Yes, I know…you’ve heard of many ways you can detox your mind and body. However, did you know there’s a sea vegetable provided by nature that not only detoxifies but also provides an exceptional source of protein while assisting the body and mind to rejuvenate? It is SO powerful at attaching
itself to toxic matter, especially within fat cells, that if you take too much too quick you can actually trigger symptoms of a healing response. The nature-based supplement is Chlorella. That said, not all chlorella is grown, harvested and generated the same so it’s important you learn the processes that
best detoxify, repair and rejuvenate…that’s what this article is about.
Chlorella is a single-celled, fresh water algae known to be anti-viral, anti-bacterial and contains cleansing properties to assist total body detoxification. In addition to containing an abundant amount of chlorophyll, chlorella contains beta-carotene, protein, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and RNA/DNA. This algae is also rich in vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, E, K, all the B vitamins as well as iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous. It is cost-effective and safe when grown in climate-controlled ponds. It is available in liquid extract, powder or tablet forms.
Chlorella supplementationis being used to help fight diseases such as cancer and to prevent symptoms
from neurological and inflammatory conditions like fibromyalgia and peripheral neuropathy. It is also used for cardiovascular support and to assist healing of the gastrointestinal tract. Chlorella has been gaining a renewed popularity as a medicinal remedy, particularly because of newly emerging antibiotic-resistant microorganisms.
CANCER – According to The American Cancer Society, chlorella does have anti-cancer properties but more research needs to be done on humans. The studies performed on laboratory animals do show promise, concluding that chlorella may inhibit the growth of cancer cells. In one study published in the June 1996 issue of Cancer Immunology Immunotherapy, clinicians showed that chlorella extract can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy treatment without affecting the strength of anti-cancer medications. In another study published in the same journal two years later in the February 1998 issue, researchers found that aprotein extract from chlorella could prevent the spread of cancer cells in mice.
FIBROMYALGIA – Chlorella is believed to help offset some fibromyalgia symptoms alleviating the chronic musculoskeletal, neurological disorder often accompanied by body pain, experienced within the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. In fact, in one study published in Phytotherapy Research in May 2000, researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University found that chlorella helped decrease participants fibromyalgia pain by 22 percent. Just a year later, a study published in the May-June 2001 issue of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, clinicians reported that 10 grams of pure chlorella in tablet form and 100 milliliters of chlorella liquid extract taken daily by fibromyalgia patients saw reduced symptoms, an improvement in their overall quality of life, and normalized body functions.
Keep in mind, however, that if your body is releasing toxins it must also be eliminating them daily through the bowel. Do not allow yourself to become constipated and, when possible, consider a series
of colon hydrotherapy, performed by a certified therapist, to help quickly reduce the toxic burden rather than loosen toxins and allow them to stay in the body with the potential of reabsorption and additional stress on the liver. As specifically written about in my best-selling book, I was Poisoned by my body, colon hydrotherapy saved my life and that of many of the patients I consult with.
Chlorella cells contain high amounts of chlorophyll and the plant in its native environment serves as a purification system because it recycles waste products found in water.
A 2001 study, conducted at the Medical College in Virginia, gave human test subjects 10 g of chlorella daily for two to three months and monitored the results. Researchers concluded that chlorella is potentially beneficial in reducing high blood pressure and lowering high cholesterol levels. Additionally, they found it may also help ease symptoms of fibromyalgia and ulcerative colitis, as well as improving overall quality of life through its ability to neutralize toxins.
- Although the Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative
Medicine lists chlorella as safe for most, do not give the supplement to
pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers or children, unless directed to do so by
a nutritionally-aware health professional. Noted side effects are rare and usually
mild, including diarrhea and nausea. Those who are allergic to the herb may
suffer more serious side effects, such as chest pain, hives, swelling, itching
and respiratory distress. If allergic symptoms occur, seek emergency medical
- Do NOT take chlorella if you’re already taking blood-thinning drugs – high amounts
of vitamin K in chlorella may interfere with these medications.
- Those who are highly responsive, or have a compromised immune system, should use
caution when first beginning supplementation with chlorella. If you’re allergic
to sea vegetables in general avoid it. If you are, you may experience hives or
a skin rash. If you take too much too soon it may also cause short-lived nausea
or diarrhea as the body is attempting to “purge” itself of stored toxins.
It’s NOT What You Consume; It’s What You ABSORB
The cell wall surrounding chlorella is indigestible – it needs to be broken for you to get the maximum nutrient benefits.
A unique process used by some manufacturers breaks open the plant’s cell wall and
unlocks chlorella’s nutritional bounty for your optimal bioavailability (as shown in the diagram above). In addition, this specific milling process is done under very specific conditions which eliminate light and heat in order to preserve the nutrients.
With the special processing of broken-cell wall chlorella, very little of its nutrient power wastes away. In fact, an independent animal study showed the digestibility of broken-cell wall chlorella to be an astounding 83%. The Chlorella cell is a fibrous, tough cell which binds with toxins and then is
“flushed” away through the bowel.
The list below summerizes how broken-cell wall chlorella is beneficial to our overall body processes:
Aids in processing more oxygen
Cleanses key elimination systems like your bowel, liver, and blood
Helps purify blood and cleanse toxins
Aids in promoting optimal blood pressure
Supports elimination of molds in your body
Helps neutralize inhaled toxic air
Promotes growth and repair of tissues
Helps to eliminate toxic metals through its binding action
Promotes healthy rejuvenation aiding against accelerated aging
Aids digestion and assimilation
My research and experience convinced me chlorella plays a crucial role in systemic detoxification – because the majority of toxin removal happens through your stool – significantly reducing the body’s overall toxic body burden. Once detoxification occurs in your intestines, toxins from other body tissues – including fat – more readily migrate into your intestines where chlorella helps to effectively remove them. Since science has now shown that most of our immune system is based in our gut, I believe chlorella effectively detoxifies and reduces the body burden which, in turn, facilitates wellness.
A bloodstream free of toxic matter, containing an abundance of red blood cells, is necessary for oxygen to be transported throughout the body in order to support the body’s natural defenses. Chlorella’s cleansing action on your bowel and other organs of detoxification, as well as its protection of your liver, helps promote clean blood – assuring metabolic waste gets efficiently carried away from your tissues.
It is VERY important that those with immune system disorders and/or multiple allergic responses to food, supplements, medications and environmental toxins begin VERY slowly with chlorella supplementation. For my patients who are extremely reactive, I actually have them begin by wetting the tip of a flat-ended wooden toothpick with their saliva, dipping the wet toothpick in chlorella, and placing under their tongue for approximately 5 minutes before swallowing. If they experience a change in their heartbeat, such as a racing or pounding beat, their body cannot tolerate that supplement at that juncture and they should use other detoxification methods, under the guidance of their health professional, to reduce their body burden before trying again. I use this testing method because if the liver, for instance, is so over-burdened it can no longer neutralize toxins, then adding a supplement that will “dump” toxins into the liver and over-work it will often cause an allergic response. This is a great way of testing any supplement or food to see if your body can tolerate at that time (remember, your toxic load is constantly changing). My food allergy testing rule is based on the Coca Pulse Testing.*
Take your pulse at rest. Then place a small amount of the substance being tested under your tongue. Continue to rest, DO NOT get up and move around or do anything that stimulates. After 5 minutes take your pulse again; if it increases by 5 beats or more, your body WILL NOT respond positively to that particular substance at that time.
*Dr. Arthur F. Coca, a renowned physician, developed the Coca Pulse Test for allergy
elimination over 40 years ago. It is a simple no cost way to test for sensitivities, yet extremely effective at identifyingy foods or substances to which a person may be allergic, sensitive or intolerant at that time. I teach and demonstrate this test in my post-graduate courses as part of my Certificated
Wholistic Skin and Body Rejuvenation (WSBR©) classes around the world to health professionals.
Although the Coca test is simple, it requires the complete co-operation of the person involved by making sure they first test their pulse rate at rest and retest 5 minutes later without having moved or done anything to elevate their pulse. Foods to which you are intolerant are stressful to your organism and will reveal themselves by speeding up your pulse. Laboratory tests which are actually less accurate than this method can cause thousands of dollars!
Chlorella has long been used as a medicinal remedy throughout Asia and Japan to treat various health conditions such as ulcers, gastritis, hypertension, diabetes,
hypoglycemia, colitis, diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, asthma, andconstipation. Today, this algae is also used to enhance immunity, promote good balance of bacteria in the gut, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and fight viral infections. With the onslaught of immune deficiency disorders currently
plaguing our modern society, chlorella offers an easy non-medical approach to
assisting the body in reducing its overall body burden in order to facilitate a return to wellness. Keep in mind that what is also needed is to implement life-style modifications, and at times, medical food protein shakes, for your specific condition – created with the help of a nutritionally-aware natural health professional, naturally.
The following proprietary blend medical food protein shake, Ultimate Clear & Rejuvenate, is a custom formula of herbs and nutrients in a base of brown rice protein, ONLY available through the Health Matters Store. I use and recommend it because it not only reduces the toxic burden in both Phase I and Phase II of the liver, it additionally helps with detoxification of the kidneys and the removal of heavy metals. SO…if you know you need to reduce your toxic burden or you respond negatively to the Coca Pulse Test, I recommend you use this medical food protein shake every morning (2 scoops) with water of your choice of milk alternative (hemp, rice, almond or hazelnut milk for instance) for a full ninety days…the results are amazing as you begin to have more energy, better quality sleep and less allergic responses because the liver is now able to do its work to again process chemicals and eliminate them through the bowel and kidneys.
I use this medical food protein shake daily but alter the quantity depending on my current condition. For instance when I travel, especially out of the country, or I’ve consumed foods out of my “norm” where I can’t control the ingredients, I use two scoops every morning for about a week. For maintenance I use one scoop daily along with a medical food formulated specifically for inflammation – this keeps my inflammation completely away and if I get sabotaged when not eating at home by food additives or nightshades, the negative response is not as acute. In cases where I am unknowingly sabotaged, I use the shake for inflammation twice a day until all my symptoms are gone; usually within 2-3 days while also assuring my bowels have complete evacuations daily.
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