DO YOU REALLY NEED TO DO A LIVER DETOX OR IS IT JUST A TRENDY WAY TO IGNORE YOUR BODY’S NEEDS?
If the following describes YOU, your detoxification system might be trying to tell you something!
History of alcohol/drug use or hepatitis
Long term prescription drug use
Sensitive to chemicals (tobacco smoke, fumes, perfume, cleaning agents, etc.)
Pain between the shoulder blades
Stomach upset by greasy foods
Greasy or shiny stools
History of nausea, motion sickness, or morning sickness
Light or pale colored stools
Headache over the eyes
Bitter taste in the mouth (especially after meals)
Become sick or easily intoxicated if drinking wine
Easily hung over
Pain under right side of rib cage
Hemorrhoids or varicose veins
NutraSweet (aspartame) consumption
Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
So if this is you– read on, learn how your detoxification system works, and how to support it!
Just as nature intended, your body has the ability to “spring clean” naturally on a daily basis if your diet adequately supplies for the process (no special juice cleanse needed)! A natural liver detox (without powders and supplements) is a much safer, effective, and gentler idea than a supplemental detox diet. WHY? Because eating whole foods instead of supplements and powders gives your body more well-rounded nutrition with a wide spectrum of nutrients to DRIVE detoxification flawlessly!
AN ANALOGY: LIVER DETOXIFICATION IS LIKE CLEANING YOUR LAUNDRY
FILTRATION. First, a good baseline of nutrients allow the liver the ability to filter the blood; identifying both good things (food and nutrients) and bad things (toxins and harmful substances). This is similar to finding stains in your laundry.
PHASE 1 DETOXIFICATION. Next, the body uses enzymes and nutrients to transform the bad guys (toxins, used hormones, RX drugs, food additives, etc). The goal of this phase is to begin neutralizing a toxin and start to make it into a water-soluble compound that is able to leave the body. However at this half way point, toxin reactivity actually increases, and can cause problems if it does not continue to phase 2 right away. Think of phase 1 detoxification as a pre-wash cycle.
PHASE 2 DETOXIFICATION. Phase 2 acts upon phase 1 as the final transformation stage on the toxin, making it water-soluble for removal from the body. Amino acids (building blocks of protein) DRIVE this stage, as they attach to the toxins to further neutralize and escort them out of the body. Phase 2 is like the main wash cycle that removes dirt and debris leaving your clothes clean.
ELIMINATION. Lastly, the toxins are eliminated out the digestive track via bile, or via the kidneys in urine. Much like the drain and spin cycle.
Liver detox supplements (protein powders included) are often of low quality; they contain irritating additives/fillers, and most of the raw materials are imported without strict regulation regarding safety and purity. These foods are also “refined” with much of the nutritional value stripped out during processing. Empty foods such as these can compromise your detoxification abilities, causing your body to retain toxins rather than excrete them.
Alternatively, when you invest in whole foods, your body is energized with nutrients for supporting liver detox. Your system is ultimately the product of your daily habits and what you choose for eat, NOT what you do or don’t consume for