Toxins and detox

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Toxins and detox

Your body is exposed to toxins on a daily basis both internally (from inside your body) and externally (from outside your body).

Internal toxins may include an imbalance in gut bacteria allowing the bad bacteria to dominate, yeast, viruses, stress, anxiety and even the negative thoughts associated with life can have an effect. External toxins come from the environment we live in.

Some sources of toxins include:


Some major exposures are from food, in particular processed food which is full of chemicals, additives & pesticides. Some signs you may see to indicate toxicity include poor digestive health, food intolerance's from over exposure, cravings and weight gain.


The environment is a huge source of toxins from both inside and outside the home. These may include household cleaners containing chemicals such as ammonia, plastics such as containers, chairs or pollution. Some signs you may see to indicate toxicity include wheezing, nausea or skin changes.

Stress & Negative thinking

It has been estimated that 90% of illness and disease can be connected with chronic stress. Stress kills the good bacteria and allows the bad bacteria to dominate creating an imbalance which upsets the ease of your body creating dis-ease and illness.

Detox – to rid the body of toxic or harmful substances

We have 6 elimination pathways that your body uses to eliminate toxins. They include your colon, lungs, skin, lymph, kidneys and liver. Your body can’t talk so it shows you physical and emotional signs that these pathways are struggling to keep up.

Here are some physical and emotional signs that may indicate sluggish toxin elimination:


Fatigue, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, foul smelling stools, weight gain, depression & anxiety


Lack of energy, constant cough, congested sinuses, shortness of breath, sadness & depression


Acne, rosacea, itchy skin, potential for psoriasis, puffy dark circles under eyes


Sluggishness, skin conditions, chronic fatigue, digestive disorders, excess weight, sinus infections


Foggy head, headaches, low back pain, oedema, feelings of fear


Period pain, heavy/clotted periods, pms, abdominal bloating, pot belly, acid reflux/heartburn, feelings of anger & frustration

lt is important to look for the underlying causes of your sluggish pathways which may have hindered your body from being able to detox by itself and address each one to put you on the path to a successful healthy lifestyle full of energy and vitality. In addition ensuring that your blood isn't overloaded with toxins or too acidic is also very important.


Be sure to check out the article on Heavy Metal Toxicity 


Who am I?

I am a Bachelor qualified Naturopath who specialises in improving metabolic processes in the body and reducing metabolic inflammation. Major areas for improvement include gut health, thyroid, kidney, liver, weight loss and mental health. Conditions such as fatty liver, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, irritable bowel conditions, depression & anxiety. I help my patients by giving them symptomatic relief while working on repairing the underlying causes of metabolic stress and waste accumulation. 

What if the solution was as simple as changing your diet and your mindset. A growing number researchers believe that it is and that you can prevent or even reverse several of our worst diseases.
As a Naturopathic Doctor and Nutritionist I wholeheartedly believe this could also be possible and that the solution isn't just another pill.  I've spent many years developing my program where I have been able to successfully help my patients reduce and even eliminate their pharma meds, lose weight (most lose 6-8 kilos in 8 weeks) and feel full of energy again and I've helped them take back their health and improve their lives and habits. I can help you too.

Melissa Callaghan ND, BHSc, BTeach
Clinical Naturopath

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