Detoxification is the body’s natural process of eliminating toxins from the body. Toxins are anything that can be potentially harmful to the body. They may be transformed chemically to become less harmful to the body and are often excreted from your body through stool and urine. Toxins are produced in your body during normal activities. Ammonia is a toxin that is produced when proteins are broken down. External chemicals such as pesticides, household cleaners, food additives, drugs, pollution, cigarette smoke, and heavy metals like lead are also toxins that affect your body.

Detox is usually thought of as a treatment for alcohol or drug dependence, but this type of treatment is also used when referring to diet, and other ways of removing environmental and dietary toxins from your body. There are many different detox diets. Detox diets are usually short-term diets that:

  • Can help minimize the amount of chemicals ingested-by eating organic foods.
  • Focus on foods that provide vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants for the body that aid in the detox process.
  • Include foods that eliminate toxins from the body. They increase our elimination bowel movements and urination by eating high fiber foods and drinking plenty of water

Some benefits of a detox diet are better concentration, clearer-healthier skin, improved digestion, regular bowel movements, improved sleep, and improved energy. There are some minimal side effects to this type of diet. The most common side effect is headache within the first few days of starting, often due to eliminating old habits too quickly. Doctors suggest that you gradually reduce your diet and not move too quickly. Some people experience some diarrhea, and this can lead to dehydration and loss of electrolytes. If you increase your fiber intake without drinking the appropriate amount of water, it may cause constipation. Some other side effects may include tiredness, irritability, acne, weight loss, and hunger. Paul Stallone, NMD takes the necessary steps to minimize and avoid any unwanted effects.

Other Detoxification methods offered at Arizona Integrative Medical Center P.C. include:

Chelation Therapy

Chelation therapy has many benefits. Increases in your life span can be found with chelation therapy. Even though there are no studies that directly prove this, it is implied by studies that show fewer deaths from degenerative diseases. Chelation favorably impacts the four major causes of death in the U.S, cancer, cerebrovascular disease, lung disease, and heart disease. Chelation allows beneficial changes to occur on a cellular level. Chelation is done by administering an amino acid called EDTA through an intravenous drip. When EDTA enters your bloodstream it connects to heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, and mercury, and holds onto them until they exit your body through urine. Removal of these is good for your health because the toxic material can prevent your body from functioning normally and keeps it from repairing itself. Lead prevents normal enzyme processes from occurring, and the body cannot function properly. This can lead to premature aging and disease development. Chelation therapy keeps the body functioning at its optimal level. Chelation removes excess iron that may be harmful to your body. Lead and other harmful toxins are hard to avoid, they are everywhere from the air we breathe to the water we drink. Mostly chelation therapy helps improve brain function for aging individuals. Chelation helps circulation improve greatly to the brain. Chelation helps with carotid artery disease, by helping the arteries open and helps to reduce the risk of stroke.

Juice Fasting

You can rejuvenate your system from the inside out by consuming fresh raw vegetable juices at least once a week. Juice fasting helps your digestive system rest and can speed up the growth of new cells, and this promotes healing. When you do a juice fast, you abstain from consuming solid foods and you drink juice, water and herbal tea throughout the day.

Carrot Juice – is high in antioxidants and beta carotene.
Celery Juice – is high in good sodium that promotes tissue flexibility.
Beet Juice – nourishes your liver, which plays many important roles in your body. If your liver doesn’t function well then chances are nothing else will either.
Cabbage Juice – is high in vitamin C

You can mix the juice from all these vegetable together and drink them throughout the day. Add some cayenne pepper for increased circulation and improved healing. You may also add lemon to your favorite herbal hot tea for variation.

Enzyme Therapy

Studies show that people age before there time because enzyme exhaustion. Some people look old at 40 because of lack of enzymes, where as others look young at 80 because of an abundance of enzymes. If you are trying to prevent looking and feeling old then you should take supplemental enzymes.

Without the use of enzymes magnesium cannot get to your heart. Enzymes are everywhere in your body, there are 1,300 different kinds. Enzymes hold everything together. They help build everything up. In order to increase enzyme levels, it is recommended that you eat raw foods and take mineral supplements. Fruits and vegetables have lots of enzymes. Processed foods have no enzymes, because they make foods ripen and if the food gets to ripe it will rot. Taking out enzymes stops the rotting process, but it destroys the foods life source.

Plant enzymes help you digest your food easier. Taking supplemental enzymes prevents you from feeling bloated after a big meal. Supplemental enzymes help your skin also. If things in your body are not functioning properly then stress shows on your face. With age people get wrinkles, they spend lots of money trying to get rid of them, but people don’t understand that wrinkles start inside your body. In order for the outside to look healthy you also have to work on the inside. Enzymes are used both internally and externally. Enzymes do great things for your skin. Making a mask for your face with plant enzyme powder not only takes away lines but it helps to build up collagen in the face.

Stress Release

Stress is the most influential factor in aging and disease. It is important that we don’t let life get us down. We need to eliminate stress factors and tensions. Exercise is a big part of this. In order to prevent adverse effects you should combine exercising with antioxidants and/ or dietary supplements.

Breathing Exercises

Breathing exercises combined with physical activity are important for lymphatic cleansing. It is important that you match your breathing to your movement. If you are walking or jumping then you should inhale four times and exhale four times. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.


Saunas help to push toxins out of the body through the skin. It is important that you remember with saunas that you want to sweat but you don’t want to be in them for too long. You have to have just the right amount of heat also. Remember to wear something on your head you do not want your head getting too hot. Some of the benefits to sauna detox are that your skin will look and feel better, you will not suffer from constipation, your nails will be healthier, and it will also help your heart as well as your digestive system. Saunas improve your concentration and help to clear your mind.