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Exposure from Daily Living
- Life in the 21st century has challenged our ability to eliminate toxicity
from our bodies. Tap water, prescription drugs, chemicals, environmental
pollutants, personal care products, processed food, food additives,
electromagnetic radiation (EMR from cell phones, cordless phones, microwaves
and computers) and mineral depletion of the soil in which our food is grown
are all saboteurs of good health. Our present state of health is the result
of many years of exposure and decisions about what we have taken into our
body, mind and spirit.
What Is Detoxification
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Detoxification is a term that is often used for chemical and alcohol
dependencies. However, it is also a term, which describes the removal of normal
metabolic wastes that accumulate from the body’s normal functions.
It also includes the body’s process of removing foreign substances which
invade us through living in a polluted world. This includes chemicals and
organism that are found in our air, water, food and homes.
Our bodies have a resilient ability to process these environmental substances,
but sometimes we need additional support for these processes. It is now
appearing that some people have an inhibited ability to maintain these
functions. These people are often diagnosed with conditions like chronic
fatigue, multiple chemical sensitivities, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, and
immune deficiencies such as autoimmune conditions.
Detoxification refers to the
process of eliminating toxins from your body. There are two major types of
toxins that your body accumulates over time:
Environmental Toxins: Sometimes
called exogenous (made outside your body) toxins, environmental
toxins include all the chemicals and pollutants that you're exposed to
through air, water, and food.
environmental toxins include pesticides, herbicides, prescription and
over-the-counter medications, carbon monoxide, triclosan, bisphenol A,
phthalates, and volatile organic compounds.
Metabolic Toxins: Sometimes called endogenous (made inside your
body) toxins, metabolic toxins are produced by each of your cells as they go
about their everyday metabolic processes. Metabolic toxins can also be
produced by microorganisms that act on incompletely digested food in your
normal for your cells to contain some toxins at all times. After all, your
cells need to manufacture energy on an ongoing basis, and the manufacturing
process results in waste (toxin) production.
only present a challenge to your health when they accumulate to a point
where they interfere with cellular function - we call this state toxicosis.
effect of toxicosis is disruption of cellular function. If a group of cells
experience significant toxicosis, specific health challenges develop,
examples being thyroiditis, hepatitis, prostatitis,
unexplained chronic fatigue, and problems with vision. If toxicosis
persists, it's possible for the DNA in your cells to become damaged, which
may lead to abnormal cellular growth of the affected cells.
While the majority of chronic health challenges
are caused by more than one factor, I hope that it's clear that allowing
your body to accumulate toxins over the long haul can result in you
developing any one of the chronic diseases that are plaguing people in
industrialized countries. To be clear, toxicosis can contribute to coronary
artery disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes mellitus, respiratory
illness, kidney disease, liver dysfunction, autoimmune illness, hormonal
imbalances, skin conditions, and most types of cancer.
Your Body is Constantly Detoxifying and Cleansing: The good news is that
your body is designed to constantly gather up and remove toxins from your
cells. Most of the toxins that are stirred up from your cells are broken
down in your liver, and then eliminated from your body via your kidneys,
colon, skin, lungs, and mucus linings in your nose and ears.
Put another way, every time that you urinate,
defecate, exhale, cough, sneeze, and experience an inside-out reaction with
your skin, your body eliminates toxins from your system.
If your exposure to toxins rises, your body increases
its output through the eliminative channels mentioned above. If your
eliminative mechanisms cannot keep up with the number of toxins that are
coming in and being generated in your cells, in an effort to preserve your
health, your body attempts to store some of the toxins in your fat tissues.
Even if you are lean for your body type, your body can store toxins in fat
tissues that can be found interspersed between your muscle fibers and
surrounding your organs.
The bottom line is this:
Your body is committed to eliminating harmful toxins from your system at all
times. Toxins can become problematic
to your health if you accumulate enough of them to experience cellular
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There are many sources of toxins. Some of
these toxins include those produced in the body during normal functions,
such as the ammonia produced during the breakdown of protein, and chemicals
you use around your home or work environment such as pesticides, household
cleaners, food additives, pharmaceutical drugs, industrial pollution,
cigarette smoke, and heavy metals like lead that enter the body when we
ingest or inhale them through for example hobbies or your occupation.
It is quite naive to think that the body has developed mechanisms
sophisticated enough to completely remove all the thousands of toxins we
come into contact with during our lifetime. With over 70,000+ chemicals now
in existence, and most developed in the past 100 years, the human body
simply has not evolved quick enough to detoxify all these chemicals!
Apparently, there are only about 200 of these chemicals which we can
adequately test for in the human body. Many thousands of chemicals now in
existence have NOT been thoroughly tested on humans, particularly pregnant
women and children.
…A diet that lacks certain nutrients may also impair
our natural ability to detoxify chemicals, which further leads to their
build-up in the body. The cumulative load, called the "body burden", is
thought to lead to illness and has been linked to hormonal imbalance,
impaired immune function, nutritional deficiency, and an inefficient
metabolism. Signs are thought to include indigestion, bad breath, fatigue,
poor skin, and muscle pain.
immune system protects against many infectious agents. Some, however, can be
formidable and others that are fairly harmless in small numbers can breach
the immune system’s defenses when present in force.
You are constantly exposed
which is worse if you live near heavy pollution, pesticide spraying, eat
poor quality food, drink unfiltered water, or live in a moldy house. Your
body also produces toxic trash metabolites that must be cleared, which is
worse if you have digestive problems, sinus problems, are under high stress,
are fighting a bug, are recovering from surgery or an accident, do not sleep
enough, or physically wear yourself out (including exercise).
A toxin can be anything that not only has no
nutritional or other value to the body, but actually causes harm or costs
the body valuable energy and resources just to get rid of it or store it in
the tissues. There are two different types of toxins that affect the body:
- Exogenous toxins
are chemicals that are made outside of your body and can harm your cells if
they are ingested, inhaled, or absorbed into your bloodstream through some
While it’s unrealistic to live and work in an
environment that’s free of exogenous toxins, you should strive to
minimize your exposure to the following most common exogenous toxins:
MSG and aspartame - both
are especially toxic to your nerve cell
- Recreational drugs
- Any over-the-counter
or prescription drug that comes with a warning that use of the drug in
question may lead to liver damage
- Most personal care
products, especially cosmetics that are applied around the mouth, which
are easily swallowed in trace but potentially significant amounts
The exogenous toxins mentioned above may not be as
harmful in one shot as other obvious toxins like carbon monoxide and
volatile organic compounds, but the four groups mentioned above tend to be
used regularly by large segments of the population, so they’re definitely
Endogenous toxins are
toxins that are produced inside of your body. Some of these toxins are waste
products from normal metabolic activities – carbon dioxide, urea, and lactic
acid are examples of endogenous toxins that your body churns out by the
second. Unless your health is severely compromised, your body is well
equipped to eliminate these endogenous toxins from your system.
An often overlooked source of endogenous toxins is an
unhealthy gut. Over time, a diet that’s rich in highly refined foods, poor
eating habits (lack of chewing is a big one), and emotional stress can lead
to an unhealthy balance of microorganisms in your gastrointestinal tract, a
state that’s called intestinal dysbiosis.
Intestinal dysbiosis is accompanied by steady
production of endogenous toxins by undesirable yeasts, fungi, bacteria, and
in rare cases, even parasites. These toxins include various aldehydes,
alcohols, indols, phenols, and skatols, just to name a few.
While some of these endogenous toxins are eliminated as
gas, some make their way into your bloodstream by traveling through your
intestinal walls, and once they make it into your bloodstream, they can get
into your cells.
What Is a Detox Program?
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These programs may use
herbs, specialised nutritional supplements such as protein powders and other
methods of removing environmental and dietary toxins from the body for
optimum health. The program may include the recommendation of sauna therapy,
skin brushing and perhaps in some instances colonic therapy. There are many
different types of detox diets. Generally, a detox diet is a short-term diet
Minimises the amount of chemicals ingested by way of understanding where
toxins come from in the diet, for example focusing on organic sources of
emphasis on the right foods that provide the vitamins, nutrients, and
antioxidants that the body needs for detoxification.
focus on the right proteins.
An emphasis on special foods which aid the
liver's detoxification pathways.
An emphasis on foods which aid in the movement
of bowel motions, such as high fiber foods and water that draw out and
eliminate toxins by increasing the frequency of bowel movements and
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Detoxification isn’t some 3 day or 21 day juice fast; it is a way of life.
The body’s capacity to detoxify is unrivaled, but it requires daily
nourishment. If the avenues of detoxification are not nourished and open,
the human frame will stagnate, stiffen, and age at rocket speed! It is
important to realize that mental, emotional, spiritual and physical
detoxification must all be taken into consideration, if radiant health is to
So although we have a body with remarkable
detoxification and elimination skills, we have in many cases handcuffed its
ability to perform. A carefully designed program will assist your liver and
other important detoxification systems in the process of efficient clearing.
That You Need a Detox
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Ramifications of toxic overload
- The ramifications of toxic overload can vary from one individual to
another. One possible ramification is multiple chemical sensitivities
(MCS). MCS is a condition in which a person experiences various
symptoms in response to being exposed to certain types of chemicals,
primarily (but not limited to) those of petroleum and coal-tar derivation.
The possible symptoms are many and may include headaches, fatigue,
depression and an overall feeling of malaise and being sick. MCS seems
to develop after consistent, long-term exposure to certain chemicals at home
or in the workplace. Eventually, the person develops intolerance to
these chemicals, and starts suffering from MCS. For many MCS people, a
sensitivity reaction will occur when exposed to even minute amounts of the
offending chemicals which, in turn, can lead to severe symptoms
characteristic of the MCS condition. (3)
Of course an individual may suffer from toxic
overload without having full-blown MCS. In fact, the most common
symptom of toxic overload is probably fatigue. Other common symptoms include
headache, muscle and joint pain, irritability, depression, mental confusion,
gastrointestinal and/or cardiovascular irregularities, flu-like symptoms or
allergic reactions including hives, stuffy or runny nose, sneezing and
coughing. (4) (5)
Furthermore, some researchers have suggested that
toxic overload may contribute to autoimmune diseases including inflammatory
and rheumatoid arthritis (6) (7),
and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. (8)
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How do you know if you are toxic and need to properly cleanse? Usually
a constellation of complaints helps you
determine whether or not you are toxic and to what extent you
need to cleanse. Some examples of what might infer a toxic system are:
Persistent headaches, muscle aches and muscle fatigue
Eating a lot of swordfish, tuna, shark etc.
Several mercury fillings and dental amalgams
Stubborn weight loss
Hormonal imbalances and consistent use of hormone replacement treatments
such as birth control or creams like progesterone.
Consistent use of NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
Skin abnormalities such as acne, rosacea or eczema
A lifetime of consuming the SAD Diet (Standard American Diet)
Benefits of a Detox Program
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improved digestion, and increased concentration and clarity after a detox
diet. The benefits are numerous and include reducing the chances of
prematurely developing chronic illness.
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Shouldn't Try a Detox Diet?
Anyone considering a detox diet should consult a qualified health
professional and/or their medical doctor first. Pregnant or nursing women or
children shouldn't go on a detox diet. People with anemia, eating disorder,
diabetes, kidney disease, thyroid disease, autoimmune disease, cancer,
terminal illness, certain genetic diseases, and other chronic conditions
shouldn't try this diet or should do so only under the supervision of their
primary care provider. It is not intended for alcohol or drug
Side Effects of a Detox Program
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at The Baseline of Health Foundation." On occasion when detoxing, particularly during your
first few detoxes, you may experience some symptoms, often referred to as a
healing crisis (Herxheimer's reaction). It is characterized by a temporary
increase in symptoms during the cleansing or detoxification
process. Reactions, when they occur, are almost always mild, but on rare
occasions can be severe.
There are three primary triggers for a detox reaction:
Any large-scale die-off of bacteria can release a
significant amount of toxins present within the actual bacteria. The
stronger those toxins are and the more bacteria present to release them,
the stronger the cleansing reaction. Colon cleansing, the use of
probiotics, digestive enzymes, immune enhancers, and pathogen destroyers
can all trigger bacterial die-off.
Any detox that causes the organs of the body
(particularly the liver, which is a storehouse of drug and poison
residues) to purge their stored poisons and toxins, can trigger a
cleansing reaction, as can the use of an herbal blood cleanser.
Any program, such as fasting or the use of
weight-loss herbs, that causes a rapid breakdown of fat cells (which are
a storehouse for toxins) can be accompanied by a detox reaction.
The bottom line is that the body must go through an
elimination process to achieve good health. There will be ups and downs.
Symptoms, if they appear, are usually mild, but in some cases can be severe.
Understand, the symptoms you experience are indicative of the cleansing,
purifying process that is underway. Go as slowly as your body needs to so
that your elimination is gradual and comfortable. Also, keep in mind that
this is not an endurance contest. If symptoms become too severe, stop the
detox and regroup. You can always restart the detox again at a later date.
Easing Your Way through the Healing Crisis
Drink plenty of fresh water, juices, and herbal
teas to flush the body of toxins.
Use a colon stimulation formula to make sure that
you are eliminating waste promptly. Symptoms frequently disappear
immediately after a good bowel movement.
Use psyllium seed husks, ground flaxseed, or oat
bran daily to absorb toxins and to help speed their transit through the
On occasion, a good enema or colon irrigation can
Sometimes, rest is the best therapy.
And, on rare
occasions, a reduction of the dosage or temporary
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To be completely effective, a detox program has
to address both internal and external toxins. We obviously need to deal with
the toxins we eat, drink, breath and put on our bodies. But, it’s just as
important to address the internal toxicity created by the body as it
performs it’s normal everyday functions. These biochemical, cellular, and
bodily activities generate substances that need to be neutralized and or
eliminated, as do the external toxins.
A comprehensive detox program must supply the appropriate
nutrients to do this – and should include nutrients specifically to support
the 2 most important detoxification organ systems, the liver and gastro-intestinal tract.
Although there are additional ways to boost a detox, these should
be the key components of any detox.
Decrease the Number of Toxins Going In:
Limit external toxins by decreasing or removing the amount of irritants that
we put into our bodies. This means eliminating the foods that often cause
sensitivities or reactions, like gluten and dairy, irritants to the gut like
alcohol and caffeine and sugar and all processed foods that also trigger
inflammation. For a complete list of what you can and cannot eat while
detoxing please check out my CLEANSE DIET.
Assist the Body’s Capacity to Neutralize and Eliminate the Toxins
1) Support Gastro-Intestinal Function
Give the digestive system a
rest by decreasing the amount of food and supplying key nutrients via juices
and or powders.
Help balance and maintain
healthy flora by removing abnormal bugs in the gut. These abnormal bacteria,
yeast and parasites can release toxins and overload the liver’s capacity to
deal with the flood of toxins.
Aid digestion with digestive
enzymes which assist the body to break down food properly ensuring fewer
negative effects from undigested foods.
Add fiber to “sweep” the intestines. Fiber
promotes the elimination of toxins and also binds to toxins, which helps to
prevent their absorption. Dietary fiber is also metabolized by gut bacteria
into short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), which feed the cells lining the
intestines and thereby support cellular integrity, therefore decreasing inflammation.
2) Support Liver Function
Assist liver function, as it is the main organ involved in
transforming toxins into metabolites that are easier to excrete.
Nutritionally supporting the liver boosts it’s function during detox
preventing the accumulation of toxic products in the tissues.
A comprehensive detox program must
include the targeted nutrition you need to boost your body’s own detox
system. Supplying the right mix of nutrients to balance the body and
optimize function is essential for an effective detox. To see what this
looks like in practice, please check out my CLEANSE program which is
specifically designed to do all of the above, safely and gently.
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Have ample amount of fiber foods along with brown
rice, fresh fruits and vegetables which have been lightly steamed, stir
fried or raw. Some of the best detox foods include beetroot (not from
tin cans - fresh please), cabbage, radishes, artichokes, broccoli,
chlorella, spirulina and seaweed serve as best detoxifying foods. See
further on our handout - the 21-Day Detox. —
and remember, the best diet is a healthy diet based on fruits and
vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein.
Practice hydrotherapy regularly by having a hot
shower followed by tepid and cool. While having a shower, allow the
water to flow across your head, neck and back for about 4-5 minutes.
Follow the same with cooler water for fifteen to twenty minutes, if you
can gradually reduce the water until it is cold. Do this two to three
times a week and then rest on a bed for half-an-hour.
You can also protect your liver by having
herbs such as burdock, dandelion root and milk thistle and by drinking
green tea. Try Liver Support.
Keep that bowel working. Is it sluggish? Then you
may want to take some good quality Constipation Relief.
Alkalise your body with Green
Barley Powder. This is particularly good if you were consuming lots
of meat, or coffee, tea, flour products, sweets and alcohol. Green
Barley Powder is an excellent alkalising drink and can assist with
detox. Take one drink daily.
Take more Vitamin
C, as it is a premium antioxidant and helps your body produce
glutathione, which drives toxins away from your body.
Breathe deeply, so that oxygen flows all through
Drink at least two to six glasses of water every
Reduce stress by emphasizing more on positive
Take a steam bath in a sauna to eliminate toxins
and waste materials through perspiration.
Dry-brush your skin or buy a detox foot spa. You
can also buy special brushes (loofah or a natural sea sponge) available
at all natural product stores to eliminate toxins from your body.
One of the most effective ways to detoxify your
body is to exercise. Skipping rope and yoga are two of the best ways to
get rid of wastes from your body. You just have to spend a half an hour
daily to do these exercises and witness remarkable outcomes within a
month's period. In addition, these workouts give many health benefits
such as delayed ageing, energy and remarkable zest.
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The five-day detox diet plan
is a short-term program that jump-starts an internal and external cleansing
process, removing toxins from the body to promote optimal cell function.
Step 1 - Eliminate processed foods, dairy, red meats
from your diet and plan a menu for five days that consists of fruits and
vegetables. Use organic fruits and vegetables, if possible, buying locally
grown organics over store-bought produce, for wholesome nutrition. Restock
your kitchen with health foods, using recipes made with legumes, grains,
seeds, sprouts and whole grains.
Step 2 - Use a juicer to extract all the vitamins and
minerals from organic fruits and vegetables. The peel of most fruits contain
vitamin P, a bioflavoin, which helps vitamins go to work harder. For
convenience, store extra juice in the refrigerator, for up to three days,
and consider using the recipes offered in the juicer's operating manual.
Step 3 - Fill several pitchers of fresh, filtered water
and store in the refrigerator for quick access. Eliminate coffee, caffeine,
sugary soft drinks and alcohol. Drink only the juice of fruits and
vegetables or water during the five-day detox diet.
Step 4 - Drink a cup of warm lemon water one hour
before breakfast. Drink lemon water throughout the day, squeezing a quarter
lemon into a glass of filtered water. Sip throughout the day.
Step 5 - Dry brush your skin daily in the morning. Dry
brushing removes dead skin cells and encourages blood supply to the skin,
aiding in the elimination of toxins and promoting cell renewal. Always brush
towards the heart, such as from the ankles to the thighs, and wrists to the
Step 6 - Take a daily eucalyptus detox bath, using hot,
filtered water, as hot as you can tolerate. Add 1 cup of Epsom salt, 2 tsp.
of glycerin, 15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, and 2 cups baking soda to
hot bathwater. Soak for 10 to 20 minutes. Use a shower filter to remove
chlorine and other additives from the water.
Step 7 - Participate in mild to moderate exercise
during the five days on the diet, committing to at least 30 minutes of
cardio each day, such as walking, jogging, swimming or taking an indoor
cycling class. Mix it up, but always remember to warm up for 10 minutes and
cool down for at least five minutes to prevent injury and soreness the next
Step 8 - Take a detox supplement each night before
bedtime with a full glass of water. Look for detox supplements containing
herbs such as burdock, horsetail, echinacea, ginger, licorice, milk thistle,
cranberry, dandelion, slippery elm, cayenne, chickweed, chlorella, golden
seal or turmeric. Other herbs may aid in the five-day detox diet, so talk to
an associate at a health food store or consult a naturopathic doctor for
more information or consultation.
Avenues of Body Detoxification
Preventing and Removing ToxinsThe body’s first line of defense is to prevent toxins
from entering the body. The skin serves as a protective barrier. Bacteria
cannot penetrate intact skin, and the salt concentration in sweat creates a
hostile environment for most bacteria. The parts of our mouth, lungs,
digestive tract and other orifices such as eyes, nose, and ears that come in
contact with the environment are protected by saliva, mucus, tears or minute
hairs. Stomach acidity and friendly bacteria provide additional protection
from things we ingest.
These passive defenses are very effective at
prevention. More active responses to rid the body of unwelcome guests
include coughing, sneezing, runny nose, vomiting and diarrhea, which help
the body quickly expel unwanted substances. Elevated temperature helps kill
invading microorganisms, and the digestive tract excels at differentiating
between what to keep and what to expel as waste.
In general there are four primary toxin removal
systems that must all be working in harmony with each other. These involve:
The disposal of cellular waste products,
especially lactic acid.
The removal of larger waste products through your
lymph (smaller waste products go into your veins and are exhaled or sent
directly to your liver).
The processing of toxins by your liver, most of
which then go into bile and then into your digestive tract for final
clearance (some are made water-soluble and go to your kidneys to be
excreted in urine).
The final clearance of
waste products by your digestive tract.
Your gut: we
all know that we get rid of most of our waste through our bowels. If your
digestive system is not working properly, it can’t get rid of unwanted waste
and toxins properly. Our body empties many toxins into our excrement, but if
it is sitting in the bowel too long (i.e. you are constipated) — it can get
reabsorbed and go through our detox systems again — increasing their
workload and making them less effective.
For advice on nursing your gut back to health have a
read of the right foods to eat. In addition, an overgrowth of the wrong
types of bacteria or fungus in your gut will result in their harmful toxins
entering your body, increasing your toxic load. If you are suffering from
digestive problems it is not only your nutrient status and your comfort that
it can be harming — poor gut health also impacts on your body’s ability to
detox. So this must be a first step in any programme that aims to clean up
This is where the really clever stuff happens,
your blood enters the liver full of toxins and bacteria and leaves clean —
that is if it is working properly. The unwanted pollutants are neutralised
in the liver to make them less harmful to the body using a series of
complicated chemical processes. Some of the chemicals are recycled and the
rest are dumped into your excrement in a substance called bile. Your liver
is also responsible for many other functions including digesting fats,
storing vitamins and energy supplies plus more! Many of the recommendations
below promote the function of the liver by supplying it with nutrients that
it uses to ensure that the chemical processes we describe are working and
that the production of bile is maximised — speeding up our cleansing
When your cells are working well and making energy properly they are fairly
clean burning engines, making less trash. As cell function declines they
start to pour a lot of black smoke out their exhaust, in the form of lactic
acid and other inflammatory by-products. This changes the pH in the fluid
around cells, stressing circulation to and from cells. Since you have 100
trillion cells, solving this problem or preventing it is a good idea. One key principle of detoxification is to make
less cellular trash in the first place.
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Your Best Ally against Toxins - Most
detoxification processes happen in the
liver, intestines, and kidneys... the detoxifying organs require
specific nutrients to do their jobs. The most active detoxification organ,
the liver, is the largest solid organ in the body. If it is given the right
raw materials, it does an amazing job of filtering toxins out of the blood,
altering them to make them less toxic, and, eventually, sending them out of
the body as waste.
The subtle but important differences between one
person's body and another's-in other words, biochemical individuality-really
show up when it comes to liver function. While one person's liver might be
able to meet the detoxification demands of a highly polluted environment and
a junk-food diet, another person's may be overwhelmed by ordinary everyday
exposure to seemingly normal chemicals such as cleaning products. While one
person may take a given medication and do just fine, another person may
suffer intense side effects from the same drug. These differences can be
traced back to the detoxification ability of each person's liver.
you find yourself at one end or the other of the detox spectrum, or
somewhere in the middle, you can improve your liver's ability to detoxify by
ensuring that it has all of the nutrients it needs to do its job.
What Does The Liver Do
Functions of the liver:
regulates most chemical levels in the blood and excretes a product called bile,
which helps carry away waste products from the liver. All the blood leaving the
stomach and intestines passes through the liver. The liver processes this blood
and breaks down the nutrients and drugs into forms that are easier to use for
the rest of the body. More than 500 vital functions have been identified with
the liver. Some of the more well-known functions include the following:
bile, which helps carry away waste and break down fats in the small
intestine during digestion.
certain proteins for blood plasma.
cholesterol and special proteins to help carry fats through the body
excess glucose into glycogen for storage (glycogen can later be converted
back to glucose energy).
blood levels of amino acids, which form the building blocks of proteins.
hemoglobin for use of its iron content (the liver stores iron).
poisonous ammonia to urea (urea is an end product of protein metabolism and
is excreted in the urine).
blood of drugs and other poisonous substances.
infections by producing immune factors and removing bacteria from the
When the liver has broken down
harmful substances, its by-products are excreted into the bile or blood. Bile
by-products enter the intestine and ultimately leave the body in the form of
feces. Blood by-products are filtered out by the kidneys, and leave the body in
the form of urine.
Symptoms of Liver Dysfunction
Dr. Sandra Cabot, author of
Liver Cleansing Diet
All of the
following symptoms are common manifestations of a dysfunctional liver.
However, they can also be due to other causes, of a more sinister nature, so
in all cases of persistent symptoms it is vital to see your doctor.
Abnormal Metabolism of Fats
Abnormalities in the level of fats in the blood
stream. For example; elevated LDL cholesterol and reduced HDL
cholesterol and elevated triglycerides.
Arteries blocked with fat, leading to high blood
pressure, heart attacks and strokes.
Build up of fat in other body organs (fatty
degeneration of organs).
Lumps of fat in the skin (lipomas and other
Excessive weight gain, which may lead to
Inability to lose weight even while dieting.
Protuberant abdomen (pot belly).
Roll of fat around the upper abdomen – (liver
Gall stones and gall bladder disease.
Intolerance to fatty foods.
Intolerance to alcohol.
Nausea and vomiting attacks.
Irritable bowel syndrome.
Pain over the liver – (upper right corner of
abdomen & lower right rib cage).
Blood Sugar Problems
Craving for sugar.
Hypoglycaemia and unstable blood sugar levels.
Mature onset diabetes (Type 2) is common in
those with a fatty liver.
Mood changes such as anger and irritability.
Metaphysically the liver is known as the “seat
Poor concentration and “foggy brain”.
Overheating of the body, especially the face and
Recurrent headaches (including migraine)
associated with nausea.
Allergies – sinusitis, hay fever, asthma,
dermatitis, hives, etc.
Multiple food and chemical sensitivities.
Skin rashes and inflammations.
Increased risk of autoimmune diseases.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Increase in recurrent viral, bacterial and
Itchy skin (pruritus).
Offensive body odour.
Dark circles under the eyes.
Yellow discoloration of the eyes.
Red, swollen, itchy eyes (allergic eyes).
Acne rosacea – (red pimples around the nose,
cheeks and chin).
Brownish spots and blemishes on the skin (liver
Red palms and soles which may also be itchy and
Flushed facial appearance or excessive facial
blood vessels (capillaries/ veins).
Intolerance to hormone replacement therapy or
the contraceptive pill (eg. side effects)
Menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes may be
Premenstrual syndrome may be more severe.
Detoxification By the Liver
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The Liver Performs Two Phases
As Dr. Leo Galland explains in his book, Power
Healing, the liver performs two phases of detoxification; Phase One
(oxidation) and Phase Two (conjugation).
In Phase One, the liver
uses oxygen and enzymes to burn toxins. This process is called
oxidation, and makes the toxins more soluble in water. Making them
more water soluble is necessary so they can be more easily excreted from the
body by the kidneys or the liver. Most environmental toxins are
fat-soluble to start with, and therefore difficult or impossible to
eliminate without the liver’s help. (6)
One is crucial for detoxification, it poses risks.
Sometimes the end product of Phase One detoxification
is more dangerous than the compound being detoxified. Benzene, for example,
is a dangerous organic solvent, is present in gasoline and cigarettes, and a
known carcinogen. (7) Phase One enzymes oxidize benzene, producing benzene
quinones, which are a source of increased toxicity. (8) To complete the
detoxification of benzene, your liver relies on Phase Two enzymes, which are
The bottom line on Phase One detoxification is: you
need it but you don’t want Phase One activity to exceed the ability of your
liver’s Phase Two enzymes to finish the job, otherwise you’re in trouble.
Increased Phase One Liver Activity
without a balancing increase in Phase Two activity can be caused by:
Tobacco smoke, High alcohol intake, Consumption of standard vegetable oils,
Eating char-broiled meats, Consuming BHT. Medications can also increase or decrease Phase One
liver activity in ways that are highly specific to the drug and its duration
Intense scientific research being done around the world
is examining how nutrition can help facilitate the detoxification process. Scientists from the University of San Francisco note,
“A judicious choice of food will counteract noxious agents. Therefore,
the diet can be a major factor in determining who
does and who does not show toxic symptoms following exposure.” (9)
Foods Can Increase Phase One Liver Detoxification and
at the same time balance it with an increase in Phase two detoxification.
Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli
and Brussels sprouts (10-12)
Oranges and tangerines
Caraway seeds and dill seeds
Zinc plays an
essential role in Phase One detoxification. A deficiency of zinc
doesn’t stop Phase One detoxification, but shifts
the activity of Phase One enzymes in a direction that encourages the
formation of cancer promoting chemicals. In my clinical experience,
zinc deficiency, as measured by low plasma zinc levels, is quite common in
the United States. Few foods are really rich in zinc, so supplementation is
Phase Two Liver
To rid itself of toxins produced by Phase One
detoxification, the liver performs a second phase, called conjugation.
In this phase, oxidized chemicals are combined with sulfur, specific amino
acids, or organic acids, and then excreted in bile. (13)
This phase of liver detoxification is inhibited by
nutritional deficiency, toxic exposures, and medications such as
acetaminophen (brand name Tylenol), alcohol consumption, and low protein
intake that deplete glutathione which is needed for acetaminophen
The most important amino acids
for Phase Two detoxification are cysteine and methionine.
These two amino acids are the main dietary sources of
sulfur, and are found in meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy products.
Vegetarian sources of cysteine and methionine include nuts, seeds and beans.
The usual adult RDA of cysteine and methionine is 700 to 1000 mg. per day,
but is never fixed, because it fluctuates with the liver’s burden of toxic
compounds. The body’s stores of these amino acids are depleted in the
process of detoxification, so the greater the toxic stress, the more the
Bioflavonoids may also be
beneficial for stimulating Phase Two enzymes in Detoxification.
Bioflavonoids are abundant in fruit, vegetables and
tea, and are the active ingredient in many herbs. Research indicates
that bioflavonoids can facilitate the detoxification process. (14)
Scientists from the University of Seville in Spain note that the
bioflavonoid luteolin has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial
activities and may help detoxification. (15) Luteolin is found in
vegetables such as peppers, celery, carrots, in herbs such as rosemary,
thyme, oregano and peppermint, and in olive oil. (16)
A prime example is milk
thistle, an herbal (folk) remedy for the liver. The active
ingredients are a group of bioflavonoids collectively called silymarin.
Research indicates that milk thistle may offer protection from liver
disease. (17) The standard amount of silymarin taken is 70 to 210 mg. three
times a day.
Phase Two Liver
Detoxification Helpers include:
Adequate protein intake
Alliums such as onions and scallions, (18)
Citrus fruit (19)
S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe) (21, 22)
Milk thistle (silymarin)
Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli,
Brussels sprouts (See 10-12)
Our understanding of what the body needs to detoxify
has been revolutionized by scientific research, teaching us the powerful
role that enhanced nutrition plays in the process. Source: Dr. Leo
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Every drug, chemical, pesticide and hormone, is broken down or metabolized
via detoxification pathways in the liver called “phase 1” and “phase 2.”
(9) (10) (11)
Now that we’ve briefly examined the process of liver detoxification, let’s
take a look at how we can
use dietary supplements
to support and promote liver detoxification.
Dietary Supplements for Liver Detoxification
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Amino acids and trimethylglycine
- Certain amino acids are used in phase 2 as the water soluble substance
that is conjugated (attached) to the toxic molecule. These amino acids
taurine, and glutamine. (17) Clinically,
supplementation with these amino acids
has shown great benefit for patients with toxic overload, especially
when body cleansing was undertaken contemporaneously. (18)
Likewise, methyl groups also act as conjugating
agents in phase 2. (19)Trimethylglycine (betaine) is a donor of methyl
groups, and may be useful as such in biochemical reactions in the liver.
- In herbal medicine, Milk Thistle (Silybum
marianum) is arguably the
premium liver herb. The active component in Milk Thistle is its
flavonoids collectively called silimarin; and the majority of Milk
Thistle-related research has been conducted on this component.
Silimarin has long been recognized for its ability to benefit people with
liver disorders, including hepatitis (21) (22) (23) (24) and
Some toxic molecules pass through the glutathione
conjugation pathway. A deficiency of this conjugating amino peptide can
reduce the clearance of solvents from the bloodstream.
that silimarin protects against glutathione depletion (26), and increases
liver glutathione status. (27) Since
glutathione is one of the primary conjugating agents in phase 2, this is a
significant contribution by Milk Thistle in supporting detoxification by the
In addition, Milk Thistle also provides liver
protection by stabilizing liver cell membranes. It alters the structure of
the outer cell membrane in such a way as to prevent the penetration of the
liver by toxins into interior of the cell. Milk Thistle also increases
the regenerative ability of the liver and the formation of new liver cells.
Further studies concluded that other actions of silimarin include preventing
the recirculation of toxins and regeneration of damaged liver cells. Other
studies indicate that Milk Thistle may prevent liver damage from liver
poisoning prescription medications. (29) (30)
longa) is a bright yellow, ancient spice and a traditional
remedy that has been used as a medicine, condiment and flavoring based on
records dating back to 600 BCE. Turmeric and its curcuminoids also
exhibit strong antioxidant activity (31), enhance cellular resistance to
oxidative damage (32), and enhance the body’s natural antioxidant
glutathione levels; which in turn aids the liver in detoxification. (33) Turmeric
has also been found to have hepatoprotective (i.e., liver-protective)
properties against a variety of liver-toxic chemicals and drugs. (34) (35)
(36) (37) (38)
is the precursor to glutathione. (39)] It
stimulates glutathione synthesis and promotes liver detoxification; as well
as acting as a powerful scavenger of free radicals. (40 (41) Historically
the most prevalent and well-accepted use of NAC has been as an antidote for
acetaminophen (Tylenol®, paracetamol) poisoning. (42) The
resultant liver toxicity is due to an acetaminophen metabolite that depletes
the liver cells of glutathione and causes liver cell damage and possibly
even death. NAC has also been effective for heavy metal poisoning by
gold, silver, copper, mercury, lead, and arsenic, as well as in cases of
poisoning by carbon tetrachloride, acrylonitriles, halothane, paraquat,
acetaldehyde, coumarin, and interferon. (43) Since
detoxification of mercury depletes glutathione, the use of NAC doubly makes
sinensis) compounds increase both phase 1 and phase 2 enzyme
activities. (44) Research shows
that green tea may have liver protective properties. (45) (46) (47) (48) In
addition, green tea has been shown to block chromosomal (DNA) damage from
chemicals in cigarette smoke. (49) Perhaps
not surprisingly, green tea polyphenols are associated with a reduced risk
of certain cancers in humans. (50) Other
research has also shown an anticancer effect from these polyphenols (51),
including an inhibition of metastasis in skin cancer cells. (52)
- Another phase 2 pathway is the glucuronidation pathway. In this
pathway, glucuronic acid is attached to certain toxins as well as hormones
such as estrogen to facilitate their removal by excreting them via bile into
the intestinal tract. The problem is that beta-glucuronidase, a
bacterial enzyme found in the intestines, can break the bond that attaches
the glucuronic acid to the toxin. Now the toxin can be reabsorbed back
into the bloodstream, thereby contributing to the total toxic load on the
liver; not a good thing. There is, however, a way to inhibit
beta-glucuronidase from breaking the bond in the first instance. It
involves D-glucarate, or calcium D-glucarate.
D-glucaric acid is a natural substance found in
many fruits and vegetables such as apples, grapefruit, broccoli, and
Brussels sprouts. Calcium D-glucarate is the calcium salt of
D-glucaric acid typically used in dietary supplements. Calcium
D-glucarate has been shown to inhibit beta-glucuronidase. (53) As
a matter of fact according to data released from the University of Texas
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Calcium D-glucarate inhibited
beta-glucuronidase by 57% in the blood, 44% in the liver, 39% in the
intestines, and 37% in the lungs. (54) Such
an inhibition of beta-glucuronidase may do much to protect the action of the
- In traditional Chinese medicine, Schizandra (Schizandra
chinensis) is mainly
used to treat cough and wheezing, spontaneous sweating, nocturnal emission,
chronic diarrhea, insomnia and forgetfulness. (55) In
Russia, it is regarded as an adaptogen. (56) Research
indicates that Schizandra can improve work performance, build strength,
reduce fatigue, and increase endurance (57) (58); all consistent with the
effects of an adaptogen.
Schizandra also appears to have significant value
for the liver. For example, it appears that the lignans in Schizandra
protect the liver by activating the enzymes in liver cells that produce the
antioxidant glutathione, (59) so
this herb is beneficial for phase 2 detoxification reactions. Furthermore,
in-vitro (i.e., test tube) studies have shown that constituents of
Schizandra decrease the mutagenicity of mutagenic toxin benzo(a)pyrene
(BaP). (60)Schizandra also induces phase 1 detoxification enzymes (61), yet
has not been shown to cause any drug interactions. Schizandra’s
Studies from China indicate that Schizandra helped patients with chronic
viral hepatitis. (62) (63)
appears to induce both phase 1 and phase 2 enzymes. (64) (65) In
addition, aged garlic extract may increase the glutathione level and
glutathione related enzymes which aid in detoxifying the body. (66) (67)
(68) (69) Research has also
suggested that garlic extract may help to protect the body from heavy metal
poisoning. (70) When garlic
extract was combined with red blood cells it prevented lead, mercury and
aluminum from destroying them. Without the garlic extract, these heavy
metals ruptured the red blood cells.
contains carnosol, an antioxidant that inhibits bioactivation of BaP and
induces glutathione-S-transferase (a detoxification enzyme) and other
important phase 2 enzymes. (71) (72) In
a study (73) where mice were
given Rosemary, the researchers concluded that liver activities of phase 2
liver enzymes were significantly increased, and that the results indicated
that components of rosemary extract have the potential to protect the liver
and stomach from carcinogenic or toxic agents.
(Fucus vesiculosus) is a
type of brown algae that grows on the northern coasts of the Atlantic,
Pacific and Baltic. In research (74), Bladderwrack has been shown to
consume and metabolize toxic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, particularly
BaP. Likewise, Bladderwrack has been shown to absorb certain heavy
metals such as tin. (75) Finally,
an antibacterial compound has been isolated from Bladderwrack, and is
effective against various Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.
The dietary supplements discussed in this article are certainly not the only
natural compounds capable of supporting and facilitating the liver’s
Compounds from citrus fruit and the Brassica or cruciferous group of
vegetables (e.g., cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, etc.), as well as the
dietary supplement alpha lipoic acid are some examples of other effective
(76) Nevertheless, the compounds listed can be effective adjuncts to a
program for detoxification.
Although the focus of this article is on the use of
dietary supplements which may help promote liver detoxification,
be understood that toxic overload should be treated with a comprehensive
approach that also includes adapting to a healthier diet and reducing
exposure to xenobiotics. Furthermore, since
there can be side effects
associated with a serious program of detoxification, it should generally be
attempted with the help of a healthcare professional who is knowledgeable
about the process.
Natural Liver Treatments
Good nutrition is essential to help the liver function properly.
Foods that feed the liver include:
Increase your intake of fruit and vegetables and try to aim for
at least 30% raw. Especially good for the liver are: artichokes, garlic,
onion, leeks, beetroot, radish, turnip, watercress, fennel, broccoli,
cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, apples and pears, apricots, grapes,
berries, lemons, papaya, pineapple, avocado, cranberries, banana and
watermelon. However, they are all health promoting and delicious!
Take a good multivitamin and mineral supplement or a multivitamin
and mineral formula designed for liver support. You are going to need
tailor made support to keep your liver going and help it to process all
this waste! The nutrients that you are especially looking for in a
supplement to a minimum of 100% RNI include: Vitamin A, C, E, Selenium,
Zinc, Copper, Iron, B Complex including Folic Acid, Magnesium.
Ensure that you have enough healthy sources of protein in your
diet. These include: eggs, lean meat, fish and beans and pulses, or try
quinoa (it is like couscous but contains a loads of protein).
Buy a pot of good
quality lecithin granules and sprinkle them on your cereal or in
yoghurt, on porridge or eat with fruit. These help your liver to break
down fats and ease its overall burden.
The herbal supplement
‘milk thistle’ is traditionally used to promote liver function 2. When
taking herbals it is best to do so with the advice of a healthcare
There are so many areas that we can address to clean up our act
and help your body deal with the toxins in our body. We all know that the
results can only be to feel better and be healthier in the long term:
Avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoking
Avoid processed food
Avoid refined or ‘white’ foods e.g. white bread, pasta, sugar,
cakes and biscuits
Avoid fried foods and any type of fats including butter,
margarine and processed vegetable oils
Lower exposure to environmental pollutants e.g. traffic fumes,
chemical household and personal hygiene products and air fresheners
For a full detox, eat food only in the ‘green’ box
Make sure you eat protein with every meal
If you have digestive problems, address these
your potential food intolerances
Drink at least 1 1/2 litres of water a day
Go organic where possible
Take an appropriate multivitamin and mineral
Add lecithin to your cereal at breakfast
Consider taking the herbal supplement ‘milk
Milk thistle is believed to have protective effects on the liver and improve its
function. It is typically used to treat liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis
(liver inflammation), and gallbladder disorders. Treatment claims also include:
insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes who also have cirrhosis
the growth of cancer cells in breast, cervical, and prostate cancers.
There have been some studies of milk thistle on liver disease in humans,
but these have been small. Some promising data have been reported, but study
results at this time are mixed.
Although some studies conducted outside the United States support claims
of oral milk thistle to improve liver function,
there have been flaws in study design and reporting. To date, there is no
conclusive evidence to prove its claimed uses.
Recent NCCAM-funded research includes a phase II study to better
understand the use of milk thistle for chronic hepatitis C. Additional research,
co funded by NCCAM and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and
Kidney Diseases, includes studies of milk thistle for chronic hepatitis C and
nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (liver disease that occurs in people who drink
little or no alcohol).
The National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Nursing
Research are also studying milk thistle, for cancer prevention and to treat
complications in HIV patients.
Dandelion historically was most commonly used to treat liver diseases, kidney
diseases, and spleen problems. Less commonly, dandelion was used to treat
digestive problems and skin conditions.
Today, dandelion is
used by some as a liver or kidney "tonic," as a diuretic, and for
minor digestive problems.
Kava Linked to Liver Damage: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers of the
potential risk of severe liver injury from the use of dietary supplements
containing kava (also known as kava kava or Piper methysticum).
Recent reports from health authorities in Germany, Switzerland, France, Canada,
and the United Kingdom have linked kava use to at least 25 cases of liver
toxicity, including hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver failure.
Although liver damage appears to be rare, the FDA believes consumers
should be informed of this potential risk. Kava, a member of the pepper family, is an
herbal supplement. Products containing kava are sold in the United States for a
variety of uses, including insomnia and short-term reduction of stress and
anxiety. These products are marketed to men, women, children, and the elderly.
National Integrated Health Associates
The Power of Garlic, a Detoxification Super Food:
Detoxification, or removing the “bad stuff” from
the body is a key component to health and longevity. There are many foods,
herbs and drugs that are in the arsenal of a holistic patient and their
doctor’s tool kit to help the body detoxify in a natural manner. Garlic is
one of the most important!
This ancient longevity food has so many
functions that it truly ranks as one of the most important super-foods.
Garlic has two major functions:
A super detox food supporting many liver enzymes, the body’s
manufacturing of glutathione and other factors critical for
detoxification including multiple sulfur compounds and bio-active
Garlic is the most effective broad spectrum anti-microbial agent
possessing 39 different anti-fungal, bacterial, parasitic and viral
There are two dosages and strategies
for garlic and detox. For its detox support role, garlic once a day will
suffice; to be most effective in reducing the “bad bugs”, garlic 2-3 times a
day is recommended (keeping the blood levels up).
Freeze Dried Garlic: Why organic freeze dried garlic? Because the anti-microbial
components in garlic have a short shelf life of about 14 days and freeze
drying organic garlic preserves the potency. However it must be
reconstituted by opening up the capsules in water before ingesting.
Non-organic garlic will absorb the toxic pesticides.
How much? Eat
garlic until you reek then back off so that you are not socially
unacceptable, usually 1-2 capsules (per dosing) will be sufficient…
Demand Media, Inc.
Due to the detoxification properties of the liver,
eating certain foods can help facilitate and encourage toxin removal from
Onions, green onions and shallots
are sources of sulfur-containing amino
acids. According to Patrick Holford and Fiona Joyce, authors of the book
"The 9-Day Liver Detox Diet," sulfur drives a critical liver detox
pathway known as sulfation. The amino acids present in onions provide
the raw materials to make glutathione, a detoxifying compound in the
liver. Glutathione detoxifies acetaminophen and caffeine that pass
through the organ, the authors write. Holford and Joyce recommend eating
a small onion, a shallot or four green onions raw every day to garner
the full detoxifying effect. Raw red onions are particularly beneficial
as they contain quercetin, a natural anti-inflammatory that enhances
is a common spice present in a variety of
cuisines, specifically Indian. Michelle Cook writes in her book "The 4 Week
Ultimate Body Detox Plan" that turmeric helps increase bile production to
expel toxins and reduce liver inflammation. It functions
by increasing liver-supporting enzymes that encourage detoxification, Cook
notes. Turmeric also helps lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation
throughout the body.
such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, bok choy and Brussels sprouts
phase 1 and phase 2 liver detoxification systems,
according to James Meschino's book "The Wrinkle-Free Zone." Phase I
detoxification involves activating a group of enzymes that eliminate
food color, preservatives, additives, medications and environmental
toxins, Meschino notes. In phase 2 detoxification, enzymes interact and
neutralize potentially damaging compounds passed on from the initial
vegetables naturally contain the substance indole-3-carbinol, which
enhances enzymatic function in both phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification.
Eating these veggies with additional foods such as lemons, limes and
other citrus fruits, which contain phytochemicals like limonene,
enhances liver detox.
So Where Do I Start?
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One of the most important principles of detoxification
is that you need to clean your bowels
first and replenish its normal ecology
through the eradication of pathogens and the reintroduction of good bacteria
through pro-biotics. The phrase: “You need to clean downstream before you
can clean upstream”, implied that you should clean your bowels first,
otherwise you will be sending dirty water from the gut to a clean chemical
plant at the liver! This is a common cause for so called
detoxification-illness. Practically that means assess the ecology of the
bowels with a stool test. Thereafter follow these common gut-cleaning
- First, Weed (remove offending foods and pathogens), then
- Seed (take
appropriate pro-biotics), and thereafter
- Feed (eat the correct
foods for your body).
Many people will have developed a leaky gut by the time
they are ill, and so often the gut lining needs to be repaired during the
initial weeding phase by using certain products containing glutamine, DLG
(DeGlycerized Licorice so as to remove the cortisol retaining properties)
and aloe (with the laxative properties removed). An example of a good
product that can achieve this is Glutagenics by Metagenics.
Make sure you get your gut health better before taking
compounds to assist your liver pathways. This is a
vital step not to miss out!
Another vital consideration
beginning a detoxification program is to ensure that your metabolism is up
to the task, by addressing your adrenals and thyroid.
temperature indicates just how well your adrenal and thyroid hormones
are having an effect at a receptor level. You need your daily average (based
on three oral temperatures taken around 9am, 12noon and 3pm) to measure 98.6
degrees F/37 degrees C and stable for good health.
If they are higher one day and
lower the next, it indicates adrenal problems – because the adrenals
control the stability of internal temperature. If they are low but stable,
it indicates thyroid problems – because the thyroid hormones (T3 in
specific) lift the temperature. Saliva testing of the adrenals by DiagnosTechs
Labs, and temperature testing and thyroid blood tests, will help you
figure out if these glands are making sufficient adrenal and thyroid
hormones to keep you healthy.
The thyroid labs will
measure the glandular
output (how much hormone
is been secreted by the glands in the blood), while temperatures will
measure the effectiveness of the hormones at a receptor
are they actually doing what they are supposed to.
Tackle your gut first. Get
a stool test and use pro-biotics, diet, and supplements to heal the gut
- Look into your
hormonal system. Important: work
on your adrenals first,
and thereafter look towards your thyroid, via thyroid
support, in order to begin moving your body
temperature, closer towards 37 degrees C (98.6F) and towards
Address your liver
pathways if necessary (as above), and:
- Continue down your detoxification
path to remove offending metals e.g. with oral
Dr. Jordan S. Rubin, author of
The Maker’s Diet
Dr. H. H. Boeker believed “that over 90 percent of diseases are caused or
complicated by toxins created in the intestinal tract by unhealthy foods
that are not properly eliminated.” Autointoxication occurs when, due to poor
elimination, certain toxins escape from the bowel into the blood stream and
poison the body, causing a silent form of self-poisoning.
Two Keys to Optimal Health:
Guidelines for optimal health and nutrition can be reduced to two
Virtually every disease can be related to those two
guidelines in some way-and it all starts in the small and large intestines.
"Written by Jon Barron at The Baseline of Health Foundation". The foundation of any health or healing program must begin with the
intestinal tract -- not necessarily because it is more important than any
other system or organ in the body, but because it's the area of the body
upon which we focus our greatest abuse,
and because it impacts virtually every
other system in the body. This point is so important that it's worth
reviewing the core issues.
The colon is the main elimination channel of the
body. It is the means by which we eliminate the toxic waste of the
digestive process, including massive amounts of E. coli bacteria and
parasite larvae. If that waste hangs around longer than necessary, its
impact on the body is profound. And yet, because of dietary and health
habits, many people store, between 10-20 pounds of old (sometimes
decades old) fecal matter in their colons. (Most doctors who do
colonoscopies tell you they don't see this accumulated fecal matter, but
that's because they give their patients purgatives the night before they
do the colonoscopy, which purges the fecal matter the morning before the
exam. What they do see, however, are its effects, diverticulosis,
polyps, Crohn's disease, and colon cancer.)
Physically, the colon is not designed to store
large amounts of old fecal matter. There just isn't room for it. If you
have 10, 20, 30 pounds of extra garbage in there, there's only one thing
that can happen; the colon must distend and expand. This causes the
walls of the colon to thin out (like blowing up a balloon more and
more). As the walls extend out, they press on and compress other organs
in the abdominal cavity.
Old fecal matter is an ideal breeding ground for
harmful bacteria and dangerous parasites.
Intestinal flora are an
essential part of health. If you eat foods laced with antibiotics and
drink water with chlorine in it, you eliminate virtually all beneficial
bacteria—providing an absolutely open environment for the proliferation
of harmful bacteria, such as E. coli.
Your intestinal tract is the source of all
nutrient access to your body. If it isn't working properly, you have two
First, you have a hard time digesting food
properly—breaking it down sufficiently so that your body can use it.
And then, even if you can digest it properly, if
the intestinal wall is covered with hardened waste and colonies of
hostile bacteria/flora, you'll end up absorbing only a fraction of the
nutritional value of the food you eat.
Your liver is the main detoxifying organ of
your body. It filters out dangerous drug residues and poisons from the
blood and passes them out of the body -- through the colon via the bile
duct. Plug the colon and it's like flushing a toilet plugged with toilet
paper; everything backs up. The net result is sickness and disease. The
important point to remember here is that you shouldn't begin to cleanse
and repair the other systems in the body until you clean out the colon
so that the toxic material will have a clean path out of the body.
Weight Loss Program
sampling by our EPA shows that all Americans store fat-soluble toxins from
common chemical exposures in their fat. This is a testament to the amount of
pollution we face. Some of these like PCBs, which are proven to elevate in
your blood as they are released from fat when you lose weight, can be quite
toxic. You must be able to get toxins out of your system fully as you lose
weight, otherwise your fat will simply not release them easily and you will
struggle to lose weight past a certain point.
detox diet helps your body wash
out the bad chemicals and toxins that are left inside your body. The toxins
that you get originally come from the food that you eat. Thus, you have to
be wise and think of other ways to eat healthy. The procedure of the diet is
simple as long as you follow them properly…
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With all of the diet programs out there, how do we support our patients and
assure that they are utilizing healthy and safe weight loss? The first step
is to ensure that the patient’s liver and bowels are ready to endure a fat
loss program. The best way to do this is through an initial bowel and liver
detox and support regimen.
Because the toxins are
lipid soluble, they are attracted to the lipids in cell membranes. The
toxins can then be transported inside cells, where they wreak havoc on our
daily function and may be stored for many years.2 Furthermore, because these
toxic substances are lipophilic, they are commonly stored in neurological
tissue and body fat.3 The fact that the body tends to store these toxins in
our body fat is the exact reason it is so important to support detox before
a fat loss program. When fat loss begins, these dangerous stored toxins
become released back into circulation. It is absolutely critical that they
must be properly excreted from the body.
The body’s detox mechanism is similar to a river. At
the end of the river is the gastrointestinal tract, where the toxins
ultimately get excreted. Should there be any dysfunction in the ability to
excrete through the bowel, the toxins risk being reabsorbed and entering
back into circulation. At the middle of the river is the liver’s detox
pathway. If either phase 1 or phase 2 of the liver’s detox pathway is not
functioning properly, the toxins can get backed up and remain in circulation
for ultimate redeposition into our cells. Due to the decreased fat mass
available, the toxins risk being redeposited into our neurological tissue.
All systems in the detox river must be flowing properly for ultimate
clearing from the body.
The first step in any detox program must begin with
decreasing toxin exposure. This gives the intestines and liver a break in
processing new toxins and enhances their ability to focus on past stored
toxins. So where do we begin to decrease toxin exposure? Start with foods
and products used on a daily basis. Buy more organic foods to limit exposure
to pesticides, and eat more whole foods to decrease exposure to additives.
Look closely at cleaning products, and opt for natural alternatives.
Consider alternatives to the chemical-ridden soaps, lotions, and beauty
products used on a daily basis. Finally, be sure the air you breathe and the
water you drink are free of contaminants.
The next step in a medically guided program is to cleanse and
support the gastrointestinal tract for ultimate removal of toxins. The
intestinal mucosa is very active in the processing of toxins. In fact, 25%
of the biotransformation activity in our body takes place in the intestines,
where the mucosa converts some lipid-soluble toxins into water-soluble
molecules for excretion before they are even transported to the liver for
both toxins that are processed in the intestinal tract and those that come
from the liver require healthy fecal production for removal from the body.
Healthy fecal production can be supported through
Fiber has also been shown to actually bind some toxins for removal from the
body before they are even digested and absorbed into circulation. Along with
dietary fiber comes the necessity of adequate water intake to help maintain
healthy kidney functioning and processing of toxins already in circulation.2
In supporting the functional integrity of the
gastrointestinal mucosa, there are 4 important questions to ask yourself in
your patient assessment (the 4 Rs of
a functional medicine approach to gastrointestinal restoration).
The first important question is “What may need
to be removed to support healthy gastrointestinal function?” This may be
an underlying infection of pathogenic yeast, bacteria, or protozoa.
There may also be a history of chronic exposure to a particular food or
additive to which the patient is intolerant. Your full history will give
clues to any of these issues.
After this question is addressed, you can move
on to the second important question: “What may need to be replaced?”
Consider the possibility of
digestive enzymes, bile salts, or stomach acid supplementation.
Then, the third important question is “Does
there need to be reinoculation with
probiotics and/or prebiotics?”
And last, the fourth important question: “Is anything needed for
regeneration or repair of the mucosal layer?” This can be supported
through tailored nutrition
therapy, as well as by gastrointestinal supportive botanical medicines.4
Kidney Function Overview
What do my kidneys do:
kidneys are bean-shaped organs, each about the size of your fist. They are
located near the middle of your back, just below the rib cage. The kidneys are
sophisticated reprocessing machines. Every day, your kidneys process about 200
quarts of blood to sift out about 2 quarts of waste products and extra water.
The waste and extra water become urine, which flows to your bladder through
tubes called ureters. Your bladder stores urine until you go to the bathroom.
The wastes in your blood come from the normal breakdown
of active tissues and from the food you eat. Your body uses the food for energy
and self-repair. After your body has taken what it needs from the food, waste is
sent to the blood. If your kidneys did not remove these wastes, the wastes would
build up in the blood and damage your body.
do kidneys fail: Many factors that influence
the speed of kidney failure are not completely understood. Researchers are still
studying how protein in the diet and cholesterol levels in the blood affect
Other Causes of Kidney Disease:
Poisons and trauma, for example a direct
and forceful blow to your kidneys, can lead to kidney disease.
over-the-counter medicines can be poisonous to your kidneys if taken regularly
over a long period of time. Products that combine aspirin, acetaminophen, and
other medicines such as ibuprofen have been found to be the most dangerous to
the kidneys. If you take painkillers regularly, check with your doctor to
make sure you are not putting your kidneys at risk.
"Written by Jon Barron at The Baseline of Health Foundation". The following Detox Program
incorporates a series of seven detoxes, making sure you go step-by-step and
thoroughly cleanse everything from toxins & heavy metals to stones and even
excess fat from the liver. Learn everything you need to know about detox
diets, juice fasting, colon health, liver detoxing, blood cleansing, and
Baseline of Health® Foundation supports Jon Barron's emphasis on a natural,
full body detox because a natural detox of ALL major organs is essential to
maintaining health. It is simple: you can down all the vitamins, herbs, and
antioxidants, but you won't see your health turn around if your colon is
filled with putrid fecal matter or if your liver can't clean toxins out of
your blood and perform its daily functions.
general juice fasting definitely provides overall benefits, targeted
detoxing takes advantage of certain herbs, nutraceuticals, or alternative
health protocols to greatly accelerate the process -- particularly in
regards to specific body systems and/or organs. The combined juice fast with
an organ-specific natural detox offers the most powerful cleansing program
The nine specific detoxes include the Colon Detox, Intestinal Cleansing,
Heavy Metal Detox, Gallbladder Cleansing Prep, Kidney Detox, Pancreas Flush,
and finally the Liver Detox, Gallbladder Flush, & Blood Cleansing
(specifically in this order). Let's look at all of them:
Phase 1 – The Colon Detox & Intestinal Cleaning
It is vital that you do a colon cleanse before proceeding with the rest
of the detoxes. When the kidney and liver dump, they dump through the bile duct
and out into the colon. If the colon (the drain pipe if you will) is plugged,
the waste backs up into the blood stream and can make you feel extremely ill.
Phase 2 – The Kidney Detox, Pancreas Flush and Gallbladder Cleansing
incidence of kidney problems has soared to epidemic levels over the last
ten years, the need for a dedicated formula for doing a regular kidney
flush has become paramount. A kidney flush softens the stones so they
can pass through the bile ducts easily, without causing pain or
blockage. This is really mandatory for anyone who has any worry about
gallstones, and highly recommended for anyone who has never done a liver
– The Liver Detox, Gallbladder Flush and Blood Cleansing:
By cleansing the liver, we're talking about inducing the liver to purge
all of the fats, old cholesterol deposits, gallstones, poisons, drug residues,
and toxic waste stored therein. Probably nothing else you do (including even the
bowel cleanse and detox) will make a greater difference in your overall health.
There is an old saying, "Death
Begins in the Colon." Although an oversimplification, the road to
health begins with intestinal cleansing and detoxification--no matter what
the disease or problem. And, you miss the big picture when you think it is
just about drawing out old fecal matter. We are talking about enhancing each
function from your mouth to your anus: digestion, nutrient transfer, waste
processing, metabolic functions, toxic drainage, and boosting your immune
system. For the entire program to work, you MUST do a colon detox before a
liver detox or you risk having major toxins push back into the blood stream
(since your drain pipe is plugged).
Colon detoxing and intestinal cleansing is the
foundation for the liver detox (Phase 3) because if the intestinal tract is
clogged, many of the toxins being dumped by your liver will back up into
your bloodstream, making you feel very unwell…