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Detox: What This Word Really Means

July 9th, 2015 1:50pm

Detox: What This Word Really Means

Detox is a word that seems to be fairly common nowadays.  Celebrities detox, athletes detox, and it seems like every person on the planet detoxes too.  But why detox?  What is it exactly?  If you are asking these questions, you are not alone.  

In general, detoxification is about cleaning out the body, resting, and then filling it with nutrients.  There are hundreds of ways that people can detox, some of them vary among cultures, while others depend on the reasoning behind the detox.  Individuals choose to detox because they want to clear their bodies of bacteria and impurities. No matter the form of the detox, this is always the ultimate goal.

So what are some of the reasonings behind the decision to detox?  As mentioned previously, a detox is meant to cleanse the body.  A popular method of detox involves food and juice.  By fasting, eating healthier and resting, the body can start to repair itself.  You may notice you need to detox if you have abnormally irritated skin, unexplainable fatigue, and your face appears puffy.  These are just a few reasons for a detox.  As a result, some people choose to eliminate sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and heavy carbs.  Another approach is to strictly have a juice or even a fruit and vegetable diet for a few days.  The body holds on to so many toxins over time that a food detox may help in more areas than expected.  

On the other end of the spectrum, detox can represent a transition down from prescription medication or other substances. This type of detox can be extremely dangerous if not done properly and with medical supervision.  It typically takes place under the guidance of a trained physician who can best identify the rate of detox, type of program, and the effects that it may have on each patient.

Two common types of detox treatments include a suboxone taper or a rapid inpatient infusion detox. These detox programs are developed to safely help patients lower their medication or substance intake while simultaneously helping with any withdrawal symptoms. There are other widely used detox methods and the proper treatment program is dependent on the individual.

At Recovia, our detox programs are complemented by functional programs, psychological care, and social development. This combination of care under one roof alongside a detox is structured to help our patients maintain their cleanse and long term gains.

There you have it, the basics of what the word detox truly means. If you or someone you know is looking for detox resources, do your research and speak with your physician before moving forward with any kind of detox method.  Although intended for good, an improper detox can have harmful side effects if not managed with care and understanding.

Recovia is a functional flex-care program that aims to maximize recovery for individuals suffering from chronic pain, injury, or dependency.  The mission is to provide a compassionate, comprehensive, cost effective, and individualized functional rehabilitation program.  For more information, please contact us at 480-364-4009 or visit our information page.

The advice and information provided herein is for educational purposes only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.  Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites.


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