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Do we really need to detox?

By sandraljames, Mar 9 2016 10:35AM

There’s always a detox diet or new detox food being reported in the press but do we really need to detox?

Detox processes happen in our bodies every day, every hour, every second, they are constant. Our bodies are like a big biochemistry lab where detoxification is an essential end point to key metabolic reactions in the body.

The liver is the most important detoxifying organ and given the proper nourishment the liver is of capable of regeneration both by building new tissue and by restoring its ability to detoxify substances - which is pretty amazing!

So if our bodies (and our livers) are busy detoxifying all the time do we need to spend time doing anything else? The answer, unfortunately, is yes!

Liver detoxification is a complex subject but can be broadly described as being in phases – Phase I, II and III. In order to function optimally, each phase depends upon the presence of specific nutrients.

These include

• certain amino acids (from protein rich foods),

• l- carnitine (from avocados and red meat),

• magnesium (from green leafy veg),

• limonene (from lemons)

• sulphur (from garlic and onions) to name a few


Also we must consider that our genes are not prepared for the chemicals we are now exposed to. Bodies did not evolve to be able to break down the recent toxins in the environment and if they are fat soluble toxins they will end up in our fat tissue. It’s not just one toxin that we can remove or avoid, multiple low toxic exposures from things such as pesticides, drugs, plastics, household products, paints and skincare build our total toxic load.

In a recent article in The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof points out that we’re exposed to hundreds of these toxins on a daily basis, most of which are completely invisible—and either ignored or underappreciated by the conventional media and medical establishment:

This increasing chemical world we live in, in conjunction with common nutrient deficiencies (even in diets that seem healthy) means that we struggle to detoxify as our bodies were intended to., Our livers work extremely hard but over time struggle to keep up, and because we can’t see it we think it’s doing ok!

If you have any issues with symptoms that include fatigue, headaches, skin rashes, allergies, gut symptoms, food intolerances, hormonal issues, low mood or inflammation then it could be a good idea to think about how to better support your liver.

So how can we help our body (and our livers) cope with the burden of toxins?

• Food

• Exercise

• Meditation (stress diverts blood away from the liver so activities that reduce stress are helpful)

• Skin (brushing/saunas or anything that makes you sweat)

• Breathing (fresh air)

• Lifestyle factors (such as looking at household products, skincare, water and overall environment)

Start your day with a cup of warm water with the juice of half a lemon and aim for a selection of the following foods every day:

• Garlic

• Onions

• Lemons

• Avocados

• Beetroot

• All green leafy veg

• Broccoli/Cauliflower/Brussel Sprouts/Kale

• Olive oil

• Apples

• Good quality protein

• Herbs such as rosemary, turmeric and black pepper

If you are eating these regularly and still getting health symptoms then consider a targeted liver support programme such as the NutriCLean Metabolic Detox. This is a brilliant kick start and supportive liver programme. It is a 14 day plan that is nutritionally balanced and all the essential nutrients for liver detoxification are included.

What are the benefits of the 14 day Nutriclean?

• Improved liver function which minimises the potential for future toxin accumulation

• Improved and rested digestion (less bloating, gas, discomfort, improved bowel function)

•  Improved organ function, particularly our organs of elimination (including skin)

• Feeling lighter and brighter with more energy

• Weight loss (although this is very individual and weight loss will vary from person to person)

• Pain levels may be reduced

• Taking time out to nourish and nurture leaves us feeling rested and less stressed

•  A great kick start to a healthier you

Get in touch if you are interested and wish to find out more.

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