Using Detoxification Techniques to Prevent Chronic Disease
Environmental chemicals, pesticides, plastics, and processed foods are some of the toxins that constantly bombard our bodies. If we do not find a way to detoxify some of these chemicals and pollutants we will become more prone to chronic disease. Most of the chronic health challenges we see today such as allergies, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and coronary artery disease are associated with exposure to toxins. On a regular basis we change the oil our cars and clean air filters in our furnace since we know they will run more efficiently when they are clean. We also brush our teeth and take a shower daily so that our outside of our body gets clean. The inside of our body also needs to be clean. What we eat, drink and breathe on a daily basis affects our internal organs. When we take in too many toxins, our liver has problems processing them, and soon we can have a variety of symptoms.
Here is a list of Common Symptoms of Chemicals and Toxins in the System:
2. Skin Problems
3. Bad breath
4. Body odor
5. Blood sugar imbalances
7. Mental dullness / poor memory
8. Chronic fatigue
9. Bloating or gas
10. Poor digestion
11. Weight gain
13. Premature aging and wrinkling
14. Muscle and/or joint pain
15. Unusual responses to medication and supplements
17. Hair falling out
18. Age spots
19. Water retention
20. Multiple chemical sensitivities
If you have any of the above symptoms on a regular basis, consider doing a detoxification program. Even though we take good supplements or try to eat a good diet daily, if toxins are in our system and cannot get removed effectively, many of the symptoms will become chronic. The liver is our major detoxification organ. It has a two-phase toxin removal system. In Phase I, the liver works with the intestines to help transform fat-soluble toxins into molecules that are ready to be removed from the system. In Phase II the liver attaches the toxin to a water-soluble molecule so that it can quickly be eliminated through the kidneys. This removal of the new water-soluble molecule should happen as soon as possible so that the toxins are not stored too long.
During a detoxification program it is very important to get high quality nutrition daily in an easy to absorb form. To maintain a healthy metabolism and avoid muscle wasting during detoxification, a program that incorporates bioavailable proteins, carbohydrates, fats and fiber are necessary. High quality proteins that contain the amino acids methionine and cysteine help reduce excessive fatty build-up in the liver, and support liver phase II detoxification. High quality detoxification supplements contain this lipotrophic blend of amino acids that are specifically designed to help in liver cleansing.
Carbohydrates in the form of vegetables assist in detoxifying the liver and intestines. Vegetables contain phytochemicals that assist in both phase I and phase II liver detoxification. Broccoli has indole-3- carbinols that support liver phase I and glucosinolates that support liver phase II detoxification. Fiber in the diet helps to reduce toxins even before they get absorb by the body.