Detox Basics

0 21 July 2017

What is detoxification? The first step to beginning a successful detox program is to understand how our bodies change toxins into less toxic or more readily excretable substances. Many people equate detoxification only with the liver, but it is important to look at our systems of elimination and detoxification as a whole, including the kidneys, liver, and gastrointestinal tract. Setting up the body to efficiently eliminate toxins is the first and most important step for a successful cleanse. Toxins can have damaging effects on the body if they are too rapidly released without being safely eliminated, so it is important to focus on improving and optimizing the function of your body’s own detoxification systems. Kidneys Our kidneys help to maintain fluid balance, remove toxins and waste via the urinary system, regulate blood pressure, and control red blood cell production. Kidney function supports many areas of balance in the body: acidity and alkalinity for pH regulation, salt and water for blood pressure regulation, and sodium and potassium concentration for healthy circulatory and neurological systems. The kidneys also play an important role in vitamin D activation, which is essential for energy production, cancer prevention, bone health, immune system support, and anti-inflammatory benefit. Liver Liver function involves cholesterol regulation, breaking down and filtering to

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0 7 July 2017

A common benefit of a successful detox program is weight loss. Our fat cells contain stored toxins, including heavy metals and excess hormones, so it is especially important to encourage functional detox pathways as fat cells are released when losing weight. While undergoing a cleanse, other important physiological considerations include: *Cell membrane fluidity to allow toxins to exit the cell for removal by the liver, kidneys, and digestive tract. *Blood sugar balance, which is regulated by the pancreas (secreting insulin) and the liver (stores and releases glucose in response to blood glucose levels) *Healthy cholesterol levels, which depend upon proper synthesis and metabolization in the liver. *Limiting inflammatory foods such as gluten and dairy, and focusing on nutrients from whole food sources *Appropriate digestion and absorption of food *Sufficient water intake for kidney health and function *Daily exercise to support liver function, healthy digestive patterns and gastrointestinal elimination of toxins. Eating nutrient dense whole foods and juices, along with proper supplement support, will ensure that you are giving your body the tools needed for successful detox and ongoing optimal health.

Posted in Blog, Detox
0 7 June 2017

Part of the amazing design of our bodies includes the ability to break down and eliminate harmful substances from our systems, everything from the pollution in our external environment to the waste products of our internal environment. This ‘detoxification’ process is mediated through specific organ systems, including the gastrointestinal system, lungs and kidneys. As efficient as our bodies are at managing our exposures to toxic compounds, our modern society has placed a much greater demand on these organ systems. This is part of the reason why it is so beneficial to participate in regular cleansing programs to help alleviate that burden and improve overall organ function. You can approach a cleansing program in a variety of ways; the key points to remember are that you are minimizing your daily exposure and maximizing your daily breakdown and excretion of toxins. To support your body through a cleansing program, it’s extremely helpful to provide all your elimination systems with the nutrients that they need to function optimally. At Spark Health, we offer a Detox Booster shot and a Cellular Detox IV with the key amino acids, vitamins and minerals necessary for a successful cleansing program. Our favorite ingredients include Glycine, M.I.C and Glutathione. Most researchers consider glutathione to be the most versatile and powerful of all antioxidants. It is found in the

Posted in Blog, Detox
0 13 October 2015

1. Anti-Inflammatory Abilities – Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid, an anti-inflammatory. 2. Natural Detoxification – Place a small amount of castor oil on a flannel cloth, place on abdomen. Place heating pad on top and let sit for 30-45 minutes. A natural detox for digestive organs. 3. Hair & Eye Lash Moisturizer 4. Moisturizes Elbows, Knees & Heels 5. Relieves Period Cramps – Use the same flannel cloth above with a heating pad. Cramps will lessen.   13-castor-oil

Posted in Blog, Detox
0 8 October 2015

Want glowing skin? Our Spark Health team swears by clearer, glowing skin with our favorite turmeric juice recipe .  This powerful root contains anti-inflammatory properties, vitamins including: B6, copper, iron, manganese, potassium and fiber. Feel refreshed and glowing, let your skin be the judge of this juice.

 

  Total time: 12 mins. Makes two, 16oz glasses.   Ingredients 2 green apples, peeled and cored 2 carrots, peeled 2 celery stalks 1 lemon peeled 1 bosc pears 1” ginger root 6 thumbs of turmeric root (1” diameter each) 1.5 cups water 1 cup ice   Instructions Process all ingredients in a juicer or blend in a Vitamix. If using a Vitamix, strain small batches of juice in a sieve, use a spoon to press down on juice ingredients to release more nutrients. Strain ¾ or all of the juice for a smoother consistency. If using a juicer, water can be reduced to make two, 16 oz glasses.  Juice can be made a day ahead.

Posted in Blog, Detox, Food
0 4 December 2014

What is detoxification?

The first step to beginning a successful detox program is to understand how our bodies change toxins into less toxic or more readily excretable substances. Many people equate detoxification only with the liver, but it is important to look at our systems of elimination and detoxification as a whole, including the kidneys, liver, and gastrointestinal tract. Setting up the body to efficiently eliminate toxins is the first and most important step for a successful cleanse. Toxins can have damaging effects on the body if they are too rapidly released without being safely eliminated, so it is important to focus on improving and optimizing the function of your body’s own detoxification systems.

Kidneys

Our kidneys help to maintain fluid balance, remove toxins and waste via the urinary system, regulate blood pressure, and control red blood cell production. Kidney function supports many areas of balance in the body: acidity and alkalinity for pH regulation, salt and water for blood pressure regulation, and sodium and potassium concentration for healthy circulatory and neurological systems. The kidneys also play an important role in vitamin D activation, which is essential for energy production, cancer prevention, bone health, immune system support, and anti-inflammatory benefit.

Liver

Liver function involves cholesterol regulation, bre

Posted in Blog, Detox
0 4 July 2014

Part of the amazing design of our bodies includes the ability to break down and eliminate harmful substances from our systems, everything from the pollution in our external environment to the waste products of our internal environment. This ‘detoxifcation’ process is mediated through specific organ systems, including the gastro-intestinal system, lungs and kidneys. As efficient as our bodies are at managing our exposures to toxic compounds, our modern society has placed a much greater demand on these organ systems. This is part of the reason why it is so beneficial to participate in regular cleansing programs to help alleviate that burden and improve overall organ function. You can approach a cleansing program in a variety of ways; the key points to remember are that you are minimizing your daily exposure and maximizing your daily breakdown and excretion of toxins. To support your body through a cleansing program, it’s extremely helpful to provide all your elimination systems with the nutrients that they need to function optimally. At Spark Health, we offer a Detox Booster shot and a Cellular Detox IV with the key amino acids, vitamins and minerals necessary for a successful cleansing program. Our favorite ingredients include Glycine, M.I.C and Glutathione. Most researchers consider glutathione to be the most versatile and powerful of all antioxidants. It is found in the

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