Some genes, that we inherit from our parents (thanks Mom and Dad!), can reduce the effectiveness, of our bodies natural detox process.
This matters because it can lead to a buildup of harmful substances, that can influence hormonal imbalances, and other chronic health problems.
Are you genetically predisposed and if so what can you do to help your body overcome this not so great genetic gift?
Below are some symptoms which may help you identify this weakness. DNA testing can confirm your suspicions.
Do you have the following associated symptoms?
- Mood fluctuations including depression
For women, high levels of DHEA or testosterone
- Increased facial and body hair
- Drop in the timbre of your voice
- Severe acne
- Male pattern baldness
For women, having PCOS may be an indicator
- Weight gain especially around the waist
- Irregular periods: Can be infrequent or prolonged menstrual cycles.
For women, hot flashes!!
What can you do about it?
#1 Consider supplementing with glutathione.
High-quality, bioavailable glutathione is one supplement that could get you feeling back to your old self in no time!
Glutathione is a master detoxer your body might not be making enough of and the most powerful antioxidant available on the market today. It helps rid the body of heavy metals and many other toxins. Try here.
#2 Avoid NSAIDS (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.) and yellow food dyes which reduce your ability to detox.
NSAIDS * could stay in your body for up to two days if you have the SULT1, SULT2, or SULT3 genes. In general, they can inhibit certain enzymes from eliminating wastes from your body. This extra time only gives the toxins time to create havoc in the body contributing to inflammation and chronic diseases. In addition to the sulfation genes, individual variation (age or body mass) may contribute to being a poor detoxer.
Yellow 5 (Tartrazine) and Yellow 6 (Sunset Yellow FCF) contain some know carcinogenic agents. They are also believed to use the same pathways as NSAIDS that block harmful substances from leaving your body. Be a smart food shopper and look for these in the ingredient list and choose those with fewer on no dyes. Here are some common foods that are loaded with these dyes.
Things to limit or avoid with Yellow Food Dye:
- Cubed or Powdered chicken broth
- Breakfast cereals
- Kool Aid/ Jello
- Pasta/ Pancake mix
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Creamy, orange cheeses
- Yogurt, Butter, and Margarine
- Ice cream, Popsicles
- Alcohol mixers, some beers, and many sodas
- Boxed dinners (such as cheese-flavored rice or pasta)
- Flavored milk
- Orange-colored chips
#3 Eat a sulfur-rich diet.
Cruciferous vegetables are once again the darlings of the vegetable world because they contain high amounts of sulfur. Look for ways to incorporate more arugula, broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale, mustard leaves, radish and turnips in your diet. You can search Frelii for recipes with those ingredients, click here for new recipes and meal options. Sulfur is also found in eggs, garlic, onions, and all dairy products-except butter.
#4 Avoid cooking foods at a high temperature.
Cooking at high temperatures allows sulfation genes to help activate harmful substances. Limit or avoid charred or grilled foods and meats. Cook them for the shortest safe and necessary time allowable. Steam your vegetables, like broccoli, for a maximum of 4-5 minutes to preserve nutrition. Better yet, eat as many fruits and vegetables in their raw and natural state as possible. This will allow your body to harness the most phytochemicals which helps your body get rid of toxins.
*Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is not considered an NSAID.
Associated rs numbers: rs1042157, rs13392744, rs2219078, rs2547231
Associated genes: SULT1, SULT2, SULT3