"Detoxification" refers to the way your body normally processes a variety of
toxins (e.g. environmental, chemical).
Pollution and pollutants are a serious problem; pollution and its effects can be
found in virtually every place on earth.
Cigarettes, alcohol, and even poor diet contribute to the toxic burden we already
Toxins have the capacity to change the way our body functions.
Pollutants and their effects have been linked to problems ranging from
respiratory disorders to cancer.
Our system is designed to cleanse itself of many of these harmful agents and
protect against the damage caused by them; it may, however, become
overwhelmed and various symptoms will appear (i.e. fatigue, frequent
headaches, lack of mental clarity, skin problems, recurrent sicknesses, etc.)
Nutritional strategies can provide an effective method for supporting the natural
Healthy detoxification starts with our own lifestyle:
• A good, sound diet.
• Moderate exercise.
• The "4-R program:
1. Remove any offenders
2. Replace digestive enzymes to support digestive function
3. Repair damage to the digestive tract and/or liver
4. Reinoculate the friendly bacteria normally found
This packet covers detoxification in the following capacities:
• The function of the liver
• The detox process of the liver
• Signs of an overworked, toxic liver
• Detox super foods
• Standard Process three week systemic cleanse with directions
• A description of pH well-being and a list of acid/ alkaline forming foods
• Refrigeration Page
The liver is the main organ of detoxification. Although the focus of detox is on the
liver, every other system in the body is compromised if your liver is not
That’s because many of the toxins to which we are exposed are fat soluble,
meaning they cannot be directly excreted in the water-based urine, but instead
are attracted to fatty cell membranes in our bodies. This attraction allows them to
be easily transported inside of the cells where they can sequester and exert their
toxic effects. These toxins become permanent residents of our systems,
challenging our entire body function, including liver, kidney, heart, brain, colon,
lungs, skin, and hormonal systems. Toxic overload is the major contributor to a
hyperactive or hypoactive immune system.
It should be obvious that with fewer toxins to contend with, you will experience
more energy, more vitality and be in better health. The challenge then is to find a
detoxification program designed to change these fat-soluble toxins into a water-
soluble form so they can then be easily flushed from the system through the
kidneys or colon.
The Function of the Liver
The primary function of the liver is blood filtration. In fact, two quarts of blood are
filtered through the liver every minute. Just as the oil filter in a car needs to be
changed regularly to maintain optimal function, the bloods filter (liver) needs to
be cleansed periodically to keep your body functioning optimally.
Some other functions of the liver:
1. It breaks down hormones for excretion.
• Example 1: Estrogen needs to be cleansed from a woman’s blood
every month after menstruation. If the liver is not functioning properly,
high-estrogen syndromes develop, like PMS or menopause symptoms.
• Example 2: The liver clears stress hormones like cortisol and
epinephrine from the blood. If this isn’t occurring adequately, emotional
imbalances like depression or anger as well as stress related illnesses
could result. The latest research has shown that a high level of blood
cortisol is linked to persistent weight gain, especially around the
abdomen and buttocks. Therefore, detoxifying your liver will assist with
• Example 3: The liver converts thyroid hormone, T4, into the active
form, T3. If this conversion is not occurring, hypothyroid symptoms
develop even if the thyroid appears to be functioning properly!
2. It transforms carbohydrates, protein and fat to energy. If your liver is
functionally optimally, your metabolism naturally increases which
encourages weight loss.
3. The liver builds enzymes from good quality protein, reducing digestive
symptoms like heartburn, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation,
4. It regulates blood sugar. The liver sends the messages to the pancreas
hormones (insulin and glucagon) to maintain ideal blood sugar levels.
5. Excess sugar is converted to cholesterol and fat
6. With low blood sugar, the liver converts protein and fat into sugar
The Detox Process of the Liver
The liver collects and removes foreign particles and chemicals from the blood
and detoxifies these poisons through three systems: (1) the Kupffer cells (2)
Phase I and Phase II systems involving more than 75 enzymes and (3) the
production of bile. The goal of all the liver’s detoxification system is to convert
toxins into water-soluble forms using (4) fiber to bind for easy elimination from
the body via the stool or urine.
1. The major players in this filtering process are the Kupffer cells, a type of
stationary white blood cell that engulfs foreign matter in the blood before it
passes through the rest of the liver. When the liver is damaged, toxic,
congested or sluggish, the Kupffer cells become overburdened and the
filtration system slows down, allowing increased levels of antigens, foreign
proteins, bowel microorganisms, and dietary waste products to pass
through the liver and enter the general circulatory system. Inflammatory
agents called cytokines are also released, contributing to the development
of inflammatory allergic conditions.
2. The liver’s complex detoxification mechanisms are referred to as Phase I
and Phase II biotransformation systems. When a toxic chemical enters the
liver, these reactions begin to break these chemicals down into harmless
• PHASE I is the oxidation phase during which enzymes “burn” or
oxidize toxins into intermediate substances called free radicals. The
problem is that free radicals are actually MORE TOXIC than the
original toxin. Thousands of scientific studies have documented the
link between free radical damage and diseases such as cancer, heart
disease, or allergies.
• PHASE II enzymes act to combine the free radical with neutralizing
molecules, called antioxidants, to make the toxin water-soluble and
easier for the body to excrete. This critical phase is often sluggish
because of the deficiency of antioxidants in the diet, especially the
typical American diet. (See below for a list of foods high in antioxidant
3. Bile is produced by the liver, stored in the gallbladder, and pumped into
the small intestine to digest dietary fats and acts to make intestinal
contents less. Bile also prevents putrefaction of intestinal contents and
speeds up stool transit time.
• Bile is the major route of eliminating cholesterol.
• It carries many of the toxins broken down by the liver.
• Bile binds to fiber, toxins included, to be carried through the intestinal
4. With constipation, the stool remains in the colon too long so that toxins
and cholesterol get reabsorbed into the body. Therefore, FIBER IS A
CRITICAL DIETARY NUTRIENT TO ENSURE PROPER ELIMINATION
Signs of an Overworked, Toxic Liver
Digestion/Elimination problems Allergies
Bloating Fluid retention
Diarrhea Skin disorders
Nausea Repeated colds, flu, sinus infections,
Acid Reflux etc
High cholesterol Muscle and/or joint pain
Food cravings Bad breath & body order
Overweight/Underweight Dark circles under eyes
Blood sugar imbalances Chemical sensitivities
Hormonal imbalances Depression/anger/irritability
Detox Super Foods
One of the key ways to detox is to keep the body in an alkaline state. The body’s
acid-alkaline balance adjusts throughout the day depending on the types of food
• Grains and proteins leave an acidic residue when metabolized; fruit and
vegetables leave an alkaline residue.
• Protein and grains are essential for our overall health and well-being, but if
you balance their intake with large amounts of fruit and vegetables our
body is more likely to remain alkaline.
• Choose organic food and eat fruit and vegetables raw whenever possible
to make sure you obtain the maximum amount of nutrients.
Consume the following detox “superfoods” as often as you can:
Apple - Helps excrete heavy metals and cholesterol and is cleansing for the liver
Olive oil - Antioxidant; prevents cholesterol from being transformed into a
harmful free radical
Artichoke - Purifies and protects the liver and has a diuretic effect on the
Onion - Rich in the antioxidant quercetin, which protects against free radical
damage; onion enhances the activity of healthy intestinal flora and is antiviral
Asparagus - Superb detox food because of its diuretic effect; helps maintain
healing bacteria in the intestines
Parsley - Diuretic and helps kidneys to flush out toxins; contains phytonutrients
that support the liver and is rich in antioxidants
Broccoli, Kale, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Red Beets - Like
sprouts, increases levels of glutathione, a key antioxidant that helps the liver
Quinoa - Easily digested cleansing grain that is a good source of protein,
vitamins, and minerals
Carrot - Packed with beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant; antibacterial and anti
Rice - Brown rice in particular cleans the intestines as it passes through and
prevents constipation; anti allergenic and helps stabilize blood-sugar levels
Cranberry (Sugar Free) - Antioxidant-rich; destroys harmful bacteria in the
Dandelion greens, Mustard greens, Spinach, Celery, Cucumbers, Peppers
(red, yellow and green) - Superb antioxidant and cleanser of the digestive tract
Fennel - Has a strong diuretic action and helps the body eliminate fats, reducing
Seaweed - Strong antioxidant; helps alkalinize the blood and strengthens the
Garlic - Powerful antioxidant that is also excellent at eliminating toxic
Tomato - Rich source of the antioxidant lycopene, thought to prevent a variety of
Ginger - Relieves abdominal bloating, nausea, and diarrhea. Helps to stimulate
digestive enzymes, aiding efficient digestion
Watercress - Purifies the blood and expels wastes from the body
Lemon - Stimulates the release of enzymes - an essential part of the liver’s
Yogurt - Live yogurt contains probiotics that reduce intestinal inflammation and
fungal infections and eliminate bad bacteria that damage the gut wall. Find the
organic sugar free with enzymes added at your grocer
Given proper nutrition, a healthy, properly functioning liver is capable of removing
unfriendly bacteria, viruses, fungi and toxic chemicals
The purpose of a detoxification supplements and protein is to provide essential
nutrients necessary for the detoxification process. It is also critical to eliminate
food and chemical irritants while detoxifying to reduce the burden on the liver and
other body systems.
Standard Process® 3 Week Organic Detoxification Cleanse
• My personal favorite and the most popular detox program at my clinic.
• The products are top quality, all organic and cold processed to preserve
maximum nutrient activity
• 3 weeks is long enough to offer an effective cleanse but not too long that it
• There are modifications in the program to accommodate weight loss
• Standard Process® products are available only through health care
professionals. Although these aren’t available on-line.
• Standard Process®, in business since 1929, uses only supplements and
protein organically grown on company-owned, organic farmland in
Wisconsin using organic seeds, irrigated from an artesian well tapping
glacial waters, and with no herbicides nor pesticides.
• Plant batches are tested 4 times during processing to assure nutrient
The 4 Standard Process® products in this three week cleanse:
1. SP Cleanse® - Made from 20 herbs aiding the detox process. Acts as a
diuretic and urinary antiseptic; mobilizes fat; fiber source; antiflatulant; thins the
bile; antimicrobial, antifungal/parasitic properties; supports bile production;
increases thermogenisis (heat producing). Click here for more details on this
2. SP Complete® Protein - Made from highly bio-available whey and brown rice
protein as well as many of the detoxifying herbs found in the Cleanse®. It
provides ample amino acids with high antioxidant activity critical in the detox
3. Gastro-fiber® - Fiber source including forms that bind with heavy metals and
cholesterol; balanced with natural antiflatulant; increases the strength of colon
4. SP Green Food® - This high chlorophyll supplement is a rich source of
vitamins and minerals as well as amino acids involved in detoxification.
2-3 Shakes per day through the entire 21 day period. Mix together in a blender
as follows. Try blending a double batch in the morning and put half in a thermos
for later in the day. Many people like using the Magic Bullet Brand Blender
available through Target because of its ease of cleanup and lids that can be
screwed on for preservation.
• 1-2 cups of fresh organic fruit (For sweeter flavor, include a banana. The
local favorite is banana strawberry. After the 21 day program, try using
frozen fruit, milk, or Stevia if sweetener is a must.)
• ½ - 1 cup of filtered or spring water to desired consistency
• 1 tablespoon organic, cold-pressed flaxseed oil
• 2 rounded scoops of SP Complete powder
• Unlimited organic fruits and vegetables
• Salads can have unlimited fresh organic vegetables with some fruit for
flavor (e.g. berries, an orange or apple).
• For additional flavor, try adding fresh, organic herbs like dill, cilantro,
• No salad dressing.
• Avoid foods such as wheat and dairy products, hydrogenated oils, refined
sugars, caffeine, and alcohol.
Alternative “dressing” options:
• Cut an organic orange over top and squeeze the juice over salad
• Puree strawberries or raspberries with filtered water
• Make organic salsa (puree tomatoes, onions, cilantro and jalapeño
peppers to taste.) No nuts, seeds, beans, or legumes during the cleanse.
Filtered water is the only beverage - 8-10 glasses per day.
Along with your salad at dinner, steaming vegetables that have high
detoxification properties is recommended. Steam any combination of the
following for 4-6 minutes:
Kale Mustard Greens
Broccoli Red, Green, Yellow Peppers
Swiss Chard Cabbage
Brussels Sprouts Onions
Collard Greens Red Beets – these can be steamed
Dandelion Greens up to 20-25 minutes until soft. Use
Carrots beet greens in salad after washing.
Toxicity and Caffeine Withdrawal:
• Use organic, caffeinated coffee/tea for the first week. Cut caffeine
consumption in half for week two, and then completely eliminate caffeine
for week three.
• Do not smoke during (or after) the detoxification.
• Headaches have been known to appear during the first three days.
• Cold and flu symptoms may appear, if so then cut the program in half until
they are resolved.
• Do not start cleanse during cold or flu.
For Those Who Don’t Want To Lose Weight or Who Exercise
• 1-2 4 oz. servings of organic protein (e.g. chicken, beef, seafood, eggs, or
tofu) seasoned only with fresh, organic herbs (e.g. cilantro, dill, basil,
garlic or oregano)
• 1-2 1 cup servings of organic brown or wild rice, again, seasoned only with
fresh, organic herbs.
Supplements for Week One:
• 7 capsules SP Cleanse 3x/day with shake or water but without food
• 3 capsules Gastro Fiber 3x/day with shakes or water but without food
• The shakes are part of the supplementation
Supplements for Weeks Two and Three:
• Continue with 2-3 SP Complete shakes per day
• 3 capsules Gastro Fiber 3x/day with shakes or water but without food
• 5 capsules SP Green Food 2x/day with shakes or water but without food
• Eat raw fruits and vegetables, sprouted grains, and raw almonds and
sesame seeds soaked and rinsed in distilled water –soak for at least six
hours or overnight in the refrigerator, then rinse with distilled water.
• Exercise and sweat daily and drink 8 glasses of purified water per day.
A list of Acid / Alkaline Forming Foods
Balancing the pH is a major step toward well-being and greater health.
Information compiled by Jim Clark
The pH scale is from 0 - 14
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 |Healthy| 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Healthy = 7.35 - 7.45
Human blood pH should be slightly alkaline (7.35 - 7.45). Below or above this
range means symptoms and disease. A pH of 7.0 is neutral. A pH below 7.0 is
acidic. A pH above 7.0 is alkaline.
An acidic pH can occur from, an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic
overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of
oxygen and other nutrients. The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by
using alkaline minerals. If the diet does not contain enough minerals to
compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur.
An acidic balance will: decrease the body's ability to absorb minerals and other
nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease it's ability to
repair damaged cells, decrease it's ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor
cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness. A blood pH of
6.9, which is only slightly acidic, can induce coma and death.
The reason acidosis is more common in our society is mostly due to the typical
American diet, which is far too high in acid producing animal products like meat,
eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline producing foods like fresh vegetables.
Additionally, we eat acid producing processed foods like white flour and sugar
and drink acid producing beverages like coffee and soft drinks. We use too many
drugs, which are acid forming; and we use artificial chemical sweeteners like
NutraSweet, Spoonful, Sweet 'N Low, Equal, or Aspartame, which are poison
and extremely acid forming. One of the best things we can do to correct an overly
acid body is to clean up the diet and lifestyle.
To maintain health, the diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods
and 40% acid forming foods. To restore health, the diet should consist of
80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.
Generally, alkaline forming foods include: most fruits, green vegetables, peas,
beans, lentils, spices, herbs and seasonings, and seeds and nuts.
Generally, acid forming foods include: meat, fish, poultry, eggs, grains, and
Shifting Your pH Toward Alkaline...
This chart is for those trying to "adjust" their body pH. The pH scale is from 0 to
14, with numbers below 7 acidic (low on oxygen) and numbers above 7 alkaline.
An acidic body is a sickness magnet. What you eat and drink will impact where
your body's pH level falls. Balance is Key!!!
A list of Acid / Alkaline Forming Foods
Alkaline Forming Foods Acid Forming Foods
VEGETABLES FRUITS OTHER FATS & OILS NUTS & DRUGS &
Garlic Apple Apple Cider Vinegar Avocado Oil BUTTERS CHEMICALS
Asparagus Apricot Bee Pollen Canola Oil Cashews Aspartame
Fermented Veggies Avocado Lecithin Granules Corn Oil Brazil Nuts Chemicals
Watercress Banana (high Probiotic Cultures Hemp Seed Oil Peanuts Drugs, Medicinal
Beets glycemic) Green Juices Flax Oil Peanut Butter Drugs,
Broccoli Cantaloupe Veggies Juices Lard Pecans Psychedelic
Brussel sprouts Cherries Fresh Fruit Juice Olive Oil Tahini Pesticides
Cabbage Currants Organic Milk Safflower Oil Walnuts Herbicides
Carrot Dates/Figs (unpasteurized) Sesame Oil
Cauliflower Grapes Mineral Water Sunflower Oil ANIMAL ALCOHOL
Celery Grapefruit Alkaline Antioxidant PROTEIN Beer
Chard Lime Water FRUITS Beef Spirits
Chlorella Honeydew Melon Green Tea Cranberries Carp Hard Liquor
Collard Greens Nectarine Herbal Tea Clams Wine
Cucumber Orange Dandelion Tea GRAINS Fish
Eggplant Lemon Ginseng Tea Rice Cakes Lamb BEANS &
Kale Peach Banchi Tea Wheat Cakes Lobster LEGUMES
Kohlrabi Pear Kombucha Amaranth Mussels Black Beans
Lettuce Pineapple Barley Oyster Chick Peas
Mushrooms All Berries SWEETENERS Buckwheat Pork Green Peas
Mustard Greens Tangerine Stevia Corn Rabbit Kidney Beans
Dulce Tomato Ki Sweet Oats (rolled) Salmon Lentils
Dandelions Tropical Fruits Quinoa Shrimp Lima Beans
Edible Flowers Watermelon SPICES/SEASONINGS Rice (all) Scallops Pinto Beans
Onions Cinnamon Rye Tuna Red Beans
Parsnips (high PROTEIN Curry Spelt Turkey Soy Beans
glycemic) Eggs (poached) Ginger Kamut Venison Soy Milk
Peas Whey Protein Mustard Wheat White Beans
Peppers Powder Chili Pepper Hemp Seed PASTA Rice Milk
Pumpkin Cottage Cheese Sea Salt Flour (WHITE) Almond Milk
Rutabaga Chicken Breast Miso Noodles
Sea Veggies Yogurt Tamari DAIRY Macaroni
Spirulina Almonds All Herbs Cheese, Cow Spaghetti
Sprouts Chestnuts Cheese, Goat
Squashes Tofu (fermented) ORIENTAL Cheese, OTHER
Alfalfa Flax Seeds VEGETABLES Processed Distilled
Barley Grass Pumpkin Seeds Maitake Cheese, Sheep Vinegar
Wheat Grass Tempeh Daikon Milk Wheat Germ
Wild Greens (fermented) Dandelion Root Butter Potatoes
Nightshade Squash Seeds Shitake
Veggies Sunflower Seeds Kombu
Sprouted Seeds Nori
This chart is intended only as a general guide to alkalizing and acidifying foods.
Patient Name: __________________________________
Directions for 21-Day Detoxification Program
Week One Week Two Week Three
SP Complete 2-3 times per day 2-3 times per day 2-3 times per day
Nutritious protein shakes with vitamins, minerals and herbs
SP Cleanse 7 capsules 3 times per day None None
Detoxification supplement to remove toxins
SP Green Food None 5 capsules 2 times per day 5 capsules 2 times per day
Detoxification supplement to remove toxins
Gastro Fiber 3 capsules 3 times per day 3 capsules 3 times per day 3 capsules 3 times per day
Providing additional fiber to support regular elimination
Patient Notes: SP Complete may be taken prior to meals or as a meal replacement
Supplements are best taken on an empty stomach. Take with a full glass of water.
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