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You hear a lot about detoxification and cleansing, but have you ever wondered what they actually means? Is there really a difference between the two?

As an Oakville nutritionist, a detox/cleanse protocol is an integral part of all my holistic nutrition programs. This is because I’ve found that reducing toxicity level helps in alleviating many of my clients’ symptoms and getting their bodies to function optimally.

Personalized detox/cleanse plans, allow clients to restore their health and regain their energy within a very short time. The transformative results they get are usually very encouraging for them to continue on their health path and get motivated to make permanent changes to their diet and lifestyle.

Can you believe that just removing sugar from your diet can have a huge impact on your health? It has been scientifically proven that processed sugar triggers inflammation, weakens your immunity by paralyzing your white blood cells and feeds the bad bacteria in your gut.

Cleansing and detoxification both involve clearing of toxins outside of your body through your detox organs. This includes cleansing your body from everyday toxins in your diet as well as your environment.

The first step to detoxify your body is to remove toxic substances from your diet and your environment. The next step is to support your detox organs in elimination of stored toxins by providing necessary nutrients that are known for their detoxifying properties. This process of cleansing your body eventually ends in natural detoxification.

For a deeper detox, you might like to consider a longer and more advanced program that includes specific herbal supplements that allow for proper detoxification of deep seated toxins such as heavy metals.

These herbal supplements will help to support your detox organs and allow for safe elimination of these harmful toxins once they are released from the body stores. This is important because once these toxins are released into the blood they can be much more toxic to you than when they were stored in your cells. So you want to make sure that they are safely and effectively eliminated via your liver, colon, kidneys and skin.

Many people undergoing a cleanse or a detox might feel worse before feeling better. This is usually a good sign that indicates they are detoxifying effectively and the symptoms they’re experiencing are called “a healing crisis”. Symptoms of this crisis may vary from one person to another depending on the original level of toxicity in the body. This might include headaches, flu like symptoms or rashes.

Cleansing and detoxification are two words that are often used interchangeably and as you see there is actually no big difference between them. Whether you are considering a cleanse or a detox, it’s always wise to consult with a holistic nutritionist to help you make the right choice for your specific health condition and personal health goals.

If you are interested in a detox or a cleanse, you can check my Day Detox /Cleanse Programs. Let me know if you have any questions!

For more information about Healthy U Turn’s detox or cleanse programs, please feel free to call at 416 876 4634 or Sign up for a FREE Clarity Session with holistic Oakville nutritionist, Dr Maha Nasr to discuss your health concerns and learn more about how we can help

Maha Nasr

Maha Nasr, MD (Egy.), PhD, C.H.N.C.-founder and owner of Healthy U Turn-is a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant and weight loss coach with a strong medical background. In 2016, she was nominated for the first annual holistic nutrition award – “Trail Blazer Award” – for exceptional work in the holistic nutrition industry within Canada. Maha is passionate about empowering women 40+ who struggle with resistant weight loss and underlying hormonal and/or digestive imbalances to get back in shape and reclaim their health naturally without deprivation or struggle. She strives to help them ditch the diet and embrace a natural lifestyle that allows them to stay healthy and fit for life, feel more confident about their bodies and at peace with their health. Find out more about her approach and how she can help at

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