Oxidation is a normal and essential part of many cellular processes; however, excessive oxidation is damaging. Our natural, internal antioxidant pathways rely on a healthy liver, and various micronutrient and macronutrients co-factors. While much of the research has been conducted in animals, it offers a glimpse into some nutrition interventions that might improve the resilience of the body. For example:
Think of Spirulina as your daily green multivitamin. You can mix it into a smoothie, add it to soup, or mix it into water and drink it straight, though many people have trouble with this.
Start with a small amount, maybe ½ tsp. at a time and slowly increase your intake until you are eating 1 Tablespoon per day. Take more—2 or more tablespoons—during illness, after radiation exposure, or during pregnancy.
Research performed in mice also suggests that mercury excretion is enhanced by chlorella. 14, 15 Spirulina plus zinc increases the excretion of arsenic in chronic arsenic poisoning 16 and absorbs cadmium. 17 Folate is critical to the metabolism of arsenic. 18 Alpha-lipoic acid supports detoxification processes. 19 Glycine was found to be effective for increasing glutathione levels, reducing malondialdehyde levels and decreasing lead levels in bone with extremely high doses (1000mg per kg bodyweight in subject animals). 20 Treatment with cysteine, methionine, vitamin C and thiamine can reverse oxidative stress associated with arsenic exposure and result in a reduction in tissue arsenic levels. 21.
Will a detox help me to lose weight?
I was taught (way back when I entered practice nearly twenty years ago!) that our job is to first ‘do no further harm’ and secondly to find the root cause of the problem and work with that, rather than simply treating symptoms with pills and potions.
However, if these are not working effectively, or you are exposed to higher levels of toxicants (for example if you work with petrochemicals, dyes, or other industrial chemicals) these innate processes may not work optimally and your health may suffer.