Stepping out of bone chilling winter and into the bloom of spring is always a great opportunity for cleaning out closets as well as body and mind. Utilizing the significant healing capabilities of acupuncture and clinical nutrition for spring detoxification means giving yourself a welcome tune up.

During the winter, movement is limited and it is usually the best time to go into hibernating recharge mode. However, with limited activity comes toxic accumulation which needs to be purged for an optimal spring transition. Acupuncture releases sluggish energy to get the body’s flow back in gear while clinical nutrition helps boost performance.

The combination of these two modalities is an all-natural approach allows for the body and mind to bloom, right alongside nature’s colorful show.

Toxic Symptoms

Most people usually benefit from a spring detoxification program but some may be presenting symptoms that require it. These are a few of the more prominent signs you may not be associating with a toxic body. If you struggle with one or more of these symptoms you may need to cleanse your system and eventually change some habits for more optimal health.

  • Minimal Bowel Movements – If you are not having a healthy bowel movement at least once or twice per day you may be harboring toxins that could be permeating into your system. This is called auto-toxicity and may cause minor discomfort to accumulated chronic illness.
  • Fatigue – Being constantly tired could mean that your system is struggling with embedded toxins that may be affecting your adrenal glands, thyroid and insulin production. There also could be an energy blockage that might be affecting your sleep.
  • Coated tongue – A healthy tongue should be pink with minimal ridges. If your tongue is covered with white or yellow mucous, feels or looks “fuzzy,” has a cottage cheese-like covering, or red lesions, chances are a detoxification program could help.
  • Acne – Pimple or pustule outbreaks are one way your body’s largest organ is trying to tell you something. When your skin can’t breathe or secrete, it responds with visual clues often due to built up toxins in your system.
  • Weight Gain – Almost everyone, especially Americans, can stand to lose a few pounds or more. With obesity at practically epidemic proportions, being overweight is a direct result of the body storing toxins due to a subpar diet and little exercise.
  • Headaches – Chronic headaches could be linked to a variety of toxic causes. These might include excessive consumption of processed foods, sugars and poor fats as well as preservatives, dyes and artificial ingredients. Detoxing could “reset” the system and help you start off clean for better choices and healthier results.

Organ Startup

It is recommended to use acupuncture for detoxification before you apply a supplemental or dietary program. This is because anything you ingest to shed your system of unwanted toxins will most likely be less potent without first “waking up” your organs.

Basically, if you feel or show signs of needing a detox protocol, it is most likely that your organs are challenged. Once the organs of elimination such as the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs and skin are cleared by acupuncture then supplements can be optimized.

Systemic detoxification is shown to respond to acupuncture on many levels including being used to treat addiction. In a study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment by researchers from Boston University it was stated that,

“We determined that acupuncture detoxification programs are a useful component of a substance abuse treatment system.”

Renewing Your Liver’s Oxidation and Conjugation Phases

There are two phases that you can utilize to assist your liver detoxification function according to best selling author and Harvard/MIT grad Dr. Sara Gottfried. If you are in your 20’s or 30’s it is a great application to prevent future damage. If you are 40 or above it is essential in repairing and rejuvenating a liver that is no longer able to bounce back as quickly.

Here is the quick and dirty science of the two phases your liver goes through as described by Dr. Gottfried:

Phase 1: Oxidation

This is when your liver utilizes oxygen and enzymes to remove toxins by making them soluble in water, so they can be excreted in your urine and enable you to excrete more easily.

Phase II: Conjugation

This is how your liver combines oxidized metabolites with sulfur, methylation, glucuronidation, by adding certain amino acids or organic acids, and ultimately excretes them in bile.

Clinical Nutrition Healing

As you undergo weekly acupuncture treatments, combining this protocol with clinical nutrition remedies will enable your body to readjust, reboot and renew. Use some of these additions while switching to a high plant based diet and daily activity regiment for optimal systemic cleansing.

Excessive environmental toxins become overactive during phase I and your liver is unable to complete the phase II detox. This is when you begin to show signs of toxicity.

Flavonoids and Carotenoids – A plant based diet will incorporate more natural antioxidants that have been proven to protect you from the many free radicals you are exposed to everyday. Found in plant pigments, flavonoids and carotenoids are loaded with antioxidants.

Foods high in flavonoids include: berries, parsley, onions, green and black tea, citrus, and dark chocolate. Foods high in carotenoids include: carrots, pumpkin, squash, plantains, spinach, and sweet potato.

The Enzyme Catalyst – Sulforaphane is a compound found in cruciferous foods that support phase II detoxification. It stimulates enzyme production that in turn triggers antioxidant activity for up to three days. In addition, vitamins C and E along with beta carotene are all enhanced by consuming sulforaphane foods.

Foods high in sulforaphane include: broccoli sprouts, kale, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, collard greens and turnips.

Try acupuncture and clinical nutrition for a new health beginning. At Integrative Med Solutions, we will design an acupuncture and naturopathic treatment program that works for you. In many cases, insurance covers portions of the acupuncture treatment. Allow us to support you to achieve optimal health.  To make an appointment or find out more about how acupuncture and naturopathic medicine can benefit you, please call our office at 914.337.2980 or Click Here to schedule an online appointment.

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