Detoxification for joint pain relief and to look younger!


What is Detoxification?
For many of us, when we hear the “detoxification” it can conjure up images of people sitting in infrared saunas ‘sweating it out’, drinking only natural freshly juiced vegetables and fruits, colonics therapy, and even fasting. While all of these methods can certainly help us detoxify our tissues, there are additional tools that we need when detoxifying our body at the level of our cells, where all chemical reactions take place.

The primary way that our body detoxifies, or eliminates toxic debris from our tissues, is via the skin (via sweat), the bowels, urine, tears, and earwax. During acute phases of toxicity, we can eliminate toxins via our mucous membranes such as when we have a runny nose (think allergies).

Body functions that help us to detoxify
Many of us have been taught that the primary way to detoxify is to “sweat it out” via exercise. Although our skin is one of the largest organs in our body covering a large surface area, by itself it cannot handle today’s heavy toxic burden brought about by the typical American diet and lifestyle. It is our bowels that are best equipped to quickly eliminate our heavy toxic burden with the greatest efficiency.  While exercising is still good for us, before we are able to eliminate toxins from our body, it must go through two phases of detoxification.

Phase I detoxification
This is the first line of defense that removes environmental toxins, including pesticides, pollutants, solvents, pharmaceuticals, heavy metals, and many of our body’s own waste products including steroid hormones and excess hormones.   Phase I can be thought of as the process where a toxin is plucked from a tissue, and sent off for further ‘packaging’ to be expelled from the body.

Phase II detoxification
This involves many enzymes, commonly located in the liver and kidney, that transforms and packages these harmful chemicals that have been removed from our tissues into more neutral, water-soluble chemicals, ready for elimination. The enzymes involved in this process are the Cytochrome P-450 series enzymes, COMT enzymes, Glutathione S-Transferase enzymes, and Superoxide Dismutase enzymes to name a few. These enzymes can only do their job in the presence of adequate amounts of key nutrients.

What happens when the body can’t detoxify properly?
We can experience a number of problems. These can include hormone imbalance and mood swings caused by inadequate neurotransmitters that help our brain feel sharp and free of depression. We also open ourselves up to many opportunistic gut infections such as parasitic bacterial overgrowth and candida yeast.

Energy Poverty
The inability to adequately detoxify not only creates immune system deficiencies, but hinders our ability to have adequate amounts of energy. “Energy poverty” is an epidemic today in America, and we see the effects as many Americans require poorly made, and woefully non-nutritious quick energy drinks such as 5-Hour energy, Monster, Rock-Star, or a dependency on a morning cup of coffee “just to get going”.

We age faster and  gain weight and get “fatter”
We also age more quickly as a result of toxic buildup in our body. When toxins store in our body, they accelerate aging on many levels, which also shows up in the quality of our skin. Premature wrinkles, skin tags, moles, and the appearance of being overly red (a “ruddy complexion”), or appearing overly pale (due to inadequate blood building nutrients and antioxidants) are all indicators of toxic buildups. Inflamed red capillaries build up in our skin as a result of toxic exposure. Toxic buildup also congests our joints, speeding up their degeneration which is felt as joint pain and stiffness. Because fat has the ability to store toxins, it also accumulates in our body as a result of toxic buildup.

We use a simple, yet highly comprehensive and specific test that you can perform in the comfort of your home by Genova Diagnostics that measures your body’s overall ability to detoxify itself and run efficiently. It is called the TRIAD Blood spot, and it is used to help identify this, and other functions essential to good health: determining parasitic bacteria and yeast overgrowth, leaky gut, neurotransmitter status, food sensitivities, energy production, nutrient status and more.

Call us today to find out how well your body is detoxifying, and how we can help you today.

The EPA’s National Human Adipose Tissue Survey (NHATS), established by the U.S. Public Health Service in 1967, measured human adipose (fat) tissue for the presence of toxic chemicals. In 1982 and 1987 it analyzed the fat samples from human cadavers looking at the types of toxins that accumulate in fat tissue.


Are you feeling a lot older than your biological age?

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????In a 2008 article from the Linus Pauling Institute, “While overall caloric needs tend to decrease with age, the requirements for individual micronutrients (vitamins and nutritionally-essential minerals) do not decrease. In fact, the needs for some micronutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, actually increase with age: adults older than 50 years require higher intakes of these two micronutrients. Older adults may also need more dietary antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, as well as certain B vitamins, including vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin B12. Micronutrient deficiencies are quite common in the U.S. and other countries, and older adults are especially vulnerable. Since physical activity levels generally decline with increasing age, older adults have lower energy requirements than younger adults. Therefore, it is particularly important for older adults to choose nutrient-rich foods and take a daily multivitamin-mineral supplement. Adequate intake of micronutrients not only ensures that current metabolic needs are met but also may reduce one’s risk for chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis, that are more common in older adults.”

Micronutrient deficiencies in older adults can be caused by a combination of factors, including:
• Physical injuries
• Emotional Stress
• Chronic health issues
• Drug (prescription and other) usage

As we age, bones, joints and cartilage deterioration can remind us that “something isn’t right.” Micronutrients are important to bone, intestinal absorption, skin, your metabolism, etc. For good bone health, it is important to have adequate nutritional amounts of calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium, and for the prevention of bone-related diseases in older adults.

We all know that we need Calcium. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, Calcium is the most common mineral in the human body, with about 99% of total body calcium residing in bones and teeth. Without the dietary intake being properly met, the body can demineralize bone in order to maintain blood levels of calcium within a narrow range, necessary for normal physiological function. This bone demineralization can lead to bone fragility, osteoporosis, and bone fracture.
Vitamin D is also a key vitamin for marinating bone density and muscle strength.

Older adults often have a reduced capacity to synthesize vitamin D in the skin upon exposure to ultraviolet-B radiation. Older adults can also have an impaired conversion of vitamin D to its active form in the kidneys. Vitamin D synthesis in the body requires cholesterol, and because of the widespread use of Statin medications today, many Americans have markedly inadequate levels of Vitamin D. Therefore, supplemental vitamin D is especially important for older adults.

Magnesium is a mineral where most US Adults do not meet the RDA, and elderly adults are especially at risk due to low dietary intakes, reduced intestinal absorption, and increased urinary losses of the mineral. Additionally, the RDA for Magnesium is far too low. Because Magnesium is integral to diverse roles in the body, Magnesium deficiency can result in serious health issues. It is a cofactor for more than 300 metabolic reactions, including those required for energy production, nerve function and muscle function, making neurotransmitters in our brain that alleviate depression, as well as bone health. Magnesium deficiency is one of the most widespread deficiencies in America today because it is the “stress mineral” and is rapidly depleted during times of emotional stress which most Americans experience on a daily basis, and physical stress such as during exercise and trauma from injuries. Magnesium deficiency can impair calcium and vitamin D metabolism, leading to bone loss.

There are also micronutrients that function as antioxidants, including Vitamins C and E. Vitamin C and other antioxidants protect various molecules in the body, including proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), from oxidative damage by free radicals. Vitamin E is credited with helping to protect against oxidative stress, which can impact or help prevent neurodegenerative diseases as well as cardiac related issues.

How we detect nutritional and health related issues?
Even if you take the RDA (Recommended Daily Amount) of micro-nutrients, how can you be sure you are absorbing them? Our practice uses the TRIAD Blood Spot test. This is a simple test that our patients perform in the comfort of their home. It requires obtaining a blood spot/smear, and a urine collection, all contained within the kit performed by the individual and does not require a lab. This test, which is billable to insurance, collects a large amount of data, more than most lab tests used today, that tells us what nutrient deficiencies you are experiencing, how well your body is healing and repairing itself, neurotransmitter status required for optimal brain function, gut health, any hidden infections, food sensitivities which can hinder your energy and fatigue levels, energy production and maintenance.

This test can provide answers for many people who feel as if they are aging faster than they should, or for those who are approaching their senior years but who want to maintain an active and vital life.

Call or contact us now for more information on how we can help you slow down the aging process and feel good again. Getting older does not mean you have to slow down, or “feel old.”