Well, we are almost a week into our detox protocol, after a few days of feeling a bit headachy – I'm not sure if that was due to the detox or my husband kindly bringing a virus home! Regardless, I am feeling good and energetic 5 days in.
Illness can be a good time to do a detox as the focus gets pulled back to healthy, nutritious foods. Thinking of food as fuel and as a source of nourishment rather than indulgence or therapy!
I like to add a detox at this time of year as a bit of a nutrient boost for the immune system and to reset any indulgent habits that may have creeped in during the social season.
A good tool to add to a clean eating and living reset is a binder. Binders are substances that bind to toxins in the body and help to eliminate them through the digestive system. They work by binding to the toxins in the gut, preventing their reabsorption, and promoting their elimination from the body through faeces.
Binders are commonly used as a part of detoxification protocols to support the body's natural detoxification processes. Some examples of binders include activated charcoal, clay, chlorella, and certain types of fibre.
Activated charcoal is one of the most used binders. It has a porous structure that can absorb a wide range of toxins, including heavy metals, chemicals, and drugs. When taken orally, activated charcoal binds to toxins in the gut, preventing their absorption into the bloodstream.
Clay is another binder that works by adsorbing toxins onto its surface. It can bind to a range of toxins, including heavy metals, chemicals, and bacteria.
Chlorella is a type of algae that is rich in chlorophyll, which gives it its green colour. It is also a powerful binder that can bind to heavy metals, pesticides, and other toxins in the gut.
Fibre is another type of binder that works by binding to toxins in the gut and promoting their elimination through faeces. Some examples of fibre-rich foods include flaxseeds, psyllium husk, and chia seeds.
I chose a bentonite clay as my binder for this detox/reset, using Kissed Earths CLEANSE product. I take a scoop in the morning before working out with about 200ml water, it has a nice berry/beetroot sweetness to it with a ginger after taste. It's very pleasant, which is rare for detox products, the bonus is it also includes collagen and probiotics which has skin and gut benefits.
Bentonite clay is a type of clay that is commonly used as a binder in detoxification protocols. It is a naturally occurring clay that is formed from volcanic ash and is rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and silica.
When taken orally, bentonite clay can bind to toxins in the gut and promote their elimination from the body. It works by absorbing toxins onto its surface, which means that the toxins adhere to the clay particles and are eliminated through the stool.
Bentonite clay has a strong negative electrical charge, which allows it to attract positively charged toxins such as heavy metals, chemicals, and bacteria. As the clay passes through the gut, it binds to the toxins, preventing their absorption into the bloodstream and promoting their elimination from the body.
In addition to its binding properties, bentonite clay also has other potential health benefits. It can help to support digestion by promoting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, improving nutrient absorption, and reducing inflammation in the gut.
Bentonite clay may also have antibacterial properties, which can help to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria in the gut. It has been studied for its potential to reduce the risk of certain gastrointestinal infections, such as salmonella.
Whichever binder you choose, make sure it is of a good quality and reputable site/shop. Good luck with your detox and reach out if you need support!