Dr Debbie Smith, Plettenberg bay, Garden route, Bryanston


Do I need to detox? (Questionnaire at end)

We are exposed to over 80 000 chemicals per day.  This exposure is from food, water, clothing, make-up, body products, and furniture. Instead of asking do, I need to detox the question should be asked: “How toxic am I?”.

Some studies have found over 200 toxic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies; these chemicals permeate our birth, life, and death.  

We offer a solution to detoxify easy, safely, and successfully for 7 days.

One of the single most effective tools in my practice for good health is the 7-day detox. Toxicity can lead to a variety of physical and mental symptoms. I have had patients with a multitude of chronic symptoms that clears after 7 days of detox. 

Just the other day I had a patient that had a rash on his arm for 3 years. He has tried many different treatments to get rid of this with no success.  After only 5 days of detox, the rash disappeared. I have many patients who’s a mental state also improved including low mood. A detox “clears” the symptom picture – this means sometimes the symptoms are not actual symptoms but rather toxins that is creating the symptoms.

If you have a chronic condition or have not detoxed in the last 6 months then a detox might be suitable for you.

1. Remove toxins from the body

Long-term exposure to toxins (environmental pollutants, cancer-causing chemicals, preservatives, pesticides, heavy metals, and industrial waste) affects our metabolism, behavior, immune system, and leads to disease. They are stored in tissues and cells throughout the body, including the brain, often for years – yikes!

2. Prevent chronic disease.

Environmental toxins are responsible for many cancers, neurological diseases, heart disease, strokes… you name it. Our bodies do have a built-in detox function to deal with these dangers, but those systems are constantly overloaded! Detoxing assists and improves what our bodies are trying to do naturally.

3. Enhance the immune system function.

A compromised immune system makes us vulnerable to colds and flu, affecting our quality of life and productivity. Regular detoxing helps strengthen immune system functioning and fights off infection

4. Lose weight.

Toxins affect the body’s natural ability to burn fat, leading to weight gain. Diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure are directly linked to weight issues. Detoxing rids the body of toxins stored in fat cells and increases metabolism.

5. Slow premature aging.

Detoxing rids the body of free radicals and heavy metals partially responsible for aging. Detoxing helps to increase nutrient absorption, including antioxidants and vitamins that help fight oxidative stress. It prevents “rust” in the body.

6. Improve the quality of life.

Simply put, our bodies don’t function very well when they’re loaded with toxins. We may have joint pain, headaches, digestive disorders, sleep problems, and lack of energy. Depression may be eased and memory may be improved as a result of detoxification!

7. Increase energy.

You will have more mental, physical, and emotional energy after detoxing. People tend to sleep better and need less of it.

8. Improve skin quality.

Diet and environmental toxins undeniably affect the skin. Detoxing improves acne, and strengthens hair and nails, and gives us a natural, healthy glow.

9. Mental and emotional clarity.

When the body’s systems are aligned, a shift also occurs with our mental and emotional states. We can deal with more when we’re clear and grounded. We can make better decisions, analyze accurately, and see things differently.

10. Restore balance to our body’s systems.

Our digestive, nervous, and hormonal systems were designed to work together to achieve optimum health. This is what our bodies want to do! When we overload them with toxins and unhealthy foods, these systems don’t work as well as they should and we get sick.

Detoxing brings balance back and helps our systems function properly again.

Find out how Dr Debbie rates your state of toxic burden!

Complete this questionnaire to grade your toxicity: http://drdebbie.co.za/detox-questionnaire-2/

Detox Questionnaire

*disclaimer – always consult with your health practitioner before embarking on a detox program A score more than 30 indicates a level of toxicity in the body.  Click below (each question will have 4 answers, choose the most appropriate)

In a world where we encounter over 80,000 chemicals daily through food, water, clothing, makeup, body products, and furniture, the real question isn’t “Do I need to detox?” but rather, “How toxic am I?” Shockingly, studies have identified over 200 toxic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborns, emphasizing the pervasive nature of these exposures throughout our lives.

At our wellness center, we present a comprehensive solution for easy, safe, and successful detoxification.

Detox, short for detoxification, refers to the process of removing or neutralising toxins from the body. It is a natural and ongoing physiological process that the body performs to eliminate harmful substances that we are exposed to through various sources, such as the environment, food, water, and lifestyle choices.

The term “detox” is often used in the context of practices or interventions aimed at supporting or enhancing the body’s natural detoxification processes. These interventions can include dietary changes, lifestyle modifications, and specific treatments or therapies designed to eliminate or reduce the body’s toxic load.

In a broader sense, detoxification can refer to the body’s ability to process and eliminate substances that might be harmful, including metabolic waste products, environmental pollutants, drugs, and other foreign compounds. The liver, kidneys, lungs, skin, and gastrointestinal tract are key organs involved in the body’s natural detoxification processes.

While the body has its built-in mechanisms for detoxification, some people may choose to engage in specific detox programs or practices to support overall health and well-being. These programs often focus on improving nutrition, hydration, and other lifestyle factors to enhance the efficiency of the body’s natural detoxification pathways.


Eliminate Toxins: Long-term exposure to environmental pollutants, cancer-causing agents, preservatives, pesticides, heavy metals, and industrial waste can disrupt metabolism and immune function and lead to disease. Detoxification efficiently removes these stored toxins from tissues, including the brain.

Prevent Chronic Disease: Environmental toxins are implicated in various diseases, from cancers to neurological disorders. While our bodies possess a natural detox function, routine detoxing assists and enhances this natural process.

Boost Immune System: Regular detoxing strengthens immune system functioning, reducing vulnerability to colds and flu and enhancing overall well-being and productivity.

Weight Loss: Toxins hinder the body’s ability to burn fat, contributing to weight gain and associated health issues. Detoxing eliminates toxins in fat cells, revving metabolism and supporting weight loss.

Anti-aging Benefits: Detoxing combats premature aging by eliminating free radicals and heavy metals responsible for aging. It aids nutrient absorption, including antioxidants and vitamins that counteract oxidative stress.

Enhance Quality of Life: Detoxification alleviates joint pain, headaches, digestive disorders, sleep problems, and lack of energy, leading to an improved quality of life. Mental and emotional well-being are positively impacted, with potential relief from depression and enhanced memory.

Increase Energy: Detoxing results in heightened mental, physical, and emotional energy, often improving sleep quality and duration.

Revitalise Skin: Environmental toxins can adversely affect the skin. Detoxing improves skin conditions such as acne, strengthens hair and nails, and imparts a natural, healthy glow.

Mental and Emotional Clarity: Clearing the body of toxins positively influences mental and emotional states. Clarity and grounding result in better decision-making, accurate analysis, and a fresh perspective on life.

Restore Balance to Body Systems: Detoxification helps realign digestive, nervous, and hormonal systems, allowing them to work synergistically for optimal health. By removing toxins and unhealthy elements, balance is restored, and our body systems function harmoniously once again.

Embark on Your Detox Journey for a Healthier, Happier You!

Detoxification is a holistic process that aims to cleanse the body from accumulated toxins, supporting overall health and well-being. The body’s natural detoxification mechanisms can become overwhelmed when we are constantly exposed to pollutants, chemicals, and stressors. Implementing effective detox strategies becomes essential to optimise physical and mental health.

Hydration is Key:

One fundamental aspect of detoxification is staying adequately hydrated. Water plays a pivotal role in flushing out toxins through urine and sweat. Incorporating lemon water in the morning can enhance detoxification, as lemon supports liver function, a crucial organ in the detox process.

Nutrient-Rich, Whole Foods:

A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole foods provides essential nutrients that support the body’s natural detox mechanisms. Foods high in antioxidants, such as berries, leafy greens, and cruciferous vegetables, help neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative stress.

Eliminate Processed Foods:

Processed foods often contain additives, preservatives, and artificial ingredients that burden the body with toxins. Opting for a diet centered around whole, organic foods reduces the intake of harmful substances, allowing the body to focus on elimination.

Include Detoxifying Herbs:

Incorporating herbs known for their detoxifying properties can enhance the body’s cleansing process. Dandelion, milk thistle, turmeric, and cilantro are examples of herbs that support liver function and aid in toxin elimination.

Regular Exercise:

Physical activity stimulates circulation and promotes sweating, facilitating the release of toxins through the skin. Engaging in activities such as brisk walking, jogging, or yoga enhances lymphatic flow and supports the body’s natural detoxification pathways.

Sauna and Steam Therapy:

Saunas and steam rooms induce sweating, which is a natural way for the body to eliminate toxins. These therapies can help flush out heavy metals and promote relaxation, contributing to overall well-being.

Mind-Body Practices:

Stress is a significant contributor to toxin buildup in the body. Practices such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, and yoga reduce stress and support detoxification. Stress reduction positively impacts hormone balance and overall organ function.

Adequate Sleep:

Quality sleep is crucial for the body to undergo repair and regeneration. During sleep, the body prioritizes detoxification processes, including removing waste from the brain. Establishing a consistent sleep routine is essential for supporting overall health.

Intermittent Fasting:

Intermittent fasting allows the digestive system to rest, redirecting energy towards cellular repair and detoxification. It promotes autophagy, a process where the body eliminates damaged cells and components, contributing to a rejuvenated system.

Stay Away from Environmental Toxins:

Limiting exposure to environmental toxins is an integral part of detoxification. Choosing organic products, using natural cleaning agents, and being mindful of pollutants in the air contribute to a cleaner living environment.

Consider Professional Guidance:

For a more structured and personalised approach to detoxification, seeking guidance from healthcare professionals, such as naturopathic doctors or nutritionists, can be beneficial. They can provide tailored plans, considering individual health status and specific detox goals.

In conclusion, detoxification is a multifaceted process that involves lifestyle and dietary choices that support the body’s natural ability to eliminate toxins. By incorporating these practices into daily life, individuals can promote overall health, boost energy levels, and contribute to a sense of vitality and well-being.


The content on this site is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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