detoxification

  1. Sleep can be natural detox for the brain

    The natural detox you can try tonight

    Not long ago, detoxification was dismissed as "alt-med mumbo-jumbo." Today, the mainstream is finally starting to recognize the role of toxins in disease -- especially in diseases of the brain.

    I think it's only a matter of time before you see mainstream doctors offering the same natural detox programs I do for brain protection.

    For now, however, you'll have to visit a holistic physician for most natural detox treatments. But there's one you can get started on tonight, in your own home, and it won't cost you a penny.

    All you have to do is fluff your pillow, lay back and get some rest -- because new research confirms that a full night of sleep is one of the best ways to rid your brain of the toxic junk that can cause memory loss, cognitive decline and dementia.

    When you sleep, your brain cells shrink by 60 percent, according to the study -- but it's not the type of shrink you need to worry about.

    They shrink so the toxins that accumulate in the brain -- including the beta-amyloid responsible for dementia -- can slide out in the space that opens up between cells.

    Then, when you wake up, your cells return to their normal size.

    Of course, the flipside to this is what happens when you don't get enough sleep: you interrupt your natural detox process, allowing toxins such as beta-amyloid to accumulate and cause damage.

    It helps explain why poor sleep is linked to cognitive problems, and consistently poor sleep is known to increase the risk of dementia.

    The one downside to the study is that it was on mice, not humans. But we've seen similar studies on other animals, including dogs and baboons, so it seems quite likely that all of our brains have this same built-in cleanup program.

    In other words, make sure you get a full night of sleep -- tonight and every night.

    I wish I could say that's all you need to do to rid your brain of toxins. Unfortunately, modern life has exposed us to more toxins than our brains were designed to handle -- including damaging metals such as aluminum, copper, iron and more.

    Sleep alone can't clear all that out -- for that, you need to work with a holistic doctor who can identify the toxins you've been exposed to and work to rid your body of them naturally.

    If you're in Southern California, I can get you started here in my clinic. Contact my office for more information or to make an appointment.

    And if you're not in the area, I can help talk you through the process over the phone and create a detox diet custom tailored to meet your needs. Call 855-DOC-MARK to learn more, or schedule a call.

  2. Broccoli beats breast cancer

    I recommend cruciferous vegetables for detoxification so often that I'm sure some of my patients think I own stock in a broccoli farm.

    In the interest of full disclosure, I should point out that I don't -- but if I ever decided to get into the agricultural business, I'd grow cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and kale.

    They're that good.

    When you detox with these vegetables, you not only rid your body of toxins, you also give it the power to fight cancer -- and the latest research shows why women in particular should make sure they boost their intake of these veggies.

    In a new study out of China, researchers found that breast cancer patients who had the highest intake of cruciferous vegetables were 62 percent less likely to die of the disease and 35 percent less likely to have a recurrence when compared to those who ate the least.

    The study of nearly 5,000 women between the ages of 20 and 75 even found that those who ate the most of these vegetables had a lower risk of death from all causes.

    A coincidence? I don't think so -- because cruciferous vegetables are rich in powerful glucosinolates, which break down to form isothiocyanates. You don't have to memorize either tongue-twisting word, just remember this: isothiocyanates can fight tumors and even cause cancer cells to commit suicide.

    They're so powerful that the drug industry is trying to develop cancer meds based on isothiocyanates -- but why wait for their synthetic version when you can get your own natural daily dose the delicious way?

    Our most common cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, but it's worth noting that the women in this study ate a more typical Chinese diet -- and their most common cruciferous vegetables include bok choy, Chinese cabbage, and turnips.

    More importantly, they also eat a lot more of these vegetables overall -- so if you want to take advantage of those cancer-fighting properties yourself, make sure you increase your own intake.

    And if you haven't tried bok choy, you've been missing out.

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