Do you feel tired and lethargic? Are you bloated and gassy? Is your skin more sensitive, or are you getting more frequent allergy attacks? Do you have bad breath, body odour, or (sorry) really stinky poop?
These may be signs that you need detox supplements.
Why do you need detox supplements?
There are toxins in the air and chemicals in your food (from pesticides and fertilizers). Even medicines and preservatives contain chemicals that your body takes long to break down.
If your body can’t flush all out the toxins, it can affect your hormones, skin, and digestive system. Some chemicals like pesticides or heavy metals like lead or mercury have also been linked to cancer, neurological problems, auto-immune disorders, and higher risk for birth defects.
Detox Supplements versus Detox Fasts
Dr. Gaetano Morello – author of Whole Body Cleansing – says detox supplements are more effective than cleansing fasts.
“Doing a multiday detox once or twice a year and then being done is just not realistic for most people,” he says. “Since they can’t do fasts regularly, they end up not doing any regular detox at all. Fasts also deprive your organs of nutrients that they need to cleanse the body.”
Dr. Morello advocates making detox a part of your daily life. Add green juices to your diet, exercise, and choose healthy, fresh food over instant or canned food.
And instead of starving your body, get detox supplements that support the organs that flush out waste and toxins. Here are some special vitamins that can help keep your body clean and in tip-top condition.
Chlorella is a type of algae that can stop your body from absorbing chemicals like mercury, lead and pesticides. It’s also loaded with antioxidants, protein, vitamin B, iron, vitamin C. and omega-3s. Aside from blocking toxins, chlorella may even help lower your cholesterol.
This is one of the best supplements for cleansing your liver. It contains silymarin, which binds to liver cells and stops toxins from entering them.
Aside from acting like the liver’s super shield, silymarin also helps the body regenerate cells and produce more glutathione. You need glutathione (and other antioxidants) to neutralize the free radicals that’s released when the liver breaks down toxins.
Do you know that emergency room doctors actually use NAC to treat acetaminophen poisoning? It can help you remove toxic metal substances from your bloodstream. If you eat a lot of tuna and other deep-sea fish that have high levels of mercury, include this detox supplement in your wellness regimen.
Fiber is like a broom that sweeps through your digestive system. It can help prevent constipation, and lower your blood sugar levels.
If you take fiber supplements, be sure to drink lots of water. It can also initially cause bloating and gas. Start with a small dose (or take fiber supplements every other day) so you know what dose works for you.
Fiber supplements can affect your body’s ability to absorb some maintenance medicines. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure or any chronic condition, talk to your doctor first.
You can also get fiber from brown rice, cereal and green leafy vegetables.
This cleansing supplement activates liver enzymes that make toxins and carcinogens (including excess estrogen) water-soluble. This makes it easier for the body to flush them out. Some studies show that it can lower your risk for breast cancer and prostate cancer.
Sulforaphane is found in vegetables like broccoli, brussel sprouts and cabbage. Since you’re not likely to eat broccoli every day, you can get broccoli seed or broccoli sprout capsules.