Detoxing Daily Includes Liver and Colon Support
As promised, there are two other organs where the body naturally detoxifies itself. The liver and the colon. Below I give several suggestions for how to keep these organs in optimal health so they can do their best job for you.
The liver is a major detox organ and is working daily to keep you clean. Glutathione is the main antioxidant and detoxifying molecule is the body. I recommend N acetyl cysteine (NAC) because it helps form and recycle glutathione in order to keep it in good supply. Eating more soy beans, seeds and nuts can increase NAC. Minerals like selenium and zinc are necessary for glutathione formation. Nuts, in general, are great sources of zinc and Brazil nuts provide a good source of selenium.
The colon needs daily evacuation so constipation can be avoided.
Consuming both soluble and insoluble fiber are necessary in promoting detoxification – and this prevents constipation. A formed, soft stool that looks like a snake needs to occur daily.
Prebiotic fiber like inulin, fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), and grains like flax and oats feed friendly bacteria in to the gut and cause stool to pass daily. With a prebiotic fiber you can prevent constipation and improve overall gut function.
Other ways you can increase your body’s ability to deplete toxins is to reduce the toxic burden through clean air, clean water and clean food. This allows each detox organ the ability to work better when because they aren’t having to work as hard.
For those needing more aggressive treatment you may need some form of IV chelation for heavy metals or some form of ozone to eliminate persistent organic pollutants like herbicides, pesticide, food additives that have accumulated in your body. Knowing your toxic load and your detox capacity is important. Specific testing can be done to answer these questions and is provided in my office.
If you have chronic disease, autoimmune disease with a positive ANA, or infectious disease like Lyme disease you may have an underlying toxicity that needs correction in order to be restored to health. In these cases a comprehensive detox program may be necessary to achieve the results that you need. I offer customized treatment plans that address these issues in my clinic that go beyond the basic plan that is suggested in this blog.
Recommendations you can start today:
Avoid tap water and alkaline water, use filtered (reverse osmosis) or ozonated water at 1/2 body wt (lbs) in ounces of water per day. (with the goals of needing to urinate every 2-3 hours with clear or pale urine.)
Eat alkaline fruits and vegetables so urine ph stays between 6.4 and 7 (ph paper is readily available and the alkaline diet is available at my office.)
Take N acetyl cysteine (NAC) 600 to 1200 mg daily between meals or eat lots of beans.
Sweat frequently with exercise, Texas heat, or infrared sauna.
Eat daily fiber, like prebiotics (I use Pure Lean Fiber from Pure Encapsulations) until your BMs looks like a snake.
Instead of periodic cleansing do periodic fasting (The 5-day fasting mimicking diet is what I recommend - Prolon is commercially available and amazing affects on the body have been clinically proven.)
Avoid chemicals by eating non-GMO and organic foods (Get EWG.com Clean 15 and Dirty dozen)
Determine your toxic load if you need aggressive treatment. (Testing in my office is available.)