Three Tips for Detoxifying

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: General Health, Food and Nutrition
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Every year, people make resolutions to get healthier, lose weight, and generally clean up their acts. And one of the keys to accomplishing all three of those goals is detoxificaiton.

Technological advances have afforded us many comforts that we could only dream about a few years ago. However, these conveniences have come with a high price. Environmental pollution, both visible and invisible, subtly poisons us on a daily basis. Over time, this creates imbalances in the body that lead to metabolic and hormonal dysfunction.

While it can be nearly impossible to completely avoid all of these toxins, detoxifying helps you cleanse your body of the daily onslaught of chemicals, environmental pollutants, and heavy metals.

Do This

The simplest detox technique is sweating, which discharges chemical and heavy metal toxins embedded in subcutaneous fat. Exercise, obviously, is a good way to sweat. Steam rooms and saunas are another.

Drink This

This super detox drink also helps you purify your body even more. Here’s the recipe:

  • 4–6 oz. of one or two organic juices such as grape, pomegranate, berry, or peach. Dilute with equal amount of water.three tips for detoxifying
  • Up to one teaspoon of vitamin C powder. Start with 1/2 teaspoon and slowly build up. I like the fine ascorbic acid powder from the Mary Clinic in New Orleans.
  • One level teaspoon of glutamine powder—I like the Metabolic Maintenance brand.
  • One heaping teaspoon of psyllium powder. My favorite brand is Yerba Prima, available at most health food stores. This fibrous plant material acts like an intestinal broom, sweeping out many toxins that might otherwise be absorbed into the body.
  • One heaping teaspoon of powdered greens. There are various powdered vegetable formulas rich in immune boosting detox nutrients that lower the acidity of the body, helping to make you less prone to disease.

To make the drink, pour the juice and water into a wide-mouth glass jar or blender. Add all the powders. Shake up or blend the concoction. Add more or less juice or water according to your personal preference.

The flavor of this drink may be a little different from what you’re used to eating or drinking. It’s an acquired taste, but stick with it—the benefits are worth it.

Take This

D-glucarate is a nutrient that helps body eliminate toxins and excess hormones, especially estrogen. It hinders the activity beta-glucuronidase, an enzyme produced in the gastrointestinal tract that can break the bond between glucuronic acid and a toxin, causing the toxin to be released back into the bloodstream.

D-glucarate hinders the activity of beta-glucuronidase, allowing the bond between glucuronic acid and a toxin to be maintained and the body to rid itself of toxic waste.

I recommend taking 500–1,000 mg of D-glucarate per day for detoxifying. We have yet to see side effects or toxicity with any form of glucarate.

There are no known drug interactions, although it is possible that D-glucarate could increase the elimination of certain drugs or hormones from the body, making them less effective.
 

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