What do you think when you hear the word, ‘detox’?
For many of us, it conjures an image of juices and teas, with a bit of fruit thrown in for good measure.
In fact, the notion of eating less to promote detoxification is so widespread that it’s become accepted wisdom. But as you’ll soon discover, this approach can be counterproductive.
Your body is perfectly equipped to detox itself. Various forms of detoxification are going on in every single one of your cells, and it’s a key function of your lungs, kidneys, intestines and liver .
These organs have their job cut out for them. Toxins—meaning anything that interferes with normal physiological function—are everywhere. Significant sources include:
- Cleaning products
- Household goods
And those are just the external sources. Daily functioning causes your body to create a host of ‘waste products’, including free radicals and used hormones. If you don’t get rid of them effectively, they can cause trouble .
How to optimise detox
As well as minimising our exposure to toxins, a huge part of effective detoxification is giving our body the right tools to do it. Detoxification is an energy-expensive process, and it requires a regular intake of both macro- and micronutrients.
That’s why drinking teas and juices to ‘detox’ can be more of a hindrance than a help. They provide few nutrients and they certainly don’t provide the right sort of energy.
Supplements aren’t always the answer either. This is because they have to go through the long and inefficient process of digestion, which means that only a small volume of nutrients actually reach your liver where they’re needed.
So what’s the solution?
IV nutrient therapy for detox
As you can read about here, IV nutrient therapy involves administering nutrients directly into your bloodstream. This means they go straight to the liver, where the main action of detoxification is taking place.
Detoxification is a sophisticated process, but we can simplify it into two stages: phase one and phase two. Here at the London Clinic of Nutrition, we’ve created a formulation with nutrients that support each of these phases. These include:
Vitamin C The first phase of detoxification involves breaking a toxin down, which actually makes it more reactive. This is kind of like chopping an onion: when it’s whole it doesn’t bother you, but when you slice it into pieces it releases those vapours that make you cry. In your body, these vapours are free radicals, and they must be swiftly neutralised by vitamin C (and other antioxidants) so they don’t cause any harm .
B vitamins These play a key role in breaking down toxins. Research suggests that folate and vitamin B12, both of which are in this formulation, may be especially helpful at protecting us from the pesticides found in food .
L-ornithine-l-aspartate This compound is used to treat hepatic encephalopathy, a liver condition that leads to high levels of ammonia in the blood and reduced brain function . On the less extreme end of the scale, dysbiosis or too much alcohol can also lead to higher-than-normal ammonia levels in your blood.
Amino acids Phase two of detoxification involves attaching the toxin to another molecule so it’s stabilised and ready for excretion. This is like putting that chopped-up onion in a pan and putting the lid on—it can no longer bother you. Your body requires a regular supply of amino acids from protein to bind to and neutralise broken-down toxins .
Glutathione This substance is so important that it’s needed in both phase one and phase two. It not only ‘sticks’ to molecules to transport them out of the body, but it also quenches the free radicals that are created in stage one. If we have inflammation in our body (as is found in most cases of chronic disease), we use glutathione up more quickly . The body makes glutathione itself, but it’s helpful to top up the levels during times of stress.
Who benefits from IV nutrient therapy for detox?
This formulation is suitable for a wide range of people. We’ve found it to be especially helpful if:
- You have difficulty losing weight
- You have a high level of exposure to heavy metals
- You haven’t felt well since living or working in a water-damaged building
- You have an autoimmune condition
- You have intestinal permeability (leaky gut)
- You suffer from brain fog
These are just examples. Whatever you’d like to lose weight or boost your brain function, a high level of nutrients could give your body the detoxification support it needs.