Detoxification Systems of the Body.
A metabolic detox plan helps the body address and remove toxins. The human body is exposed to both endogenous and environmental toxins every day. In some cases, the body does not efficiently eliminate toxins , and they can accumulate in organs and tissues, disrupting normal cellular function and increasing the risk for disease. Utilizing metabolic detoxification programs to support the body’s detoxification systems and reduce toxic body burden is critical to overall health and longevity.
Some people may experience mild symptoms during a metabolic detoxification program, commonly referred to as “detox reactions,” particularly during their first detox. These symptoms sometimes occur when detoxification processes become unbalanced and metabolic toxins are not eliminated optimally. It is a biological bottleneck problem where released toxins exceed the body’s capacity for transportation and elimination. Symptoms are generally minor and resolve within a day or two.
Since sugar, gluten, and dairy all trigger an opioid-like response in the brain, many of these foods can be addictive. 3 Sweet flavors trigger the synthesis of serotonin, the “feel good” neurotransmitter, which can create an overreliance on sugar. The state of the microbiome may also affect food cravings; specific strains are associated with cravings. Gut microbes can trigger cravings that favor that particular microbe, even if it is to the detriment of the host. These microbes may also be able to cause the host to feel poorly until the craving is met and a feeling of euphoria sets in . 4 Metabolic detoxification programs and their dietary components can help to shift the microbiome and address certain aspect of dysbiosis. Conquering sugar or cravings for other unhealthy foods is one added benefit to reap . 5.
Common Types of Toxins:
Withdrawal symptoms including headache, tiredness, and irritability can develop from suddenly avoiding caffeine, sugar, wheat, and dairy, all of which can be addictive . 1 Other causes of these symptoms include dehydration and constipation (preventing toxin elimination), blood sugar fluctuation, and inefficient toxin release from “biological hiding places.”