Internist and integrative medicine specialist Uday Jani, MD, will present a free health talk from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, at Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave. The event is free to the community, but space is limited. To register, go to www.eventbrite.com and search the art of detox.
Jani will provide a new look at natural methods for detoxing the body. Attendees will find out how eating the right foods and nutrients can help shed the more than 219 toxic chemicals that most people harbor in their body at any given time, and how to give themselves fresh starts by detoxing the liver and allowing it to rejuvenate itself to restore wellness and vitality.
Each year, the average person is exposed to an average of 14 pounds of pesticides, herbicides, food additives and preservatives. This exposure has a particularly negative effect on the body’s gastrointestinal system. While many are aware of rising rates of environmental pollution outside, most don’t consider how quickly toxic exposure occurs inside the home. On average, the chemicals in typical household products take just 26 seconds to enter the bloodstream, and according to EPA studies, indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times - and occasionally more than 100 times - higher than outdoor pollutant levels.
Jani will share numerous warning signs that indicate the body is overloaded with toxins, which include chronic inflammation and allergies; constant fatigue; weight gain and diabetes; skin problems; muscle pain and spasms; constipation; insomnia and anxiety; mood swings and depression; headaches and migraines; and hypertension and cardiac diseases.
“Eliminating those symptoms, or even better, preventing them from occurring at all, is the goal of detox,” said Jani. “It is vital to periodically restore the body’s ability to cleanse itself and expel toxins.”
His first approach to treating patients with GI diseases is guiding them through a liver detox. “It’s the least expensive and least invasive method, and can be accomplished fairly easily,” said Jani. Unlike the more familiar colon cleanses, which only flush out the intestines, a liver detox targets fat-soluble toxins – microorganisms, contaminants, insecticides, pesticides, food additives, drugs, alcohol, metabolic end products – and changes them into water-soluble forms.
Eating foods such as kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, garlic, beets, globe artichokes and arugula is recommended, and nutrients including B vitamins, folate, fat-soluble vitamins A and D, vitamins C and E, milk thistle, calcium and glutathione are used to enhance the process. In phase two, nutrients used include amino acids such as glycine and glutamine, and sulfur-based compounds. Once in water-soluble form, the toxins are naturally excreted.
"When the toxic burden is decreased in this natural way, patients are amazed at how much healthier and more energetic they feel,” said Jani. “It also becomes easier to lose weight and maintain an ideal weight.”
For more information, go to www.udayjanimd.com.