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.
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.
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.
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.
Epavin is a classic herbal combination designed to drain and detoxify. It enhances and restores both liver and digestive function which are vital for effective detoxification.
It combines plants including dandelion, milk thistle, artichoke, barberry and turmeric which are well known for their liver supporting, anti-inflammatory properties.
For example, artichokes and their extract have super antioxidant and bioactive value and are used herbally to guard against bacteria and fungus while increasing liver function and improving digestive issues.
Barberry (or berberis vulgaris) has valuable antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used historically for its powerful gut balancing, liver, gall bladder and kidney supporting capabilities; it also reduces oxidative stress.
Epavin is one of the most popular alchemical products which combines modern science and ancient botanical knowledge. It is entirely natural and vegan-friendly.
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 thistle, liquid chlorophyll, B-vitamin complexes, probiotics, sulforaphane 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.
Without effective elimination of waste via the digestive system, your body cannot shift toxins efficiently.