How Long Does a Detox Take?

When you think of “detox,” you might think of drugs or alcohol. In naturopathic medicine, detoxification addresses the body’s burden of environmental exposures. Without treatment, many environmental toxicants can last in the body for many years and cause a wide range of symptoms.

What is Detox?

Your body takes in thousands of toxicants every day. These can come from the air, water, food, or products you use daily. Many everyday materials can release toxicants, including cleaning products and plastic containers. Detoxification helps the body naturally decrease its load of toxicants. While you may see at-home detox kits, Dr. Cutler recommends seeing a naturopathic doctor who can address the full scope of your concerns, because if not done correctly, those kits and detoxification in general, can make you worse.

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How Long Does a Detox Take?

Many factors affect how long your detox will take. Your liver plays the most important biological role in removing toxicants from your body. It produces a fantastic array of molecules that can break down many hazards we come into contact with. Environmental exposure makes a difference, and so does your metabolism. Many people start feeling some improvements within a few weeks. It may take several months to detoxify your body entirely. 

How Do You Know if You Need to Detox?

You are exposed to many toxicants that cause many different symptoms. Some effects you may notice include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Thyroid problems
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Liver problems
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Weight gain

These can be signs that your body has accumulated a harmful level of toxicants. Fortunately, detox with a naturopathic doctor is effective and therapeutic. 

How Does Detox Work?

A naturopathic physician like Dr. Cutler will develop a plan to help your body rid itself of environmental toxicants. He will also help you identify sources of toxicants in your daily life so you can avoid them. 

Detoxifying Foods and Supplements

A diet rich in nutrients and detoxifying foods helps your body detox. Certain foods have been recognized for their detoxifying effects, but without proper food testing, even healthy foods can cause stress and inflammation in the body leading to metabolic waste buildup and chronic illness. Dr. Cutler will look at your diet and lifestyle, as well as use supplementation to help detoxify the body.

IV Therapy

Dr. Cutler and his team specialize in environmental medicine and detoxification. His Detox IV contains vital antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that assist your body in eliminating toxicants. A series of IV treatments can have dramatic results. 


This therapy uses molecules that bind to heavy metals in the body, making them more accessible for the body to get rid of. Heavy metals make up some of the most challenging toxicants for the body to manage on its own, so chelation is a valuable tool.

Exposure Management

After testing your environmental exposures, Dr. Cutler will help you develop a plan for identifying and avoiding as many toxicants as possible. You may be able to significantly reduce your exposure by monitoring your diet and use of household products.

Take the Next Step

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Doug Cutler and his team of expert naturopathic providers to learn more about detox. Call us at (248) 663-0165 today! Cutler Integrative Medicine is dedicated to your health and well-being. 

Cutler Integrative Medicine is a premier award-winning wellness clinic that provides patients with unparalleled individualized naturopathic healthcare. Dr. Doug Cutler is a nationally renowned expert in Naturopathic medicine and has the highest training in his field, as well as in Environmental Medicine, IV Nutrient Therapy, and Detoxification. His ClubIV™ is one of the most extensive IV Nutrient Clinics in the country.

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