Release of toxins imperative for weight loss
by Dr. Kelly Hannigan —
For many, a commitment to diet and exercise just does not do the trick, while hard-to-lose body fat, rippled cellulite, fluid retention and lack of energy are a familiar picture. These classic signs and symptoms signal the need to flush toxins from the liver, digestive tract, kidneys and lymphatic system. Yes, it is time for a detox, the first step toward the newest medical technologies for better health and a slimmer, more vital you.
Garbage that literally needs to be detoxed clogs every cell as we continue to expose ourselves to environmental and dietary toxins. Excess hormones, natural aging, stress and emotional issues can get in the way of normal cell functioning. Waste products build up and are then stored in fat cells, which may remain unchanged for years because of reduced blood flow beneath the skin’s surface.
In spite of the buildup of these dangerous toxins, our bodies are designed to be quite efficient at protecting vital organs from damage. For example, the digestive tract breaks down foods for nutritional absorption and also functions as a drainage system for waste product excretion. These waste products are all intended to exit the body, via cellular metabolism and the cleansing capacity of the lymphatics, liver, kidneys and bloodstream. However, when the system experiences sluggishness, the toxins begin to build up and the body stores them in peripheral adipose cells for protection.
Signs of toxic overload in any of the body systems include:
- Excess weight gain, especially if difficult to lose
- Puffy, soft fluid under the skin in women, particularly from the waist down
- Fluid retention in the ankles; engorged varicose veins
- Emotional sensitivity, anger, depression, mood swings, increased PMS or menstrual symptoms
- Irregularity in bowel function, constipation, candida overgrowth, sinus congestion and acne
- Most illnesses characterized by inflammation, pain and sleeplessness from 1 to 3 a.m.
The following therapies have been found helpful for detox and, therefore, weight loss:
- Neurotransmitter therapy (NT) can eliminate binge eating, food cravings, stubborn weight gain, low energy, sluggish metabolism or a lack of excitement and motivation.
- B vitamins injected into the muscle, especially B5,B6 and B12, are a part of most bariatric (weight loss) medical plans.
- Mesotherapy is becoming increasingly popular. Natural products, pharmaceutical drugs and homeopathic medicines are injected just under the skin to safely break down cells to dissolve fat and smooth cellulite.
Diet and exercise remain the prominent necessity for living a vital, energized, healthy and weight-managed life. Specialty diets related to blood type, high protein/low carb, body composition and Zone eating all are helpful. But the real key is burning more calories daily than are ingested and replacing fat with lean muscle tissue — these are essential for increasing the body’s basal metabolic rate.
Making a decision to take the most appropriate actions suited to your individual needs will ensure successful weight loss and a healthy, happy you.
Dr. Kelly Hannigan is a naturopathic medical doctor and registered nurse practicing.NDweightloss.com or 480-430-9480.
Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 23, Number 1, February/March 2005.