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The body is an ecosystem. Every cell has its own unique function and purpose. When one part of this system breaks down, it can affect every other part of the system. The key to optimal health is balance and harmony between all parts of your body’s ecosystem – from your gut to your immune system, from your brain to your heart.

We live in a toxic world.

There are more than 140,000 chemicals in the European market and since World War II, over 85,000 synthetic chemicals have been registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency. We are bombarded by a range of toxins on a daily basis from the food we eat to the air we breathe, the water we drink and the products we use. Our body also creates toxic substances as a result of cellular metabolism and intestinal bacteria. Whether internal or external these toxins can diminish health.

The good news is that humans have evolved highly ingenious physiological processes to detoxify. These processes mainly occur in the liver, where toxic substances are converted into non-toxic by-products which are then eliminated via urine and stool.

Significant control of these detoxification processes rests in our genes, which highlights the fundamental nature of this process in our existence.

Any toxicity that the body is exposed to but is unable to clear over time will have negative effects on our long-term health.

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What You Need to Know About Detoxification…

What It Means

The primary area of focus for the biological process of detoxification is the liver, where the detoxification system is housed. The kidneys and intestines also have some additional detoxification capacity

Why It's Important

The detoxification core process is fundamental to overall health and protects humans from exposure to environmental and metabolic toxins. Neurological and immune-related disorders are the most common symptoms of toxicity.

Powerful Insight

The process of detoxification is under genetic control and exceptionally individualised. Pregnant women and children are most susceptible to toxic exposures.

3 Actions to Aid Detoxification

Explore Toxin-Free Eating

Studies have shown that eating a mostly organic diet can reduce the amount of circulating pesticides in the body by nearly 90% in just 3-5 days. Where you can, opt for organic next time you’re at the supermarket and include organic produce and unprocessed ingredients in your meal tonight.

Go Plastic Free

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in plastics may interfere with the body’s hormonal systems and produce developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune dysfunction. Check your kitchen cabinets for any plastic containers, especially those that contain BPA. Replace these with a new set of BPA-free containers (preferably glass).

Remove Toxins from the Body

Sweating has been shown to release many types of chemicals, including some heavy metals. Regular sweating through exercise and sauna therapy can help to increase the effectiveness of a detox programme and support the excretion of toxic elements in the body. Plan a sweat session this week.


Hello, I’m Leah!

I’m a biomedical scientist, epidemiologist, public health practitioner, health improvement consultant and the founder of The Thrive Practice.
Which is all just a formal way of saying: I’m a professional wellness detective.

Driven by data and supported by science, I’m unerringly obsessed with exploring your unique biochemistry to methodically get to the root of your health issues.

Because unlike conventional medicine, my focus isn’t on treating your body’s symptoms; it’s on treating your interconnected system so that, together, we can beat the odds and make miracles happen for your health and healing.

With a personalised lifestyle medicine programme, you can restore proper physiological functioning and become your best self by revealing, reducing, and resolving the conditions keeping you stuck. If you’d like a partner to help you create a wellness plan tailored to you and supported by functional health testing, click here to learn more and apply for a free, no-obligation call.

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