Detoxification- not as simple as the bi-annual event following festive periods of over-indulgence.
In fact, our bodies autonomously carry out detoxification every moment, 365 days a year. This system is an intricate multi-organ process encompassing the liver and gallbladder, the lungs, kidneys, skin, and perhaps the least considered whilst one of the most important, the gut and microbiome.
When our detoxification pathways become compromised or begin under-functioning, it’s no surprise that niggling and bothersome symptoms such as skin conditions, signs of premature ageing,
stubborn weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, sluggish digestion, constipation, and bloating, as well as hormone imbalances (just to name a few) can become apparent.
What exactly are toxins and why do we have to get rid of them?
Toxins are various compounds that are capable of hindering the body’s ability to function optimally.
This can occur through different mechanisms, however one of the most commonly known culprits is the development of oxidative stress. This process is recognised to initiate or worsen inflammatory states, contribute to hormonal imbalance and dysfunction, worsen gut health, as well as cause imbalances in the body’s ability to further detoxify via other channels.
Toxins may be hidden in our personal care products, in our buildings and even in or on our food, however, toxins can also be generated via the process of simple digestion and metabolism.
The health and function of the liver (another major player in detoxification) rely heavily on regular bowel movements as well as the integrity of the gut lining (no leaky gut) and the microbiome to minimise its toxic load and thereby work optimally to detoxify the body on a regular basis.
If the function of the liver has been impeded by any or all of the above, this will show up as suboptimal vitality and overall health as your body is now burdened by recirculating toxins that over time cause damage and reduce function and vitality.
What and how we eat, compromised gut integrity and an unhealthy microbiome are all capable of significantly increase the toxic burden through the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
It’s easy to forget about the last (and perhaps the least glamorous but also least appreciated) phase of detoxification- Elimination, AKA the humble poo.
Waste ultimately leaves the body via the excretion; therefore, regular bowel habits are non-negotiable for a healthy daily detox. Our elimination pathways will always do the best they can on their own, but there is so much that we can do to ensure that they are functioning at their best- particularly for liver and gut health!
Pure filtered water, stay hydrated
Citrus fruits stimulate the liver and help it turn toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water: Add lemon to lukewarm water in the morning or include grapefruit in your diet from time to time
Add bitter foods such as green leafy greens to your meals
Add herbs and spices to your food
Get enough fibre. Fibre is essential to helping your liver function smoothly.
Daily physical movement
Restorative sleep and stress management
Support the Daily Detox by Avoiding:
Refined sugars and artificial sweeteners
Neglecting the health of the microbiome and the gut lining
Deep fried foods
Consuming food or drink from plastic containers
Read more on how to detoxify: 7 Ways to Remove Toxins From Your Life and Body
Improving Gut Integrity and a Healthy Microbiome
Our microbiome is made up of all sorts of flora- both good and bad. By carefully and consistently feeding our good bugs with the right kinds of prebiotic fibre such as Partially Hydrolysed Guar Gum (PHGG) and Acacia Gum, our healthy bacteria can thrive.
PHGG has been shown to regulate the human intestinal microbiome and increase the production of short chain fatty acids such as butyrate which nourish the gut lining and strengthen its integrity.
PHGG can also provide gentle relief from constipation as well as reduce symptoms such as bloating and gas.
Specific Probiotic to Support Healthy Bacteria
Well tolerated and gentle probiotics such as Bacillus coagulans (BC) and Saccharomyces Bouladii (SB) are incredibly supportive and restorative to gut and microbiome health.
SB is a unique probiotic which has the incredible ability to support the condition of the gut lining by helping to regrow a healthy microbiome whilst suppressing pathogenic microbes. Additionally, SB has the capacity to support the integrity of the gut lining (reduce ‘leaky gut’) and reduce the impact of toxins and lipopoly-saccharides (LPS)
FEED by The Gut Cø contains a synergistic blend of PHGG, Acacia Gum, Saccharomyces Bouladii, Bacillus coagulans to support a thriving, healthy microbiome colony
REPAIR: contains glutamine, collagen and Aloe for a healthy gut lining (preventing leaky gut) as well as superfoods high in vitamins and minerals beneficial to the skin and the gut lining
Gut–Liver Axis: How Do Gut Bacteria Influence the Liver?
Adhesion to the yeast cell surface as a mechanism for trapping pathogenic bacteria by
Ecological control of the gastrointestinal tract. The role of probiotic flora
The causes of intestinal dysbiosis: a review
Effects of Saccharomyces boulardii on fecal short-chain fatty acids and microflora in patients
on long-term total enteral nutrition
Impact of partially hydrolyzed guar gum (PHGG) on constipation prevention: A systematic
review and meta-analysis
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