Week 1 – Prepare
The goal of the first week is to open pathways for elimination and prepare the body to properly detoxify in the next phase. The proprietary blend supplies a significant amount of detoxifying herbs, fibers, minerals, probiotics and vitamin C for proper bowel elimination and intestinal support. Fiber from citrus pectin and psyllium seed husks can naturally stimulate the bowel. Bentonite powder has properties that tightly bind and immobilize toxic compounds in the gastrointestinal tract. Vitamin C acts as a free radical scavenger to cells. Magnesium may support infrequent bowel movements.
Week 2 and 3 – Detox
The goal of week 2 and 3 is to support phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification of the liver. As the body’s main detoxification organ, the liver is responsible for removing all potentially detrimental molecules. This detoxification process occurs in 2 phases. The supplements in week 2 and 3convenience packs help to maintain liver structure and function in response to environmental toxins. Choline, betaine, and methionine are involved in methyl group metabolism, which is essential for normal liver function. Isothiocyanates (ITCs) found in Wasabia japonica are naturally occurring compounds that have the ability to stimulate detoxification pathways, and are 10 – 25 times more potent than ITCs found in cruciferous vegetables. Sulforaphanes in broccoli powder have been found to significantly increase the activity of Phase II enzymes. For efficient Phase two detoxification, the liver cells require sulphur – containing amino acids such as taurine, methionine and cysteine. N – Acetyl – L – cysteine is a biologically active precursor for glutathione synthesis, therefore raising intracellular glutathione levels. L – Glutathione scavenges toxic free radicals and inhibits peroxidation by slowing down free – radical catalyzed chain reactions. Glutathione is involved in DNA synthesis and repair, protein and prostaglandin synthesis, amino acid transport, metabolism of toxins and carcinogens, immune system function, prevention of oxidative cell damage, and enzyme activation. Dietary sulfur assumes a major role in detoxification as part of the hepatic sulfur conjugation pathways. Glutathione, sulfur and NAC support mercury detoxification. High mercury in the body can inhibit antioxidant enzymes and deplete intracellular glutathione. B vitamins, vitamin C and lipoic acid perform as antioxidants to scavenge free radicals. Garlic appears to prevent endothelial cell depletion of glutathione, which may be responsible for its antioxidant effects.
Week 4 – Repair
The goal of week 4 is to replenish lost nutrients through the detox ification phase and provide specific nutrients to repair the gut. A multivitamin/mineral with an organic fruit and vegetable blend provides adequate amounts of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to nutritionally replenish the body. Omega – 3 fatty acids fr om fish oil support normal inflammatory processes. Glutamine helps maintain normal intestinal permeability, mucosal cell regeneration and structure, especially during periods of physiological stress. Glutamine also carries potentially toxic ammonia to the kidneys for excretion, which helps maintain normal acid – base balance. Healthy bacteria in the intestinal tract can be removed during extensive or frequent bowel elimination, thereby making supplementation with probiotic bacteria cultures necessary after a detoxification regimen. A normal intestinal microflora rich in lactobacilli creates acidic conditions that are unfavorable for the settlement of pathogenic microorganisms.
The Patient Guidebook includes instructions on how to use the Metabolic Rejuvenation 28 – day program, along with a suggested diet protocol (elimination diet), meal suggestions, and a shopping list.