In the natural health and wellness world, “Spring and Fall Cleaning” of the body is common practice. Detoxification is the process of removing toxins and impurities from the body. There are many different ways to detox, such as through diet, supplements, and other natural remedies. Detoxing is not as simple as grabbing the first “Liver cleanse” product you find on the shelf, for best results, you should always detox in the correct order.
Detoxing your body step-by-step in the following order will lead to a more efficient and thorough cleanse, produce better results, and avoid unwanted side effects which can discourage you from continuing the process.
Here's a short guide to the first 3 organs to start with, and the accompanying supplements.
Step 1: Colon Cleanse
The first step in detoxing the body is to cleanse the colon. A colon cleanse involves flushing out the waste and toxins that have built up in the colon over time. There are many different methods for colon cleaning, including using natural supplements like Provita’s Colon Cleanser, undergoing colon hydrotherapy, or simply changing your diet.
- A balanced combination of ingredients to be used as part of a complete internal cleansing program
- Maintain regularity
- Eliminate flatulence
- Expel intestinal parasites
Step 2: Liver Cleanse
The liver is one of the most important organs in the body when it comes to detoxification. It is responsible for 500 functions in the body such as filtering out toxins and waste products from the blood, and it also helps to metabolize drugs and other foreign substances as well as producing and balancing our hormones. According to a study in 2018 (2) approximately 20-25% of Canadians have NAFLD, Non-Alcoholic Fatty
Liver Disease a condition in which excess fat accumulates in the liver. This can lead to inflammation and scarring of the liver, which can progress to a more severe form of the disease known as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
NAFLD is damage done without the consumption of alcohol and is in a lot of cases reversible, though it should be noted that alcohol can also damage the liver causing possible cirrhosis and/or liver cancer both of which are irreversible.
To do a liver cleanse, you can take natural supplements like Provita’s Liver Hepato-Protect™ that help to support liver function, such as milk thistle, dandelion root, and beetroot.
- Liver detoxification
- Maintain optimal liver and bile flow function
- Glycogen (energy) storage
- Decomposition of red blood cells (iron recycling)
- Plasma protein synthesis (blood oxygenation)
- Hormone production and balance
Step 3: Kidney Cleanse
Healthy kidneys filter about a half cup of blood every minute, removing waste and extra water through urine. They help to regulate the body's fluid and electrolyte balance, that’s why it is so important to keep the kidneys healthy, with optimal function and do a cleanse regularly.
To do a kidney cleanse, you should drink plenty of water, and eat foods that support kidney function such as berries, leafy greens, and nuts. In addition, you can take good quality natural supplements which arm your kidneys with all the ammunition they need to function optimally, such as Provita’s Renalin.
Supporting Roles During a Detox
Many people overlook the role that probiotics can play in supporting the body during a detox. Probiotics ( good bacteria from the stomach), are live microorganisms that can provide numerous benefits to the body, including aiding digestion, boosting the immune system, and promoting a healthy gut microbiome. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of probiotics during a detox and how they can help support your overall health.
Why are Probiotics Important During a Detox?
During a detox, the body is often deprived of essential nutrients and can be stressed as it tries to eliminate toxins. This can cause an imbalance in the gut microbiome, leading to digestive issues, such as bloating, gas, and constipation. Probiotics can help restore balance to the gut microbiome and support the body during the detox process.
Probiotics can also help boost the immune system, which is important during detox when the body is more vulnerable to infections and illnesses. They have been shown to improve immune function and reduce the risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections.
Additionally, probiotics can aid in the detoxification process by breaking down toxins and supporting the liver's ability to eliminate them. This can help reduce the burden on the liver and improve overall detoxification.
Bioactive Acidophilus is a Source of probiotics and prebiotics.
- Promotes a healthy balance of gut bacteria
- Improves digestive tract health
- Prebiotics stimulate the growth of healthy gut bacteria.
- Probiotics temporarily modify gut flora.
Finally, Why are Digestive Enzymes Important During a Detox Program?
During a detox program, the body is often stressed as it tries to eliminate toxins and repair damaged tissues. This can affect digestion, leading to symptoms such as bloating, gas, and constipation. Digestive enzymes can help improve digestion and reduce these symptoms by breaking down food more efficiently and aiding in nutrient absorption.
Additionally, digestive enzymes can help reduce inflammation, which is an important aspect of a successful detox program. (3) Inflammation is a natural response to stress, injury, and infection, but chronic inflammation ( a constant presence of high levels of immune cells) can lead to a range of health problems. Digestive enzymes can help reduce inflammation in the gut by breaking down large protein molecules that can trigger an immune response.
1) Estes, C., Razavi, H., Loomba, R., Younossi, Z., & Sanyal, A. J. (2018). Modelling the epidemic of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease demonstrates an exponential increase in the burden of the disease. Hepatology, 67(1), 123-133. doi: 10.1002/hep.29466 You can access the abstract of the study at the following link: https://aasldpubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/hep.29466
2) Journal of Medicinal Food showed that proteolytic enzymes (enzymes that break down protein) reduced inflammation in rats with lung injury https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4482829/.