Even the Healthiest of us Need to Detox

March 3, 2014 by  
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Detoxification – An Essential Process

Detoxification is a buzzword we hear more and more recently, especially in Complementary and Alternative Medicine circles. But what does detoxification actually mean and is it even worth your time to think about it?

Well yes, it probably is because the world we live in is so filled with toxicants (commonly called “toxins”) that even the strongest and healthiest among us are being assaulted every day with chemicals that our bodies must cope with (detoxify and remove) in order for us to survive. If our load of poisons is more than we (or each of our particular genetics) can handle, then this toxic exposure will eventually make us sick or could eventually even kill us. Our bodies, through normal operation, produce a base load of toxins that we need to process to keep functioning. We do have a capacity to detoxify more, but even if you happen to be extraordinarily careful and try to avoid every toxin in the world, there will come a time when you are accidentally exposed to a dose of some kind of toxic substance. Your body must detoxify all of these toxins in order for you to maintain your health.

Fortunately, our bodies have ways of handling foreign contaminants, primarily through the liver and kidneys. Clearing out toxic substances is known as detoxification, and our bodies are pretty good at it most of the time. But, there are some cases when your body needs just a little bit of help.

How can we help our bodies to detoxify and is it worth the bother?

THE HISTORY OF TOXINS

We, as humans, evolved to be able to handle certain problematic substances that are in our environment or diet (infections, injury, animal bites, and poisonous plants were the primary toxins we dealt with for most of our evolution).

Humans eventually started mining our own toxic substances. A good early example of this is the mining and using heavy metals like lead. During the Roman Empire people used make up and even “health” supplements created using lead, which caused significant illness in those exposed. Humans also experimented with toxic substances using them for manufacturing (e.g. using mercury to make men’s top-hats, leading to the now familiar description of top-hat manufacturers as “Mad as a Hatter”).

But the last 100 – 200 years has seen an explosion in the development and use of new and particularly dangerous toxic substances. This is primarily because chemistry has matured and humans learned how to assemble all kinds of “useful” chemicals. Unfortunately, many of these chemicals are also very toxic and often make us sick. From pesticides to industrial waste products, the amount of toxins we are exposed to is staggering.

HOW DOES YOUR BODY REMOVE TOXINS?

To simplify a very complicated subject, there are only a few ways our body can actually remove toxins from itself. The number 1 and 2 ways are pretty obvious (i.e. urination and defecation). Of course, If you’ve ever been sick with a stomach “bug”, you are probably well acquainted with another, more extreme route — nausea and vomiting clears out your stomach contents very quickly taking any toxins you ingested along with it. Another, less expected, way of removing toxins from our body is sweating, where the moisture and salts in our skin literally “pull” the toxins out with them. Another method of toxin removal, you may not give much thought to, is respiration. A good example of this is that every minute we breathe out excess carbon dioxide (a toxin for us).

Finally, if your body can’t get rid of a toxin through any of these means, it will simply wall off the offending material. The problem with this last method is that the inflammation needed to wall of a toxic substance (let’s say asbestos) leads to the formation of very fibrous scar tissue. This scar tissue often is created exactly where you don’t want it, like your lungs or your arteries. This is why there was so much litigation around asbestos exposure. The body would wall off the dangerous asbestos molecules causing severe lung scarring (asbestosis) because our bodies cannot “detoxify” asbestos in any other way.

FAT AND WATER

The liver processes fat soluble toxins
so that they can be eliminated
through your intestines as bile.

Toxins fall into two broad categories, fat soluble and water soluble. This means that a given chemical can only really be stored in fat or water, but usually not both. For instance, vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble, so they are stored in fat cells in your body, the liver specifically. While vitamins are not toxins, it illustrates how things can be stored and transported in the body. Because they need fat to make their way into your body, this is why many supplements are supposed to be taken with a meal.

The body uses two different approaches to remove toxins from our bodies:

Fat soluble toxins are removed by the liver through the production of bile (a digestive enzyme the liver produces) and releases it into the small intestine during digestion. Once there, it is absorbed by the fiber in your diet, and safely pushed through until you deposit it in the toilet. This is one of the big reasons why fiber is so important in your diet; without enough of it, the toxins can be reabsorbed through your intestine into your body and must be processed out again.

The kidney removes water
soluble toxins.

Water soluble toxins have a number of different ways of being detoxified and removed by our bodies. After the liver processes them into (slightly) safer versions, the “tagged” toxins travel through your bloodstream until they reach the kidneys. Once in the kidneys, the chemical tag the liver put on the toxin is recognized by the cells there and the tagged toxins are moved through to the bladder, where you can pee them out safely. This is why urine tests are so useful for recognizing imbalances in chemicals in your body, as many chemicals are removed this way if they are in excess or there is some other problem. This is also why urine tests are used to detect the “metabolites” (chemicals produced in breaking down a substance) of drugs, legal or otherwise.

THE LIVER

The “go to” organ for dealing with things that don’t belong in your body is the liver. Your liver plays a number of crucial roles in your system especially the immune system, well as regulating levels of a large number of hormones and other chemicals (e.g. vitamins, blood sugar levels) that, if out of balance, could be considered toxic. Your liver is also one of the main places that medications and other drugs are broken down so that they can be removed from your body. On top of all this, the liver both aids in digestion (by producing bile to help digest fats) and sends out processed waste for removal. There are two major steps in processing toxins.

 

The cytochrome system is an extremely complex set of enzymes that perform a remarkable number of reactions in virtually every cell in your body. When your liver encounters a toxin, the cytochrome system is the first line of defense that springs into action. There are about 100 enzymes involved in this process, and they essentially convert anything they can into water-soluble chemicals that can be removed by (primarily) your kidneys.

The major detox pathways and what supports them.

Anything the cytochrome enzymes can’t convert into specifically a water-soluble chemical is transformed into a type called a reactive form, called a “free radical”. This means that an oxygen atom is tagged onto it, making it potentially more harmful, except that it then becomes a target for anti-oxidants in your body.

Glutathione

One of the most powerful anti-oxidants found in the body is a chemical called glutathione. Glutathione is found in our diet and also naturally produced by your body. It is found in fruits, vegetables, fish, and meat. It is a pretty simple compound made up of three amino acids — cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycine. Even though it is found in a number of foods, supplementing glutathione directly does not appear to be effective, since the body can’t absorb it very well in the intestines. You can, however, supplement the levels of the amino acids it is made up of (cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycine) to allow your body to produce more as it is needed. Glutathione is the main way that our bodies remove heavy metals and many fat-soluble toxins, by binding with them and making the water-soluble for the kidney to remove.

Glutathione is also one of the major ways your body processes toxins after the cytochrome system is done working on them. The cytochrome system generates a lot of “free radicals” (chemicals that can cause DNA damage as well as physical damage to many cells in the body) when processing toxins. In order to “fix” these free radicals generated from the cytochrome system, glutathione is essential. If your body runs out of glutathione because of a particularly strong or chronic exposure to toxins, these dangerous forms of toxins (free radicals) can cause significant damage.

WHAT CAN I DO TO REMOVE TOXINS FROM MY BODY?

While there are many things you can do to increase toxin removal, there are some small changes that make a big difference.

First, avoid taking in the toxins in to your body to begin with: For example, eating organic food instead of conventionally farmed foods can remove almost all synthetic pesticides getting into your body. This alone greatly reduces the toxic load that your body must process, not to mention avoiding the nasty side effects of pesticides overall. Other important toxins to avoid are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) like formaldehyde.

Second, eat more fiber: Since fiber helps to remove fat soluble toxins in your intestines (released as bile) while also preventing them from being reabsorbed, increasing your fiber intake can reduce the burden of having to reprocess the toxins that don’t get a chance to clear and are reabsorbed.

Charcoal appears to act in a similar fashion to fiber in this regard, absorbing and binding with potentially dangerous chemicals and poisons; this is why when someone accidentally ingests a poison, doctors may recommend taking activated charcoal, as it helps neutralize many different kinds of poisons. Products like Takesumi Supreme (finely ground carbonized bamboo) do this remarkably well, and are a safe way that I use to help my body remove potential toxins. Originally developed and sold in Japan, Takesumi can be used in water or even added to baked goods as a source of fiber, as many Japanese bakeries do. Takesumi is an extremely gentle and safe method for removing excessive heavy metals. It can be particularly helpful in removing mercury in people who have problems associated with excessive mercury buildup in their bodies.

Supplements

In addition to these changes, you could also consider taking some supplements to support the systems that work to keep you toxin-free. The best supplements to help your body remove toxins are those that act as anti-oxidants or in some way enhance the production of glutathione. These include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA)
  • Selenium (found in onions, broccoli, and Brazil nuts)
  • S-adenosylmethione (SAMe)
  • amino acids like cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycine (which make up glutathione)
  • Milk Thistle (helps produce glutathione)

CONCLUSION

It is important to remember that the toxins in your environment are not the only ones that your body processes. There are waste products in your metabolism that need to be processed out as well, such as hormones, ammonia (from breaking down proteins), and many others. In addition, the liver processes certain things we eat in exactly the same way as toxins, such as ethanol (from alcoholic beverages) and fructose (half of ordinary table sugar). but it can also degrade the performance of the liver removing other toxins.

When you add the load of environmental toxins, your body’s natural detoxification system can easily get overwhelmed. Knowing how to decrease your toxic load and increase your body’s ability to replenish its defenses is a key part of maintaining optimum health

20 EASY WAYS TO LOSE WEIGHT & DETOX FAST

August 25, 2013 by  
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1. STAY UNCONSTIPATED USING COLONICS OR USE A NATURAL INEXPENSIVE PLANT FOOD SUPPLEMENT TO HELP YOU POOP THREE TO FIVE TIMES PER DAY

 

WHY?

Staying unconstipated with colonics and or a natural plant food supplement are safe and effective ways of removing waste from the large intestine. Keeping the colon clean helps the system run at an optimum capacity, keeping metabolism high. Now I have heard nearly all reasons “WHY” people don’t poop daily like for instance; I can’t poop in the morning I have to get to work; can’t poop at work; at school; around my boyfriend; going to a wedding; flying on a trip;going on a date;going to a game; don’t want to get up during sleep;can’t use a portapottie;don’t use public rest rooms etc… anyone else have any more I haven’t heard?

2. USE ORGANIC, UNREFINED, VIRGIN COCONUT OIL 1 TBSP IN THE MORNING AND 1 TBSP IN THE LATE AFTERNOON

 

WHY?

The medium chain essential fatty acid or EFA provide an immediate energy source, speeding metabolism, while lessening transit time of other food products in the digestive track.

 

3. ONE TBSP RAW ORGANIC APPLE CIDAR VINEGAR BEFORE EACH MEAL

 

WHY?

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid which stimulates the production of stomach acid. The more stomach acid the better. It will break down your food into smaller molecules. The smaller the molecules the more efficiently your intestines and liver can absorb the nutrients it needs. The faster it gets the nutrients the faster your metabolism gets.

 

 

4. TAKE DIGESTIVE ENZYMES WITH EACH MEAL

 

WHY?

 

It’s an excellent chance that your body is not producing enough digestive enzymes to deal with the food that you are consuming. Digestive enzymes will speed up metabolism and reduce gas and bloating. Digestive enzymes make your food digest quicker and easier and go through your system much faster. Extra lipase, protease, amylase, cellulase, lactase can only benefit the system and speed metabolism.

 

5. DRINK WATER IMMEDIATELY IN THE AM

 

WHY?

It is a gentle way to start your body’s metabolism and it is the best natural appetite suppressant. Warm water versus cold water. Cold constricts the body channels and you want the channels open to flush out toxins and better absorption of nutrients to come.

 

6. EAT ORGANIC GRAPEFRUITS AND APPLES ALL DAY

 

WHY?

 

Both are natural appetite suppressants. And because they are mostly water, low in calories, low in sodium, high in potassium, high in fat burning enzymes and loaded with vitamins and minerals, they assimilate quickly into your system. Grapefruits are 90% water. The more water you intake the more you will increase your metabolism. Apples have a high water and high fiber content too, giving you that feeling of satiety longer, hence eating less.

 

7. EAT A BIG SALAD FOR LUNCH AND DINNER AND LIMIT IT TO FOUR ITEMS ONLY

 

WHY?

 

Salad items are usually full of water, fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, and there is usually copious chewing involved with eating salads. This all sends messages of satiety to the brain. The limitation of four items is a food combining issue. Sending too many items down the track at one meal delays transit time, creating gas and bloat.

 

 

8. DRINK 4-6 CUPS YERBA MATE’ or Woolong TEA/ day

 

WHY?

These teas have a Thermo-genic Effect” that shrinks appetite and tames cravings. These products produce heat which increases your metabolism.

 

9.Juice Fasting with The Juiced Up Juice Bar 

 

WHY?

The less one chews & eats the more the body turns to its own fat storage for energy. Gives the digestive track a rest. Plant food juice contains numerous vitamins and minerals, enzymes, amino acids, natural sugars and agents which are anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial & act as natural diuretics. It’s also a great opportunity for detoxification.

 

10. REDUCE OR ELIMATE FLOURIDE INTAKE

 

WHY?

 

 

Fluoride creates hypothyroidism. Hypo or under active thyroid function. Excess fluoride correlates with all thyroid-related issues. When there is excess of fluoride in the body it can interfere with the function of the thyroid gland. It is possible that iodine deficiency, which is the most common cause of brain damage and mental disability in the world, could be lessened by simply cutting back on the use of fluoride. Definitely filter your drinking water, and consider a shower filter since your skin filters gallons of tap water during one shower.

 

 

11. NO FOOD AFTER 6 PM

WHY?

 

This habit lessens the chances of you going belly up with a full meal in your gut. The natural circadian rhythm of sleep allows your organs to detox in an orderly fashion during the night. A full meal in the digestive track at bedtime stops that detox time, slows down metabolism, builds toxins, and encourages fat storage.

 

12. Discontinue use of main stream perfumes, fragrances, colognes and scented toiletries to include air fresheners.

 

WHY?

 

Those industries are not monitored or policed. Those industries may use any chemical they choose and they do. The chemicals they use are hormone disruptors. When you wear and use those products, you disrupt your hormonal balance and gain weight. You wear or use it strong enough and it disrupts other people’s hormones. Second hand hormone disrupting going on all over the place, especially at the beach with the new spray sun tan lotions.

 

13. Do not eat GMO foods

 

WHY?

Genetically Modified foods are created by forcing genes from one species, such as bacteria, viruses , animals or humans, into the DNA of a food crop or animal to introduce their desired trait.

Eating Genetically Modified Foods damages, livers & kidneys. Serious health risks are associated with genetically modified foods, including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation. Because they are a fake food, your body does not recognize them so bloating, gastritis, constipation, weight gain and sickness will soon ensue.

 

 

 

 

14. Do not use a microwave oven

WHY?

 

Microwaving food and drink alters the product structure on a molecular level and degrades the food. Then your body does not recognize the product. It sits in the digestive track moving extremely slowly, hence weight gain. When you microwave food the result is a carcinogenic food you then eat a carcinogenic food and you get cancer. So microwaving food causes cancer and weight gain.

 

15. Use Dry Far Infra-red Saunas

WHY?

 

Dry Far Infrared saunas burn up 600 calories in a 30 minute session sitting right still on your rump. At 150 degrees the body’s detoxification portal exits open wide and toxins from organs are allowed to flow freely carried out by sweat. Also your heart rate slowly comes up to your ideal aerobic zone in the session, effortlessly raising your metabolism and losing weight.

 

16. Follow an alkaline diet with proper food combining

 

WHY?

 

An Alkaline diet with proper food combinations is naturally anti-inflammatory. When food enters the alimentary canal in improper combinations that causes inflammation. Inflammation is swelling of tissues with extra water. Extra water equals extra weight gain. Following a alkaline diet equals weight loss and sickness free. Following an acidic diet equals weight gain , cancer and slow painful death. The worst acidic items that can be ingested are in sodas. Sodas contain sugar, HFC, aspartame, phospheric acid, colors, caffeine and those are only what us food investigators know of. Powerful companies are not policed well.

 

17. Employ an 8 minute walk one way and an 8 minute walk back

WHY?

 

That equals 97 and ½ hours of movement over a year’s span. Even if you are already exercising, this practice will easily allow for even more weight loss. Most people find it doable to simply walk in one direction for 8 minutes, and back than to plan in an hour workout on a tight schedule.

 

18. Use Astaxanthin daily

 

WHY?

 

Astaxanthin is a rich red algae based anti-oxidant that is nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatory product. Protects all parts of the cells from oxidative damage. If you protect your cells that equals les inflammation, hence less weight gain and more weight loss.

19. Stay out of fluorescent lighting

 

WHY?

Fluorescent light bulbs emit microwave radiation causing cancer and inflammation. When you interfere with your own tiny electrical currents existing in your body that interferes with your own chemical reactions, hence inflammation and weight gain.

20. Hire an energetic re-balancer and clear out trapped emotions from your chakras

WHY?

Most of us have stress and emotional ups and downs daily. These emotions become trapped in your corresponding chakra. Trapped emotions stem from things like personal power, ego, friendships, sexuality, reproduction, survival, empathy, communication, fear, love and judgment all leave an emotional mark in one or more of your chakras. After decades of psychic sludge trapped in that particular chakra vortex, the corresponding body organ involved with it will not heal or come to full potential. So for example if you are in an unfulfilling relationship that would correspond with your sacral chakra or your belly area making harder to lose weight.

As an aside here is a NO NO list:

NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS

Aspartame: the worst of the worst when it comes to sweeteners (and the reason why diet sodas and colas are just as bad as the regular kind), aspartame is the sweetener with over 92 different health side effects that have been associated with it’s consumption including brain tumors, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders and epilispsy/seizures and more.

NO MSG

NO DIET SODAS PERIOD NO BUBBLES

NO FAST FOODS OR CHAIN PLACES

NO HFCS

NO WHITE SUGAR OR FLOUR

NO TRANS FATS AND HYDROGENATED

NOTHING FROM A BAG, BOX, CAN OR JAR

 

 

These products are manmade and are full of chemicals or just a chemical standing alone. These chemicals are designed to make you hungrier quicker, and fatter faster. They are designed to get you addicted to more food. In England their government restricts the chemical additives of manufactured foods to only 2-4 chemicals.

 

Someone take a guess at how many different chemicals our Food and Drug Administration or FDA allows manufacturers to add to our foods. 2222

Dry Far Infrared Sauna Room Is a Calorie Burner; Burn 600 calories/35 minutes sitting completely still

December 3, 2011 by  
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