Detoxing -- The Right Way

Detoxing — The Right Way

Are you absorbing toxins faster than your body can remove them? It will take more than a detox product to keep your organs clean and working at peak capacity.

Detoxing the correct way

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I often see patients who’ve purchased a detox product from the Internet thinking it will flush the toxins from their body and they’ll be done with it. Not surprising, when they come in, carrying a big bag of supplements/herbs, I usually discover that those supplements are actually toxic to their organs and I have to fix a patient’s system before I can move them forward.

Why? It’s because people are so concerned about cleaning out the toxins, they miss the most important thing: their bodies.

No one can deny that we are living in a toxic world. Through our water supplies we’re absorbing recycled medications such as Prozac and estrogen, and there’s pollution, GMOs, pesticides, preservatives in our food — it’s a very long list.

The whole point is that the average person now has 212 environmental chemicals in their blood — things like mercury, lead, cadmium and industrial chemicals. But you can’t explain the toxicity in our body by only looking at the external toxins. What’s also damaged is our body’s ability to detoxify itself.

We’re designed to flush toxins out of our body through four pillars:

(1) the digestive system removes toxins through the bowels
(2) the lymphatic system removes larger waste products
(3) the liver removes smaller waste products
(4) the kidneys remove toxins through the urine

The real question is: Does the amount of toxins in your body exceed its ability to detoxify? For the average person the answer is YES.

The solution is twofold. You can go through a detoxification program that addresses all four phases of detoxification, but more importantly, you should support and strengthen your body’s detoxification mechanisms. Otherwise, it’s like bailing water out of a sinking ship.

Scarier than that is what’s happening to our DNA. Biochemically, the process that regulates detoxification is called methylation. If your methylation is compromised, you must address it or your body will retain toxins at a greater quantity and at a faster pace.

On a daily average, there are about 60,000 incidents of damage to our DNA. Our cells must have the ability to repair that DNA to survive. If the DNA of dividing cells is sufficiently damaged, it cannot be properly copied and the cells cannot divide. Instead they become dysfunctional or simply die. This means that if the number of toxins we take in is greater than what the body can detoxify, there are more mutations to our DNA.

Mutations are permanent changes in the genetic code, which, unlike DNA damage, cannot be recognized and fixed by the repair mechanisms. That’s the main reason many forms of cancer cases are on a rise.

Identifying symptoms: If you have symptoms such as sinus congestion, indigestion, hives, bloating, irritability, fatigue, headaches, joint pain, weight gain, insomnia, constipation and chest pain, chances are you have toxin accumulation. Moreover, if you fail to detoxify properly, another long list of unpleasant conditions such as fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, eczema, allergies, multiple sclerosis, thyroid dysfunction and others diseases are waiting for you.

Eliminating toxins: Toxins that are not eliminated by our body are stored in fat cells in the extra cellular matrix. If these toxins accumulate, they become a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses; when these toxins breakthrough the cell membrane, they cause inflammation. Behind most chronic diseases there is inflammation. In auto-immune conditions, for example, the immune system is doing its job, what’s wrong is the inflammation.

Flushing the body of toxins: People usually focus only on “flushing” and aren’t finding out what’s really going on in their bodies. How many people check to see if they have intolerance to a certain food? Are you the one who thinks having a bowel movement every other day isn’t a big deal? If you are constipated and not eliminating this waste daily, the toxins stay stuck in your colon or are absorbed back by the body.

Should you start a detox program at any time? If your digestive system isn’t working properly, I always tell my patients: Don’t even think about it! Your body will not absorb all the supplements you may be taking. Unabsorbed supplements will create even more toxins for your body to eliminate. You’ll overload your liver and kidneys.

The first step is to optimize your digestive system. In addition, if the liver, kidney or your colon is too weak or does not receive enough blood circulation, your detoxification will be compromised.

Keep these points in mind: regular colon cleanses, liver flushes and raw food diets don’t get inside the cells. Juice diets get to it very slowly.

How I help my patients:

Through my 20 years of clinical experience I look at about 200 different warning signs that indicate if your body has systems that are not functioning properly. If you feel bloated or tired after eating, your digestive system may not be properly processing what you ingest. If you feel irritable or moody, your liver may be weak. If you have frequent urination or joint pain, your kidneys may not be functioning at 100 percent. It’s crucial to sort out what is failing in your body so we put it back to work — first.

In order for malfunctions to show on traditional lab tests, your organ must have lost at least 70 percent of its function. That’s why you hear stories like: He just got a clean bill of health by his doctor two weeks ago. I don’t understand why he had a heart attack!

As an acupuncturist, I use a unique Chinese medicine tool, first recorded five thousand years ago, called the Pulse and Tongue Diagnosis. It shows which organs are not functioning properly before it shows up on Western tests. You must correct what is not working first and then you are ready for the final touch: Detox!

For someone in good health, I recommend a complete and personalized detox twice a year. Spring and autumn are the best times. Don’t forget, you are a unique individual and so is your body. Different individuals will need different approaches. A non-individualized approach is a major biological stressor. As a secondary benefit when my patients go through my detox 9-day program they lose nine to ten pounds. That’s icing on the cake!

Copyright © 2015 Ricardo Miranda/Singular Communications, LLC

Ricardo Miranda, L.Ac.Ricardo Miranda is an integrative medicine practitioner in West Los Angeles licensed to practice Eastern Medicine, acupuncture and Chinese herbology. Miranda likes to give back to the community by donating his time lecturing on detoxification, genetics/epigenetics, demystifying Chinese medicine and other health related subjects. If you would like Miranda to be a speaker for your company, church or community group, contact his wellness center at to get a full list of topics.
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