, as it refers to the body’s “cleaning” itself of both substances that are harmful and not useful).
Depending on our health status and toxic load, however, sometimes our body can’t properly or thoroughly cleanse itself. For example, if you have a high toxic load (lots of harmful substances built up in your tissues), your body may instead adjust itself to this “new normal” and compensate for it by doing other things less efficiently, which can have a negative impact on your overall health and energy levels. Sometimes a high toxic load can lead to other health problems which can’t be resolved completely until you have cleaned yourself inside out. Think of a car that has its pipes all gummed up with bad or dirty oil. It can’t run as well and may eventually breakdown.
What can cause toxic loading of the body?
Everything that goes into your body can potentially be a source of toxins. Toxins can be ingested, absorbed through the skin or breathed in. Most common sources are environmental (pollutants or naturally ocurring substances), food (especially conventionally grown/raised foods), beverages (water, soda drinks, etc), drugs (recreational and pharmaceutical), and household products (cosmetics, cleaning products, furniture, etc).
How do I know if I need a detox or cleansing?
Does your body feel sluggish? Are you fatigued?
Do you feel overwhelmed by toxins? Do you have a family history of cancer?
If you said yes to any of the above, you would probably benefit from a detoxification and cleansing.
Get on the right path to health by cleansing your internal organs. Your body’s natural detoxification systems may be under stress from overexposure to toxins in our air, food, water and general environment.
Can you help me detox from hard drugs like heroin or medications like oxycontin?
While our Naturopathic Doctor can certainly support your detoxification process, we recommend that you seek out the Addictions Services of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
CAMH is equipped to help patients through intense withdrawal from strongly addictive substances like heroin and oxycontin and offers programs for former addicts to break free from their drug-addicted lifestyles.
Zentai’s Detoxification and Cleansing services help patients strengthen their bodies’ innate cleansing process, thereby optimizing their detox and laying the groundwork for a healthier future without dependency. This is a perfect example of complementary medicine, as we build on the progress that patients have made with CAMH and provide ongoing support after they have completed the CAMH program.