Practical Steps to Detoxification Part II

In Part One we took an introductory look at toxins and basic methods for preventing toxic overload. Now we’ll dive deeper and investigate anti-toxin dietary choices, as well as the detoxifying role of probiotics in the gut.

Step Three: Priority of the Plate

The screening of your food: Read labels because it is important to know what you put in your body. You do not want to buy anything with high fructose corn syrup, trans-fats and other harmful substances that are in some food products.

The source of your food: Get your meat from a quality source without all the chemicals in them. I only get my beef and chicken from a trusted source. There are more good options out there and you can find them if you look. Beef and chicken are rich in protein and does not have the harmful additives when gotten from the right source. You should get organic fruits and vegetables and each most of them raw for maximum nutrient value. Do not fry foods at home and avoid using a microwave. A diet low in sulfur foods and high in acid makes you more susceptible to toxic metals.  Organic food does not have the harmful chemicals and will be richer in antioxidants. “According to the featured findings, organic fruits and vegetables can contain anywhere from 18-69 percent more antioxidants than conventionally-grown varieties.” (4)  I would make sure that you have at least one raw vegetable at your family meal time. It is best to not fry any food when cooking, just make it an occasional treat if you eat out. Avoid trans-fats, hydronated oils and other harmful food additives. Cooking fries in an oven that you cut from fresh potatoes is better than deep frying them.

The strength of your food: The right diet will help protect you. A high acid diet of processed foods hurts our health and runs down metallothionein’s. Metallothionein’s are like a sponge and wherever they find toxic metals they will remove them. “Among the heavy metal-binding ligands in plant cells the phytochelatins (PCs) and metallothionein’s (MTs) are the best characterized.” (5) Ascorbate C helps build this important substance. Metallothionein’s is a protein made up of two amino acids glycine and sulfur containing amino acid of cysteine.  The poly peptide binds magnesium/zinc and will bind to any of the toxic metals which are then excreted through sweat, urine and stools. When the body is low in Metallothionein’s and Selenomethione an accelerated accumulation of toxic metals take place. Selenomethione is a toxic metal trap, and is the only form of selenium that works for this purpose.

Step Four: Probiotics and Gut Health

It is important to have optimal gut function: Take probiotics and enzymes before you start to detoxify. Probiotics can also help bind toxins and eliminate them. “Binding isotherms for cadmium and lead were characterized for Lactobacillus rhamnosus LC-705.” (6) Probiotics and good gut health are important before we start our detoxification protocol. “Arguably the largest detoxification component of the body, the endogenous enteric bacteria are an enormous reservoir, which can be constantly and safely replenished.” (7)

References:
4.) Dr. Mercola. Organic food
5.) Pubmed.gov. Phyto-chelation’s and metallothionein’s: roles in heavy metal detoxification.
6.) PubMed.gov. Probiotic bacteria as potential detoxification tools.
7.) PubMed.gov. Probiotics as an adjuvant to detoxification protocols.