The 5 Organs of Detoxification
Our body has 5 detoxification organs that work to help keep our bodies rid of toxins.  By supporting these organs we are able to allow them to function at full capacity so we can optimize our health. Detoxification can help us lose weight, sleep better, increase energy, reduce inflammation, promote skin health, help with digestion and more. Below are a few things you can do to each of your organs of elimination.
Our liver is our primary organ of detoxification. The liver works to make toxic substance that enter our bodies less toxic so that the rest of the body can function properly.
  • Eat more Brassica vegetables like brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and collard greens
  • Supplementation of Milk Thistle, an herb that is protective to the liver and will help support the it while it is detoxing.

Our skin is the largest external detoxification organ that protects us from absorbing external toxins and eliminates internal ones.
  • Sweating every day through exercise, sauna or warm bath with Epsom salts.
  • Engage in skin brushing to helps to stimulate the lymphatic system.  Lymph is responsible for moving cellular debris to the blood to be eliminated from the body.

The kidneys are responsible for filtering toxins from the blood. 
  • Drink an adequate amount of water. Dehydration puts a strain on the kidneys so it is important to consumption plenty of water to help keep them functioning properly.
  • Add in a daily dose of parsley, celery or asparagus. They are mild natural diuretics and can help to eliminate uric acid in the body.

If you are eating, your colon is collecting toxins from the body. It is healthy to have at least one well formed, easy to pass bowel movement a day so that you do not reabsorb the toxins the colon is trying to eliminate.
  • Fiber, Fiber, Fiber! Fiber will help bind toxins in GI system to help them be removed from the body.  Foods such as beans, split peas, bran, and whole grains are all high in fiber.
  • Colonics and enemas can also be a great way flush our colons to remove excess build-up of toxins stored in our colons.
The average person takes 960 breaths a day leading to about 11,000 liters filtered through our lungs a day.  Each breath in and out we are taking in toxins from the air and breathing out toxins from our lungs.
  • Keep your air clean by using a HEPA filter inside your home. The air we breathe has allergens, heavy metals, and other pollutants.  Putting a HEPA filter in your home can help to provide clean air which will lead to decreased inflammation in the lungs and body.
  • Exercise can increase air exchange in the lungs through more rapid breathing allowing for more toxins to be eliminated.
Consider scheduling an appointment today at Mt. Rainier Clinic (253) 853-8853 to make an appointment with a naturopathic doctor for an individualized detoxification program. Or schedule a colonic in one of our two colon hydrotherapy rooms.  We offer a variety of plans that will help address areas where you can improve your health. 

Written by:
Dr. Jen Berge, ND
& Resident at Mt. Rainier Clinic

The Secret to Healing Irritable Bowel Diseases and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Have you ever taken great quality, energy producing B Complex supplements but don’t feel any different?  You may be taking all the right vitamins and minerals, but they may not be helping like they should be.  The truth of the matter is that you are probably not absorbing all those expensive supplements.  Each individual’s ability to process vitamins and minerals is unique.  This is dependent upon diet, genetics, concurrent medical conditions and age.
If you have any degree of gastrointestinal dysfunction, this absorption process is even further inhibited.  Conditions like Crohn’s disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, Leaky Gut Syndrome and Food sensitivities disrupt the stability of the cells lining your gastrointestinal tract.  The inflammation and disruption hinders the maximum possible absorption of nutrients, vitamins and minerals from food and from supplements.  This condition is known as nutritional mal-absorption. 
Even without a medical condition that affects your GI tract, no one absorbs 100% of what we put into our mouths, no matter the quality.  When you are afflicted with a medical condition of the GI tract, symptoms extend far beyond abdominal pain and discomfort.  Symptoms can be body wide including but not limited to, brain fog, fatigue, decreased immune system function, headaches, migraines, thyroid disorders, muscle pain, joint pain and so much more.  These symptoms are often a result of nutrient deficiencies due to mal-absorption. 
So, when treating GI issues, how can you be sure to get the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals that aid in the healing process and allow symptom control?  Intravenous (IV) nutrient therapy is the answer to this question. Unlike oral consumption, your body absorbs 100% of Intravenous (IV) nutrients. The nature of IV therapy allows exact control of the amounts of nutrients entering your system. For example, if 10 grams of Vitamin C is essential to your treatment plan, 10 grams of Vitamin C can be put into your intravenous infusion.  This accuracy allows individualized treatment plans to be created to assist in quick recovery and symptom control. 
Each IV nutrient treatment can be customized for you based on blood work and individual symptoms.  Most vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and amino acids can be added into these treatment plans to maximize benefits. 
Ask your doctor about adding IV Therapy into your treatment plan.  Call to schedule an appointment with one of our fabulous Naturopathic Doctors today to see how IV Nutrient Therapy could benefit you.

Written By -
Dr. McKenzie Timmer, ND