Module 12 - Nutritional Detoxification
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MO: What are the big ideas for detoxification?
1. Detoxification is a parasympathetic process.
2. Detoxification frees vital cellular and organ activities to function productively and efficiently.
- 3. NEVER detoxify without addressing The
- Foundations… all elimination pathways must be open.
MO: How does the Foundation of a NUTRIENT DENSE WHOLE FOOD DIET support detoxification?
- Processed, lifeless food is seen by the body as a toxin.
- Too much food (volume) uses too much energy, and doesn’t leave enough for “house cleaning."
- Ingestion of the proper Macro and Micro nutrients all play an important role in the body’s ability to detoxify.
MO: How does the Foundation of a DIGESTION support detoxification?
- If a person isn’t digesting, even the most perfect diet can clog the body’s detoxification pathways.
- Specific amino acids play imperative roles in the proper functioning of the specific detoxification pathways in the liver. (Methionine is necessary to run the Sulfation pathway)
- Poor fat digestion clogs the lymph, and therefore the liver.
MO: How does the Foundation of a BLOOD SUGAR HANDLING support detoxification?
- Elevated cortisol and general blood sugar imbalance stress the Liver.
- Blood sugar imbalances deplete the B vitamins. B6 is needed for all liver enzyme functions and neurotransmitter synthesis (epinephrine, serotonin). B2 is needed for phase I detox enzymes (cytochrome P450).
- Chronically high blood sugars create a buildup of free radicals and a general catabolic state, which robs the nutrients needed by the body to detoxify properly.
MO: How does the Foundation of a FATTY ACID BALANCE support detoxification?
- Fat tissue helps the body to store difficult to remove toxic waste (metals, petroleum, other chemicals).
- The liver metabolizes fats into their usable forms. Proper ingestion and digestion of fats causes less liver stress.
- The bile is built of healthy fat. The bile is the “river” by which toxins are removed from the body via the intestinal tract.
- The proper balance of dietary fat helps to create a properly permeable membrane, allowing wastes to be removed from the inside of the cell in a timely manner.
MO: How does the Foundation of a HYDRATION support detoxification?
- We must keep properly hydrated to keep the body flushing appropriately, moving bowels and urine regularly
- Perspiring requires proper hydration
- Proper hydration helps to keep our lung tissue moist so that we can respire healthfully.
- Proper hydration keeps the blood fluid so that toxic material may be delivered to the lymph and liver.
MO: How does the Foundation of a MINERAL BALANCE support detoxification?
- Detoxification processes can create acidic blood. Minerals help to buffer this condition.
- Toxins deplete minerals like magnesium, which can lead to deficiencies of enzymes (cytochrome P450 and NADPH) which are necessary in healthy Phase I liver detoxification.
- Certain minerals help keep heavy metals from collecting in the tissue (heavy metals are minerals and therefore are kept in balance by other minerals).
- Molybdenum and manganese activate metabolic and detox enzymes.
- Chelation agents deplete minerals, requiring replacement.
MO: What is the four-step approach nutritional therapists can use for detoxification?
1. Address The Foundations (especially diet) and keep the client on the initial protocol for 2 – 3 months.
- 2. Recommend supportive therapies to help with circulation/elimination.
- - Dry Brush Massage
- - Bouncing Exercises
- - Enemas/Colonics/Purgatives
- - Sweating Therapies (including exercising to the point of perspiration)
- - Etc…
3. On a follow-up visit, conduct the Balance and Point Tests.
4. If the client performs poorly on these tests, consider a more in-depth detoxification protocol.
Note: Depending on the presentation of the client, this may require a referral to a licensed practitioner or detoxification specialist.
MO: Describe and perform the Balance Test.
Have the client stand next to the table. Give instructions as you go; do not give all at once. Ask client to stand straight and get their balance. Have them lift one leg off the ground and then let go of the table and hold their arms out for balance (you can demonstrate). Count the number of secons the client can maintain a steady balance. If they can do it for 20 seconds, have them repeat with eyes closed.
- Excellent = 20+ seconds
- Satisfactory = 11-19 seconds
- Poor = 5-10 seconds
- Fail = 0-5 seconds
MO: Describe and perform the Point Test.
Have the client close their eyes. Lightly touch a point on the client's upper arm (2 spots inner arm and 2 spots outer arm). Ask the client to touch the same spot with a finger from the opposite hand. Measure the proximity of the 2 points in inches. Then touch a point on the client's lower arm (2 inner, 2 outer). It may be helpful to test on both arms, as this involves neurological function from side to side (only one side for exam).
- Excellent = within 1"
- Satisfactory = within 2"
- Poor = >2"
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