Throughout this series, we have explored a number of practical ideas, steps, and lifestyle choices which can make all the difference in keeping your body cleansed from all manner of harmful bodily invaders. Part V delves deeper into the topic of natural detoxification pathways within the human body.
Step Eleven: Detoxification Pathways Need to be Clear
The crucial pathway: The liver is an essential pathway that needs to function properly. “The liver plays an important role in protecting the organism from potentially toxic chemical insults through its capacity to convert lipophiles into more water-soluble metabolites which can be efficiently eliminated from the body via the urine. This protective ability of the liver stems from the expression of a wide variety of xenobiotic bio transforming enzymes whose common underlying feature is their ability to catalyze the oxidation, reduction and hydrolysis (Phase I) and/or conjugation (Phase II) of functional groups on drug and chemical molecules.” (14) To help improve your liver detox pathways you will want to take folate, B12 and B6. Eat sulfur rich foods like broccoli, collards, kale, daikon radish, garlic, onions, and omega-3 eggs.
The common pathways: The routes of elimination for urine, stool and sweat need to function properly. Take Alginate from seaweed it helps bind metals in the gut. Other items that can help pathways are selenium, zinc, n-acetylcysteine, lipoic acid, and garlic. It is important to keep all your pathways clear.
Pee: The kidneys are responsible for flushing waste from the blood. Make sure you give them what they need by drinking filtered water at least a half-gallon a day. One of the first signs of dehydration is the color of your urine. Your urine should be mostly clear (clear enough to read a newspaper through) or with only a slight tinge of yellow. (If you take vitamins, keep in mind that some nutrients, especially riboflavin, causes your urine to turn bright yellow.) But, if your urine is dark yellow or has a strong odor, chances are you aren’t drinking enough.
Poop: Two well-formed bowel movements every day is an excellent way to give toxins a one-way ticket out of your body. Fiber cleans the colon by making our stool bulkier and much easier to expel. Water is a great stool softener. If you are not having two bowel movements a day you will reabsorb mercury from the gut. Add fiber to the diet or take one to two 150-mg magnesium citrate capsules twice a day. We get rid of many toxins through our bowel movements. You should have as many bowel movements as meals you eat in a day. Bowels movements should come without strain and they should come quickly. You should not need reading material it could be a sign of a clogged colon. Drink plenty of water as stated above and eat foods that are high in fiber. A clean colon is very important for health. “It’s well-known that a variety of health problems stem from poor digestive health for example, stomach pains, abdominal cramps, chronic fatigue, constipation, low energy, headaches and allergic reactions can all be traced back partially to problems with waste elimination.” (15)
Perspiration: Your skin is your single largest organ of elimination. Make sure you’re maximizing the detox-potential of your pores by working up a sweat at least three times a week. You need a good cardio vascular exercise at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes or more.