Taking Charge of Your Health

Hey everyone, welcome back to another edition of Ask the
ND. I’m Dr. Jeremy Wolf. Over the past century, the number of harmful
substances released into our environment that we’re exposed to daily has increased. Many of these substances known as xenobiotics,
have been associated with adverse health effects. Some of these chemicals include phylates,
BPA, pesticides and more. Luckily, our body has a built in system that
helps to clear these toxins. In this episode, we’re going to focus on detoxification. There are many definitions used to define
detoxification. In alternative medicine, detoxification describes
the use of alternative therapies for eliminating toxins from the body. When talking about detoxification, it’s important
to understand that detoxification occurs throughout the body, however, the liver is the primary
detoxification organ. Your kidneys, however, are also important
organs needed for detoxification. In general, there are 3 phases of detoxification. Phase 1 reactions transform the toxin into
a chemical form that can be broken down or used by Phase 2 enzymes. Phase 1 reactions are performed primarily
by the Cytochrome P-450 enzyme. Phase 2 reactions attach the toxin to other
water soluble substances to increase its solubility. There are 2 different types of Phase 2 enzymes;
each which perform their own role. Phase 3 of detoxification is very important,
as it is the elimination phase, in which the toxins leave the body via respiration, perspiration,
renal excretion, or fecal excretion. Diet and lifestyle choices are also important
factors for preventing toxin exposure as well as for aiding in detoxification. One way to help limit exposure to toxins is
by looking at the environmental working groups, Dirty Dozen, an avoiding these foods, or eat
them organically. This is a list of produce with highest contamination
of pesticides. There are certain foods such as cruciferous
vegetables, artichokes, turmeric and beets, which help promote detoxification. Certain lifestyle choices such as exercise
and drinking plenty of water are also important in the promotion of detoxification. Let’s take a closer look at how supplements
and herbs can impact your body’s detoxification. Here’s the Rundown. Chlorella is a single celled, blue-green algae. Chlorella is one of the richest sources of
chlorophyll, which is a powerful cleanser and detoxifier. Chlorella cell wall attracts and binds to
heavy metals and other toxins that we’re commonly exposed to. B vitamins, especially B-12, or cobalamin,
are important nutrients used during phase 1 reactions. However, the phase 2 enzymes also require
B vitamins as co-factors. If you are deficient in B vitamins, then your
enzymes may not function properly. It seems that certain strains of probiotics,
such as lacto bacillus, which is present in the mouth, gut, vagina, and fermented foods
may minimize toxin exposure by trapping and breaking down xenobiotics. They also have the ability to bind to lead
and cadmium. Silybum marianum, more commonly known as Milk
Thistle, contains compounds known as silymarin. Silymarin stimulates phase 1 liver detoxification
which supports the liver. Milk thistle may also be a good antioxidant
and a strong liver remedy, meaning it promotes the health of the liver. While individual products may support detoxification,
there are also combination products, which combine a variety of nutrients to help both
cleanse and nutritionally support the body throughout the detoxification process. Remember, it’s always important to check with
your health care provider before starting any herbs or supplements due to the potential
of side effects and interactions. For more information on individual products,
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