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New Year Detox Tips, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 611

New Year Detox Tips, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 611

Subscribe Today! Please see below for a complete transcript of this episode. NEW YEAR DETOX TIPS, INVITE HEALTH PODCAST, EPISODE 611 Hosted by Amanda Williams, MD, MPH. *Intro Music* InViteⓇ Health Podcast Intro [00:00:04] Welcome to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast, where our degreed health care 

A Day In The Life Of Detox – InVite Health Podcast Episode 546

A Day In The Life Of Detox – InVite Health Podcast Episode 546

Confused about how to do a day of detoxing. Follow along to listen to Allie’s tips on including supplements with detoxing.

Detoxification: The Perfect Way To Remove Toxins In The Body

Detoxification: The Perfect Way To Remove Toxins In The Body


Written by Allie Might, INHC

For further questions or concerns email me at amight@invitehealth.com

There are many ways that we can become “toxic”. The food we eat (no matter how clean), cleaning products, grooming/beauty products, mercury fillings, the air/environment, the workplace and social places are just a few factors that can contribute to our toxicity. It is important to rid our bodies of these toxins to help us obtain optimum health. Having toxins stored up can make us more susceptible to illness and disease.†

I recommend doing a 5-10 day detox seasonally, or four times a year. This is a good way to refocus our eating habits, jump start our system and a nice way to start a new cycle of the year.†

My Tips For A Successful Detoxification

~Drink half your body weight of water in ounces everyday (i.e.: if someone is 100lbs, they need 50oz of water daily)†
~Have a glass of warm water with the juice of a half of a lemon upon waking up †
~Use supplements for a complete detox †
~Avoid social media, the internet and the news for at least part of the week to “detox” your mind and soul
~Try light exercise, such as meditation, stretching, restorative yoga and nature walks †
~Avoid alcohol, caffeine, dairy, soda, sugar, starches and processed foods †


Natural Remedies To Support Detoxing

Psyllium Husk

Psyllium husk is a fiber from the husks of the plantago ovata plant’s seeds. It will act as a laxative. It is important while doing a detox to cleanse the intestines and colon. Psyllium husk will bind to partially digested food particles and toxins with pull them out of the digestive tract by increasing the size and moisture of the stool. Studies have also shown that fiber gives us added benefits of lowering blood sugar, aiding in weight loss. It is also heart healthy by helping to regulate blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels.†

Phyllanthus Amarus Extract

Phyllanthus Amarus, or Indian Gooseberry, is a fruit used to improve liver function. This herb has been used throughout Chinese and African medicine for its powerful healing properties. It can protect us against toxicity and inflammation. Phyllanthus Amarus has also been shown to help heal the liver in people who have Hepatitis B.†

Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is an herb used to support the liver and gallbladder. It is an important herb traditionally used for those suffering from cirrhosis, hepatitis and jaundice (the yellowing of the skin and eyes). Milk thistle has also shown to increase the liquidity of bile in the gallbladder.†


Dandelion Root

Yes, dandelion! And it has been shown to have amazing benefits. It is often used as a diuretic to pull excess water out of the body through urination and which can also help to reduce swelling. It can help prevent crystals from forming and causing kidney infections. Dandelion is also a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect our cells and minimize heart problems.†

As with starting any new plan, I do encourage you to consult a healthcare professional to discuss any potential allergies, side effects or interactions with medications.†

For further questions or concerns related my recommended supplements, email me at amight@invitehealth.com.





Your Dermatologist Needs to Know This Supplement – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 533

Your Dermatologist Needs to Know This Supplement – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 533

If you’re concerned about the health of your skin, you and your dermatologist need to talk about Vitamin B3. This nutrient helps to protect and support the health of your skin.

Promoting Healthy Detoxification – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 360

Promoting Healthy Detoxification – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 360

Many people turn to crash cleanses to remove toxins from their bodies, but did you know your body is equipped with natural detoxification processes? Learn about how your body’s detox phases and nutrients that can support them from Amanda Williams, MPH.

Milk Thistle Is A True Power Plant For Liver Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 299

Milk Thistle Is A True Power Plant For Liver Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 299

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The liver is a very important organ and it is critical to nearly all biological functions in the body. There is a high rate of chemical reactions that make the liver uniquely susceptible to chemical stresses and inflammation, as well as loss of energy balance and function, which can lead to a number of progressive liver disorders and diseases. None are more important than when we look at non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

The risk of liver-related death 

This is very very important because when we realize that over the course of the last 15 years, liver-related deaths have jumped 65% in this country. When we look at mortality due to cirrhosis and liver cancer in the United States between the years of 1999 and 2006, it has gone up more than 65%. That is incredibly scary. We can look at a lot of different factors in terms of why the rate has gone up so high and so fast. Certainly diet plays a very big role into this when you look at the rate of metabolic syndrome in this country, which is a perfect example as to why this has become such a major problem.†   

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We used to always think that the main threat was alcohol and alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. Then, of course we know about the different viruses that target the liver such as hepatitis, but we don’t often think about the foods that we’re eating and how detrimental those can be. We also have to look at other things because the liver is our detoxifying organ. We have to look at air pollution, toxins from what we put on our skin and toxins from what we put on our foods. This is why we have to take care of our liver as we get older. This is something that we don’t want to wait until something goes haywire and then decide to act.† 

Obesity and that excess body weight can also contribute to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. 40% of adults are clinically obese in this country and that’s a major problem.

Learn more about various factors that can negatively impact your liver health by tuning into the full podcast episode.  

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Milk thistle for liver health

So what should we be doing that would be beneficial for us? First, we want to make sure that we have a healthy lifestyle. We want to make sure that we have foods that have powerful antioxidants that can help the liver cells called hepatocytes be able to do what we need them to do and go through all those different phases of detoxification. Many people have probably heard of milk thistle. Milk thistle contains several natural compounds that have been shown to have the ability to basically defend the liver from injury. These compounds work by multiple different mechanisms in terms of enhancing liver function and leading to liver protection.† 

When we think about milk thistle, I want us to look at some of the clinical science behind it. We know that milk thistle and its constituent silymarin in particular are very powerful ways in which the liver can utilize that as kind of a scrubber. It goes through and helps scrub out those bloated-up hepatocytes. Milk thistle itself contains all of these different compounds. It has really powerful antioxidants in it and these powerful phytochemicals including things such as silibinin and silymarin. It is these two constituents that really yield an enormous amount of antioxidant capabilities, which are important to fend off oxidative stress within the liver.†

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Tune into the full podcast episode to hear about studies discussing the benefits of milk thistle, silibinin and silymarin for the liver.   

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