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What Is N-acetyl-L-cysteine and How Does it Boost Health?

What Is N-acetyl-L-cysteine and How Does it Boost Health?

You may not have heard much about NAC. N-acetyl-L-cysteine, or NAC for short, is a powerful amino acid. It may just be what you need to boost overall health and wellbeing. It’s fascinating because NAC has been used to treat a wide range of ailments. Even in clinical settings. From Schizophrenia to respiratory conditions. As always, our whole body is connected. It seems straight forward, but we often forget this simple fact. This means that a molecule like NAC can impact a wide range of areas of the human body. In this article we’ll explore the science behind NAC, and how it can treat a wide range of health issues.

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Liquid Zeolite - How to Detoxify Your Body Safely and Effectively

Liquid Zeolite - How to Detoxify Your Body Safely and Effectively

We’re living in an increasingly toxic world. While we can avoid certain toxic compounds with healthy lifestyle choices, it’s not possible to avoid pollution and other nano-sized toxic compounds. Therefore, detoxification has become increasingly important in order to increase your energy levels while boosting overall health.

Zeolite is a naturally occurring compound that can save the day in so many ways. In this article we’ll delve into the myriad of health benefits and functional properties of zeolite, so that you can decide if you’d like to invite this magical compound into your life.

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Supplements for protection from 5G and EMF radiation

Supplements for protection from 5G and EMF radiation

Supplements for protection from 5G and EMF radiation

EMFs are electromagnetic frequencies (or electrosmog).

We get exposure from electromagnetic fields from mobile phone masts, Wi-Fi, mobile phones, cordless phones, computers, smart meters, microwaves, radios, TVs, electrical appliances etc.

We also get EMF exposure from the sun and in nature.

Electromagnetic exposure is rising with the rollout of 5G and its 20,000 satellites getting blasted into outer space.

Though government and industry say we have nothing to fear from increasing EMF radiation, there's a growing amount of non-corporate research saying otherwise.

Not only is it not safe for humans and pets, but according to hundreds of studies, 5G has a significant impact on the environment, with birds, bees, wildlife and plants being significantly affected.

So, for those of us who are concerned about the health risks from EMFs, what can we do? We need to find solutions. And there are solutions.

Among other lifestyle choices like daily grounding, nutritional choices can help. Antioxidant-rich foods and certain supplements may ease some of the adverse effects of EMF radiation.

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How to Take S-Acetyl Glutathione and Detox the Body

How to Take S-Acetyl Glutathione and Detox the Body

How to Take S-Acetyl Glutathione and Detox the Body

In our ever-more polluted world, it’s becoming imperative to understand how to detoxify heavy metals and other persistent toxins.

Dehydration is a common symptom of heavy metals in the body. Heavy metals are found in foods, medicines, via industrial exposure, lead-based paints, by the ingestion of pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides.

Yep, there’s pretty much no way to avoid heavy metals in modern society!

That’s why understanding how to detoxify your body is key.

Glutathione is naturally produced by your liver and is important for tissue building and repair. It contains 3 amino acids: cysteine, glutamate, and glycine.

Glutathione is involved in the detoxification of poisons and toxins in the liver, lungs, intestines, and kidneys. The most impressive function of glutathione is in the detoxification of heavy metals. Glutathione is essential in the proper functioning of the immune system, and also helps to boost longevity.

Read on to learn more about glutathione – and particularly the S-acetyl form…

How Does Glutathione Detox the Body?


Glutathione plays an important role in the detoxification of the body.

One way it works is by turning fat-soluble toxins into water-soluble toxins so that your body can eliminate harmful waste.

Without adequate amounts of glutathione, toxins like free radicals would accumulate in fat stores.

Glutathione alone can eliminate free radicals, as well as dealing directly with causes of oxidative stress (such as heavy metals and toxins).

Glutathione’s critical roles in the body cannot be overstated. It regulates the growth of cells as well as apoptosis (the death of cells). Glutathione can also harvest and transport mercury out of brain cells.

As well as being a cofactor for several antioxidant enzymes, glutathione regenerates vitamin C and E stores, further enhancing detoxification.

Glutathione is also vital to mitochondrial DNA functioning. Helping the body energise and stay well.

Related: Why Take Glutathione with Vitamin C and Other Nutrients?

Glutathione vs Acetyl Glutathione


People often ask if glutathione is the same as acetyl glutathione.

While glutathione is quite rightly known as the “master antioxidant,” when taken orally it’s a different story. Glutathione alone is not well absorbed by the body when taken orally.

That’s because it breaks down in the gastrointestinal tract. Glutathione is therefore known to have low bioavailability. Which is where acetyl glutathione comes in. 

Adding the acetyl group provides protection for the glutathione molecule. Allowing the body to absorb more glutathione directly into cells.

If you’re looking for high doses of glutathione, then opting for acetyl glutathione is the best option. Vitamin B6 also helps in the absorption of glutathione. 

Related: Do You Need to Detoxify Heavy Metals to Reduce EMF Impact?

Glutathione (GSH) and the Kidneys


Although an adequate amount of glutathione is necessary for the kidneys to function properly, we must observe balance.

Glutathione production may be impacted in people with alcoholism or liver disease. For this reason, supplementation might be critical. However, like most things, too much of a good thing can turn bad.

High doses of glutathione are particularly useful for those with fatty liver disease. One study showed that cellular damage in the liver was reduced with IV glutathione.

Glutathione works in the kidneys to reduce the damage from toxins passing through, as well as helping the body turn fatty toxins into water-soluble toxins to be removed by the kidneys.

Boost Glutathione Levels with These Foods


There are several whole foods that are thought to boost glutathione levels. As such, it’s a good idea to incorporate them into your diet. These foods include:

  • Legumes
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Cruciferous vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Milk thistle
  • Flaxseed
  • Seaweed

Related: What Vitamins Should You Take to Boost Your Immune System?

Conclusion


Glutathione production may be impacted in people with alcoholism or liver disease. For this reason, supplementation might be critical.

Glutathione is quite rightly known as the master detoxifier. Present in all cells, it helps protect and remove free radicals and toxins from the body. Thus reducing oxidative stress and boosting the immune system.

As with many things, a healthy lifestyle will help your body produce enough glutathione. However, some diseases, particularly in the liver, reduce the amount of cellular glutathione available to us.

Making supplementation and proper dietary practices a high priority for optimal health and wellbeing. 

Written by best-selling author and integrative nutrition health coach Rowanna Watson, who has a passion for natural health. Rowanna is an expert in all areas of holistic health, plant-based nutrition, detoxification and personal development.

Water for Health Ltd began trading in 2007 with the goal of positively affecting the lives of many. We still retain that mission because we believe that proper hydration and nutrition can make a massive difference to people’s health and quality of life. Click here to find out more.

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Do You Need to Detoxify Heavy Metals to Reduce EMF Impact?

Do You Need to Detoxify Heavy Metals to Reduce EMF Impact?

Do you need to detoxify heavy metals to reduce the impact of EMFs?

If you’re sensitive to EMFs (electromagnetic fields), you may be more susceptible if you have heavy metal toxicity.

In this article, we take a closer look at the ubiquity of heavy metals and their effects on the body. We also shine a spotlight on EMF sensitivity with reference to several experts in the field, and look at several means of heavy metal detoxification.

Read on for more information.

What is heavy metal toxicity?

Heavy metals are a group of dense metals and metalloids that are harmful at low concentrations.

Heavy metal toxicity is more common than you may think, with millions worldwide suffering from it. 

These metals include:

  • Mercury
  • Lead
  • Arsenic
  • Cadmium
  • Aluminium
  • Nickel
  • Uranium
  • Thallium
  • You may also be surprised to know that metals such as manganese, iron, zinc and calcium can become harmful at higher levels.

Once heavy metals enter your bloodstream, they travel throughout your body, settling into the cells of your tissues and organs, and they can stick around for years.

Toxins, including heavy metals, love to establish themselves in fat cells and can be hard to eliminate.

We can often be unaware that these insidious elements are slowly building up in our bodies. Over time, as they accumulate, heavy metals can put a significant strain on your entire system affecting your brain, nervous system, thyroid and other endocrine glands, heart, liver, kidneys and so on.

We are exposed to heavy metals in many ways, and toxicity may be an underlying cause of inflammation and chronic disease, including diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

It can cause chronic fatigue, autoimmune diseases, mood and sleep disorders, and affect brain function, causing cognitive changes.

Some specialists believe that the symptoms of long-term exposure to heavy metals mimic diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and MS.

It may also contribute to cognitive decline and premature ageing, the reality being that it could be toxicity rather than ageing that’s the real problem.

One analysis found that aluminium was significantly higher in the breast tissue of breast cancer patients versus healthy women in the control group.

Aluminium can lead to iron dysregulation, and there was a distinct correlation between increased aluminium and higher ferritin (the protein that stores iron) in the breast cancer patients.

These results suggest that raised aluminium and ferritin levels could be used as biomarkers to identify women at a higher risk of breast cancer.  

The researchers weren’t sure where the aluminium exposure came from in these patients but thought aluminium-based deodorants could be responsible.

Exposure to multiple metals causes a higher toxic load than a single metal. Several studies have linked heavy metal toxicity to neurotoxicity and neurodevelopmental disorders in children. 

Some research suggests that children living near coal ash (containing lead, mercury, and arsenic) have higher ADHD and sleep disruption rates.

One study showed that, compared to a control group, children with autistic spectrum disorder had higher levels of mercury and arsenic in their blood

A 2015 assessment of hair samples from autistic children also found significantly higher levels of lead, mercury and aluminium than those in the control group.

The researchers noted that these levels correlated with maternal fish consumption, living near petrol stations, and aluminium pans. 

How do you get exposed to heavy metals?

Exposure to heavy metals is unavoidable, and we are subjected to them in a multitude of ways including:


  • Via drinking water
  • Vaccines (which contain heavy metal preservatives, either Thiomersal of Aluminium, and Formaldehyde)
  • In the food chain, including from fish and tinned goods
  • Amalgam fillings
  • Environmental exposure from paint, fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides, factory waste, lead batteries and treated wood
  • Household products
  • Tattoo

What are the symptoms of heavy metal toxicity?

Symptoms of heavy metal toxicity may include:

  • Cognitive decline and dementia
  • Brain fog, poor concentration and difficulty learning
  • Insomnia
  • Stubborn weight gain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Low energy
  • Autoimmune diseases, including Hashimoto’s disease
  • Digestive problems
  • Hormone disruption and imbalance 
  • May contribute to Chronic disease including diabetes and heart disease
  • Neurological disorders
  • Mood disorders, including depression
  • Anaemia
  • Chronic aches and pains
  • Tremors and diminished motor control, hearing, speech, vision and gait

What is EMF sensitivity?

EMFs are electromagnetic frequencies (or electrosmog), and we get exposure from electromagnetic fields from Wi-Fi, mobile phones, computers, smart meters and microwaves, etc. We also get EMF exposure from the sun and in nature.

Mainly due to the rapid increase in our use of wireless technologies, year after year, an ever-increasing number of people are claiming that it is affecting their health. 

Regardless, corporate scientists and mainstream medicine refuse to acknowledge there could be something in this. Research is highly biased and EMF safety standards are based on heating effects rather than biological effects.

Though largely ignored by conventional medicine and mainstream science, many scientists, researchers, doctors and natural health practitioners recognise EMF sensitivity as a genuine concern

According to researchers including Dr Thomas Rau of the Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland, an estimated 3-8% of developed country populations experience severe electrohypersensitivity symptoms, and 35% experience mild symptoms.

Dr Magda Havas, PhD, describes the symptoms of electrohypersensitivity as being best described as ‘rapid ageing syndrome’, experienced by adults and children.

She writes that the symptoms resemble those ‘experienced by radar operators in the 1940s to the 1960s’, and it’s well documented.

Some independent researchers have linked EMF exposure to clumping red blood cells, heart palpitations, pain and pressure in the chest, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, depression, and memory loss. 

In his research, Dr Martin Pall of Washington State University has published seven studies showing the high sensitivity to EMFs of the voltage sensors in each of our cells, which has a massive impact on our bodies.

This can include opening the blood-brain barrier, oxidative stress, single and double DNA strand breaks, and more.

Other independent research suggests that there may be a link between EMF radiation and cancer, including breast cancer, motor neurone disease, and that prolonged smartphone use can increase the risk of tumours. The list goes on.

What are the symptoms of EMF sensitivity or electrohypersensitivity?

Symptoms of EMF sensitivity can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Cognitive difficulties including memory loss, brain fog and difficulty concentrating
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Skin itching, rashes, flushing, burning and tingling
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Tinnitus
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Musculoskeletal pain

A link between heavy metal toxicity and electrohypersensitivity?

A number of things can determine how affected you are by EMFs, including obesity, bone density, water and electrolyte levels. Heavy metal toxicity can also play a role.

This in-depth and ever-growing subject is publicly not acknowledged in the conventional medical and scientific world. It’s too deep to get into here, and as usual, we always encourage you to do your own research but here are a few points:

• According to research by Dr Yoshiaki Omura, MD, ScD, the more polluted your body is with heavy metals from amalgam fillings, contaminated food, and environmental pollutants, the more it acts as a virtual antenna, concentrating radiation, making it far more damaging.

• Theresa Dale, PhD, CCN, NP, writes, “We are more susceptible to receive harmful radiation from cell phones, cell towers, etc, due to our level of toxicity in heavy metals…

“If you have accumulated toxic metals in your brain, and since your brain is an antenna, you can actually receive more cell phone radiation, which in turn can cause the microbes in your system to overreact and create more potent mycotoxins.

“This can create a never-ending vicious cycle between the microbes and metals in your body and your exposure to electromagnetic fields, which can lead to hypersensitivity.

“I have seen that a high percentage of illness, including chronic infections, are caused, and/or aggravated, by electromagnetic field exposure. Then chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain syndromes can easily develop or worsen.” 

• In the words of Dr Tom Cowan, “We are electrical beings, and the chemicals are only the byproduct of those electrical impulses.”

Dr Cowan recounts the story of a patient that came to see him, a surfer who had previously been very healthy, whose profession as an electrician meant that he fitted Wi-Fi systems.

After breaking his arm, he had a metal plate fitted. Three months later, he couldn’t get out of bed and suffered from heart irregularities.

Dr Cowan discusses how EMF radiation is a water destructuring device. Your susceptibility to electrosensitivity depends on the number of heavy metals in your body and the water quality in your cells.

The metal increases your absorption of the electromagnetic field, leading to a perfect storm of deterioration.

How can you detox heavy metals?

If you suspect you have heavy metal toxicity, it’s worth getting tested.

You can see a naturopath, nutritional therapist, functional medicine practitioner, or practitioner of choice who can help you with this. 

It’s worth knowing that as you start to detox heavy metals, you may notice a temporary worsening of your symptoms. This is all part of the process, so keep going but do seek advice from your health practitioner if this becomes troubling or they are prolonged

You may also wish to work with a practitioner who can create a personalised detox protocol and support you through the process.

This list is not exhaustive, but here are 10 things you can do to detox heavy metals:

  1. Eat a diet rich in foods that support your liver, kidneys and gut function to help strengthen channels of detoxification and elimination and support immunity. Probiotics can also aid gut detoxification and help to support immunity.
  2. Try to eat organic if possible – this helps to rid your diet of any heavy metals in the pesticides. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices.
  3. Drink plenty of filtered water, which has fewer impurities and heavy metals. Eat lots of hydrating fruits and vegetables and those high in electrolytes.
  4. Eat plenty of antioxidant-rich foods.
  5. Avoid farmed fish, eating only wild, sustainably sourced fish. Also, avoid fish that are higher in mercury.
  6. Only drink alcohol in moderation as it puts extra pressure on your liver.
  7. Eat clean and avoid foods with preservatives, additives, and added sugars. Also, steer clear of any foods that you suspect you are intolerant to.
  8. Take chlorella, a type of green algae, as it’s an effective metal chelator that binds to heavy metals in the blood and digestive tract, eliminating them from your body. They are a generally good mopper upper of heavy metals but are especially good for lead and mercury. Chlorella is also a rich source of nutrients.
  9. Fulvic Restore, another heavy metal chelator, can be used as part of a detox protocol.
  10. Zeolite Plus is a powerful natural complex of zeolite, humic acid, fulvic acid and pure water, containing natural trace minerals. Many find zeolites are extremely useful due to their unique cage-like chemical structure, which allows them to act as natural absorbents of toxins, including heavy metals. 

Conclusion

Heavy metal toxicity may increase your susceptibility to EMFs. 

If you’re concerned you have heavy metal toxicity, consult a qualified health professional and get tested.

You can work through a detox protocol with a health practitioner of choice or take the process into your own hands by eating foods that support your liver, kidney, gut and overall health, helping to eliminate heavy metal toxins from your body.

You can also avoid foods known to be higher in heavy metals and take carefully selected supplements.

Remember that you may feel worse before you feel better, and you may experience detox symptoms which can include nausea, digestive disruption including constipation, tiredness, skin rashes and headacheves.

To help prevent an extreme aggravation, remember to detox slowly, starting with dietary changes, then work up from there.

If you have any chronic health conditions and take prescribed medication, speak to your doctor or a qualified health professional before changing your diet or taking supplements.

Written by Rebecca Rychlik, Nutritional Therapist and Homeopath. Follow Rebecca on Instagram, Facebook and Medium, @rebeccabitesback.

Water for Health Ltd began trading in 2007 with the goal of positively affecting the lives of many. We still retain that mission because we believe that proper hydration and nutrition can make a massive difference to people’s health and quality of life. Click here to find out more.



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Fulvic Acid as a Detoxifier, Antioxidant and Trace Mineral Supplement

Fulvic Acid as a Detoxifier, Antioxidant and Trace Mineral Supplement

Fulvic Acid as a Detoxifier, Antioxidant and Trace Mineral Supplement

Fulvic acid is an easily absorbed supernutrient found in the soil, rock sediment, and bodies of water. It’s formed by the decomposition of plant and animal compounds and is a component of humus.

One of two humic acids, fulvic acid nourishes plants and other living organisms in the soil, passing with ease through cell membranes and carrying nutrients and moisture into them. In fact, this ‘miracle molecule’ can transport dozens of minerals into plant cells.

Humans can also benefit from fulvic acid, which provides many health benefits. It’s becoming increasingly popular due to its electrolyte and mineral profile, antioxidant and detoxification capabilities.

It can also boost nutrient absorption by nurturing gut health and preventing inflammation in the digestive tract.

Fulvic acid aids in detoxification


In aquatic environments, fulvic acid can form complexes that transport and remove heavy metals. It’s believed that the same is possible in humans.

Heavy metals and other toxins enter our bodies through contaminants in food and water, medication, air pollution, dental fillings, household products etc.

Toxic free-floating heavy metal ions or ones bound to metalloproteins can build up in your tissues and cells and starve them of vital nutrients. Fulvic acid attaches to heavy metal ions in your body. It also attracts free radicals and other toxins, chelating or binding to and breaking them down, enabling them to be more easily eliminated.

Research shows that fulvic acid can markedly reduce heavy metals in bodies of water and soil, including copper, nickel and cadmium, by around 90% .

It may also have the potential to neutralise or reduce the harmful effects of radiation .

Another form of toxicity is free radical damage and inflammation. Due to its high antioxidant content, fulvic acid can help to reduce oxidative stress and, consequently, chronic inflammation and disease risk.

Fulvic acid provides trace minerals, aids mineral and nutrient absorption


Fulvic acid is a good source of electrolytes, electrically charged minerals essential for life and a vast range of functions, including immune support, heart, muscle and nerve regulation, cellular health and permeability, and maintaining fluid balance and a healthy blood pH.

Fulvic acid helps with nutrient absorption in general. It improves cellular health and permeability, has a low molecular weight and is readily absorbed, enabling it to enter and deliver minerals into the cells rapidly.

It’s said that a single fulvic acid molecule carries up to 60 times its weight in minerals and other nutrients.

Sadly, modern intensive farming methods strip the soil of trace minerals and other nutrients, which means we consume less than we used to, and ought to, for optimum health.

Fulvic acid can be an effective supplement for replacing these lost nutrients, ensuring we are getting enough.

By improving absorption and providing an array of nutrients, including pre and probiotics and silica, fulvic acid helps to nourish the gut, enhancing its bacteria profile, integrity and function. 

Aside from protecting your immunity, mental health and preventing disease, improved gut health also reduces digestive complaints, including constipation, diarrhoea and bloating.

Interestingly, symptoms of low electrolyte balance can include diarrhoea, constipation, cramping and nausea.

Fulvic acid is a potent antioxidant


Modern life exposes us to a constantly increasing amount of environmental toxins. Combined with ill health, poor diet, lack of sleep and stress, this can increase free radical damage, toxicity, inflammation and disease. 

Fulvic acid’s ability to detoxify heavy metals and other toxins, plus its impressive antioxidant power, can counter and reduce the risk of excess free radicals.

Its capacity for decreasing oxidative stress and inflammation can help slow down ageing, and it may also have anti-cancer properties, including colorectal cancer. 

Fulvic acid is known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and memory-enhancing properties and may help to protect brain function.

Free radical damage is a contributing factor for Alzheimer’s , and some researchers have considered the development of fulvic acid as a natural treatment for this tragic disease.

Aside from its antioxidant properties, fulvic acid can also inhibit tau protein, another contributing factor of Alzheimer’s, and it may help slow down or halt disease progression.

The antioxidant profile and consequent anti-inflammatory effects of fulvic acid may help to improve several skin conditions. One study showed that topical application of fulvic acid significantly improved eczema (more successfully than other conventional emollients used in the trial). 

Thanks to the electrolytes, antioxidants and collagen-boosting silica it provides, along with its superior nutrient delivery system, fulvic acid also has anti-ageing benefits for the skin, encouraging tissue elasticity and a healthy, hydrated complexion.

Oxidative stress, chronic inflammation and disease are linked. Oxidative stress is essentially an imbalance of reactive oxygen species (ROS) compared to having enough antioxidants to neutralise them, leading to cellular dysfunction, damage, and possible cell death.

Fulvic acid can isolate superoxide

radicals and other reactive oxygen species outside of the cells. It also works inside the cells, uncoupling the electron transport chain in the mitochondria (cell powerhouses), which is linked with lowering ROS production

At the same time as decreasing cell damage, fulvic acid may also increase the production of the antioxidant enzymes glutathione, superoxide dismutase and catalase.

Conclusion

Fulvic acid’s ability to detoxify heavy metals and other toxins, plus its impressive antioxidant power, can counter and reduce the risk of excess free radicals

We’re gradually learning more about the health benefits and healing properties of fulvic acid. It’s becoming increasingly popular as a supplement due to its antioxidant, detoxifying, trace mineral and nutrient profile.

Fulvic acid can be a practical addition to your health and wellbeing arsenal. Among its many attributes, it can help to improve gut health and digestion, increase your mineral intake and boost nutrient absorption.

It can also protect brain health, enhancing memory and potentially protecting against Alzheimer’s disease. Fulvic acid may also have anti-ageing, skin protecting and anti-cancer properties.

It has an impressive antioxidant profile that helps to reduce oxidative stress and damage and reduce the risk of chronic disease.

Not only that, fulvic acid can upregulate the natural production of the antioxidants glutathione, superoxide dismutase and catalase.

Written by Rebecca Rychlik, Nutritional Therapist and Homeopath. Follow Rebecca on Instagram, Facebook and Medium, @rebeccabitesback.


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Detox During Lockdown: My 3-Day Cleanse Experience

Detox During Lockdown: My 3-Day Cleanse Experience

Detox During Lockdown: My 3-Day Cleanse Experience

Did you hear about the coming food shortage? I’m not sure if it’s true, but it got me thinking.

I love to drink green juice and smoothies to boost my energy levels, and I’ve designed a 3-day juice cleanse, but that requires a ton of vegetables. What if I didn’t have access to fruit or vegetables? What would I do then?

So, I decided that it’d be a good idea to try a juice cleanse with dried green juice and superfood powder to see how it felt. If there were no vegetables at the shop, then I couldn’t do a juice cleanse – and that simply wouldn’t do.

After a few false starts – mainly due to the current uncertainty around, well, just about everything – I managed to incorporate the instant green juices into my diet. I was pleasantly surprised, as they don’t taste too bad. Especially when combined with alkaline water.

I’m hoping that sharing my experience with you will allow you to fast-track your three-day cleanse experience, no matter where you are in the world. There were a lot of different things to learn before I could even get started…

What Does a 3-Day Juice Cleanse Do?

Juice cleanses differ from blended fruits and vegetables, as juices don’t contain insoluble fibre.

I’m a big fan of juice cleanses, as they can give your system a break while still filling your body with nutrients.

That’s one reason I decided to use the organic pHresh Greens juice powder. It’s also raw, as the ingredients have been carefully dehydrated to retain their health-boosting properties.

The superfood powder contains exclusively organic ingredients, dehydrated and bursting with nutrients.

Sure, you’d be best to go for fresh vegetables. But having a handy instant organic juice powder is super convenient – long-life and easy to transport.

Juicing floods your body with nutrients, introduces beneficial enzymes and detoxifies your body all at the same time.

People who are not into juice cleanses claim that there isn’t adequate scientific research to back them up. But on the flip side, consuming the western diet, filled with ultra-processed foods has been scientifically proven to be detrimental to health.

So, if all you do is get away from these foods for a while, that’s got to be a good thing!

Of course, there are also countless studies that highlight the benefits of consuming greens. Here’s just one of them, showing that green leafy vegetables are associated with slower cognitive decline.

Is a Juice Cleanse Worth It? My Experience

I decided to try out the green juice and superfood powder ahead of time. Let’s face it, if you’re going to consume them for three days, you want to know what you’re in for.

My first experience of drinking the green juice powder with alkaline water was that it was gritty. This changed over a few days, when I learned to enjoy chewing the small particles.

With the superfood powder, I didn’t like the consistency – so I decided to add some milk.

That led me to the next step in my journey: finding out the most alkaline-forming milk.

I knew that cartons of milk are pasteurised. In fact, cartons of juice are also pasteurised, leading to a high sugar content that feels a bit mucus-y. Definitely not the best choice for a cleanse.

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What Kind of Milk is Alkaline?

After researching the topic thoroughly, I decided to make my own almond milk. Almond milk has been extensively studied by The American College of Healthcare Sciences, which lists it as an alkaline-forming food.

Almond milk also just happens to be lactose-free, low in sugar, and calories as well as being high in calcium, and vitamin E.

Just one 500ml mason jar of almond milk provides 50% of the recommended daily intake of calcium. That’s for processed almond milk straight out of the carton. Sliced almonds are a third higher in calcium, and also contain just as much iron, as well as being filled with protein.

This was a whole journey in and of itself. I had to order organic almonds and nut milk bags before I could even get started.

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A Million and One Excuses

Once I had everything that I needed, it was time to do the cleanse – but I found myself procrastinating.

If you want to do a juice cleanse I’d suggest you set a clear date and have an accountability buddy so that you stay on track. It’s just so easy to get sidetracked with a million and one excuses.

Interestingly, before the uncertainty of the pandemic, I didn’t suffer from procrastination as much. Now, I can truly feel for people who find it hard to make healthy lifestyle changes.

It can be hard when there’s so much fear and uncertainty in the air. It’s much easier to stick with what you know, instead of making healthy lifestyle changes.

At a time where health has become a focal point, it’s never been more important to change up any habits that are not serving you. A 3-day juice cleanse is a fantastic way to reboot your body. I knew this, but I still stalled for months.

PRO TIP: Be kind to yourself. Beating yourself up for not following your cleanse plan is the opposite of what you should be doing. Simply set a new date and buddy up with someone.

What You’ll Need for Your 3 Day Cleanse

Before you get started with your cleanse, I’d strongly recommend that you start incorporating green juice and superfood powder into your routine.

Also cutting out processed food, alcohol and cigarettes two weeks before your cleanse is advisable.

Here’s what I needed for my 3-day juice cleanse:-

*Optional (if you want to make your own almond milk)

  • 1kg sliced almonds
  • Nut milk bag
  • Blender (I used Nutribullet)

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In Conclusion

o, what were the results of my three-day juice cleanse?

Well, I found the superfood powder combined with almonds gave me lots of energy the following day. My goal was a short cleanse with foods that had a longer shelf life, rather than weight loss or alkalising the body.

However, I did find that my clothes felt more comfortable, I had more energy, and when using pH test strips to measure the pH of my urine, by day three my body was more alkaline; I also felt much lighter.

If you’re planning on doing a 3-day juice cleanse, it’s advisable to discuss it with your healthcare provider. People that shouldn’t do a 3 day cleanse include pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, the elderly, children or those suffering from kidney stones.

Questions or comments? Feel free to send us a message.

Written by best-selling author and integrative nutrition health coach Rowanna Watson, who has a passion for natural health. Rowanna is an expert in all areas of holistic health, plant-based nutrition, detoxification and personal development.

Water for Health Ltd began trading in 2007 with the goal of positively affecting the lives of many. We still retain that mission because we believe that proper hydration and nutrition can make a massive difference to people’s health and quality of life. Click here to find out more.

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Top Vitamins and Nutrients for Healthy Liver and Kidney Function

Top Vitamins & Nutrients for Healthy Liver & Kidney Function

Liver detoxes have become popular in recent years, propelled by a wave of publicity surrounding campaigns like Dry January and Sober October. But the truth is, we should care about our liver and kidneys every day of the year.

After all, our liver constantly filters hundreds of toxins from our bodies, nasty elements that we unwittingly ingest from breathing polluted air, drinking unfiltered water and eating foods which contain trace toxins such as mercury and inorganic arsenic.

In this article, we’ll look at the key vitamins you need to ensure healthy liver and kidney function. We’ll also take a look at the sorts of foods which contain these vitamins, and suggest non-dietary ways of protecting both your liver and kidney right into your senior years.

Which Vitamins are Best for the Liver?


Your liver is situated in the upper right portion of your abdominal cavity, just below your diaphragm. Part of the digestive system, this detoxifying organ assists with the metabolism of macronutrients and functions as a storage receptacle containing glycogen, vitamins and ions.

As the primary site of alcohol metabolism, the liver is especially vulnerable to alcohol-related damage.

There are several vitamins which help the liver specifically. The main one is choline, and its importance is underscored by what happens when the body is deprived of it: namely, liver cell death.

Those who fail to get enough choline in their diet develop fatty liver, liver damage and even skeletal muscle damage, although it should be noted that dietary requirements depend on a combination of factors, particularly a person’s genotype, estrogen status and gut health.

At this stage, you are probably wondering where you can source choline – and why you haven’t heard much about it before. The truth is, choline is pretty abundant: you can find it in egg yolks, animal protein, tofu, soy milk and cruciferous vegetables.

Deficiencies of glutathione or vitamins A or E are known to decrease the liver’s protection against free radicals, so these should also be considered valuable nutrients for general liver health.

Moreover, both vitamin D and vitamin C deficiency appear to be unusually high among individuals suffering from chronic liver disease: if you don’t get enough sun on your skin throughout the year, you probably need to take a vitamin D supplement. As for vitamin C, most people should be able to obtain it from a varied diet.

According to a 2018 paper published in the journal Nutrients, low levels of both folate (B9) and vitamin B12 can be used as “independent predictors of the histological severity of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).”

It seems reasonable, therefore, to add both to any liver-protective dietary protocol.

Following a varied diet containing plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and animal proteins should, in theory, supply you with most of the aforementioned nutrients.

That said, food processing has been known to reduce folate content by as much as 50%. Furthermore, substances such as alcohol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can increase your need for folate and other nutrients, and vegetarians and vegans will need to consider supplementation to achieve their daily B12 requirements.

Related: What is Vitamin B? A Comprehensive Guide

Which Nutrients Help to Improve Kidney Function?

 

Like the liver, our kidneys are classed as abdominal organs and are chiefly concerned with filtering: specifically removing toxins from the blood and carrying them out of the body via urine. Kidneys also help to keep blood acidity at a stable level. They are part of the body’s excretory system.

As far as vitamins are concerned, concerns have been expressed over admittedly rare cases of individuals ‘mega-dosing’ certain nutrients, such as vitamin C, from supplements.

The truth is, taking excessive doses of supplements is almost always best avoided and, in the case of vitamin C, can actually lead to kidney failure.

That said, there are much more common causes of kidney failure: drugs and alcohol to name but two.

The National Kidney Foundation notes that omega-3 fatty acids are among the best nutrients for the kidneys, as they can help to reduce fat levels in the blood and moderately reduce blood pressure – a noted risk factor for kidney disease.

Vitamin D is also useful for regulating kidney function, while vitamin B6 has been found to help prevent kidney stones.

As with the liver, you should be able to get a good amount of kidney-protective nutrients from eating a wholesome, diverse diet.

Everyday Habits to Keep Your Liver and Kidneys Healthy

 

As for other body systems, taking care of your liver and kidneys is hardly rocket science.

You should strive to eat wholesome, nutritious, minimally-processed food; drink plenty of water; exercise regularly; avoid smoking, drinking alcohol to excess and taking drugs (this includes over-consumption of pharmaceuticals); and maintain a healthy body weight.

Get the basics right and your liver and kidneys will stay in good shape for years to become.

Related: The Health Benefits of a Dry Month

Conclusion

Protecting your liver and kidneys is not a case of meticulously ensuring you get all the nutrients that help it. It’s more about instilling healthy habits and eating a diverse range of healthy foods every day.

Of course, there have been some interesting studies published in recent years which have suggested novel ways to bio-hack your liver or kidneys.

For example, there was a 2013 study which appeared to show that drinking coffee could reduce the risk of chronic liver disease. Green tea, grapes and berries also appear to confer a substantial benefit, probably due to their antioxidant content and their ability to tamp down the inflammation driving liver damage.

Does this mean you should go out of your way to drink multiple cups of coffee and green tea daily, while substituting your usual snack foods for handfuls of berries and grapes? No. Remember, diversity is the magic word!

Water for Health Ltd began trading in 2007 with the goal of positively affecting the lives of many. We still retain that mission because we believe that proper hydration and nutrition can make a massive difference to people’s health and quality of life. Click here to find out more.

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3 Top Daily Detox Supplements to Cleanse and Reset

3 Top Daily Detox Supplements to Cleanse and Reset

These days, even the most clean living of us are exposed to a multitude of toxins: it’s simply unavoidable.

Whether it’s in the form of pesticides in the food we eat, EMF and heavy metal exposure, chemicals in our cleaning and skincare products, medication, GMOs, hormonal disruptors in our Tupperware and toiletries, or processed foods, we are all susceptible.

Combine this with ill health, stress, depression and anxiety and the potential for excess free radical damage and inflammation is increased.

Why Detox?


Detoxing can be a constructive way to give your body a break and provide it with an extra load of supportive measures to enhance and protect your liver, kidneys, digestion, lungs and skin, enabling them and you to effectively cast off a whole host of impurities and toxic waste.

Spring is the season of rebirth and rejuvenation when everything starts to spring into life and colours begin to bloom. We’ve all heard of the good old ‘spring clean’, and that doesn’t have to only mean in your home and external environment; it can equally relate to your physical self too. This is an ideal time of year to clear out the cobwebs.

So, if you are planning to give yourself a good old declutter, at spring or indeed any other time, we have selected our top three detox supplements to up your game and support you through your detox process. Read on to find out more.

1) Glutathione


Glutathione (GSH) is a small peptide and potent antioxidant that we produce in every cell of our body, with the highest concentration found in the liver. It is invaluable when it comes to long-term good health and disease prevention.

A unique quality of glutathione is that it enhances the production and recycling of other antioxidants, playing a significant role in the reduction of oxidative stress caused by toxicity, protecting us from illness.  

It defends our cells from damage and promotes apoptosis (programmed cell death), reduces inflammation and encourages the liver to release toxins and metabolise fats efficiently.

Your glutathione stores are in high demand when it comes to detoxifying properly, and they can quickly become depleted, particularly if you are over 45.

If your toxicity level is high, your ability to produce GSH will also wane as your immune system becomes compromised.

So, if you are detoxing and putting your body into a heightened detox state, you can see how supplementing with glutathione might be very advantageous.

Step in Planet Source S-Acetyl Glutathione, a supplement that we fully trust and endorse at Water for Health. In our opinion, this is the most advanced and superior form of GSH. It is highly stable and absorbable, and the stomach acid-resistant vegetable capsules ensure it survives the digestive tract to get to where it is needed.

What’s more, laboratory data shows that S-acetyl glutathione increases intracellular glutathione and has a positive effect on many biomarkers of oxidative stress.

To learn about this remarkable antioxidant, read this article.

2) Fulvic Restore


Fulvic acid is a natural component of humus, a brown to black organic matter. It is formed by the microbial decomposition of plant and animal material and is found in soil, sediment and aquatic environments.

This highly absorbable, antioxidant-rich, restorative nutrient enhancer feeds your cells, helping you to function more optimally.

Without effective elimination of waste via the digestive system, your body cannot shift toxins efficiently. So, looking after your gut is essential to keep your bowel movements regular.

You also need to protect the lining of your digestive tract to prevent toxins from escaping into your bloodstream which increases oxidative stress and causes inflammation, compromising your immune system.

Fulvic acid improves cellular and gut health and increases nutrient absorption, all of which are essential for reduced free radical damage, a healthy immune system and enhancing detoxification.

Its impressive antioxidant profile also intensifies fulvic acid’s ability to mop up excess free radicals, reduce oxidative stress and lower inflammation.

It is a powerful detoxifier, with the potential to neutralise the harmful effects of radiation (source). And being a potent metal chelator, it can effectively remove damaging heavy metal toxicity (source).

It’s tough to get adequate amounts of fulvic acid through food, especially if you don’t eat organic. By supplementing with it, you can guarantee that you will get enough of this miracle molecule.

Fulvic Restore is environmentally-friendly, wholly natural, and exceptionally pure. It contains a high percentage of fulvic acid (3.7%) and is considered to be highly bioavailable due to its hydrophobic form.

For more in-depth information on fulvic acid, read this article.

3) Zeolite Plus

Zeolite Plus is a highly concentrated form of liquid zeolite, perfect for incorporating into a cleansing regime. It helps absorb heavy metals and toxins and balance the body's pH: essential foundations for supporting good health.

Natural, whole Clinoptilolite zeolite is used to make our Zeolite Plus. The manufacturer 'cleans the cages' (removing heavy metals from the zeolite molecules using tribo-mechanical and high tech filtration) before extracting them into the humic fulvic mineral solution. The finished product is then assayed for heavy metal content, as well as for zeolites.

Zeolite is unlike other supplements as it passes through the body within hours and only targets toxins, providing no known side effects. As a bonus, in its liquid form, it's easy for everyone to use.

Conclusion

So, there you have it. We have provided you with three champions to support and mobilise your detox journey, and we wish you well on your quest.

Which one do you think would suit you best? Are you going to give one a try? If you do, feel free to tell us how you get on as we’d love to know. 

Of course, there are many other supplements which you may consider for detoxifying purposes. These include milk thistleliquid chlorophyll, B-vitamin complexesprobioticssulforaphane and L-glutamine. Your first port of call, needless to say, should be diet; but supplements can be extremely useful, too.

If you’ve enjoyed this article, you might want to check out this one we wrote about liver regeneration.

This article is written by Rebecca Rychlik, Nutritional Therapist and Homeopath. Follow Rebecca on Instagram, Facebook and Medium: @rebeccabitesback.

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13 Tips for Reducing the Health Effects of Air Pollution

13 Tips for Reducing the Health Effects of Air Pollution

The effects of pollution on the environment are well documented, but we tend to hear less about the damaging consequences of air pollution on physical health and cognition, and particularly on the ageing brain. That said, there have been some interesting studies on this topic published in recent years.

Unquestionably, high levels of air pollution can cause an increased risk of heart attacks, respiratory problems and eye and nasal irritation. Nitrogen dioxide levels alone contributes to the early deaths of 40,000 Brits every year. But what about low levels? And what can we do to look after ourselves?

In this blog, we’ll look more closely at the biological impact of air pollution and suggest means of countering such effects.

What Does Air Pollution Do to the Body?


Ambient air pollution, the kind we contend with living in busy modern cities, is essentially toxic air. According to the World Health Organisation, it caused almost four million premature deaths in 2016, and over 90% of all children live in areas where pollution exceeds safety guidelines.

It should surprise no-one to learn that when fine particles found in polluted air (soot, dust, sulfates etc) enter the lungs and cardiovascular system, poor health outcomes happen.

If pollution is destroying our environment, indeed destroying our planet, why should we expect our fragile human bodies to be immune?

Air pollution has been linked with a number of diseases including heart disease, asthma, stroke, dementia, diabetes, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Indeed, WHO figures suggest air pollution causes 29% of global lung cancer deaths, 43% of COPD deaths and a quarter of ischaemic heart disease deaths. It can also increase the risk of premature birth.

Research published in late 2018 indicates that air pollution causes changes to the heart similar to those in the early stages of heart failure. What was especially troubling about this finding was that heart changes occurred even to people exposed to low levels of air pollution (i.e. below UK guidelines).

In essence, a correlation was found between pollution levels and enlarged ventricles of the heart, the same changes as would be witnessed in sedentary people or those with high blood pressure.

Another study appeared in the peer-reviewed journal Respiratory Research in 2018, looking specifically at pollution and respiratory disease. A wide number of pollutants were covered by the study, not least nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ozone (O3), particulate matter and phthalates.

Researchers “assessed the evidence for alterations in diet, including vitamin supplementation in abrogating the effects of pollution on asthma and other chronic respiratory diseases” and found “evidence to suggest that carotenoids, vitamin D and vitamin E help protect against pollution damage which can trigger asthma, COPD and lung cancer initiation,” adding that “vitamin C, curcumin, choline and omega-3 fatty acids may also play a role.”

Does air pollution affect cognitive performance? Research certainly suggests that it does. One Chinese study showed that long-term exposure “impedes cognitive performance in verbal and math tests,” with the effect becoming more pronounced as people age, especially for men and the less educated.

One author in the study speculated that air pollution damaged white matter in the brain, a composition associated with language ability.

There are many pathways by which pollution may reach the brain, including via nasal passages and the bloodstream.

Equally troubling was the 2019 study of young people in England and Wales, which showed that psychotic experiences are more prevalent in teenagers living in cities with high pollution than counterparts in rural areas.

How Can We Protect Ourselves from Air Pollution?

The best way to limit the deleterious effects of pollution on the human body is to avoid inhaling such pollution at all. Unless you live in the wilderness, that is easier said than done. However, there are steps we can take:

1. Avoid pollution ‘hotspots’ such as busy road junctions

2. Use quieter streets and side roads, which are cleaner due to less traffic

3. If in a vehicle, keep the windows shut and recycle the air

4. Consider using a personal medical device such as a lung-protecting inhaler or pollutant-reducing air purifier

5. Reduce outdoor physical exertion if you live in an area of high pollution

6. Use an air pollution app to get real-time updates of air pollution levels in your area

7. Cover your baby’s pram (they are physically closer to vehicle exhaust pipes and therefore more vulnerable)

8. When ascending a hill, keep to the side where traffic flows downward, away from the majority of the fumes

9. Ensure proper home ventilation

Which Nutrients Help Counteract Air Pollution?


As evidenced by the results of the aforementioned study in Respiratory Research, dietary choices appear to counteract the raages of pollution.

10. Ensure adequate omega-3 intake

Omega-3s in particular seem to be powerful allies in our battle against pollution. In one 2012 study conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency, 29 middle-aged subjects were given either fish oil or olive oil daily for a month, then exposed to two hours of particulate pollution. While the olive oil group experienced elevated LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, not to mention a decline in heart rate variability, the fish oil group did not suffer these worrisome cardiac effects.

“Our findings suggest that omega-3 fatty acid supplements offer protection against the adverse cardiac and lipid effects associated with air pollution exposure,” concluded researchers.

This isn’t the only study which touts omega-3’s anti-pollution effect. A widely-reported 2017 mice study showed that omega-3s could both prevent and treat the inflammation and oxidative stress caused by fine particle exposure, delivering a 30-50% reduction in harm.

Researchers believed the protective effect was attributable to omega-3’s famous anti-inflammatory properties. They also suggested that omega-3s might “reduce fine particle-induced inflammation through minimising the penetration of fine particles from the lungs into other organs,” although they admitted that more investigation was needed.

Four grams per day is the equivalent human dose to that given to the study’s mice subjects; this can be obtained via seafood or a high-quality, high-strength fish oil supplement.

Lead researcher Dr Jing Kang was unequivocal in his endorsement: “I would definitely recommend taking Omega Fatty Acids to counter air pollution problems.”

11. Top up your vitamin D

There seems to be a relationship between vitamin D status and local pollution levels: although only evaluated in a few studies, those living in areas of higher pollution appear to have a higher propensity for vitamin D deficiency.

This may be at least partly due to the fact that people living in heavily polluted areas tend to spend less time outdoors. In this sense, there is a greater need to maintain healthy vitamin D levels if you are so affected.

However, vitamin D may also have a protective effect given that it helps the body maintain a healthy inflammatory and immune response. Although more research is needed, the link between pollution and vitamin D deficiency compels us to recommend supplementation for those concerned.

You can obtain 1280mg of omega-3 fish oil, plus 1,000 IU of vitamin D3, from a single UnoCardio 1000 softgel capsule. The supplement is currently ranked #1 for quality by independent laboratory, Labdoor.

12. Eat broccoli or use a greens powder containing broccoli sprouts

Broccoli sprouts may also help to reduce the harmful biological effects of air pollution. In a study from the University of California, Los Angeles, drinking broccoli sprout extract for four days suppressed nasal inflammatory response after exposure to diesel exhaust pollution.

The broccoli sprout extract was rich in a sulforaphane precursor, glucoraphanin, which is also found in cauliflower and mustard.

Researchers noted that eating 100-200g of broccoli would be equivalent to the extract used in the study, and would thus provide the same preventive and therapeutic potential to reduce the impact of particulate pollution.

One food supplement which contains an appreciable broccoli sprout content is pHresh Greens.

13. Ensure adequate Vitamin E and C

According to a 2002 study, supplementation with antioxidant vitamin C and vitamin E may modulate the impact of ozone exposure on the lung function of children with moderate to severe asthma.

As both nutrients were cited in the 2018 Respiratory Research paper, it seems that ensuring a proper intake would be a good idea if your goal is to lessen the impact of pollution on the body. The dosages used in the 2002 study, incidentally, were 50 mg/day of vitamin E and 250 mg/day of vitamin C. You can obtain such dosages from foods and/or supplements.

Conclusion

There should be no doubt: pollution can cause and exacerbate a variety of chronic diseases, and the World Health Organisation is entirely right to dub air pollution the planet’s single largest environmental health risk factor.

That said, there are many lifestyle and dietary interventions you can make to limit your exposure and increase your body’s innate immune defences and capacity for detoxification.

Be sure to eat a diet rich in carotenoids (plenty of carrots, leafy greens and tomatoes), omega-3 and anti-inflammatory turmeric, and take care to get plenty of vitamins and antioxidants.

Don’t needlessly exposure yourself to pollution, for example, by making your daily exercise a brisk run alongside a busy road during rush hour! And if you live in a major city like London, be mindful of pollution hotspots like narrow, congested streets and try to avoid the Tube, if possible: a study published in early 2019 showed that the Northern Line is the most polluted, partly because it’s so deep underground. 

Follow these simple tips and you will certainly minimise the harmful impact of pollution. And if you’ve found this article valuable, please consider sharing it!

Water for Health Ltd began trading in 2007 with the goal of positively affecting the lives of many. We still retain that mission because we believe that proper hydration and nutrition can make a massive difference to people’s health and quality of life. Click here to find out more.

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Fulvic Acid UK: The Underappreciated Health Benefits

Fulvic Acid UK: The Underappreciated Health Benefits

News that the market for fulvic acid is growing rapidly is no surprise.

Like many others in the natural health field, we are fully aware of fulvic acid’s transformative power and have been stocking the supplement under our own label for a number of years.

Composed of organic compounds harvested from the earth’s crust, fulvic acid is associated with a raft of benefits including nutrient absorption, pH balance, heavy metal chelation and improved cellular function.

If you’re keen to learn more about this so-called miracle molecule, read on.

What Exactly is Fulvic Acid?

Fulvic acid is a component of humic acid – a soluble organic compound located in the crust of the earth, as well as in ancient plant material and bodies of water.

A naturally-occurring byproduct of the millions of microbes resident in decomposing plant deposits, fulvic is only available from these scattered biomasses pocketed throughout the globe.

Aside from perhaps oxygen and water, no substance is more integral to life on Earth than humic acid, of which fulvic is the most oxygen-rich.

Known for its ability to ferry important mineral nutrients into the cells of a plant, fulvic acid is a valuable horticultural tool throughout the world.

As far as plants are concerned, it has also been shown to enhance seed germination, promote respiration and increase resistance to drought.

Of course, you are probably less curious about fulvic’s role in agricultural processes and more interested in how it can help humans.

What is Fulvic Acid Used For?

Since fulvic acid is a plentiful source of essential minerals (typically 70+), amino acids, electrolytes, phytochemicals and antioxidants, its usage as a natural health aid is understandable.

The specific pharmacological benefits of the compound known as “Shilajit” in ancient Ayurvedic medicine have been highlighted in thousands of clinical studies published over the years, particularly in China.

However, it could also be argued that science is only beginning to fully comprehend just how many uses to which it can be put.

Science, of course, is not the only means of quantifying the effectiveness of a natural compound. Inhabitants of remote regions of China, Nepal and Pakistan have relied upon Shilajit for centuries, typically for immune and digestive complaints.

A snapshot of fulvic acid’s benefits are given below.

• Stimulates blood formation and energy production

• Transports nutrients into living cells

• Has preventative and curative virus-fighting properties

• Stimulates the immune system

• Assists with enzyme production

• Acts as a free radical scavenger

• Improves cellular processes

• Supports muscle function

• Chelates to heavy metals and detoxifies pollutants

• Has potential to protect against cognitive impairment

• Act as an anti-stress agent

• Boosts energy levels

• Helps restore optimal pH level

• Decreases acid-pepsin secretion for better gut health

While it's true that more evidence is needed to properly evaluate fulvic acid and its role in positively enhancing human health, the same can be said for a great many pharmacological compounds.

Certainly the combination of clinical studies and anecdotal evidence suggests fulvic acid’s efficacy in various applications.

Fulvic Acid Foods

Many people may logically wonder about the fulvic acid content of food. After all, if it originates from the soil...

The answer is that, yes, you can boost your fulvic acid content via diet. However, the only way of doing so is eating nutritious organic produce. The degradation and erosion of our soil due to agricultural processes means regular soil is no longer naturally enriched with appreciable humic acid.

The same industrial use of chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides has also drastically reduced the mineral content of soil. Evidence for this was laid bare in a study conducted by Donald Davis at the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, published in December 2004.

By analysing Department of Agriculture data from both 1950 and 1999 for 43 different vegetables and fruits, Davis and his team uncovered “reliable declines” in the protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C content of produce over the preceding half-century.

Because of the diversity of soil, there is no reliable means of measuring the amount of fulvic acid in food; but eating a broad selection of organically-grown vegetables – preferably from local farmers – is surely the best way to go about it.

Fulvic Acid Drinks

Perhaps you have noticed Blk Water on the shelves of your local health food store. While it may resemble activated charcoal, in actual fact this bottled water brand contains spring water infused with fulvic minerals.

Fulvic acid-infused water – or Alkaline Fulvic Trace Mineral Infused Water, to use the full title – is marketed as an electrolyte-replenishing, pH-balancing drink for athletes. It has a pH of between 8 and 9, similar to the level achieved by our Biocera Alkaline Pitcher.

While some have claimed Blk Water is no better for you than regular H20, we feel it represents a rare opportunity to consume fulvic minerals – and this can only be a good thing.

Fulvic Restore: A Unique Fulvic Acid Supplement

As a nutritional supplement, fulvic acid generally comes in liquid form, resulting in better absorption. Our own ionic solution, Fulvic Restore, is a great choice if you’re looking to take advantage of fulvic’s properties.

There are several reasons for this. Number one, the product benefits from cutting-edge Fulvic Isolation Technology, which is used to extract humic substances from an ancient feedstock located in Canada.

This particular plant material is exceptionally high in both humic and fulvic acids but, importantly, low in the ash and heavy metals which are all too common with many feedstocks.

Another advantage of our fulvic is that it contains a comparatively high percentage of hydrophobic fulvic acid, understood to be the most bioavailable form. Per daily dose, the hydrophobic fulvic acid content is 3.7%.

Lastly, it is produced and packaged using food-grade manufacturing equipment in a GMP-compliant facility licensed by Health Canada.

Because of the difficulties in measuring the fulvic acid content of food, a fulvic acid supplement may be the most convenient means of increasing your daily intake. One 100ml bottle of Fulvic Restore gives a 50-day supply, by which time fulvic acid might well have become a staple of your natural health regime.

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The Key Health Benefits of S-Acetyl Glutathione

The Key Health Benefits of S-Acetyl Glutathione

It’s been dubbed a master antioxidant, a bastion of defence against chronic illness and a major natural detoxifier. Some people even believe that it helps to slow the ageing process.

But what is glutathione, how does it work, and does it live up to the considerable hype?

Although glutathione (GSH) is one of the most frequently talked-about antioxidants and detoxifying agents among functional and integrative medical doctors – as well as champions of natural health – many people remain in the dark, wholly unaware of the compound’s ability to counteract oxidation-related cell and mitochondrial damage, chelate heavy metals, build and repair tissues and prevent inflammation.

Glutathione: A Well-Kept Secret


This can be attributed to a few factors. One is that until relatively recently, the effectiveness of glutathione as an oral supplement was somewhat negligible; with its customary efficiency, the stomach would break down around 90% of glutathione, leading to a rise in practitioners offering intravenous administration.

Such treatments make glutathione more bioavailable but they’re also very expensive. And not everyone is thrilled by the idea of IV therapy.

Another stems from its sheer complexity. A small tripeptide molecule comprising three ‘building block’ amino acids – L-glutamate, L-cysteine and glycine – glutathione is more difficult to define and explain than, say, chlorella, spirulina or other so-called super foods and substances.

What Does Glutathione Do?


Produced in the liver, glutathione is used by every cell and tissue in the body – though its intracellular levels decline naturally we get older: natural production falls by approximately 10% each decade.

Stores also deplete more rapidly if we are battling health complications, exposed to environmental toxins and pollution (e.g. via contaminated drinking water) or overprescribed medication.

Alcohol consumption can negatively impact natural glutathione production, too – not surprising given the liver is responsible for generating it in the first place.

But what does glutathione do exactly?

Well, for one it is known as the most powerful native antioxidant produced by the body. It’s also famous for its ability to protect DNA from damage, combat harmful free radicals, detoxify heavy metals and toxins, lower inflammation and boost immune health.

Glutathione has even been shown to benefit skin health reducing wrinkles and improving skin elasticity.

Disruptions in glutathione balance have been repeatedly implicated in the progression of major diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular, immune and metabolic disease.

Invariably, chronic disease correlates with low glutathione levels, leading some to suggest that the antioxidant is the no.1 nutrient for counteracting both ageing and ill health.

Improving Your Glutathione Intake


There are many steps we can take to replenish our levels of glutathione; it exists in a number of whole foods including sulphur-rich vegetables and fruit, whole meats, dairy and eggs.

The caveat is that glutathione from food, as opposed to high-quality supplements, is unable to permeate the blood-brain barrier.

Exercise also ramps up glutathione levels, with the attendant benefits to the immune system.

Aim to combine moderate cardiovascular activity with strength training for the most benefits.

S-Acetyl or N-Acetyl Glutathione?

Acetylated glutathione was the innovation in glutathione supplementation those in the know were waiting for. Highly bioavailable and, unlike glutathione foods, able to cross the blood-brain barrier, it lets you reap the benefits of glutathione for a fraction of the price of IV treatment.

Acetylated glutathione has been shown in numerous studies to rapidly increase intracellular GSH levels without increasing energy expenditure.

There are a few popular forms of acetyl glutathione, one of which is N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) – an orally available precursor to cysteine.

The premise here is that the body needs cysteine for GSH synthesis; however, as many individuals are unable to synthesise GSH due to heavy metal toxicity and/or magnesium deficiency, the benefit is far from assured.

NAC is also known to have a nasty taste and smell and can, on occasion, induce powerful detox symptoms.

S-Acetyl Glutathione is different. Because an acetyl group is attached to the sulphur atom of cysteine, the molecule is protected from oxidation in the digestive tract, and the objectionable smell and taste of the sulphur atom is absent.

What’s more, the acetyl group detaches while the glutathione molecule activates within the cell to work as needed.

Aim for Balance to Boost Glutathione

As with many supplements, achieving the right balance of nutrients is crucial: to maximise results, you should ensure optimal levels of synergistic ingredients. These include vitamins, particularly B6, B12, C and E, and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).

Vitamin C, for instance, helps to elevate glutathione in red blood cells and lymphocytes, while vitamin E works hand in glove with the antioxidant to prevent damage from reactive oxygen.

Milk Thistle – most commonly used to protect the liver from toxicity – has also been shown in animal studies to enhance GSH production, as has turmeric.

While a glutathione supplement might provide little benefit for a healthy teenager or young adult, its natural depletion as part of the ageing process makes it something we should all consider as we push into our thirties, forties and beyond.

Particularly since high levels of glutathione accompany excellent physical and mental health among women (and presumably men) aged 60 to 103! Indeed, there is a prevailing belief that glutathione stores are one of the main markers for general good health.

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Is Detoxing Overrated? Get the Fact from the Fiction

Most people are burned out on hearing the word “detox.” It’s listed on almost every supplement in every health store as well as anything that appears to be green and fresh in the supermarket.

Aside from the gimmicky angle of detoxification that is used to grab your attention, there really is genuine merit to be had from understanding what true detoxification means and applying the basic principles correctly, even on a gentle basis daily.

Here’s why detoxing matters – and why doing it more than occasionally could improve your overall mental and physical health long term.

What is True Detoxing?

True detoxification occurs when a person eats and lives in a way that puts minimal stress on the body.

Detoxing allows the body to cope with the toxic demands placed on it without causing the body to struggle in other areas due to being overburdened. In other words, if your body is full of toxins, your liver has to work extra hard to remove them, which puts unnecessary strain on it. This can eventually lead to kidney disease and other complications.

Detoxing is a term used to describe the basic removal of toxins from the body. Our body is able to cope on its own with many of the toxins found in our environment, and natural food breakdown.

When some experts suggest that we need to detox, what they really mean is that we need to focus our attention on temporarily ridding the body of toxins by using supplements or occasionally fasting or cleansing. But wouldn’t be easier to simply live in a way that takes in as few toxins as possible?

How Does Detoxing Work?

The idea of detoxing isn’t total rubbish. There is a need for it. For starters, getting rid of toxins can enhance liver function and eliminate pollutants from the body. Pollutants can gather inside our bodies from chemicals sprayed onto our food and more pollution levels than ever before are coming from carbon dioxide.

Most detox naysayers will tell you that the body is capable of detoxing itself and doesn't need extra help. While they may be right, keep this in mind: The more you load your body either knowingly or unknowingly with junk, the more precious effort/energy reserves on behalf of your detox organs are needed to get rid of it, which increases the risk of overworking those areas and other areas becoming neglected.

Think of your body like a car. Yes, it is designed to do what it was made to do. But the more you work it, the quicker it will break down. If you want those parts to last you a lifetime, some effort on our behalf is required manually, to take care of them.

How to Reduce Toxins and Live in a State of True Detoxification

It sounds like a hoax, but it’s really not. Living in a true state of detoxification isn’t hippy talk. If you eat an organic diet made up of mostly unrefined plants, exercise regularly, get enough sleep at night, drink purified water and find a healthy outlet for stress, you are there!

Sleep is an important part of the detox process also. It’s the time when your body recovers, so it’s important to aim for at least seven to eight hours deep sleep a night. Developing a healthy routine is a great way to live a detox life. Go to bed at the same time every night, limit phone and electrical use (especially at night), and aim to wake up at the same time every day.

Eating a diet high in plant-based organic foods helps naturally eliminate toxins because they are fertile sources of antioxidants, which bind to free radicals (toxins) and neutralise them. Non-organic foods are sprayed with chemical pesticides, which have the ability to pollute the tissues of just about every living thing on Earth. Pesticides also reduce the nutrient intake in some foods, meaning they are less able to help naturally flush the body.

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Supplementing While Detoxing

You could make the argument that if you are living a life of true detoxification, then you don’t need to supplement. But the thing is that there are some pollutants you cannot control from entering your system. Toxins are around you all the time. They are in the air you breathe when you walk your dog; they are in your car when you drive to work; they accumulate in your body when you become stressed or lose sleep; and don’t get us started on the water that comes out of your faucet.

Because many factors are out of your control, it is a good idea to supplement. The key is to know which products are worth your time. 

Fulvic acid also helps promote the body's ideal pH level and is popularly used as part of detox protocols due to its ability to chelate heavy metals.

Zeolite Plus is another fine detox product. It integrates zeolite, humic acid, fulvic acid and over 70 trace minerals, and is the perfect complement to a cleansing programme.

Check out our full range of detox supplements here.

Ultimately, detox is a process of cleansing and rejuvenating; if done correctly, there's no dispute that it can confer significant physiological benefits. If you're considering embarking on a detox, don't hesitate to get in touch with us; we're more than happy to point you in the right direction or talk through the popular protocols.

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Can Fulvic Acid Help Reverse Aging?

Of all the beauty products you own, we bet you never dared to use something that comes from dirt to make you look younger.

Fulvic acid has grown in popularity over the years as a supplement that can improve human health. In particular, it can help take years off your skin by working at a cellular level.

Here’s everything you need to know about this “ultimate nutrient booster.”

What is Fulvic Acid?

Fulvic acid is a type of acidic, organic compound that is naturally found in the Earth’s soil, bodies of water and rock sediments. It belongs to one of two classes of humic acids and is a natural byproduct of several microbial metabolic processes.

In other words, it is produced when organic plant matter is decomposed and releases millions of healthy, beneficial bacteria into the environment. This is why many children are encouraged to go play in the dirt. It’s not an insult; it's actually good for you and your skin!

Fulvic Acid and Skin Health

Many people don’t realise it, but good skin starts with a healthy gut. A properly functioning digestive system is crucial for absorbing nutrients that deliver all sorts of healthful benefits. In particular, your skin needs vitamins and minerals to keep it young and wrinkle-free.

Fulvic acid has been shown to help improve nutrient absorption, making it easier for your skin to get those much-needed nutrients.

According to a 2016 study, fulvic acid provides raw nutrients that engender significant improvements to the bacteria living in the gut, lowering many digestive ailments and increasing the rate of nutrient absorption.

Fulvic acid also transports minerals and other important nutrients to cells, boosting the absorption rate by making them more permeable. It has even been shown to fight inflammation of the digestive tract, which is important for proper nutrient absorption.

Fulvic acid ultimately improves the body’s pH levels when taken as a supplement. By restoring alkalinity, humic acids work to reduce skin disorders by flushing free radical toxins from the body such as bacteria, fungus, yeast and other organisms.

One 2005 study found that fulvic acid was able to bind to heavy metal toxins in its environment. This shows that fulvic acid can effectively render heavy metals harmless by moving them out of the body where they cannot accumulate and cause skin conditions such as acne, scarring or wrinkles.

Fulvic Acid Helps with Detoxification

Inflammation is a major cause of skin damage, especially from the sun. The sun’s rays are the number one cause of wrinkles in humans. Fulvic acid has been shown to fight inflammation that may help reduce a number of skin conditions.

A 2014 study found that fulvic acid contains antioxidants that fight free radical damage and detoxify the body of many toxins that contribute to inflammation.

Historically, fulvic acid has been used as a remedy to treat rashes such as poison ivy, viral infections, poison oak, athlete’s foot and spider bites. Evidence shows that fulvic acid can protect the skin and treat wounds or irritations such as bug bites, eczema, rashes and scrapes caused by fungus.

According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigative Dermatology, supplementing with fulvic acid provided significant improvements to patients with symptoms of eczema, even when compared to other treatments.

How It Works

When compared to other organisms that are found in the soil, fulvic acid easily passes through cellular membranes where it can be absorbed into the digestive tract.

It also assists in the breakdown of other nutrients, making digestive easier and increasing the bioavailability of nutrients such as vitamin E and vitamin C, which are needed to boost collagen production and restore skin health.

It contains a major source of antioxidants and electrolytes to slow down the aging process and reduce inflammation. It also improves several cellular processes that are needed to assist with cell regeneration, which is an important part of keeping skin healthy.

Its structure is made out of organic polymers and several carboxyl groups that result in an electric charge by releasing hydrogen ions that remove free radicals, toxins and heavy metals from the body. They also discard waste by transporting ions and stimulating the immune system to fight off infections and viruses that can contribute to poor skin.

Fulvic Restore is extracted from a sustainable area in the southeastern United States using only water: no chemicals are employed whatsoever. As a result, Fulvic Restore is one of the most concentrated sources of natural fulvic acid on the market today. It contains a wide range of trace minerals that restore and replenish the skin deep within its surface to provide lasting results on a cellular level. Why not try it for yourself today?

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How Does Chlorella Benefit Us?

How Does Chlorella Benefit Health?

How Does Chlorella Benefit Health?

Every few months, it seems, we are introduced to yet another ‘superfood’ purporting to be a panacea for all of life’s ills. Of course, no food is a cure-all – but neither are all foods equal, doing more or less the same thing. Some edibles very much deserve the polarising ‘superfood’ tag – and one of them is chlorella.

But how does chlorella benefit us, and what are the merits of incorporating the all-natural supplement into our daily regime?

What is Chlorella?

Before we can get into what benefits, if any, chlorella provides, we should probably talk about what it is. Chlorella is a unicellular freshwater micro-algae native to Taiwan and Japan. Blue-green in colour and bursting with chlorophyll – just like its relative spirulina – chlorella exploded onto the UK health scene a decade ago, when it first appeared in tablet form.

Nowadays chlorella supplements are much more widely available, though some are better than others – more on that later. Nutritionally, chlorella packs a heavy punch. Not only is it dense with protein (twice as much as spinach), but it contains all nine essential amino acids, the so-called building blocks of muscle. Chlorella is also teeming with useful vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B2 and B3, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and zinc. Indeed, a single ounce of chlorella yields 287% of your recommended daily vitamin A and 202% of your recommended daily iron. Superfood? Not half!

Health Benefits of Chlorella?

A great many studies have been commissioned in chlorella’s name, largely owing to its rich supply of bioavailable carotenoids and other antioxidants like lutein, ascorbic acid and beta-carotene.

As such, most of the research tend to centre on the algae’s ability to detoxify heavy metals, support immune health, boost energy levels, stimulate weight loss or lower blood sugar.

Some of the most fascinating ones are referenced below.

Needless to say, the scientific research assessing chlorella and its myriad benefits is considerable. Disappearing down the rabbit hole in pursuit of chlorella facts is easy.

The Best Chlorella Supplements

Although chlorella appears to be adept at dealing with heavy metals, you would not wish to buy a chlorella supplement which already contains a surplus of heavy metals. You would also surely wish to avoid chlorella supplements which contain cheap fillers and excipients.

In our view, chlorella grown indoors is preferable, as the intake of toxins and heavy metals is greatly reduced. Even outdoor chlorella that’s certified ‘organic’ risks exposure to harmful environmental contaminants.

What’s more, indoor-grown chlorella develops thinner cell walls which – because they’re broken down during drying and processing – are far easier for the human body to digest.

Foodtopia has been in the chlorella business since before the boom, so it can hardly be accused of riding the superfood wave. Their chlorella is certified kosher, vegan-friendly and non-GMO, and unlike with some chlorella supplements, there are no fillers, additives, binders or excipients used in the manufacturing process: what you get is 100% pure chlorella pressed into a tablet.

Since chlorella is a whole food, it can be taken any time – with or without food. To make the most of its benefits for the digestive system though, it’s probably best taken just before meals.

Can chlorella benefit health? Absolutely. But if you're hunting high and low for a panacea, we suggest you call off the search.

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Fulvic Acid: The Miracle Molecule

Fulvic Acid: The Miracle Molecule

Fulvic acid is the unsung hero of health – a mighty antioxidant, a powerful polyelectrolyte and a complex organic phenol that facilitates the healthy absorption of all nutrients in food. Look up ‘fulvic acid’ in the news, though, and you’ll mostly see tumbleweed.

Unlike vitamins, probiotics, proteins and antioxidants, fulvic acid is largely ignored, its many benefits unheralded by the mainstream media. Which is puzzling for a number of reasons, not least because fulvic acid helps our bodies use and absorb the aforementioned nutrients better. In a way, it’s like praising the performance of a marionette without crediting the puppeteer skilfully controlling the strings.

What is Fulvic Acid?

Fulvic acid is one of two types of humic acid – soluble organic compounds that exist in the earth’s soil, in rock sediments and in water. Known as a delivery system that transports nutrients to plants, fulvic acid is sometimes referred to as ‘the miracle molecule’.

Amazingly, a single fulvic acid molecule has the ability to transport dozens of minerals into the cells of a plant. Not only that, but the biologically-rich compounds help the plant retain and properly utilise these nutrients.

Additional benefits include improved seed germination, greater fibrous root growth and optimum plant respiration. Unless you’re a gardener, you might be less interested in fulvic acid’s capacity to help plants than in how it might be of use to humans. Ah, but we’re coming to that!

Fulvic Acid Benefits

You see, fulvic acid helps us in much the same way it helps plants. As well as acting as an essential vehicle to increase the availability of nutrients in the food we ingest, it nourishes the digestive tract, allowing for the formation of healthy bacteria.

Studies have even demonstrated that fulvic acid has significant antibacterial effects. In one, a mouthwash containing fulvic acid was shown to limit the proliferation of growth-causing bacteria, which prevents gingivitis and other oral diseases.

Fulvic acid’s therapeutic potential is no secret, but in the western world, we have been somewhat slow on the uptake: for a long time China led the way, and in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s some ground breaking discoveries were made. Fulvic acid was shown to be useful in treating a range of health complaints, from ulcerous cornea infections and chronic ulcerous colon infections to acute upper gastroenterological bleeding and haemorrhoids.

Hundreds of research papers have now appeared nationally in China, with fulvic-related medicines being used to reduce inflammation, improve circulation, regulate the immune and hormone systems and heal digestive tract disorders.

In recent years the sphere of interest has widened, and fulvic acid has now attained a degree of prominence in the realm of natural health. Anecdotal evidence suggests it can:

A cursory investigation of fulvic acid’s positive effects uncovers a veritable treasure trove of data, so it’s certainly worth digging deeper.

But Don’t We Get Enough Fulvic Acid From Vegetables?

Since fulvic acid exists in the soil, surely we already consume plenty in the plants we eat? Well, sadly not. Although nature intended this to be the case, much of our soil is suffering from poor agricultural practices, pesticides, chemical fertilisers, erosion and mineral depletion. Market forces mean food quality is sacrificed for food quantity, with high-yield trumping nutrient density. Thus, despite fulvic acid being essential for cell metabolism, for generations it has been available to us in diminished quantities. And if you’re already neglecting to eat leafy green vegetables, so much the worse.

Don’t Settle for a Second-rate Supplement

Given the compromised nature of our soil, we are increasingly turning to food-grade fulvic acid supplements to boost our intake of these important organic compounds. Fulvic Restore is one such product, notable for its chemical-free, pure-water extraction process. That extraction occurs in Alberta, Canada, from a fertile deposit of ancient, long since decayed plant matter, and the resultant liquid is packed with minerals, electrolytes, trace elements, trace minerals and over 30 organic acids.

If you want to improve your digestion, gently detoxify, boost energy levels or increase nutrient assimilation, Fulvic Restore is a fine option.

Many fulvic acid supplements are available, and several are known to become cloudy and form into an unappetising gunk in the bottom of the glass. This is a dead giveaway of low fulvic acid content, and these products should be steadfastly avoided.

Thankfully, Fulvic Restore’s fulvic content levels are as high as 5%, in addition to the aforementioned swathe of minerals and elements. The recommended usage is 8 drops taken twice daily in a small amount of water – ideally filtered, bottled or alkaline.

As ever, there’s no substitute for a well-balanced diet and proper exercise routine. Having said that, a nutritious fulvic acid supplement can confer many benefits on the body. As the literature on the subject continues to grow, there’s never been a better time to take advantage of this under-the-radar natural supplement.

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Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice: pH Balance, Blood Sugar, Detox

Over the last week, Wal-Mart suffered a PR nightmare after it emerged that their aloe vera gel contained… well, no aloe vera. Aloe vera can be put to various uses, though the product in question – Equate Aloe After Sun Gel – was ostensibly sold as an emollient for damaged skin. However, the plant’s trio of chemical markers – acemannan, malic acid and glucose – were not present in tests carried out by Bloomberg News. In lieu of the markers, the gel contained maltodextrin, a sugar sometimes used to imitate aloe. It’s worth pointing out that Wal-Mart wasn’t the only company left blushing – Target, Walgreens and CVS were equally guilty of marketing store-brand aloe vera products of dubious authenticity. The four big-name retailers have some 23,000 outlets between them. Several legal firms have now mustered and filed lawsuits against the companies, seeking class-action status and restitution for customers who claim they were duped.

What is Aloe Vera?

Aloe vera is one of around 420 species of the genus Aloe. Belonging to the Liliaceae family, it also goes by the somewhat unpronounceable botanical name Aloe barbadensis miller.

Incredibly, over 200 biologically active compounds have been identified in the plant, comprising minerals, vitamins, enzymes, salicylic acids and amino acids.

As a matter of fact, aloe vera provides 20 of the 22 amino acids required by humans – and all eight ‘essential’ amino acids.

If you’re not smearing it onto your body to provide soothing relief for a skin condition (psoriasis, burns, dermatitis), you might be utilising aloe vera for one of its myriad associated benefits.

A fertile source of antioxidants, it can promote the healthy functioning of the digestive system, fortify the immune system by flushing out toxins, and even help the body ward off fatigue.

Not for nothing did the Egyptians refer to it as the Plant of Immortality. (And the Native Americans assigned it a no-less-dramatic sobriquet: The Wand of Heaven.)

Aloe Vera Could Improve Blood Sugar Control

A very recent study into aloe vera supplements showed they could be capable of improving blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, but it’s fair to say the nourishment it provides goes beyond the results of a single study.

After all, a little research unearths a veritable treasure trove of evidence attesting to its many valuable properties.

Aloe Vera for pH Balance

Aloe vera is popular among devotees of the alkaline diet, since aloe vera juice (at least the kind without carrageenan) helps to alkalise the body.

Most recommend that it should be taken first thing in the morning for its buffering ability, and the sour-tasting drink is a terrific replacement for highly processed and sugary fruit juices.

Aloe vera is also recommended as part of most anti-inflammatory diets.

Aloe Vera for Detox

When you consider that the aloe vera plant contains over 75 components, comprising vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and salicylic acids, it really is no surprise that both aloe vera and aloe vera juice are considered staples of detox diets.

Particularly given aloe vera’s ability to reduce yeast formation, normalise bowel movements, promote immunity and tamp down inflammation.

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How An Alkaline Diet Incorporates Gentle Detoxing Methods To Promote Lasting Health

How An Alkaline Diet Incorporates Gentle Detoxing Methods To Promote Lasting Health

Cleanses and detoxes are used to rapidly eliminate toxins from the body. Most people perform cleanses once or twice a year when they feel sluggish or overweight. But instead of waiting until you feel bad before making a change, what if you ate in a way that naturally promoted the removal of toxins every day?

An alkalising diet is one that includes lots of plant foods containing naturally cleansing and protective ingredients such as antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Eating clean is the best way to ensure optimal health over the long run without having to detox every time you start feeling bad.

Basic Alkalising Tips To Get You Started

Eating alkaline is characterised by a large amount of plant food such as fruits and vegetable, little animal protein, and little to no acid-forming junk food. Both of the last two food groups, when eaten in excess, have been associated with the development of diseases. In addition to eliminating health-deteriorating foods, eating alkaline means you replace unhealthy foods with the healthy kind to promote the natural removal of free radicals, chemicals and other risk factors that may cause disease or simply make you feel worse.

  1. Start With Breakfast!

Breakfast may not be your favorite meal of the day, but it’s a good time to set the stage for a day full of good eating habits. Stay away from glutinous breads and cakes and instead try a bowl of organic oats topped with blueberries and a tablespoon of organic flaxseeds. Starting your day with an alkaline multivitamin is another good way to assist with the removal of toxins.

  1. Drink Alkaline Water.

Water helps flush toxins from the body through the urinary system. The less time toxins spend in your body, the less amount of damage they are allowed to do. One of the easiest things you can do to naturally detox is drink lots of clean water daily.

Drinking alkaline water ensures that you will be flushing toxins out of the body while replacing them with alkaline minerals to help restore health. When you’re on the go, bring an Alkaline Mineral Stick along with you to ensure access to alkaline water wherever you are.

The Alkaline Mineral Stick is an NSF-certified stick composed of bioceramic balls made from natural minerals. Housed in a stainless steel tube and enclosed in a plastic container, they are perfect for dropping in your bottled water to give you an alkaline mineral boost no matter where your day takes you.

  1. Choose Your Salt Wisely.

There’s no need to completely give up salty foods if you’re trying to detox or clean up your diet. But choose your salt wisely. Fast foods and other salty foods are generally considered tasty yet they lack nutritional value and may increase toxin load. Instead, try cooking your meals at home and seasoning them with pink Himalayan salt, which is naturally derived from the Earth and does not contain any toxins.

In addition, pink Himalayan salt contains a decent amount of minerals including iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, potassium and chloride that are often lacking in an acidifying diet. It also contains traces of boron, fluoride, iodine, zinc, selenium, and copper. Lastly, pink Himalayan salt works at a cellular level as an antioxidant to flush toxins out of the body. Alkalising food does not have to be tasteless: it just has to contain natural ingredients that add to your health instead of take away from it.

Homemade Fruit and Nut Bar – The Ultimate Alkalising Snack Snacking in between meals is a great way to keep your diet on track when you need a slight energy boost but don’t require a full meal. Instead of reaching for potato chips or other processed snack, make these homemade fruit and nut bars and keep them nearby when temptation strikes.

Nuts and fruit are the perfect snack. They complement each other nicely and won’t send your insulin levels for a roller coaster ride. They are also full of fibre and healthy fat to keep you full until the next meal. To make, you’ll need:

  • One cup organic almonds
  • 15-20 cup organic Medjool dates
  • A pinch of pink Himalayan salt (optional)

Start by soaking your almonds in water overnight. This is called activating your nuts and will help make them easier to break down in the digestive system. It also makes them easier to blend! Rinse them well and leave them to dry for about four hours.

When they've dried, add them to a food processor or high-speed blender and blend until they're chopped into fine pieces. Take the pits out of the centre of 15-20 dates and slowly add them to the food processor.

Dates are sticky, so the mixture will need to be pushed down from the side of the appliance from time to time. Add the pink Himalayan salt and blend together. Scoop the mixture out and form them into balls or bars and store them in an airtight container for the perfect snack!

*Optional extra:

You can also roll these in unsweetened flaked coconut and cacao powder for an added treat that even your children will love!

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