DIM Detox: What is it?

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You are undoubtedly familiar with the term, “detox”. The health industry has taken hold of this concept and popularized it into various forms, including juice cleanses, fasting and other weight loss gimmicks. While these events may have some benefits, they wildly oversimplify the concept of detoxification.

The body’s main antioxidant and strongest defense against toxins is the glutathione along with NRf2 (nuclear factor E2-related factor). Nrf2 binds with the antioxidant response element (ARE), which helps to mobilize critical actions in the detoxification process. This Nrf2/ARE process serves a protective role in the body. It is activated with exposure to chemical pollutants in the air, household products, and other xenoestrogens. Unfortunately, repeated exposure to some of these toxic substances can also act as Nrf2 inhibitors, which further increases toxicity in the body and impairs its ability to detox efficiently. 

Luckily, there are natural ways to improve Nrf2 and strengthen our detox pathways. One such way is by consumption of diindolylmethane, more commonly known as DIM. DIM is found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, cabbage, and Brussel sprouts. It is used to help support the metabolism and elimination of dangerous forms of estrogens which enter the body through xenoestrogens and cause hormonal imbalances.

Perhaps a common hormonal imbalance is that of estrogen dominance. Symptoms of estrogen dominance range from stubborn belly fat and weight gain, to chronic fatigue, thinning hair, bloating, depression, low libido, acne, and infertility.

In order to restore hormone balance, the body needs to purge itself of harmful toxins and xenoestrogens and it cannot do that without inducing Nrf2. Increasing consumption of cruciferous vegetables and DIM can help. But sometimes dietary intake is not enough, and that’s when DIM in supplemental form can prove extremely beneficial and crucial for efficient detoxification.

Protea Nutrition’s baseline+ is includes 150mg of DIM, along with other ingredients specifically chosen to aide in balancing the body’s hormones, thereby increasing its ability to detox and eliminate dangerous toxins.

However, depending on the severity of the imbalance, detoxification can cause the individual to feel worse, before they feel better. Some people may even stop the use of these helpful natural substances before their body has a chance to fully rid itself of the toxins due to these detox symptoms. These symptoms can include, headaches, irritability, body aches, flulike symptoms, changes in bowel movements (most commonly diarrhea), fatigue and insomnia. While some of these reactions are inevitable and can, in fact, signify that these toxins are making their exit, there are some other actions one can take to support the lymphatic system, liver, kidneys and gut.

Drinking plenty of water and getting enough fiber through whole foods can help the body push toxins out of the body. Taking a probiotic and consuming “gut friendly” foods such as kefir, yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut supports the gut and ensures and efficient detox pathway. Limit consumption of refined sugar, table salt and saturated fats as these increase stress on the liver.

Stick with it! Detox symptoms should only last three to seven days. This is also why when starting Baseline+, it is recommended to ease into the dosage starting at 1 capsule and increasing every 5 days until the recommended dosage is achieved.

For more information and to try Protea Nutrition’s baseline+ visit www.proteanutrition.com

The contents of this blog should not be taken as medical advice.  It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health problem-nor is it intended to replace the advice of a physician.  Always consult your physician or qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health.  

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