Detoxification And Cleansing To Support A Health Immune System

The buzz about detoxification has been gaining more popularity each year as celebrities like Oprah and Demi Moore sing its praises to a consumer audience already fraught by the reported detrimental effects of toxins on health and wellness. Indeed, we are surrounded by toxins and since the industrialization of our world, toxins have become ubiquitous being found in the food we eat, the water we drink, the products we use and the very air we breathe.

Benefits of Detoxification
Toxins such as environmental pollutants, pesticides, and drugs are naturally removed by detoxifying organs such as the liver, kidneys, lungs, colon, blood, skin and the lymphatic system. These organs are not only designed to perform unique functions but collectively support overall health and promote immunity. Because the body is bombarded with pollutants overwhelming the natural detoxification process, proponents of detoxification believe there is an accumulation of toxins in the body that may compromise health and lead to the development of chronic diseases.

Detoxification is the process of removing impurities that have accumulated in the bodys major organs and tissues and supplying the body with essential nutrients to re-optimize systemic health. The benefits of detoxification may range from weight loss to restored energy, to promoting digestive health, getting rid of skin problems, and alleviating headaches and depression. Detoxification and cleansing may also help to curb cravings for sugars and stimulants, thus promoting a healthy system.

Seasonal Changes and Detoxification
With every change in season the body is more prone to colds, sinus congestion, allergies, sore throats, earaches, headaches, indigestion, fatigue, sluggishness, and even a sense of gloom as we adapt to the changing climate. Detoxifying the system may help the body adapt quickly to seasonal changes by providing protection from seasonal allergies, disturbances in digestive health, and a compromised immune system.

Most proponents of detoxification claim that detox should be done with every change of season, but some prefer to detoxify their systems each year coinciding with their annual spring cleaning activities. Others may want to start the New Year with a systemic cleansing. The overindulging and excessive bingeing during the holiday season often spurs people to cleanse the system and prime digestive health before starting a new diet and exercise regimen.

Supplement business owners may want to gear up for this season by introducing detoxification and cleansing supplements into their product lineup. Contact a GMP-certified supplement manufacturer and be ready to provide your customers with formulations that are well-designed to achieve the benefits of detoxification.

Popular Ingredients to Use in Detoxification Products
Science-backed nutrients that supplement business owners may want to include in detox products are:
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is commonly used as a detoxifying agent because it contains an active compound called silymarin. Silymarin has been seen in clinical trials to have hepatoprotective properties. This includes inhibiting toxins from being transported to liver cells, promoting the health of hepatic cells, and stimulating the regeneration of the liver through protein synthesis. Milk thistle is also considered to be a general tonic for the spleen, stomach and liver.1
Dietary fiber such as psyllium fiber is known to provide bulk for waste and encourage regularity of bowel movement. Constipation is known to proliferate bad bacteria (pathogens) thereby producing toxins in the body. Fiber also acts like a sponge, scrubbing toxins (including heavy metals) off the intestinal wall and transporting them out of the body. In this way, fiber prevents the absorption of toxins into the bloodstream and alleviates the work of the liver.2

Fiber is also known to support normal appetite and weight control.3
Picrorhiza (Picrorhiza kurroa) is an antioxidant known to have liver protective properties and has been traditionally used to treat disorders of the upper respiratory tract.4
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) has unique antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It contains the active compound, curcumin, which is used as an anti-bacterial and tonic for the stomach and liver.5
Senna (Cassia Angustifoia) leaves are a mild laxative that promote bowel regularity.6
Burdock root (Arctium lappa Linne) is said to possess anti-toxin properties, encourage bile production and promote healthy functions of the liver and kidney as well as detoxification of the blood.7
Echinacea (family Compositae) is a natural immune booster. It is known to cleanse the blood and support immune functions.8
Artichoke leaves (Astragalus membranaceus) and Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadenisis) promote healthy liver functions.9-10
Probiotics are used to replenish the body after a detox with good bacteria, promoting optimal health.11
Gaining Popularity of Detoxification and Cleansing Aids
The need for detoxification has stirred enthusiastic consumer support, turning what was once thought to be a passing fad into a lasting lifestyle as evidenced by the increasing number of Americans spending money on detox and cleansing kits, according to SPINS. The market research and consulting firm based in Schaumburg, Illinois reported sales of herbal formulas for cleansing, detoxification and organ support at more than $27 million for the period December 2, 2007 to November 29, 2008.12

In the year ending October 31, 2010, consumers spent more than $100 million on detox, cleanse and fiber supplements with subcategories like herbal cleansing bringing in $23 million; digestive cleansing products that contain fiber or laxatives valued at $77 million. Sales from conventional channels indicated that herbals have gone mainstream showing 34 percent growth. A 16 percent growth was seen in the digestive cleansing segment.13

Manufacturing is Easy with a Contract Supplement Manufacturer
There are a number of well-known, science-backed ingredients that can be combined to provide your customers with a unique, customized formula. A well-reputed, GMP-certified nutraceutical manufacturer can help you easily get your products off the ground. Great products often sell themselvesand thats what a good supplement manufacturer can help you achieve.

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