Mixing Tips #4: Protein Detox Stack

We all want to look and feel our healthiest from the inside and out, but toxic buildups in the skin and throughout our body can have adverse effects on our general health, mood, and appearance. Improvements in your diet and exercise can help to flush out excess toxins that may be keeping us from our goals, and True Nutrition is happy to recommend these helpful mixing tips for building your own Protein Detox Stack using a range of healthy options!

How to identify toxic buildup:

Toxic buildup may manifest in any number of ways, and can sometimes be difficult to diagnose. One of the most harmful and potentially deadly forms of toxic buildup occurs in our arteries. Yes, plaque is a leading cause of heart disease, and may result from the increased consumption of foods that are high in low-density lipoproteins (LDL), a form of cholesterol that is most abundant in meats and vegetable oils. A few possible identifiers of plaque buildup may include headaches, chest pain, or high blood-pressure, but one should seek the advice of a health care professional for a proper diagnosis.

Other signs of toxic buildup resulting from any number of other conditions may include increased acne, chronic fatigue, headaches, irritability, body odor, mental fogging, digestive issues, chronic aches and pains, or frequent infections. Again, their may be other potential causes for these symptoms, as well, so rely on the trusted medical advice of a professional before making a self-diagnosis.

What we can do to help:

Protein powders serve more than just the basic function of helping to build muscle.* They are as wide in range and function as any other foods on the market. Certain protein powders do possess an increased potential to cleanse the body of harmful waste and to help restore our natural health and beauty.* Several plant-based protein powders are of particular interest to us for their stunning array of natural nutrients and increase in dietary fiber. The most common protein powder that True Nutrition offers as part of a Protein Detox Stack include the Hemp Protein. Individually and collectively, these powders will include a higher healthy omega fatty acid content than most other forms of powderized protein, and they will also be rich in dietary fiber. The Mayo Clinic suggests that foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids and soluble fiber may support a lowering in LDL-cholesterol, and may help to reduce the risks of heart disease1. They are supported by many other scientific studies related to functional plant-based foods and their relation to cardiovascular health2,3.

Proteins derived from hemp seed are also incredibly bio-available for ease in digestion and absorption in to the bloodstream. They each contain a complete array of essential amino acids, and are rich in phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. When adding these nutritional benefactors together with the soluble and insoluble fiber content, hemp protein present themselves as powerful “super foods” with the ability to help cleanse and detoxify, while also restoring vital aminos!*

In addition to the hemp proteins, True Nutrition also offers a potent blend of grass juice powders that can be found in the form of our Super Greens powder. This blend consists of alfalfa grass juice powder, wheat grass juice powder, and barley grass juice powder, which work to support an increase in overall alkalinity, improved immunity, increased natural energy levels, and the cleansing of toxic buildups.*

Psyllium Seed Husk Fiber is another excellent addition to any Protein Detox Stack. Like the hemp proteins, psyllium contains a significant amount of soluble fiber content, which may have similar effects in potentially lowering LDL-cholesterol levels.* Psyllium Seed Husk Fiber also serves as a bulking agent as it works its way through the body, flushing out toxins, bacteria, and undigested food from the colon.*

How to use:

First and foremost, consume adequate amounts of water throughout the day to ensure that your body has a means of transporting and disposing of excess toxins. A minimum of 8oz of water should be consumed at least 8 times per day to ensure proper hydration. Read more on The Benefits of Water HERE!

The remaining materials that we have discussed may be used on a daily or weekly basis, depending on your body’s needs or based on the recommendations that have been given by a health care professional. The need to cleanse the body of toxic buildup may also be dictated by your daily diet, especially for individuals that consume an increased amount of greasy fast-food or fatty meats, for example.

Sample Protein Detox Stack:

30g Hemp Protein taken 1-2 times per day
2-5g Super Greens taken 1-2 times per day
2-5g Psyllium Seed Husk Fiber taken 1-2 times per day

When combining a rounded Protein Detox Stack with your healthy diet and exercise routines, you may see increases in your energy levels, enthusiasm, and overall sense of well-being where you least suspect them!* Ask us how our detoxifying ingredients like Hemp Protein can complement your healthy lifestyle today!

*DISCLAIMER: The above description is provided for information only and does not constitute medical advice. Please consult your physician or the appropriately licensed professional before engaging in a program of exercise or nutritional supplementation. No information in this site has been reviewed by the FDA. No product is intended to treat, diagnose, or cure any disease.

References:

1. “High Cholesterol.” The Mayo Clinic. Retrieved 25 July 2013 from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cholesterol/CL00002.
2. Moore LL. (2011). “Functional foods and cardiovascular disease risk: Building the evidence base.” Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Obesity. 18: p. 332.
3. “Phytochemicals and cardiovascular disease.” American Heart Association. Retrieved 25 July 2013 from http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/Phytochemicals-and-Cardiovascular-Disease_UCM_306020_Article.jsp.