Constipated? What you need to know about detox and drainage pathways

Habits to Healthy Blog Post 11

Detox pathways‘ have been trending these days with last week’s full moon. Parasite cleanse, full moon protocol, functional medicine detox, juice cleanse, liver cleanse… but what’s missing from the conversation is our drainage pathway.

Protocols and cleanses won’t work the way it’s supposed to if you’re backed up. It can also potentially cause more unwanted symptoms.

Bowel movements, stools, going #2… whatever you want to call it. It is CRUCIAL to our health.

Detox pathways‘ are typically used to describe the body’s process of removing unwanted (or toxic) substances out of the body. There’s four main organ systems involved and it’s something our body does on the daily. The powerhouse detoxifier: the liver.

The liver undergoes metabolic processes that change toxic substances into less toxic and more easily excretable substances… aka waste.

Similar to taking out the trash, the large intestine (or colon) is responsible for moving things along and making sure the toxic waste makes an exit.

But what happens when you’re constipated and can’t go every day? The trash starts to pile up and can cause a whole lot of other issues… from hormone imbalance and autoimmunity to chronic illness and mental health issues. This is why gut health is so important.

Allopathic or conventional medicine defines constipation as less than 3 bowel movements per week. From a functional and integrative health perspective, bowel movements should be happening AT LEAST once a day. Ideally, going 2-3 times a day is optimal.

So before embarking on a ‘detox’ or ‘cleanse,’ ask yourself if your drainage pathway is open. In order for the liver to do its job, the colon needs to be functioning and draining properly. So let’s make poop talk a normal thing. Our health depends on it!

Have you thought about poop and your gut health today?

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