Why Detox 3-4 Times Year?
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The nutritional “detox world” is full of mistruths and sales gimmicks which make it quite confusing for the average consumer. Hopefully this information will help you to make an educated decision on why you should purchase a detox program 3 to 4 times per year. When I was studying to become a naturopath doctor (I did not complete the degree), Designs for Health allowed me to set up an account as a holistic health practitioner. You can only purchase these products from a professional in the health industry, this is NOT a direct sales company, network marketing company, affiliate program, or an mlm. These products are only available directly by certified professionals.
I get questions every week regarding detoxification, therefore, I thought this article by Michael Jurgelewicz DC DACBN DCBCN would be quite helpful for all of you to read.:
Detox Has Become Very Popular
Detoxification has become quite popular these days. In conventional medicine many do not think about detoxification the way most of us in alternative medicine do, in fact, the conventional realm it is typically associated with drug and alcohol detoxification. If you google detoxification or do a PubMed search you will most likely get information on drug detoxification and treatment facilities.
In the world of functional and nutritional medicine detoxification is really just our individual ability to detoxify our bodies by eliminating toxic substances and is essential to our overall health. All of us live in an ever-increasingly toxic environment and more than 80000 chemicals are introduced into the world each year; in all honesty, our indoor environment is likely more toxic than our outdoor environment. We are exposed to pesticides, herbicides, chemical solvents, xenobiotics and industrial chemicals of all kinds that we encounter through the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. These toxins accumulate in our body and contribute to the total toxic load that can cause a variety of health problems. SCARY!
Symptoms of Toxicity
Some of the symptoms of toxicity include:
- Fatigue headaches generalized muscle aches
- Poor exercise tolerance
- Skin rashes (food allergies/sensitivities)
- Immune weakness
- Environmental and chemical sensitivity
- Lack of concentration depression mood changes memory loss sleep disturbances
There are a multitude of detoxification programs available today ranging from juice cleanses to fasting; some people look at these programs as a way to eliminate toxins while others think of them as a means to lose weight. Many programs are very low in calories and deprive the body of valuable protein and nutrients which can lead to the unfortunate consequences of dehydration fatigue and headaches. Programs that involve fasting should be avoided plain and simple because detoxification pathways significantly decrease in as little as 36 hours of fasting. In addition, fasting depletes glycogen which prevents glucuronidation; also the other three phase II conjugation pathways are all protein dependent.
Nutritional Support for Detoxification
There is significant evidence that support the importance of diet and nutritional supplementation in maintaining detoxification pathways; so let’s look at several of these critical nutrients:
Milk Thistle is one of the most protective herbs for the liver. There have been hundreds of studies that confirm these protective properties.
N-Acetyl Cysteine is a modified version of the sulfur-containing amino acid cysteine that is a precursor to glutathione which supports phase II detoxification. It has been used for decades for acute poisoning from pain-relieving medications.
Calcium D-Glucarate aids in liver detoxification and supports healthy hormone metabolism and clearance of excess hormones through the glucuronidation pathway. Keep in mind that in liver detoxification many of the substrates are xenobiotics such as pollutants and excess estrogens. Calcium d-glucarate is an essential part of the detoxification process by preventing the recycling of potentially harmful environmental toxins and excess estrogenic hormones while promoting liver detoxification. Remember, your liver is the “BRAIN” of your metabolism.
EGCg is one of the most extensively studied green tea polyphenols. Green tea supports detoxification by enhancing the glucuronidation pathway and in addition, offers many other benefits such as helping to modulating blood glucose control and providing antioxidant neuroprotective and cancer-protective properties.
As wellness practitioners, we all know that everyone can benefit from detoxification, yet countless clients shy away from it because many programs are difficult to follow, and truthfully, they just don’t taste good. Educating people about manageable and palatable detox programs is key so they can reap the abundant health benefits, such as increased energy, deeper sleep, reduced joint pain, improved weight loss, better focus and memory, improved sex drive, and improved digestion.
The 14 Day Detox/Cleanse Program
The 14 day program was created to support the body’s natural two-phase detoxification process. This is accomplished by providing the nutrients needed to support and balance phase I and II metabolic pathways, high levels of antioxidants for safe detoxification, and to promote healthy liver function and elimination.*
This program has a shorter duration than our other popular detoxification programs, yet it remains comprehensive in scope and true to the Design for Health philosophy.
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