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How to Properly Do a Vitamin C Detoxification

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A vitamin C detoxification can give your immune system the boost it needs to stay healthy and fight off any nasty viruses that might be lurking around. But, there is a right way, and a wrong way to go about doing one. Here’s what you need to know…

What is a Vitamin C Detoxification?

A Vitamin C detoxification is also sometimes called an ascorbate cleanse. The idea is to flush your system of unwanted toxins by introducing high levels of vitamin C (or ascorbate acid) into your diet for a specific amount of time. The buildup causes a watery stool, effectively cleansing the digestive system.

Vitamin C Detoxification Benefits

There are many benefits to a vitamin C detoxification. Vitamin C is a crucial nutrient for our immune systems, and more. Some of the benefits include:

  • Feeling Refreshed and Energized
  • Helps Skin Look Young and Fresh
  • Detoxing Your Bowels
  • Helps the Body Fight off Infection
  • Helps Regulate Blood Sugar Levels
  • Helps Us Absorb Crucial Vitamins and Minerals

How to Perform a Vitamin C Detoxification

If you determine that a vitamin C detoxification is right for you, make sure you study up on how to do it correctly. Not all supplements are created equal, so it’s important that you use a high quality supplement from a trusted supplier. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Choose a day where you can stay at home the entire time. You’ll need to stay near the bathroom.
  2. Eat small meals throughout the day while you are detoxifying. Some people choose to just drink water and not eat at all. Choose the method that suits you best.
  3. A high quality powdered vitamin C supplement is best for the cleanse. We suggest Adrenal Cocktail Plus Wholefood Vitamin C Powder by Jigsaw Health, or try Truly Natural Vitamin C by HealthForce SuperFoods. Start with ½ tsp of powder mixed with three ounces of water. Drink the mixture every 30 minutes until you experience a watery diarrhea (has to be watery, not just a loose stool). It’s important to keep track of how much vitamin C you consume during the cleanse. 
  4. Determine how much of the supplement you needed to take to induce the flushing response. This will tell you how much vitamin C you need to take on a regular basis. To figure the number out, you simply take the total amount of vitamin C you used and multiply it by .75. That’s how much of the supplement you should be taking on a daily basis, split up in doses. 

So, now that you know how to perform a vitamin C detoxification, are you up for it? As with any cleansing program, you should consult your doctor first to make sure it’s right for you. But, for most healthy adults, there is very little risk to doing this type of cleanse, plus it’s easy! Good luck!

Herbal Zap – Featured Brand

HerbalZapSusan Brown Health and Wellness EditorProfessional Supplement Center now carries Herbal Zap, a line of instantly dissolving Ayurvedic beverages that support immune health, digestive heath and detoxification. Herbal Zap works with leading Ayurvedic doctors and small family farmers to produce sustainable and ethically sourced products. Their mission has always been to supply effective, easy-to-use products that support not only health and wellness of their customers, but provide fair trade wages and a healthy working environment for their producers. To ensure long-term stability of their Ayurvedic drink mixes, Herbal Zap is committed to using ethically purchased and responsibly produced ingredients of the highest quality.

Herbs are grown by small rural farmers in Sri Lanka without the use of herbicides or pesticides. All products are produced according to Ayurvedic guidelines for healthy living and well as therapeutic measures that aim to create balance and harmony in all aspects of life. Products are produced in an FDA-registered and certified facility with strict adherence to good manufacturing practices (GMPs). All ingredients are third party tested to ensure purity and safety. All formulas are Non-GMO Project Verified.

Party Detox SupportHerbal Zap Party Detox – Just in time for holidays, this perfect morning after remedy provides soothing digestive and whole body detoxification support. Try this blend anytime lack of sleep or overindulgence in food or drink leaves you feeling a bit bogged down. This Ayurvedic herbal drink is formulated with just a bit of natural cane sugar as a carrier for the herbal extracts. May be enjoyed hot or cold with water or beverage of choice. Ten individual serving packets per box. Gluten free, Non-GMO, kosher vegan formulation.

Digestive SupportHerbal Zap Digestive – This ancient Ayurvedic herbal blend for provides cool, calming, nourishing and soothing digestive support. This product supplies 4 traditional Ayurvedic herbs used for centuries to support healthy digestion, a healthy inflammatory response and provide antioxidant support. May be enjoyed hot or cold with water or beverage of choice. Ten individual serving packets per box. Naturally sweetened with cane sugar. Gluten free, Non-GMO, kosher vegan formulation.

Immune SupportHerbal Zap Immune Support – This immune supportive beverage was developed by Ayurvedic physicians using a blend of 14 powerful herbal extracts. Instantly dissolving, this zesty beverage boosts immune function, promotes toxin elimination, aids digestion, and supports the respiratory system. May be enjoyed hot or cold with water or beverage of choice. Ten individual serving packets per box. Naturally sweetened with cane sugar. Gluten free, Non-GMO, kosher vegan formulation.

The Importance of Healthy Liver Function

LiverHealthJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Did you know that the liver is the only organ that can regenerate itself, making it possible for one person to donate a portion of their liver, which will then regenerate to full size, to another person? This large and metabolically complex organ is so resilient it can continue to function when two-thirds of it has been damaged by cirrhosis or injury. Because of this amazing ability to repair itself, those who have or are developing liver problems may be completely unaware and have no noticeable symptoms. Vitally important to life and health, the liver performs over 500 different functions relating to metabolism, digestion, immunity and nutrient storage.

Metabolism of macronutrients – The liver is central to all metabolic processes, and plays a critical role in synthesizing protein, fat and carbohydrate molecules that are utilized by the body to support homeostasis and regulate energy balance.

Digestion – The liver plays an active role in digestion though its production of bile, which is stored in the gallbladder until needed to emulsify fats, turning large clumps into smaller absorbable pieces. Bile contains bilirubin, formed by the breakdown of heme in aging red blood cells, which is then eliminated by the body.

Glycogen – Blood entering the liver is extremely rich in glucose. Glucose is stored in the liver as glycogen and is released as needed to maintain homeostasis and balanced blood sugar, releasing or removing sugar from the bloodstream when blood levels are too high or too low.

Detoxification – As blood from the digestive organs flows through the liver, it monitors the contents and prevents the release of toxins into the body. Liver enzymes metabolize numerous environmental toxins, foreign substances, alcohol, drugs, and circulation hormones and renders them into inactive metabolites, which can then be excreted by the body.

Micronutrient Storage – In addition to glycogen storage, the liver stores many essential nutrients, including fatty acids, vitamins A, D, E, K, and B12, as well as iron and copper.

Immunity – The liver contains cells that capture and digest bacteria, fungi, parasites, old blood cells and other cellular debris, effectively and quickly cleansing large volumes of blood. The liver produces immune factors associated with the inflammation response, tissue repair and immune cell activities.

Blood clotting – Together with vitamin K, the liver produces plasma proteins, necessary for blood clotting.

Cholesterol – While high cholesterol has been demonized as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, it’s an important component of cell membranes. The liver produces one to two grams of cholesterol daily, which is necessary for vitamin D, steroid hormone and bile acid production. Cholesterol is a precursor to anabolic hormones related to muscle growth and repair and is the basis for other reproductive hormones.

The liver is vulnerable to the effects of stress, toxin exposure and highly processed foods. A nourishing, fiber-filled, whole food, antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory diet and regular exercise supports the health of the liver and proper liver function. Be cautious about alcohol consumption, as alcohol can damage or destroy liver cells and can lead to fatty liver disease, inflammation and cirrhosis. Carefully manage all prescription medications and strictly follow dosing instructions. Some OTC cold and headache medications have been found to be harmful to the liver, so avoid taking anything unnecessarily. As much as possible reduce stress on the liver by avoiding exposure to chemicals and toxins found in home and beauty products. Certain herbs and botanicals believed to support liver health and function include milk thistle, schisandra, turmeric and dandelion root.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality products formulated to support healthy liver function:

Lipotropic Complex by Integrative Therapeutics

Lipotropic Complex by Integrative Therapeutics – This product provides vitamins, minerals, bile salts and standardized herbal extracts in support of healthy liver function and overall wellbeing. Gluten, soy and dairy free formulation.

 

Liver Defend by NuMedicaLiver Defend™ by NuMedica – Four key ingredients provide targeted nutritional support for enhanced liver protection and defense. This product is formulated for powerful antioxidant and detoxification support. Gluten, soy and dairy free, vegetarian formulation.

 

Turmeric Strength for Liver by MegaFoodTurmeric Strength for Liver by MegaFood – This product delivers a proprietary blend of whole food and concentrated herbal antioxidant compounds in support to healthy liver function and detoxifying pathways. Formulated with turmeric, milk thistle, schisandra fruit and black pepper extract. Gluten, soy and lactose free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

 

Complete Liver Cleanse by Enzymatic TherapyComplete Liver Cleanse by Enzymatic Therapy – This 2-week liver cleansing system provides natural liver support, and features herbal ingredients to stimulate bile flow and help remove toxins. Dairy, wheat and sugar free, vegetarian formulation.

 

 

References:
Liver Health. http://www.liver.ca/liver-health/
Liver Health and Wellness. http://www.liverfoundation.org/abouttheliver/liverhealth/
Metabolic Functions of the Liver. http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/digestion/liver/metabolic.html
Liver. http://www.innerbody.com/image_digeov/card10-new2.html
How does the liver work? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0072577/
Normal Liver Physiology. http://biomed.brown.edu/Courses/BI108/BI108_2002_Groups/liver/webpage/NormalLiver.htm