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  • Writer's pictureDr. Kylie

Why Detoxify?

Everybody, every body, detoxifies. Human bodies come equipped with organ systems built to break down anything we may consume, utilize anything that may serve to nourish us, and neutralize and eliminate anything that could act to do harm. This process is referred to as Biotransformation. Overtime, through trial and error, strong intuition, observation of effects, perhaps even divine intervention, humankind as a whole learns which of these products act as toxins. And over a very long period of time (many generations), our genius bodies may even adapt to be able to tolerate what once may have served as poison. However, in this current, fast-paced, technology-driven era, the potential toxins we encounter are multiplying at a much faster pace than some of our bodies can keep up with.

To understand this, consider the term Total Body Burden. This is the idea that these seemingly "safe" encounters, or "safe" doses of potentially pathogenic materials, add up overtime. What may be deemed harmless for a healthy adult, if exposed to daily for years on end, may accumulate to be the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back.

Furthermore, a "healthy" adult could be predisposed to sensitivity. "Genetics load the gun, environment pulls the trigger," as Judith Stern says. There is a chance your genetic deck may be stacked to react differently than the general population to a certain exposure. This is why it is important to take into consideration not just the dose/potency of the toxicant, not just the number of exposures, but both--as well as the individual's internal environment. This interaction is known as the Exposome. To fully understand the exposome, we must assess not only the individual's genetics, but also their gut flora, whether or not they have uncontrolled inflammation, or excess oxidative stress, or a pre-existing disease. Assessment and monitoring of the individual's internal environment, or biomonitoring, as well as consideration of the potency and frequency of interaction with toxicant will allow us to uncover the disease risk for the particular individual.

Another factor that influences our internal environment, and our ability to properly detoxify our bodies, is the efficacy of our elimination. After all, as Dr. Bob Rountree says, "we are what we cannot eliminate." In order to sufficiently rid our bodies of harmful bi-products, it is desirable to be pooping 2-3 times per day, urinating at a rate that is comparable to the amount of liquids drank, and sweating daily. If this isn't happening for you, or if you are feeling sluggish, fatigued, dealing with brain fog, or are simply seeking to support your body in order to perform at your highest, consider working alongside a professional to properly enhance your body's detoxification. Dr. Kylie would love to chat with you and discover if a detox may be right for you (7152044223).


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