By Carol Wilson ~
How to support detoxification
Detoxification is essential for ridding the body of toxins and preventing their “health robbing” effects. Although all cells have the ability to detoxify toxins, the most important organ for detoxification is the liver–known as the body’s filter and purification system.
Toxins enter the liver as either water- or fat-soluble molecules. Water-soluble toxins are rather easily metabolized and excreted into the urine. In contrast, fat-soluble toxins can be stored in fat cells where they are protected from the body’s detoxification systems.
Excess fat stores, especially organ-bathing visceral fat, are linked to several diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic dysfunction. The addition of toxin exposure to an overweight or obese individual may only serve to increase these risks
Proper Nutrition Essential for Detoxification
To ensure optimal functioning of my Isagenix detoxification systems it is essential to have an adequate dietary intake of vitamins (B vitamins, vitamins C, and E), minerals (selenium, zinc, copper), and other bioactive nutrients such as coenzyme Q10 and polyphenols. These nutrients bolster our detoxification defenses by providing antioxidant support. Nutritional support is essential in the detoxification process because some toxins are produced as the result of free radicals. Additionally, nutritional support is needed to counteract the oxidative damage caused by toxins.
Plant botanicals including ashwagandha, aloe vera, and turmeric (Cleanse for Life), milk thistle (Product B), resveratrol, and other antioxidant vitamins and botanicals (Ageless Essential Daily Pak) have all been shown to improve detoxification. Beyond these micronutrients, the detoxification system also needs an adequate source of the amino acid cysteine, the sulfur-containing amino acid essential for GSH production. Luckily, cysteine is abundant in whey protein found in IsaLean Shakes, Bars, and Soups.
Additionally, the reduction of fat mass—the primary target for toxin storage—stimulates the release of toxins into the circulation. Once in the bloodstream toxins are more easily metabolized and excreted from the body. When the body has the additional nutritional support of amino acids, vitamins, polyphenols, and other bioactive ingredients, the detoxification enzymes can perform at peak function.
The Isagenix system ingeniously incorporates both intermittent fasting on Cleanse Days and calorie restriction on Shake Days to help you burn fat and stimulate the release of fat-stored toxins. The polyphenol-rich nutrients and plant extracts found in Cleanse For Life provide plant-based antioxidants that support the detoxification enzymes responsible for toxin elimination. Also, the whey protein in IsaLean Shake supplies essential amino acids such as cysteine that can boost GSH production and facilitate toxin removal.
Also, there are several measures you can take to support detoxification and elimination of toxins.
Put in some sauna time
The skin plays a major role in detoxification and many toxins can be eliminated from the body through sweating. Saunas are a great way to accomplish this, but be sure to keep hydrated and replenish mineral losses. Research has indicated that dry saunas may help the body excrete heavy metals, pesticides, and other harmful chemical chemicals through sweat.
Exercise doesn’t just keep you fit, it also helps your body eliminate toxins through increased respiration, circulation, and sweating. Exercise-induced sweating has been shown to help the body excrete toxic heavy metals, including arsenic and lead. Again, be sure to hydrate appropriately during exercise.
Consider supplementing your diet with nutrients that can help support your natural detoxification process, such as glutathione and its precursor N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC), milk thistle, vitamin C, whey protein, sulforaphane, certain B vitamins, and dietary fiber.
Chlorella, a type of algae, may also support the body’s natural detoxification process. Chlorella may assist in detoxification by binding to potentially toxic compounds and preventing their absorption.
My Isagenix Organic Greens is a superfood experience packed with two full servings of organic vegetables such as organic kale, spinach, turmeric, chlorella, spirulina, and more.
If you’re considering supplementing your diet to support detoxification, please feel free to reach out to me.
The bottom line
Environmental toxins are natural or synthetic chemicals and minerals that cause a toxic burden on the human body and require detoxification. We are exposed to environmental toxins on a daily basis, but our body’s detoxification system should be able to rid the body of these toxins. However, in some cases, if the body is overburdened, disease may occur. There are many ways to prevent toxin exposure and support the body in its detoxification processes.
Above all, be aware of the potential sources of toxin exposure, incorporate ways in which you can reduce your daily exposure, and support your body’s natural detoxification process to reduce your risk of negative health outcomes from environmental toxins.