Can leafy green vegetable juices actually detox the human body from various environmental toxins and help lower blood pressure? Actually, universities study whether kale juice, barley grass and other green juices from kale juice or collards and parsley clean out your body of various chemicals and allergens from polluted air. Check out the study's site, "Weight loss in individuals with metabolic syndrome given DASH diet counseling when provided a low sodium vegetable juice: a randomized controlled trial."
A study conducted by Sacramento and Davis researchers at the University of California, Davis found that adults who drank one, 8-ounce glass of vegetable juice each day, as part of a calorie-appropriate Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, received nearly twice as many vegetable servings a day than those who didn't drink any vegetable juice.
Additionally, nine out of 10 participants who drank V8 100% vegetable juice said they felt they were doing something good for themselves. But you also have to take a look at who funded the study. The work was supported by resources from the Campbell Soup Company. You also could juice fresh vegetables and puree them in your blender or a more powerful food processor such as a Vita Mix. The trick is to keep any vegetable juice you drink low sodium if it's off the shelf and processed.
If you make the juice yourself from fresh vegetables, the produce has a balance of postassium and sodium in the vegetable itself. You don't need to add salt. And don't buy commercial vegetable juice where the company adds potassium chloride. For some people sensitive to it, the ingredient can be dangerous. See, Potassium chloride Side Effects | Drugs.com. Fresh vegetables have their own potassium, and you don't need additives to vegetable juice for taste. Just add some garlic or onion for flavor or herbs and spices such as dill, lemon, parsley, or curry powder if you need a spicy or tart taste to vegetable juice.
What's a detox cocktail? Or does the body clean itself out without help from foods?
When numerous green health enthusiasts and some nutritionists discuss studies on detoxing from the pollutants in the Sacramento air, water, or foods, a topic that may come up for discussion is the vitamin C, glutathione, and lipoic acid detox cocktail. Is there such a thing as a green health detox cocktail of nutrients or supplements? And should they come from food directly as in fresh, raw plant foods or extracts or from vitamins and any other supplements?
How would you know what is safe other than to read some of the medical studies published in credible science journals? Check out site such as, "Yabba Pot - 21 day raw food diet - instructions - YouTube," and Starting a Raw Food Diet.
The detox cocktail that some physicians recommend is found in the book, The High Blood Pressure Hoax by Sherry A. Rogers, M.D. on pages 40-43. Detoxing starts with fighting free radicals. Dr. Rogers emphasizes that your detox cocktail consists of three ingredients: vitamin C, glutathione, and lipoic acid.
Up to 75 percent of pantothenic acid, which is vitamin B5, is lost when food is canned or frozen. Yet according to a study at the University of Windsor, Canada, researchers found that tissue cells treated with pantothenic acid found in COQ10, detoxifies numerous synthetic compounds that you can absorb from drugs, herbicides, and insecticides, according to the book Healing with Vitamins, pages 14-15.
Readers also should take into consideration that according to an answer the doctor noted in response to a viewer's question about lipoic acid on the Dr. Ray Sahanian’s site, heart rhythm disturbances have been reported from some people that were taking too high dosages of lipoic acid.
“There are no indications that low doses of lipoic acid, such as 5 to 20 mg, have side effects,” reads the answer on Dr. Ray Sahelian’s site to a viewer’s question. The answer noted on Dr. Ray Sahelian’s site states, “In my personal experience, high dosages of alpha lipoic acid can cause insomnia and ALA (alpha lipoic acid) may cause heart rhythm disturbances. Until we know more about the long term side effects of these supplements, I prefer to take low dosages and take days off.”
Different doctors will differ on the dose you need. You have to tailor what you take in the form of any detoxifiers to your own body and needs.
R-lipoic acid in small amounts is recommended over alpha lipoic acid by numerous nutrition-oriented doctors. On page 132 of The Cholesterol Hoax, Dr. Rogers notes, "Make sure you at least get minimum 300 mgs of R-Lipoic Acid twice a day..." (to detox from plastics pollutants).
Dr. Rogers notes that "Plastics that are the highest pollutant in the human body now also trigger insulin resistence." Three studies also are noted for reference on page 132 of The Cholesterol Hoax. The important point is to find the dose that's correct for you by working with your doctor if you want to detox from plastics pollutants or insecticide contamination.
In the book, The High Blood Pressure Hoax by Sherry A. Rogers, M.D. on page 42, Dr. Rogers explains how to make your own personal detox cocktail: “It begins with one teaspoon of Ultrafine Pure Ascorbic acid.” (The doctor notes that if that gives you diarrhea, to “cut it back to half a teaspoon.”
Add the glutathione. Dr. Rogers suggests “the best source I know of, Recancostat, 400-800mg and Lipoic Acid, 300-600 mg.” The ‘cocktail’ is to be taken with one to two glasses of water. The healthy goal on page 43 is to “boost your endothelial lining.”
In the book, The Cholesterol Hoax, Dr. Rogers also refers to the detox cocktail using vitamin C, R-Lipoic acid, and Recancostat. It’s also covered in Dr. Rogers book, Detoxify or Die. And statements on page 225 of The Cholesterol Hoax mention that “the daily detox cocktail not only lowers cholesterol, but also boosts your daily blood and gut detoxification."
The book gives excellent sources of the various studies and also notes, “One very serious sign of a bad gut with hidden toxins is an elevated fibrinogen.” (Patel). See the research study noted: Patel P, Carrington D, Strachean DP, Leatham E, Goggin P, Northfield TC, Mendall, MA, "Fibrinogen: a link between chronic infection and coronary heart disease," Lancet, 343; 1634-5, June 25, 1994.
According to page 77 in the book titled, Is Your Cardiologist Killing You?, by Sherry R. Rogers, M.D., "Sometimes a vitamin B1 (thiamin) deficiency can't be corrected until a magnesium deficiency is corrected." (Zieve). See Zieve L, "Influence of magnesium deficiency on the normalization of thiamin," Annals of the NY Academy of Science, 162; 732-43, 1969. Also look at another book titled, The Magnesium Miracle, by Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D.
You also might read, The Calcium Lie, by Robert Thompson, M.D. and Kathleen Barnes. In the chapter titled, "The Vitamin Lie." On page 89, the book suggests that you take whole food vitamin C, not just the ascorbic acid part. You need the bioflavinoids contained in whole food vitamin C.
A statement on page 88 explains, "The body is completely dependent upon the whole vitamin C molecule." The chapter notes that ascorbic acid "also blocks the absorption of the whole C molecule as well as interfering with its benefits and causing its excretion in the urine, depleting your body's stores of this important molecule."
Is the solution to take whole foods vitamin C, not merely ascorbic acid by itself? Or do you take your usual ascorbic acid followed by a capsule of citrus bioflavonoids? Watch the uTube video featuring Dr. Robert Thompson, speaking on balancing your minerals to avoid mineral deficiency and calcium excess, "The Calcium Lie - What Your Doctor Doesn't Know."
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