Before we get started, I want to make something very clear:
When people talk about detox, it tends to be the "2 week cleanse" type of detox where you try to clean out your body over a short period of time.
This is not the type of detox I am talking about, or recommending.
Instead - I want you to think about how you work to support your body over the long term - helping it handle the detoxification processes that occur all day and every day of your life - not just for a couple weeks at the start of a new year.
You are probably aware that there are unavoidable toxins in our air, food, and water that the body needs to be able to handle in order to avoid health problems. Even medications need to undergo detoxification to avoid accumulating and causing toxicity. It’s best to limit your exposure to environmental toxins, but inevitably some will get into the system where they need to be neutralized and eliminated before they cause damage to your cells, tissues, and organs.2–7
But did you know even if you were able to completely avoid environmental toxins, your body constantly creates its own waste products that continuously need to be neutralized and removed from the cells and bloodstream?
Your body neutralizes and removes toxins by filtering blood through your liver where enzymes and antioxidants convert waste products into forms that can be more easily excreted from the body. This is a vital function because waste products from cellular metabolism, such as free radicals, can cause inflammation and damage to lipids, proteins, and DNA when they are not neutralized or removed.1
Your skin and the cells that line your lungs and gastro-intestinal tract also work diligently with your immune system and beneficial bacteria to protect your body from environmental toxins.
Pinnaclife supplements contain a wide variety of nutrients that are known to help neutralize free radicals and increase elimination of waste products and toxins through a variety of mechanisms.
NAC is a naturally occurring sulfur-containing amino acid vital for production of one of the most essential cellular detoxifying antioxidants, glutathione.8–10 Glutathione levels can be depleted by medications, toxins, some diseases, and nutrient-poor diets, resulting in cellular stress.8,11–13
NAC is the safest and most effective supplement to restore cellular levels of glutathione.10,13–16 NAC is found in all Pinnaclife products, but the highest dose is found in ImmuneBoost™. Natural dietary sources include foods like garlic, broccoli, onion, and oats.
Sulforaphane is a naturally occurring antioxidant found in foods like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and other cruciferous vegetables. Sulforaphane has been shown to help support your body’s natural detoxification pathways by increasing the activity of metabolic enzymes in the liver.17,18 It has also been shown to protect the cells that line the stomach and decrease the permeability, potentially reducing absorption of potentially harmful compounds.19 Sulforaphane is included in Pinnaclife ImmuneBoost™, Brain Health, and Joint Health.
Hydroxytyrosol from olives can actually help turn on cellular antioxidant systems by increasing the expression of intrinsic antioxidants like MnSOD.20 These antioxidant pathways are vital for helping cells neutralize free-radicals generated by metabolic processes in the mitochondria, keeping the cells healthy. Hydroxytyrosol is known to be one of the most potent naturally occurring antioxidants ever discovered and is an essential component of Olivamine 10 and found in all Pinnaclife Supplements.
Antioxidants like EGCG from green tea, curcumin from turmeric, and resveratrol from grapevines can also help to neutralize free radicals, reduce inflammation, and protect cells from damage.21–24 These types of antioxidants have numerous effects throughout the body that help to additionally support the detoxification and elimination processes. EGCG and resveratrol are found in all Pinnaclife supplements while curcumin is included in Brain Health, Mood Support, Sleep Support, Joint Health, and Omega-3.
Dietary fiber can act like a sponge in the intestines, soaking up toxins and waste products so they can be eliminated instead of absorbed into the blood stream.25–30 It also helps to support beneficial bacteria that help to metabolize toxins and nutrients before they enter your blood stream, while improving intestinal health, digestion, and waste elimination.31,32 You can easily boost your dietary fiber intake and support healthy intestinal bacteria with Pinnaclife Prebiotic Fiber.
Sometimes your cells have to work much harder than normal, such as during strenuous exercise or when you are sick or have chronic diseases. When the cells work harder the metabolic processes are sped up and they subsequently produce waste more quickly.
The increased production of waste products means your body requires even more support for free radical neutralization and detoxification.
Basically, when your body (and cells) are working harder you need to be more diligent in providing them with the proper nutrients to keep them healthy and working efficiently.
No matter your age or health status, you need to take care of your body by supporting it’s natural “filters” and detoxifying pathways. The best way to do this is by incorporating a healthy diet along with target nutritional support with dietary supplements such as Pinnaclife ImmuneBoost, Prebiotic Fiber, and MultiVitamin.
Kyle Hilsabeck, PharmD., is the Vice President of Pharmaceutical Affairs at McCord Holdings and licensed by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy. He completed bachelors degrees in biology and biochemistry at Wartburg College before earning his Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Upon graduation, he completed a community pharmacy practice residency through the University of Iowa where he focused primarily on nutritional aspects of care including the use of vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements. He has taught courses for the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy on vitamins, minerals, herbs, and nutritional supplements and given many presentations on the subject as well. He has a passion for improving patient care specifically with regards to the safety and quality of the nutritional supplements and health information people use.
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