Detoxing has become an overused term. It can mean just about anything from giving up wine to gluten, dairy, meat, and the list goes on. But sometimes just giving things up isn’t enough. To detox down to the cellular level you may need to add a few things in. What’s a cellular detox and do you need one? This guide answers these questions and so much more.
What’s a Cellular Detox?
Toxins like heavy metals can build up at the cellular level causing the mitochondria membranes within the cells not to produce enough ATP. Basically, the mitochondria are the engines of the cell and when they get weighted down by toxins, they begin to slow us down causing chronic fatigue syndrome and other symptoms like brain fog, depression, digestive issues, and the list goes on. If you want to know more, here are 5 Steps to Take Care of your Mitochondria.
“Every organ in the body is as healthy as its cells and every cell in the body is as healthy as its cellular membrane,” says Dr. Bill Sears, a recognized health expert who has appeared on over 100 television shows. “Membranes are selective and protective. Protective about not letting in toxins and selective about what they do allow to get into the cells.”
How Is a Cellular Detox Different?
A cellular detox goes deeper than just juicing, eating clean, and exercising. A cellular detox does include nutritious eating, which we’ll get to later, but it also includes help from nutritional supplements to dig even deeper on a cellular level.
Tips for Cellular Detoxing That You May Have Never Heard of Before
These steps will help you detox at a level that you might not be used to. If you’re feeling fatigued, sluggish, or weighed down, consider contacting your integrative doctor and getting a urine challenge test to see if you have a build up of heavy metals or other toxins in your system. They can also help guide you down the road of detoxification. This is not doctor’s advice, so make sure you consult your doctor before beginning a new health regimen.
Zeolites, according to Elissa Goodman, a holistic nutritionist and lifestyle cleanse expert, are minerals made mostly of silica and they aid detoxification of various toxins and pollutants. “These minerals are able to absorb, release, and even exchange different chemicals, nutrients and ions depending on what your body’s needs are. The way this magical mineral works is by attracting harmful positively charged chemicals to its own negatively charged structure. Think of it as a magnet for toxins,” says Goodman. “I highly recommend Ambaya Gold’s Detox, Cleanse & Renew supplement for anyone wanting to witness the beneficial effects of zeolites.”
CytoDetox is another highly effective zeolite, according to Warren Phillips, author of The Cellular Healing Diet and founder of CytoDetox. The product uses ion exchange to push out heavier weight toxins from the body. It also contains folic acid which binds to heavy metals in the body and removes them. CytoDetox is made with zeolites sourced from natural rock. The raw materials found in the product go through a seven-step cleaning process to purify them.
For Phillips, CytoDetox is a passion project. Prior to diving into the world of cellular detoxing, Phillips was a geologist working in abandoned mine clean up.
“When I began experiencing a laundry list of mysterious symptoms including muscle and eye twitching, crazy dreams, weight gain, brain fog, and depression I did everything I could think of to treat my symptoms from eastern to western medicine to therapy but nothing worked.”
Phillips didn’t realize that his blood contained dangerous levels of heavy metals including arsenic, lead, and mercury. Since then, he’s been on a mission to help others just like him. But according to Phillips, you don’t have to be a geologist to be exposed to heavy metals.
“Glutathione is a peptide consisting of three important amino acids and it is crucial to our bodies because every cell within us produces it,” says Goodman. “For that reason, many doctors and researchers now consider it the most important antioxidant. Some of the most beneficial foods for increasing glutathione levels are milk thistle, sulfur foods like onions and garlic and foods that contain A-Lipoic Acid like spinach, broccoli, and carrots.”
Goodman recommends LipoNatural’s Liposomal glutathione. “To be honest, it does not taste the best, but I love it because it is made from sunflower and not soy, which is important since the soy in some supplements could be GMO.”
3. Omega 3 Fatty Acids
According to Dr. Sears, in order to keep the cell membranes healthy, you need to eat omega 3 fatty acids regularly. Fat is important to keep our cells healthy and clean and omega 3 fatty acids are the most flexible of all the fats. You need about three fistfuls of wild caught salmon weekly to get enough or you can take a high-quality supplement. Try Carlson The Very Finest Fish Oil, Lemon.
Antioxidants are the most important tool besides fat for keeping your cells healthy, says Dr. Sears. He recommends making sure the supplement is sourced from Hawaii like BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin to be of the highest quality. In order to get enough antioxidants on your own you need ten fistfuls of varied vegetables daily, says Dr. Sears, which is a lot. For many of us, it’s best to have a backup plan for those days when you don’t get enough. Astaxanthin, also happens to be an excellent natural beauty supplement for your skin, improving collagen production, elasticity, and moisture content while reducing wrinkles.
5. Load up on these detox-friendly foods
These foods, according to Goodman, are essential for ridding your body of heavy metals:
- Anti-inflammatory herbs like cayenne pepper, thyme, rosemary, and cinnamon.
- Sulfur foods like garlic and onion
- Green tea, which increases glutathione enzymes.
- Cruciferous veggies like broccoli, collards, and kale; beats and leafy greens are also really helpful for the detoxification process.
- Chia, flax, and leafy greens (for the chlorophyll)
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