Cleanse Your Body Through Your Dietary Intake
We all know that detox and cleansing diets have become extremely popular as a means to kick start a "diet" plan. I'm not going to say this is always a good thing - particulary because many detox diets are not the healthiest to follow and I hate to see people overuse cleases or detoxification diets in an effort to lose weight. Cleanses are healthy and a great thing to follow on occasion, but overuse can be unhealthy and just another way for people to fall into a "dieting" trap.
To clease your system properly I recommend cleansing your body seasonally. What exactly is a cleanse or a detox diet? It's following a dietary intake for a short period of time, which promotes consuming specific foods, while at the same time eliminating foods that typcially cause digestive upset or are hard for the human body to break down.
The goal of following a cleanse or detox diet is not necessarily weight loss. Many individuals, such as myself, cleanse throughout the year for health reasons. Other people use a cleanse or detox diet as a way to mobilize fat stores at the beginning of their weight loss endeavor. Regardless of the cleanse you follow, the purpose is to eliminate unhealthy foods, beverages and toxins from the environment. They tend to be rich in fruits, vegetables and water, and eliminate processed foods, added sugars and salt, dairy, wheat, alcohol and artificial sweeteners.
What can fruits and vegetables do for us? Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals, which makes them an essential part of any cleanse. They are also rich in fiber, a nutrient that supports regular digestive tract function and as a result, helps to eliminate the buildup of toxins in the body. Fruits and vegetables also contain numerous polyphenols, natural plant chemicals that have a variety of functions, including supporting normal liver detoxification enzymes. It is also imperative to drink plenty of water, as doing so enables our kidneys to function properly and also contributes to flushing toxins out of the system.
Supplementation Supports Cleansing & Detoxification
Another important part of detox diets is the inclusion of dietary supplements. Dietary supplementation allows us to meet our daily nutritional needs as well as support healthy liver function. Choosing the proper supplements during your cleanse, however, is essential. Some of the best dietary supplements include:
Multivitamin/Multimineral. I recommend that everyone take a multi-vitamin on a daily basis in order to cover any gaps in our dietary intake. Even those of us who intend to eat the healthiest of foods each day may not be getting the nutrients our bodies need. This is due to the depletion of nutrients in our foods supply, schedules, eating on the run, etc. When following a restrictive diet where we limit the amounts and types of foods we eat, such as a cleanse, the importance of a multi-vitamin is even more critical. This is because we are at risk of not obtaining all the vitamins and minerals our body needs. Taking a high quality and well-absorbed multi-vitamin can help us avoid a nutrient deficiency while following a cleanse and on a daily basis.
Broccoli Extract. Broccoli and broccoli extracts are sources of the natural plant chemicals indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane. These compounds have been shown to support the normal production of phase II liver detoxification enzymes and promote our body’s natural antioxidant system. These benefits help protect our bodies from oxidative stressors and help promote the natural clearance of toxins from our body. Other cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, red cabbage, and kale, also contain these beneficial plant compounds.
Milk Thistle. Milk thistle contains a group of active chemical compounds called flavonolignans that are commonly referred to as silymarin. Silymarin has antioxidant properties that fight free radical-generated oxidative damage. When our liver detoxifies environmental contaminants, free radicals are generated that can cause damage; silymarin has been shown to protect our bodies from this oxidative damage. One of the main components of silymarin is silybin. Research studies have reported that silybin can support normal liver health and liver enzymes and thus help support the liver’s ability to clear toxins.
Curcumin. Curcumin is the most well-known compound derived from the spice turmeric. In addition to its potent antioxidant properties, curcumin has been reported to have several different activities that support normal human health. For example, it has been suggested that curcumin promotes normal cellular antioxidant enzymes, and supports production of the phase II detoxification enzyme glutathione S-transferase. These activities help our body’s clear environmental toxins to which we have been exposed and fight oxidative stress.
N-Acetyl Cysteine. N-acetyl cysteine is derived from the amino acid cysteine, which is an important component of the cellular antioxidant glutathione. N-acetyl cysteine has been shown to have numerous health benefits including protection from acetaminophen poisoning. Additionally, some studies have suggested that N-acetyl cysteine protects liver health from exposure to heavy metals and other environmental contaminants.
Green Tea. Green tea is rich in antioxidant compounds called catechins, particularly epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). In addition to the ability of green tea polyphenols to support cellular antioxidant compounds, it has been demonstrated that green tea compounds can support detoxification enzymes, helping to protect our bodies from oxidative stress and environmental toxins.
If you choose to follow a cleanse or a detox diet, be sure it is only for a short-term and that you are taking a high quality mutli-vitamin/multi-mineral to ensure you are meeting your daily needs. Please feel free to contact me with aditional questions about what type of cleanse or detox diet you should follow to ensure your health and safetyl.
In addition to following a cleanse or detox diet, you may want to consider supporting your system with the addition of supplements like the ones above. As mentioned, these supplements are meant to provide antioxidant support and promote normal detoxification systems. There are four supplements I recomend that will enable you to get all of the above mentioned nutrients. Feel free to click on the provided links for more information or contact me with any questions:
- nutraMetrix Isotonix Multivitamin/Multimineral
- nutraMetrix Curcumin Extreme™ - contains broccoli seed extract and curcumin
- nutraMetrix Timeless Prescription® Oxygen Extreme™ - contains milk thistle and green tea extract
- nutraMetrix NutriClean HepatoCleanse - contains milk thistle seed, N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine and green tea leaf extract
The last three supplements are available in the nutraMetrix Complete Detoxification Kit - you save 26%! Feel free to contact me with any questions...