When there are so many different types of detoxification programs and supplements it can be hard to know which ones you should trust. Sometimes, it isn’t about the supplements that gets you the results you are looking for…
Part 3- Supplements and Detox
There are a lot of detoxification programs out there with supplement programs guaranteeing certain results.
But, when you are looking for a program beyond weight loss to help you get healthy and form new, better habits and routines, it can be really difficult to navigate the supplement world.
If you are here for the first time, I encourage you to go back and read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. In context, this part will make a lot more sense and you will hopefully understand more about the purpose for detoxification programs and then the idea behind using particular supplements for detox.
First and foremost, quality is important no matter what supplement you take for any purpose.
There are websites like Consumer Lab that test products for quality, cost, and if they actually have the amount of ingredients they advertised.
I am a proponent for whole food based supplements versus ‘synthetic’ (processed and man made) supplements for several reasons:
- Whole food supplements contain the nutrients you are looking for (vitamin C, Vitamin B, potassium, magnesium, iodine etc.) AND they have the natural enzymes that food would naturally have, too that help you break down and absorb these nutrients much more effectively. This means less nutrients go out through the urine, never absorbed – so less money wasted.
- Synthetic supplements – like ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) just come in that singular form. It’s processed out of foods into its molecular size and put in a supplement with other ingredients (some including food dyes). This is only a small piece of what you actually need and it can be an extra challenge for the body to receive what it needs.
- Toxicity – According to an article exploring potential sources of contamination of natural health products, there are many ways supplements can come in contact with, and also include, toxic chemicals. Plant based products can often be exposed to heavy metals and other toxins through the air, soil, and water. Others are exposed to bones and shell fragments that can contribute to toxicity.
I personally incorporate Standard Process’ Purification System for my detoxification programs. Each of their products is made from whole food – so it is like you are eating a lot of carrots, kale, fruits and vegetables etc.
In this way, you get a lot of nutrients packed into small little bite sized tablets or pills that contain all of the enzymes and other nutrients nature included.
Many patients who have gone through the program with the optional Standard Process Supplements have found that their recovery after workouts improved and they felt they had more energy through out the day.
Specific Supplements for Certain Goals
Depending on your specific needs, there may be additional supplements needed in order to accomplish the reason you need to detox. For example:
- Detoxing heavy metals from the body isn’t as simple as eating better. Heavy metals need something to bind to in order to be removed, and competitors to prevent more heavy metals from accumulating. Zinc binds heavy metals and minerals provide competition with heavy metals, so that they have to be removed and cannot rebind to something else.
- Milk thistle has been known to help support the liver through detox. If you have had a lot of alcohol consumption, exposure to a lot of medications/drugs, or if your liver is showing signs that it is really struggling, milk thistle could help support and protect the liver through the detox process.
- Green tea, black tea, cilantro tea, herbs & spices like garlic, onions, and ginger support the natural process of detox. Incorporating certain foods can boost and support the detox process.
- CoQ10, Vitamin D, Omega-3’s, anti-inflammatories like turmeric, can also support the body through the detoxification process by assisting with reducing inflammation and controlling oxidation and free radicals.
The quality and the type of supplements that you use to detox really do matter. Truly detoxing the body can be simple, but it should also be monitored to make sure that it is slow and moderated so that the body is able to handle the release of toxins and able to efficiently eliminate them.
Skin and beauty products, cleaning products etc.
Did you know that the last time the beauty and cosmetic industry had federal regulations put in place for the safety of consumer was back in the 1930’s?
Since then we have learned a lot about chemicals and products, but companies have no regulations against putting those chemicals into the products that you put on your skin everyday.
Men use, on average, around 9 products per day, and women 12+.
Daily, this is a large exposure to potential chemicals and toxins.
Cleaning products, candles and other products that we utilize to clean our homes and freshen the air can also be filled with harmful chemicals and toxins.
It is incredibly important to re-evaluate your home, what you use to clean with and freshen the air. You may be exposing yourself to chemicals that are contributing to your symptoms.
You can type in your products into this website. They have a lot of products listed and their quality/ toxins/ chemicals listed:
We are all exposed to toxins on a daily basis. There is a lot you can do to make sure that you are exposing yourself to less toxins and supporting your body in the removal of them.
Next week, the last of the series, in part 4 we will cover some of the ways you can carry on supporting your body after a detox program for optimal performance and health.
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Genuis SJ, Schwalfenberg G, Siy A-KJ, Rodushkin I (2012) Toxic Element Contamination of Natural Health Products and Pharmaceutical Preparations. PLoS ONE 7(11): e49676. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049676