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Initial Detox

May 7, 2016

There are simple, inexpensive ways to encourage detoxification. This for me is the step to be taken before harsher, more complex detoxification measures. We live in a global environment and everyone will experience exposure to toxins to some degree. There are toxins we absorb from clothing, furniture, our cars, and other ways such as simple packaging like tea bags, and the fumes from chemicals and cleaning supplies around us in closed buildings. Of course, following a whole food diet and avoiding processed foods is a good start to cleaning up our bodies. A good example is chlorophyll. This serves as a natural chelating agent (chelate is the Greek word for claw—so this grabs onto things such as heavy metals and helps eliminate these from our body). Then there are the Brassica family of vegetables—cauliflower, broccoli, kale, and brussels sprouts—which can help control the amount of xenoestrogens (artificial estrogens) that we ingest from products packaged in plastic (BPA and other plastics). Detoxification occurs in two phases. In phase 1 toxins are liberated from tissues where they have been stored. Most of this occurs in fatty tissue. Phase 2 requires enzymes in the liver that help eliminate these toxins from the body. If both phases are not working the toxins can be liberated and then recirculate for storage again. So to think something as simple as apple cider vinegar can be helpful and is a big bonus to our health. First of all, look at its general usefulness The Cider the Whole Family Can Enjoy: 7 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple cider vinegar consists of ascetic acid and enzymes. Even though it is an acid it has the ability to alkalinize our systems (opposite of acid) and an alkaline system is positive in fighting infection, lowering chronic inflammation, and even dealing with cancer 5 Ways Apple Cider Vinegar Promotes Great Health. One point I make is the source—again, not as easy as picking up a bottle of apple cider vinegar in the grocery store # 1 Thing You Should Always See in Your Apple Cider Vinegar.  It is important to use a non-pasteurized form (pasteurization is a process using heat to kill bacteria). This heat process is used with most drinks and also kills the active enzymes—we are drinking a dead material. This is what we get with all bottled fruit drinks that are supposed to be so healthy for us. So we go back to the concept of whole, natural foods versus processed foods. This also applies to supplements as well. Supplements that have been processed in the lab look good on paper but may not be effective. The articles talk about dilution to avoid the caustic properties of the acid. Another good daily habit is to squeeze the juice from a lemon into 6 to 8 ounces of water and start the day off with this on an empty stomach. Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 12 ounces of water in a glass bottle and sip on this through the day. This is particularly a good routine for patients with a history of cancer, whether they are in remission or not. Allergies in today’s society seem to be the rule rather than the exception. Desensitization over time with local honey has helped many of my patients. The use of apple cider vinegar on a regular basis makes a lot of sense. I include another article Everyday Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar repeating much of this same information. It is always good to look at various sources and multiple sources of information about topics. The last articles Multiple Studies: You Can Control Blood Sugar with Apple Cider Vinegar and Mother Nature’s Household Elixir emphasize the positive benefit on blood sugar—the current killer of many people. It may improve the management of patients with type II diabetes, but the improvement in insulin resistance can also help those without established diabetes. Insulin resistance can be seen in many women with a hormone imbalance, particularly those with polycystic ovarian syndrome (POS). So the degree to which you may want to incorporate this into your lifestyle depends on your health and your goals. Certainly, with diabetes, insulin resistance, or cancer a more aggressive routine is recommended. Overall, whole, unprocessed foods are a simple way to begin to establish a detoxification program into your lifestyle.

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