Spring is the time for renewal.
What more appropriate time to go on a balanced detox program? Recent research indicates that rampant environmental toxicity can cause the following chronic conditions:
• A history of increasing sensitivity to exogenous exposures, odors, or medications
• Abnormal pregnancy outcomes
• Broad mood swings
• Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
• Chronic immune system depression
• Contact dermatitis
• Fertility problems
• Fibromyalgia (FM)
• Kidney dysfunction
• Learning disorders
• Memory loss
• Mineral imbalances (particularly zinc and calcium)
• Multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS)
• Muscle weakness
• Nonresponsive or recurrent yeast infections
• Panic attacks
• Parkinson’s disease
• Unusual responses to medications or supplements
With the increase in cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases, there is a direct link to environmental toxicity.
Toxic substances in our environment include drugs, heavy metals, organic pesticides and industrial compounds. The three major organs involved in detoxification are the intestines, liver and kidneys. The intestines not only support regular bowel movements by eliminating the build-up of unhealthy microorganisms and internal toxins, but also provide a tough barrier to prevent leakage of toxic materials from the intestines into blood circulation.
Some of the nutrients involved in intestinal health are L-Glutamine, pantothenic acid, zinc and beneficial bacteria as well as insoluble fiber ie; rice bran. The fiber in rice bran has been shown to preferentially bind mutagens (cancer-causing substances), over wheat corn, barley or oat fibers!
The liver filters out and transforms toxic substances through at least two different phases of detoxification phase I and phase II. Vitamins A, Beta—carotene, Niacin, pyridoxine, i.e. the amino acids L-cysteine, L-Glutamine, Glutathione and phospholipids i.e. Phosphotidylcholine (pc). The ratio of dietary protein to carbohydrate enables the liver to detoxify many toxins.
The kidneys, on the other hand require vitamins B6, B12 and two different forms of folate (folic acid and L-5 methyl tetrahydrofolate) for proper detoxification. NAC or N-acetylcysteine is an amino acid that is well knows for its highly potent antioxidant benefit in supporting kidney function.
With the solid research available on both protein and nutrient requirements during detoxification, water and juice fasting are less helpful. Prolonged fasting can weaken both muscles and organs due to protein losses. The protein losses result in lowered metabolic rate and eventually a higher body fat.
We offer different detox packages that are based on each individual's requirements.
Any detox program must be supervised by your health care professional.