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With spring just around the corner, you may feel inspired to clean and organize your house inside and out, but this is also a very good time to clean up your body on the inside with a cleanse or detox.
Your body is continually undergoing natural detoxification methods as part of general maintenance. But many times, the detox organs (ie. liver, kidneys, skin, lungs and intestines), need nutritional and herbal power to ensure that they are working effectively and efficiently. An overloaded and unsupported system can respond in the following ways: digestive complaints, fatigue, hives, skin conditions, low grade infections, achy joints, brain fog, and frequent headaches.
The liver is one of the main organs of elimination that cleanses the blood. Blood detoxification is one of the most important functions of the liver, but it needs to be provided with the nutrients it requires in order to do its job effectively.
There are 2 phases to this very important job and both require certain nutrients to complement these phases. The first phase of detoxification is to convert toxins into less toxic versions while waiting for the second step of detoxification to occur. This is where the liver will chemically alter the toxic by-product making it water soluble and easier to excrete by the intestines.
Can Prev’s Detox Pro is a 15 day cleanse that is jammed packed with the healthful blend of antioxidants, herbs and other nutrients to provide the liver with the tools to allow phase 1 and 2 of detoxification happen and get those toxins out of the body.
Powerful antioxidants such as n-acetylcysteine (NAC) which is a precursor to a powerful antioxidant called glutathione and vitamins A, C and E all help to neutralize the free radicals from phase 1 waiting to enter phase 2.
The vitamin B family such as B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folate and B12, provide energy productions and helping in phase 2 detoxification. Choline helps to metabolize fat, copper and zinc help make an antioxidant called superoxide dimutase work, but also supports a healthy metabolism. Trace minerals such as molybdenum, manganese, and selenium enable other vitamins or enzymes in the detoxification process to function.
Some pretty amazing herbal medicines are also in this formula. Artichoke extract has a strong antioxidant property, protects the liver and prevents depletion of glutathione. Turmeric is an amazing antioxidant that works in both fat and water soluble tissues and helps to protect the liver. Dandelion extract helps to stimulate the digestive glands in the liver. Green tea extract contains compounds called polyphenols that help to support Phase 1 and 2. Milk thistle extract’s active ingredient is silymarin, which has the amazing capacity to regenerate liver tissue. Rosemary extract is an antioxidant and inhibits some cancer causing effects from carcinogens. Lastly, slippery elm forms a gel like substance when mixed with water to protect the mucous membranes.
Fiber and probiotics are important additions to any detox. Can Prev's Fiber Flow is a combination of 3 herbal components that provide soluble fiber. Unique to this formula is the glucomannan that helps both constipation and diarrhea. A unique form of fiber extracted from New Zealand kiwi fruit, but also provides enzymes, prebiotics and antioxidants. Lastly the pectin from apples is another soluble source of fiber the helps with satiation, binds cholesterol helps maintain healthy glucose levels. The fiber allows binding of certain metabolic by products and directs it to the bowels to be eliminated and the probiotics helps to ensure the elimination occurs.
Can Prev’s Pro-Biotik 15B has five strains that ensure proper colonization of bacteria occur in the correct places. Three different lactobacillis strains colonize the small intestine and vaginal tissue and two strains of Bifidobacterium bacteria colonize the large intestine to help prevent and control constipation and diarrhea.
Hi I am Dr. Laura: mum of 2, Naturopathic Doctor, Health and Wellness Expert, Educator, Speaker, & Entreprenuer