Our bodies are built with natural detoxification systems to help maintain a sense of balance or
homeostasis. This ensures that we maintain a body environment that our cells can survive within. These built-in
detoxification systems can come in many forms and work collectively.
The problem is that our detoxification systems have limits. Our systems can only handle so much stress until
they become exhausted. Think of the car driving down the road putting out black smoke.
The problem with humans is that we don’t necessarily see the black smoke. It may show its ugly face with GI
distress, or skin irritations, infections or illnesses, or possibly autoimmune or other disease.
I like to think of detoxification in the form of building code. As long as your home’s kitchen sink is up to building
code, you should be able to leave your faucet on maximum force and not worry about your sink
overflowing. The rate at which water is dispensed from the faucet down through the drain should match the
water volume coming out of the faucet. I like to think of the human body, physiology, metabolism and weight
management in this context. For the most part, humans should be able to maintain an ideal weight for their
optimal levels of health. However, just as grease and soot may clog your kitchen sink and drain, certain lifestyle
choices or physiological inefficiencies can clog our drains, requiring a clearing. Some of these lifestyle choices
may lead to a quick clog and some may be a slower build-up. Some clogs may just need some enzymes. Some
clogs may need Draino. And some clogs may need a professional.
Often, we hear that we need to stop eating as much or start exercising more to reach or maintain a desired
weight. This is a big problem. People suffering from weight management issues are automatically labeled as
overeaters or lazy. If we associate this judgment in respect to the kitchen sink, we simply conclude that the
person is forcing more water than the drainage can handle. This suggests you turn the water flow down
(decrease caloric intake) or start bailing water out of the sink (burning calories). Much easier said than
done. Both options are problematic in that they are not always sustainable. Think of being in a chronic state of
famine or having to bail water every moment of the day. Most likely there is a point in time that the program
fails. Calorically restrictive diets do not last. And often, new workout plans fail. These are very hard life
changes and understandably are hard to maintain.
What if there was another thought process? How about a plan that was based on training smarter rather than
harder? How about instead of looking at the symptom we look about the cause?
Maybe a plan that is geared towards not holding someone accountable but deeming them capable.
One that didn’t create a dependency but encouraged empowerment. What if, instead of the unsustainable
changes of famine and burning high amounts of calories, we simply restore the drain and plumbing back to
building code. We just need to be efficient again. What factors in our lives determine the efficiency of our
We need to investigate:
• Food choices and the availability and timing of food and water
• Hormones – (peri) menopause or (peri) andropause, age, pregnancy
• Stress Coping
• Sleep habits
• Gastrointestinal health and your exhaust systems
• Internal and external support casts, social groups, relationships
• Activity levels and lifestyle choices
Everyone has their own recipe for successful weight management.
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