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Nutritional Support for Detox Systems
Toxins: we breathe, consume and wear them. Are you providing your body’s cleansing systems with what they need to clear them quickly and easily? Support the body with alkalizing foods and minerals.
Our lives are filled with chemical, physical, nutritional, mental and electro-magnetic stressors: anxiety, excessive sun, x-rays, car exhaust, cigarette smoke, eating fried foods, and so much more. Stressors promote acidification of the body’s tissues, adding to the toxic burden on the body’s channels of elimination. That’s why having a well-co-ordinated, nutritionally-supported set of detoxification pathways is key to protecting our cells from toxin accumulation and ultimately, the degeneration associated with inflammation.
The body’s channels of elimination include the liver, kidneys, colon, skin and lungs. These organs work together to clear the blood, tissues and lymph of substances that can harm us by employing thousands of chemical reactions that convert the toxins that circulate into harmless, or less harmful compounds. None of this can happen without enzymes: specialized proteins that direct, activate, accelerate and stop chemical reactions. These enzymes are built from amino acids, vitamins and minerals. That’s why having a nutritious, varied diet is vital for ensuring all types of detoxification enzymes are made in ample supply.
If only it were that simple. Even if you had an ample supply of enzyme building-blocks, without the proper tissue pH these enzymatic reactions slow down, get de-activated and switch off, impairing the elimination of wastes. The backlog of uncleared toxins becomes inflammatory, resulting in aches and pains, fatigue, skin irritation, and more. Ultimately, proper pH is critical for the elimination of toxins we consume, and for reducing the metabolic waste products we produce.
Modern lifestyles not only provide incomplete nutrition; the high intake of processed foods creates chronic over-acidity in the body’s tissues. Excess acid is toxic to all but stomach cells and must be buffered by alkaline minerals. These minerals include calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium and must come from the diet; otherwise they are withdrawn from the bones—gradually reducing their mineral density and strength.
We can support our pH buffering systems and acid clearance by ensuring our diets are high in alkalizing, whole foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. These are rich in water, the ultimate (neutral) buffer for excess acidity. They’re also high in potassium, an essential alkalizing electrolyte mineral.
Keep in mind that many cooking and processing methods cause alkaline mineral losses from your food. That’s why you may consider supplementing alkaline mineral compounds to reduce systemic acidity. AlkaPure pH provides potassium, sodium and magnesium in forms that the body uses to buffer acids, protecting from undesirable mineral deposits and mineral losses in the urine.
Support your detoxification pathways with adequate alkaline minerals. Make alkalizing a priority in your health maintenance routine and you will notice energy improvements, think more clearly and experience a sense of greater well-being.
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Andrea Bartels, BA, CNP, NNCP, RNT is a Registered Nutritional Therapist with a clinical practice based in Ottawa. Having 20 years of work experience in the nutrition field, Andrea also teaches and mentors others to become nutrition professionals through her work at the Ottawa branch of The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.