What You’ll Learn
- The sheer number of detox associated supplements available in the market has exponentially risen. Along with it, so has the ambiguity surrounding them.
- Most marketed supplements target a liver detox, while some others claim a guaranteed weight loss incentive.
- This article will help redefine what a detox means and will provide a list of 6 high-quality products that support our body’s innate detoxification pathways.
The global detox product market size was valued to be 50.92 billion USD in 2018 and is touted to grow exponentially between 2019-2025. Yet, the mainstream notion of a detox can sometimes be vague. More often than not it refers to a liver cleanse or colon cleansing with OTC diuretics.
Liver detoxes form a majority of supplements in this ever expanding market. Most of the “social-media-trending” supplements give a generic target of liver detox without addressing what toxins are being removed. Adding to this confusion, some people detox for weight-loss alone.
Detox has become a buzz-word and for good reason. But given the amount of ambiguity surrounding this word, we at Innovative Medicine believe it is crucial that we clarify: what exactly is a “Detox”?
By the end of this article, you as a consumer will be equipped with a know-how to scan through the detox supplements that have flooded the market. This article will make you an informed consumer so you make an educated decision on which product is best for you.
What is a Detox Really?
Detox therapies can target many organs and it extends to more than a mere liver cleanse. Firstly, if you are in good health, your body is already removing toxins for you through elimination pathways via the – hepatic, lymphatic, gastrointestinal and urinary systems. Healthy functioning of these systems is critical to natural detoxification and strengthened immunity.
Our organs of elimination are under unprecedented stress given our exposure to everyday toxins (heavy metals, chemicals in processed food, skin care and beauty products, toxic negative thoughts, device and gadget related EMF radiation toxicity, etc).
Build-up of toxic crud and its unsuccessful elimination leads to the body’s homeostatic balance shifting to a state of chronic disease. This is the polar opposite of optimal health and wellness.
At Innovative Medicine, we believe in the European Biological Medicine perspective of toxicity and disease. It compares our body to a barrel being filled with water which overflows, once filled to the brim. Similarly, our body gets packed with toxins till its full capacity after which it overflows from organs of elimination into the interstitial cavities and enters our circulation. This contributes to toxic burden which if left unchecked forms the basis for all illness and disease.
A Holistic Detox Protocol/Supplement, is one that
- Supports our organs of elimination
- Boosts the excretory pathways inherent to our body
- Reduces overall toxic burden
- Strengthens immunity
- Increases energy and vigor
- Promotes general health and well-being
6 High Quality Products That Promote Efficient Detoxification:
Supplements aren’t meant to do the job your organs do! Any claims which endorse this idea are grandiose detox promises for marketing purposes alone. At IM we like to encourage products that bolster the natural self-healing ability of the body. Here’s a list of 6 such supplements:
1. Hevert Spagyrics (Detox Kit):
Hevert Detox kit consists of homeopathic medicinal plant extracts designed to enhance the function of our excretory pathways. It supports innate detoxification mechanisms in a gentle manner. These combination medications target the lymphatic, hepatic, gastrointestinal and urinary excretion systems to promote better elimination of toxins. It retrains the organs of elimination to resume optimal function.
The Hevert Lymph, Liver, Gut and Kidney formulations in this kit promote effective drainage of the interstitial fluid, reduce tissue edema and regulate the lymphatic system. It also supports liver and gallbladder function. These relieve symptoms of indigestion – bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation or upper abdominal pain. Restoring homeostatic balance to the body with the Hevert kit ensures a strengthened immune response to pathogens and opportunistic microbes.
This is a combination of 19 ionized trace elements based on the principle that ionized, electromagnetically charged elements are necessary to regenerate healthy cells. These assist with cell depolarization-repolarization cycles during which waste is eliminated and new nutrients are absorbed. Maximal cellular support is provided with these trace elements and it can be used for chronic fatigue syndrome, stress or any other healing and regenerative processes.
“Nadovim, Innovative Medicine’s very own NAD+ supplement has shown tremendous results in improving brain health and has proved to be extremely beneficial in regulating mitochondrial function.”
Age related decline in NAD+ (Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide), an essential coenzyme for mitochondrial function, has been scientifically proven to be the underlying reason behind chronic fatigue, brain fog, poor concentration, dysregulated energy metabolism and sleep disorders. In this context, Nadovim, Innovative Medicine’s very own NAD+ supplement has shown tremendous results in improving brain health and has proved to be extremely beneficial in regulating mitochondrial function.
For the purpose of detoxification, Nadovim has a vital role to play in cellular repair and DNA damage. Under the influence of chronic stress due to our modern lifestyle, our elimination pathways get thrown out of balance, first at the cellular level and then at a more systemic level. At the cellular level, an accumulation of free radicals destroys NAD+ thereby disrupting several key metabolic reactions which are necessary for ATP production. Cells with improper mitochondrial function add to the toxic burden of the organs of elimination. Nadovim replenishes cellular NAD+ reserves thereby restoring mitochondrial function. It ultimately results in efficient detoxification pathways and improved immunity of the body.
Chlorella is a chlorophyll based algae with high affinity for toxic heavy metals. This supplement is an insoluble intestinal binder. It plays a crucial part in preventing reabsorption of unprocessed liver toxins back into the gut. Binders like chlorella reduce the amount of toxins in circulation; reduce the overall toxic burden on the liver and kidneys resulting in an improved elimination process.
At IM, while we aren’t against Chlorella, we do emphasize improving organs of elimination first and then resorting to chelate, bind, and extract toxins out of the system by sheer force.
A magnetic clay bath takes advantage of our skin as a key organ of elimination. Bentonite clay (Sodium Bentonite), the primary component of Magnetic ClayTM has been known for its detoxifying properties since ancient times largely due to its cationic nature. Because of its composition, it renders itself as a magnet to negatively charged toxins. Soaking in a warm magnetic clay bath allows the adsorbent surface of bentonite to pull out any toxins from deep within the epidermal and dermal layers.
6. Oil Pulling:
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurveda dental hygiene practice which involves cleansing your oral cavity by swishing a tablespoon of oil (Sesame, castor, olive oil or sunflower oil) in your mouth for 15-20min. In recent times, coconut oil has become popular for this purpose primarily due to its anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. Swishing oil in the mouth supposedly draws out toxins from the mouth, teeth, gums, salivary glands, thus preventing gingivitis and bad breath.
European biologists and ancient Ayurvedic practitioners believed that the mouth is a mirror to our entire body. An oral cavity imbalance points to an underlying illness. Recent studies have shown that the benefits of oil pulling reach far beyond dental hygiene alone. Oil pulling is known to have systemic effects. It activates salivary enzymes and pulls toxins from the minute capillaries and blood vessels in the mouth. Regular oil pulling has proven beneficial in controlling intestinal infections, Diabetes, chronic skin problems, headaches and sinus issues.
The lipid based bacterial cell wall gets attached to the lipids and saturated fats in the oil, thereby allowing it to behave as a bacterial magnet. 20min of this activity later, the oil mixed in with the saliva has now collected all the toxins and microbes. Discarding (spitting out) this toxin-filled oil thus results in detoxification.
How Do You Know You Need a Detox?
We don’t have to wait for chronic disease to manifest and then proceed to a full body detox. Our body is constantly communicating with us; all we have to do is pay attention. Some of the tell-tale signs of an overburdened body are – chronic fatigue, lethargy, irritability, mood swings, brain fog, gastric issues such as bloating and gas, diarrhea and/or constipation, skin rashes and acne, etc.
Are you seeing any of these symptoms? If so, consider taking up a full body detox. The therapies listed in this article will help you re-calibrate your internal system for better health.
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