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Spring is the Perfect Season to Detox

Headshot of Dr. Meena Malhtra in her lab coat

Meena T. Malhotra, M.D.

Spring cleaning usually relates to the home, but our bodies need cleaning up, too. To embrace a newer version of ourselves, we must detox, or eliminate, the systemic buildup of toxins from imprudent habits or exposure to hazardous substances in the environment. Such toxins can threaten our health unless our bodies get rid of them. Our body does an amazing job at this, but sometimes it needs help. The kidneys, liver and digestive system complete the process of detoxification from pollutants, synthetic chemicals, highly processed foods and the like.

The body gives us signals when it needs help and is not able to keep up with the demand. So when we feel bloated or swollen, brain fog, an inability to concentrate, irritability, chronic constipation, edema or puffiness, don’t ignore those signs.

Proper detoxification is not about starvation, liquid-only diets or water fasts. Taking specialized products only without changing nutrition won’t help, either. Detoxification comprises a structured regimen of eating wholesome, plant-based foods in their closest natural state only for a specific period of time to be determined by a healthcare team, based upon our own unique health history/exam/diagnostics. It’s likely that if we are not feeling “awesome”, we will need some support with specialized nutraceuticals to support the body through this process.

Just as when cleaning the house or garage, dust is everywhere, and we may start coughing. Because our body is undergoing a major shift, we may feel more tired and have more mucus, more headaches, loose stools or minor rash, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. As all the unwanted stuff clears out from the body, it should start getting better. This is the reason why it’s important to undergo this process under medical supervision.

The most common positive results after a medically supervised detox are weight and fat loss, plus improvement in insulin resistance, blood pressure, headaches, brain fog and energy.

Meena Malhotra, M.D., is the medical director and owner of Heal n Cure, 2420 Ravine Way, Ste. 400, in Glenview. To get started with a personalized detox plan, call 847-686-4444  or visit