Our modern day lifestyle and environment make a periodic "toxin cleanse" an important part of any health & wellness program. Toxins lower our immune functions and damage our DNA. A healthy adult body includes about 60 trillion cells, of which one-third or 20 trillion cells are immune factor cells. The immune cells are given the responsibility of killing unfriendly cells, including bacteria, virus, yeast, dead cells, toxins, and tumor or cancer cells -- no small task!
Of the 5 million registered chemicals in the world, mankind comes in contact with 70,000, of which 20,000 are known carcinogens (cancer-causing agents). America sprays 1.2 billion pounds of pesticides on our food crops, dumps 90 billion pounds of toxic waste in 55,000 toxic waste sites, feeds 9 million pounds of antibiotics to our farm animals to gain weight faster for market and human consumption, and bombards the landscape with questionable amount of electromagnetic radiation. Combine that with the noxious, polluted air that we breathe and the sugar (Cancer loves sugar!) laden sodas and donuts that we drink and eat (the Cancer fertilizer), and our immune system becomes overwhelmed just fending off the toxins that collect in our bodies from the activities of daily life: breathing and eating! Toxins not only cause DNA breakage, which can trigger cancer, but subdues our immune system that allows cancer to become the "fox in the chicken coop" with no controlling force.
The GI tract is the site of toxin elimination as well as toxin build up. Encouraging regularity with fiber promotes the removal of waste from the intestines. Many diets are low in dietary fiber and high in processed and refined foods. Without fiber to"sweep out" toxins, waste can linger in the GI tract. Supporting gut integrity also limits the amount of toxins that pass into the bloodstream.
Meanwhile, the liver performs a series of enzymatic reactions to neutralize toxic compounds that have been absorbed, including air pollutants, food additives, hormones, pesticides, heavy metals, medications, antibiotics and alcohol. It also synthesizes and secretes bile, which binds to fat-soluble toxins in the intestines so that they may be removed from the body. This program promotes the natural detoxification functions of the GI tract and liver to defend the body from everyday toxin exposures, and to promote overall well-being, and to "free-up" the immune cells to fight the formidable foe that it will encounter - cancer. Many nutrition factors affect the ability of the immune system to recognize and destroy cancer cells and invading bacteria.
If toxins cause the problem, then detoxification is the solution.
HOW IT WORKS The diet and supplement recommendations of this program are designed to achieve the following:
Minimize the presence of allergens. Allergens can stress the gut and immune system and compromise their functions. By limiting the amount of ingested allergens, the intestinal tract has a chance to repair and heal and to be in optimal condition for processing waste and undesirable or harmful compounds.
Optimize acid-alkaline balance.
A diet high in animal products and refined carbohydrates can deplete the body of minerals, such as calcium, potassium and magnesium, which are important for bone, heart and overall health.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables preserves these crucial minerals and actually encourages urinary excretion of toxic compounds.
Balance gut microflora
Probiotic cultures provide direct support for a healthy intestinal tract by supporting healthy nutrient assimilation and immune defense. The fermentation of soluble fiber, such as psyllium, in the gut also provides optimal conditions for lactobacillus and other beneficial bacteria to thrive.
Promote GI integrity
The integrity of the intestinal lining is essential for limiting the passage of toxins and allergens into the blood stream. Amino acids and comforting herbs provide cellular energy, support tissue repair and promote a healthy mucosal lining to maintain GI integrity.
Support GI motility and regularity
Insoluble and soluble fiber increase stool volume and transit time when taken with appropriate amounts of water.
This means larger and softer stools for healthy bowel movements. As the bulk moves through the intestine, it helps eliminate waste and toxins more quickly, minimizing toxin exposure in the GI tract.
Enhance liver detoxification
Most toxins cannot be readily excreted from the body. The liver must convert them to less toxic compounds or to forms that can easily be eliminated. It does this via a series of enzymatic reactions. This program includes foods, herbs and amino acids that have been shown to encourage the liver's detoxification enzymes.
Encourage bile flow
Stimulating the digestive process, specifically bile secretion and bile flow, is an integral factor for toxin elimination.
Bile binds to fat-soluble toxins and helps remove them from the GI tract, reducing toxin exposure in the gut. Traditional approaches, including the use of artichoke extract, provide time-tested support for encouraging this
Chelate heavy metals
The program helps to defend the body from common, mild environmental exposures with natural chelating nutrients.
The primary mechanism for this involves a unique low molecular weight modified citrus pectin, which, unlike other pectins, works systemically (not just in the gut) to bind heavy metals. Other herbs and nutrients support the body's natural processes for elimination and excretion of heavy metals.
CLEANSE PROGRAM — SUPPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
We recommend following this supplement protocol for either a 1 month or a 2 month program and repeating it 2-4 times per year. A maintenance program is also provided. (1 Month 4-weeks Program capsule quantity differs and does not contain Nutra Flax). If you have never engaged in a detox program, we suggest that you start with the 1-month first, the "graduate" to the 2-month program in 6-12 months.
G.I. Fortify 400 grams provides soluble and insoluble fiber to cleanse the GI tract while providing the amino acid l-glutamine and herbal extracts to help strengthen and soothe the intestines.
Liver-G.I. Detox 60 capsules enhances liver detoxification enzyme activity while encouraging GI integrity and toxin elimination.
Probiotic-5 60 capsules offers a high-strength dairy-free blend of key Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium probiotic bacteria for optimal GI function, immune defense and yeast balance.
HM Chelate 90 capsules works systemically to promote healthy urinary excretion of common, mild environmental exposures including mercury, arsenic, cadmium, and lead (without interfering with other minerals, including calcium, magnesium and iron).
Nutra-Flax 250 capsules contains soluble and insoluble fiber with omega-3 fatty acids to maintain healthy GI function and comfort.
Cleanse Program Overview
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CLEANSE PROGRAM — DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS
We recommend following this dietary protocol for 4 weeks if this is your first detox, then graduating to 8 week, and repeating it 2-4 times per year.
General Dietary Recommendations
Emphasis is placed on the following:
Specific Dietary Recommendations
- Organic natural whole foods
Minimizing exposure to antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, artificial colors/flavors/sugars, high fructose corn syrup and preservatives is the first line of defense.*
An alkaline diet
A diet low in animal proteins and refined carbohydrates and high in potassium-rich fruits and vegetables maintains the body's stores of calcium, potassium and magnesium and promotes urinary excretion of estrogen-like compounds.*
A hypo-allergenic diet
Limiting common allergens reduces stress on the GI tract and immune system.*
Encouraging healthy liver detoxification by supporting enzyme activities helps neutralize undesirable compounds.*
- Adequate fluid intake
Ensuring proper hydration is especially important to facilitate the action of fiber. A minimum of 8-12 ounces of water 8 times per day is recommended.*
5 servings or more daily
Choose: dark green leafy vegetables, asparagus, spinach, squash, beets, tomatoes and at least 2 or more servings daily of cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale or brussel sprouts.
Avoid: corn and potatoes
5 servings or more daily
Choose: potassium-rich fruits like figs, apricots and bananas
Avoid: allergenic or acid-promoting fruits, including citrus fruits, strawberries, pineapple, cranberries, blueberries and plums
Grains and grain products
3-5 servings daily
Choose: Brown rice, other products made from rice (such as rice pasta, crackers, cereal), millet, quinoa, amaranth, sweet potatoes
Avoid: refined carbohydrates (white bread, white rice, sugars), corn, and gluten-containing grains: wheat, oats, barley, rye, spelt, kamut
2-3 servings daily
Choose: coldwater wild-harvested fish (i.e. salmon, sardines or halibut); organic, free-range (pesticide-free, hormone-free) poultry
Avoid: eggs, shellfish and red meat (beef, lamb or pork)
2-3 servings daily
Choose: unrefined extra virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil or sesame oil
Avoid: partially hydrogenated oils (margarine, shortening), and refined vegetable oils (corn, safflower, sunflower, canola, light olive oil)
Nuts, seeds, and legumes
1 serving daily
Choose: nuts (including almonds, cashews or pecans), seeds (including sunflower or pumpkin seeds) or legumes (including lentils, chickpeas or kidney beans)
Avoid: peanuts. Preferably avoid walnuts, soybeans and soybean products
Milk and dairy
1-2 servings daily
Choose: rice milk or nut milk products, such as Almond Milk, it's great and has 50% more calcium than cow's milk.
Avoid: dairy products (cow's milk, cheese and yogurt)
8 glasses or more daily
Choose: purified water or non-caffeinated tea
Avoid: alcohol and caffeine (including caffeinated coffee, tea and soft drinks)
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