More than 500 species of insects and mites now resist our chemical controls, along with over 150 viruses and other plant pathogens. More than 270 of our recently developed herbicides have now become ineffective for controlling some weeds. Some 300 weed species resist all herbicides.
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Riverside (P) Serious June 2013
Detox Diet Plan
Your Total Metabolism Test: The Basics• Body Fat % • Ideal for women 18-25% • Ideal for men 8-18 %• BMI – Body Mass Index • You should be between 18 -24.9• Hydration • Total Body Water divided by weight • men 55-60% women 50-55%• BMR-Basal Metabolic Rate • This should be your weight times 10 if you are a women, times 11 if you are a man
Your Team Medical Advisor, Dr. Dalal Akoury• Founder of AWAREmed Medical Institute• Fellows Advanced, ABAARM Board Certified• Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice Certification (AFMCP)• Emergency Room Physician for 20 years• Pediatrician Since 1989• Pediatrics Hematology/ Oncology fellowship at Emory University and ST Jude’s Hospital• Genetics Research at CDC• Fellow, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
ENVIROMENTAL TOXINS •Many of the toxins abundant in our environment today did not even exist 30 years ago!
What Contributes to your Total Toxic Burden?• We are all exposed to thousands of toxins and chemicals on a daily basis at work, in the home, through the air we breathe, our food and water supply, and through the use of pharmaceutical drugs.
What are the toxins we should be worried about• Heavy Metals – Mercury, Lead, Arsenic, Copper, Cadmium• Organochloric and organophosphic compounds – Smoke, agriculture treatments, environmental• Petrochemicals – Solvents, fine and industrial chemicals
How bad is itworld wide? • 80 billion pounds of toxins are released world wide every year • A MICROGRAM dose of many of these can impact human health
What is Ozone?• Ozone is found in two regions of the Earth’s atmosphere – Upper atmosphere ozone provides a protective barrier from the sun’s harmful UVA radiation – Ground-level ozone is not emitted directly into the air, but forms through a reaction of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the presence of sunlight.• NOx & VOCs are created by emissions from industrial facilities, electric utilities, motor vehicle exhaust, gasoline vapors and chemical solvents• Ozone production is accelerated by sunlight and hot weather making it mainly a summertime air pollutant.• Ozone can be carried from hundreds of miles away and therefore is found in urban and rural settings.
Exposure to Ozone Can:• Make breathing deeply & vigorously more difficult by reducing lung function.• Irritate airways, causing coughing, sore or scratchy throat, pain when taking deep breaths and shortness of breath.• Increase frequency of asthma attacks.• Inflame and damage the lung lining.• Increase susceptibility of respiratory infections• Aggravate chronic lung diseases like asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis.
What can you do to minimize your exposure to ozone?• Read the Air Quality Report• Exercise early in the morning when it is cooler out• Avoid vigorous exercise during the warmer days of the year.• Decrease your output of ozone causing compounds.
Petrochemicals affect Metabolism• When the body is trying to detoxify these chemicals glycine is depleted and threonine is stressed.• What happens: – It impairs gluconeogensis – This can cause hypoglycemia – This can lead to insulin resistance
Petrochemicals affect Metabolism•Impairment in insulinresponse may lead toabnormal weight gainand weight loss resistance.• Following a comprehensive detoxification program that includes increasing supportive nutrients is critical for healing the metabolic damage and reversing this process.
What other toxins we should be worried about• Stress• Infections• Drugs (Rx & OTC)• Foods• Damaged Fats• Smoke• “Silver” Dental Fillings
EXPOSURE• In addition, we are eating more sugar and processed foods than ever before in human history and regularly abuse our bodies with various stimulants and sedatives.
Toxins in the body• Toxins and “dead” foods lead to poor digestion, constipation, toxic colon build-up, weight gain and low energy.
WATER• Water is an integral part of a successful detoxification plan: – Eight or more glasses a day will flush toxins from your body and aid your natural detoxification system—but the water needs to be pure. • Do you know whats in your drinking water? – Chlorine is toxic to humans. – Fluoride has been found to inhibit enzymes crucial in the digestive process.
Foods Add to Your Toxic Load• The liver has to metabolize the fatty acids delivered by the bloodstream after fats in the diet are broken down and absorbed in the small intestine.• The more energy the liver has to expend in this final process of the digestion of high-fat foods, the less it has available for other detoxification work.
SUGAR• Foods like white flour, white sugar and refined foods rob your body on two levels: – failing to provide real nutrition – depleting nutrients used in their digestion Sugar weakens our tissues’ resistance to disease
Sugar Cravings• Craving for foods high in sugar and carbohydrates is different than general hunger.
Sugar Cravings• Eating these foods creates a biochemical chain reaction that leads to a temporary increase in serotonin levels.• Serotonin helps you feel relaxed, less anxious & stressed and improves your mood.
Sugar Cravings• If you are struggling with overwhelming cravings for certain trigger foods high in sugar and carbs you may be low in the important “feel good” brain chemical serotonin.
Prescription Rx• Just because your doctor prescribes a drug doesnt mean its not treated as a toxin by your body (like red wine, something can be both helpful and toxic).• Work actively with your physician and your pharmacist to ensure that you are taking only pharmaceutical agents that are absolutely necessary. – Even for necessary drugs, a lower dosage may still be effective. Ask your doctor whether you can safely experiment with taking a reduced amount. – Make sure you understand any risks and possible side effects associated with drugs—especially if they are prescribed for long term use, or if you take multiple medications.
Prescription Rxalso deplete nutrients• Replacing those nutrients can reduce side effects that are caused by those medications.
Over-The-Counter (OTC)• Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs become part of your toxic load as well.• Occasional use of an OTC remedy may have no ill effects, but be careful about long- term or repeated exposure to any chemical agents.
Consider the Contributors• All substances, legal or illegal, prescribed or over-the-counter, need to be considered possible contributors to your toxic load, as well as monitored to avoid adverse drug reactions.
Caffeine• One of the most freely marketed addictive substances• Coffee has become an overused stimulant – It is often consumed with other addictive substances including nicotine and sugar
Coffee• Areas of concern: – Toxic chemicals used in growing & processing coffee – Oils can easily become rancid – Irritating acids• Unless you are drinking WATER-PROCESSED decaf… – Your decaf is treated with: • Trichlorethlene (TCE) • Methylene chloride
Negative Effects of Caffeine• Excess • Loss of minerals • Increased blood Nervousness • Depletion of B pressure• Headaches vitamins • Increased• Heartburn • Reduced cholesterol• General absorption of • Increased anxiety Iron Norepinephrine• Hyperactivity secretion • Reduced• Increased HCL absorption of • Heart rhythm production calcium disturbances• Diarrhea • Osteoporosis • Interrupted• Dizziness • Anemia growth in• Insomnia children &• Kidney stones • Depletion of vitamin C adolescents
SMOKE• Whether you smoke yourself or you have friends, family or colleagues who smoke in your presence, you are getting exposed to more environmental toxins.• Smoking also harms the cilia, which the respiratory system uses as a transport mechanism to help detoxify your body.
SMOKE• If you do smoke and arent ready to quit, it is even more important that you balance out your toxic load in other areas, and take supplements to replace nutrients depleted by the tobacco and to support the organs damaged by smoking.
ALCOHOL• Though alcohol can never be called healthful, moderate amounts of alcohol—one or two glasses of wine or beer daily—may not be overly harmful.• Nonetheless, it still places a toxic load on your liver. Immoderate drinking of alcohol can overstress the liver and its detoxification capacity.
ALCOHOL• Recently, medical studies have shown that some of the constituents of red wine can be helpful to the body, though the alcohol it contains still must be detoxified. Unless the wine is organic, it may also contain toxic pesticide residues.• People who want the benefits of red wine without the toxins can drink (dark) grape juice or take Grape Seed Supreme which contains grape seed skin and seed.
PROCESSED FOODS• Even if you limit damaged fats, many toxins come in the form of preservatives and chemical additives in packaged foods and beverages.• Immunologists advise individuals who are immuno- suppressed to eat only fresh whole organic food.• It is recommended that you do the same through the detoxification process and beyond.• It is best to minimize or better yet eliminate the consumption of processed foods, especially desserts, snack foods and fast foods.
Damaged FATS• The more energy the liver has to expend in this final process of the digestion of high- fat foods, the less it has available for other detoxification work.
Damaged FATS• Any oils that have been processed and are stored in clear plastic containers exposed to light in the grocery stores are rancid.• Think of these oils, margarine and hydrogenated fats as the “white bread” of fats. Our new term for them is “white oils”!
Pesticides• U.S. farmers used: – 50 million pounds in 1948 (7% crop loss) – 335 million pounds in 1965 – 806 million pounds in 1989 – 985 million pounds in 1997 – ~1 billion pounds in 2000 (13% crop loss)• 3.5 pounds of chemicals for every person in the U.S. at a cost of $8 billion.• 20% of these approved-for-use pesticides are listed as carcinogenic by the EPA.
FOOD ALLERGIES• Even “healthy” foods can be toxic if one has a food allergy to them.• IgG food allergies affect millions and often go undiagnosed as the classic test for food allergies just looks for immediate IgE immune responses and this type of IgG response is delayed. This also means that the patient doesn’t clearly relate his symptoms back to the offending cause due to the lag time between ingestion and symptoms.
‘Silver-Fillings’(A.K.A. Mercury Amalgams)• So-called "silver" fillings, which are really a mercury amalgam made of mercury, tin, copper and zinc, have actually been declared a hazardous waste by the Environmental Protection Agency.• Yet, the American Dental Association still approves them for use in your mouth.• The World Health Organization indicates that a single filling can release from 3 to 17 micrograms of mercury a day, and mercury toxicity has been associated with anorexia, depression, fatigue, insomnia, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, irritability, memory loss and gum disease, among other disorders.
Is Detox Right for You?• Detoxification can be beneficial for those with any of the following conditions:Chronic constipation Parasite infestationFrequent gas & bloating Recurring headachesExcess weight Bad breathFrequent fatigue HemorrhoidsImpaired digestion Joint painallergies IrritabilityIrritable Bowel Frequent coldsSyndrome (IBS) Protruding bellySkin conditions HypothyroidCandida infection
The Liver is the Major Detoxifying Organ• The liver utilizes a two-phase system in detoxifying the body of harmful substances: – 1st: Transforms toxins into more water-soluble compounds that are then carried through the blood to the liver for further processing, or to the kidney for elimination. – 2nd: Completing the detoxification in the liver and sending the toxins back to the kidney for elimination, or into the bile for elimination via feces.
Phase I & Phase II• The congested or sluggish liver is characterized by a diminished bile flow, while impaired liver (hepatic) detoxification refers to decreased phase I and/or phase II enzyme activity.• Phase I detoxification rates that are in excess of phase II activity will also cause toxicity problems due to excessive accumulation of activated intermediates.
Potential Benefits ofthe Detoxification Program• Increased Energy & Vitality• Weight Loss• Breaking Weight Loss Plateaus• Better gut function• Clearer thinking• Improved Skin• Better Sleep• Improved Mood
YOU HAVE MORE CONTROL THAN YOU THINK• In our day-to-day life, we are exposed to toxins on numerous levels, some within our control, some totally outside it, and others are somewhere in between.• We ingest pounds of foods and beverages on a daily basis.
The Basics: Basic Detox Diet • The foundation of health begins by what we put into our bodies. • Our detox diet strengthens the organs involved in detoxification and releases stored toxins, expelling them through the organs of elimination: the skin, intestines, liver, lungs, kidneys and lymphatic system.
Goal of Detox• Week one is to reduce our toxin exposure by eliminating as many of the factors that we can control as possible.• Weeks two through four are to reduce exposure and enhance elimination.
Week 1 Simple Detox• Eliminate the SNACCS – sugar, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine and chemicals• Reduce wheat (gluten), dairy, and soy in diet.
Basic Detox Diet It is strongly recommended to eliminate soy, gluten and dairy products from your diet whileundergoing a detoxification treatment due to their potential allergenicity.
A Simple Detox Diet• Additionally this diet eliminates potential food allergens and toxic chemicals.• For optimal result you should follow a whole-foods, macronutrient based diet. – Organic vegetables & fruits, healthy fats and lean, clean protein.
Balanced Food Circle Lean Healthy Protein Fats Nuts High Fiber Carbs & Low Glycemic Index Fruits Non Starchy Veggies
Optimal Food Choices• These are Gluten & Dairy Free, and be sure to choose organic whenever possible: – Optimal Protein Choices – Optimal Fat Choices – Optimal Non-Starchy Vegetable Choices – High Fiber Starchy Carbohydrate Choices – Low Glycemic Index Fruit Choices • Low, Medium, High
Sample Detox Diet Day Replace Breakfast & LunchBREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER Green salad with sprouts and vinaigrette Baked Cod topped with Avocado salsa Chop: 1 avocado, 1 OPTIONAL SNACK tomato, ½ c red onion, Celery and almond ½ c capers butter (drained),1/4 c fresh Herbal tea cilantro, ½ tsp. cumin,1/8 tsp. cayenne and 2 Tbl. lime juice ½ c. Quinoa
Green Drinks/Soups• Green drinks are naturally alkalizing and can also act as an anti-inflammatory – Which can help the body regain balance against toxicity and are particularly effective against acetaldehyde (the toxin produced from metabolizing alcohol)
Detoxification Support Packets • Supplements support detoxification and improve the benefits of the cleanse. – Amino D Tox, Three A Day Antioxidant, & LV/GB Complex. • We find that people who take the recommended supplements have better results and feel better while going through their detoxification process.
A Supplement to Support the Detox Process Amino-D-Tox • Formulated to aid the liver in Phase II detoxification of harmful chemicals. This formula is well suited to even the most sensitive of patients, such as those with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS)
Three A Day Antioxidant• Not only quenches free radicals but its combination of nutrients is excellent for detoxifying chemical like heavy metals. – Vit C, Vit E, Zinc, Selenium, N-Acetyl Cysteine, Leucine, Lipoic Acid, Green Tea, Turmeric Extract, Grape Seed Extract• It is a most beneficial formula for strengthening the immune system.
Supplements: LV-GB Complex • LV-GB Complex provides support for liver and gallbladder function by substances to aid in the elimination of fatty substances from the liver, as well as promoting proper bile flow.
What else can you do?• Exercise• Infrared Saunas – Start weeks 3 & 4 if you have access• Daily Elimination• Water