Speaker 1 – Welcome back. Alright spring could be a great time to start practising healthier lifestyle habits. And today Dr. Erica Steele from holistic family practice in Virginia Beach is here to discuss one of the latest health fads known as detoxification. We’ve talked a lot about it here on coastline, Dr. Siegel, welcome back to the show. It’s great to see you today.
Speaker 2 – Thank you so much for having me again.
Speaker 1 – Let’s talk about this detoxification. What is it for folks who don’t know and why should people look into it?
Speaker 2 – Yeah, so detoxification is the process of ridding your body of environmental toxins. We have metabolic in products with our waste products from just our metabolism, but then we also are detoxifying from all the different chemicals that are in our environment.
Speaker 1 – Alright, so what sort of symptoms might somebody be experiencing if detoxing is going to be in their best interest?
Speaker 2 – So excessive sweating body odour is one of those things bad breath, fatigue, brain, fog, gassing, bloating, constipation. Those are all typical symptoms that somebody really needs to detoxify their organs.
Speaker 1 – I’ve got a I’ve got quite a few of those on the list here. All right, so let’s say that somebody not any particular daytime talk show host in particular, has some of these symptoms, why would detox be the best option to help them?
Speaker 2 – Well, detoxification number one, especially in spring, it’s a great transition, because we tend to eat heavier in the winter. And then we transition to eating lighter in the spring where it was, excuse me, Summer, were more active and that kind of thing. So detoxification can be a really healthy tool for overall Oregon health and function, as well as hygiene. We’re taught, you know, to brush your teeth, we’re taught to take a shower, those sorts of things. But we’re not necessarily taught to detoxify our organs and how to detoxify our organs.
Speaker 1 – A lot of that is is detoxifying your diet, right, like eating pure foods, is that right?
Speaker 2 – Yeah, a lot of times I tend to advise patients, if they’re going to do it themselves without a health care professional is to start just with their food, right? So we tend to know what we’re eating and what we’re not eating. That’s healthy, right? We tend to know if we’re eating junk, we’re eating processed foods, those sorts of things. So eliminating those but there’s also some really popular food based detoxes such as like the Daniel fast or the whole 30 which remove all of the pro inflammatory foods that are in the in the in the diet, and then we detoxify our bodies naturally, just by removing those things out of the diet.
Speaker 1 – And you’ve talked a lot about this on our show, in your segment, the holistic wellness men and we had just one yesterday about crafting better metabolism and your body. Alright, so once we take care of our diet, what’s next for somebody looking to detox?
Speaker 2 – So once you look at your diet, then that’s when we use herbs or we’ll use homoeopathy. A lot of times I’ll look at labs to be able to determine that a funny story. The first time I ever detoxified somebody I was like, I was like, you know, brand new naturopath. I was like, You know what, I’m just gonna go do it, wing it. And the patient actually got really sick. And she called me up as like, oh my gosh, what did I do? I ran labs and looked in her adrenals which are stress glands. She was a busy real estate agent. And they were just exhausted electrolytes were just in the toilet. And so when I learned then was this, I’m never going to detoxify somebody without looking at their labs, because there’s so many things that you really just don’t know, she was, you know, super busy, high energy, but then your body needs extra energy in order to detoxify. So I always look at labs. So of course I can review somebody’s labs for them. We also have a 21 day detox programme, and we have some webinars coming up as well to really educate you more, because that’s really important, especially if you have a diagnosis or you’re on medications or things like that.
Speaker 1 – Yeah, speaking of your webinars, you’re going into more detail about detoxification one coming up soon. How can we watch it?
Speaker 2 – Yeah, so we have it. It’s an online webinar. You can text our office, they’ll give you a link links on our website, on our socials, etc. And so you’ll be able to tune in then and it’s an hour long and I’ll educate you from beginning to end. I always love to educate people about how they can live naturally.
Speaker 1 – Dr. Erica Steele, you always teach me so much I legitimately learn so much every time I talk to you. Thank you so much for coming on the show. I can’t wait to talk to you next time.
Speaker 2 – Awesome. Sounds good. Have a great day. You too.