Detoxing the body

Do you have less than 1 to 3 bowel movements DAILY?
Do you feel bloated or have excess gas? Have you felt that dull nagging headache?
Wondered why you are waking up tired day after day or why your body feels less flexible or comfortable than you would like?

Many people don’t realize that some of the physical ailments they feel on a daily basis are as a result of a body functioning sub-optimally simply because it has become loaded with toxins, and is developing those symptoms because it is in desperate need of detox. On a regular basis your body needs a 'service' or 'refresher'. Give your body a 'reboot' by following our guidelines below for a safe and effective detox.
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DETOXING THE BODY
Dr Katy Withers discusses detox, why it is so essential for your body and how to go about detoxing for optimum health
Your body as a
Filtration System
Your body as a
Sewerage System
Liver Detox
Colon Detox
TOP 3 HERBS for a healthy filtration system, liver detox

  • Milk thistle extract (Silymarin) - liver drainage and supportive agent
  • Dandelion (Taraxicum officinale root) - supports liver and gall bladder detox
  • Berberis vulgaris - liver, kidney and colon support and detox
TOP 3 HERBS for a healthy sewerage system, colon detox

  • Aloe - laxative
  • Senna leaf (Cassia Leaves) - laxative
  • Fennel seed (Foeniculum Valgaerie) - treats flatulence
  • Valerian - reduces cramps
The Optimum Care doctors often use ​ LivoCare as their first line of support to assist the body with health liver detoxification. It contains a scientifically formulated blend of these above herbs with the addition of others.

At Optimum Care LaxiCare is our formulated blend of the above herbs plus others to assist the body with the vital task of clearing out unwanted waste from inside the colon.
If you get the filtration and sewerage systems functioning optimally, (the liver and colon) every other organ and system in the body will follow.

Rebalance the 
Ecosystem
Signs that your major elimination organs: skin, colon and liver, are in need of some help include:

  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Aches and pains
  • Nausea
  • Belly fat (hard to lose)
  • Skin problems
  • Food cravings (especially for ‘fake foods’)
  • Low energy
  • Bad breath
  • Irritability, mood swings
of your colon
If you suffer from frequent bloating, constipation, mal-absorption or food sensitivities you may need a little extra help to rebalance the ecosystem of your colon. Olive Leaf Extract often forms a vital part of our detox programmes at Optimum Care as it helps to protect against a wide variety of viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic invasions without harming beneficial bacteria. 
Olive Leaf Extract  
combats inflammation and irritation in the intestinal tract and stomach. It has a soothing effect and regulates bowel movements while eliminating toxins from the body. 

Requirements for detoxing the body
1. Eliminate all possible triggers
Eliminate stress
(Click here to go to our page on Chronic Fatigue for coping strategies for stress),

Eliminate food toxins
Toxic or inflammation-triggering foods: Alcohol, caffeine (except in white and green tea), refined sugar and products containing, tobacco, dairy and eggs, all meat other than fatty fish, citrus fruits, white rice and wheat products can cause toxicity and inflammation in many people.

Eliminate foods that promote disease
Aim to permanently eliminate foods that promote disease and initiate inflammation: transfats, homogenised fats, MSG, artificial sweeteners and colourants, and preservatives. The vast majority of store bought, packet and processed foods contain at least one of these ingredients.

Eliminate certain medication triggers


2. Test for food sensitivities
If you have never been tested to see which foods agree with your individual body and which do not, follow the link to the BEST Test information: the test that the Optimum Care Doctors use to assess individual intolerances and to help find the perfect fuel for you.

If you know that you have an existing food sensitivity why not follow the link to our Leaky Gut information to take charge of your gut health today.


3. Follow the 7 Foundations of Health
Introduce a healing diet that facilitates detoxification and healing on a daily basis: Starting this by following the