Nutritional Support for Detoxification 


 ABSTRACT: Providing nutritional support for the body’s detoxification processes is gaining popularity all over the world.

Today we recognize that although the body is designed to eliminate toxins, it cannot always handle the overload present in today’s environment. Toxin overload can lead to a variety of health problems, such as headaches, muscle and joint pain, chronic fatigue, and allergy or flu-like symptoms. While once widely practiced, fasting is no longer considered to be a healthy form of detoxification. To function optimally, our detoxification processes are dependent upon adequate levels of supporting nutrients, including both macronutrients and micronutrients, that are depleted during fasting programs. Detoxification pro-grams that use a broad-based nutritional approach that supports both Phase I and Phase II detoxification are advantageous for a number of reasons.

An Ayurvedic Herbal Approach To A Healthy Liver 


ABSTRACT: The liver plays an astonishing array of vital functions in the maintenance and performance of the body.

Some of these major functions include carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism, detoxification, and secretion of bile.

Therefore, the maintenance of a healthy liver is vital to overall health and well being. Unfortunately, the liver is often abused by environmental toxins, poor eating habits, alcohol, and prescription and over-the-counter drug use, which can damage and weaken the liver and eventually lead to hepatitis, cirrhosis, and alcoholic liver disease.

Conventional medicine is now pursuing the use of natural products such as herbs to provide the support that the liver needs on a daily basis. Many Ayurvedic herbs, such as andrographis, have a long history of traditional use in revitalizing the liver and treating liver dysfunction and disease. Many of these herbs have been evaluated in clinical studies and are currently being investigated phytochemically to better understand their actions.

Phytonutrients & Detoxification 


 ABSTRACT: The body’s ability to rid itself of toxic substances is largely dependent upon the liver. Overexposure to environ-mental toxins in the air and in our diet can put excessive strain on the liver’s detoxification systems and can rob us of our health.

Detoxification in the liver occurs in two general phases: Phase I and Phase II. Depending upon the availability of many critical nutrients, the activity of either phase may be reduced or enhanced. Adequate nutrition helps to insure proper functioning of both phases of detoxification. Scientific research has revealed several compounds present in plant foods that help support the detoxification of toxic substances and are associated with a reduced risk of cancer. Compounds present in cruciferous vegetables, Allium species (garlic, onions), citrus peel, and the spice, turmeric, are among those identified as having health promoting benefits.



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