Detoxing is one of the most popular ways to support the body’s natural ability to cleanse itself. The principles of most detoxes aim to correct internal imbalances and lighten the ‘toxic load’ in our bodies.
Due to the stresses of urban living, our bodies can begin to manifest deficiencies that are symptomatic of sustained exposure to external or internal stressors. This results in a build up of toxins that, in turn, affects our immunity and metabolism. These toxins are often stored in our colon, liver and kidneys. By restoring and purifying the body’s systems, detoxing can help to redress the body’s balance and promote mental and physical clarity.
When choosing a detox, the benefits of detoxing are best harnessed when it takes into account the unique deficiency profile of each individual. Every individual will exhibit a set of symptoms indicative of particular imbalances.
In collaboration with Lauren Jane, a leading naturopath at luxury wellness spa Kamalaya, we have curated an introductory series to detoxing. This guide maps the three main body types according to the common deficiency profiles. The instructions outlined here can be used to curate a personalised program that best corresponds with your body type to restore overall balance and well- being.
IMMUNE DEFICIENT CONSTITUTION
This profile is characterised by a weakened or over-reactive immune system. Immune deficiencies can be exacerbated by a number of external influences that include one’s emotional state, level of stress, lifestyle and dietary habits.
To address these internal imbalances, measures need to be taken to ensure the body has the support needed to build a strong immune defence system. In addition to fundamental dietary changes, reparative measures include learning to manage stress levels and introducing the grounding influence of routine. In the guide below, we have outlined the main symptoms alongside dietary and lifestyle changes to realign the body and restore its internal balance.
The main symptoms experienced by these individuals include a chronically hyperactive nervous system and, or, adrenal fatigue. These individuals are more susceptible to stress with common symptoms including a loss of energy, digestive imbalance and sleep problems.
The aim of this detox is to improve overall vitality and manage stress responses. This involves modulating the release of adrenaline and cortisol from the adrenal (stress) glands to prevent adrenal burnout in the future. In the guide below, we have outlined the main symptoms alongside dietary and lifestyle changes that are recommended for this profile.
IRRITABLE DIGESTIVE CONSTITUTION
The main symptoms experienced by these individuals include increased gut sensitivity and low energy levels. Our digestive tract has more serotonin (‘happy hormone’) receptors than our brain, so it is not surprising that stress affects digestion and poor digestion impacts our mood.
As the ‘seat of health’, the gut is where optimal health begins. It is essential that an irritated digestive system is healed by cultivating the gut flora with probiotics, following an anti-inflammatory diet and learning to manage stress. The guide below has been tailored with renewing and sustaining gut health in mind.
Specialising in digestive problems, emotional balance and detox, Lauren Jane is a naturopath who works with her clients to help them regain control over their health and reconnect with their bodies. Focusing on the relationship between the gut and the brain, her practice is grounded in both a realistic and educated understanding of what we need as humans to thrive. She is currently working at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa in Koh Samui as a naturopath and wellness consultant. More information on her practice can be found over on www.laurenjane.com