Detoxification vs Regeneration
Detoxification is a popular topic these days, and for good reason, as we are constantly exposed to environmental toxins that have a negative influence on our health. However, it is common for people to focus exclusively on detoxification while overlooking a crucial next step—regeneration and repair.
Detoxification is the process of removing toxins from the body. Toxins may enter the body from a number of sources—including the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, the personal care products we use, the utensils we cook and eat with, among other sources.
Over time, these toxins accumulate in the body and form what is known as a toxic load. Toxic load is simply the total amount of accumulated toxins in the body, which will be different for each person depending on their unique lifestyle and circumstances. Typically, the liver does the majority of the work when it comes to detoxification, but even the liver can accumulate toxins and become impaired in its ability to remove toxins.
Detoxification focuses on lowering the body’s toxic load by removing toxins from the body. This can be done in a number of ways, including diet, exercise, sweat, fasting, using herbal products or certain detox supplements, and numerous others.
Detoxification is a process of breaking down and removing toxins from the tissues and ensuring they are eliminated from the body effectively. Often times it is a taxing and demanding process for the body. It is important that once someone completes a detoxification program that they then shift their focus onto rebuilding, repairing and regenerating the tissues.
Regeneration is defined as the natural renewal of a cell, tissue, or organ. Life consists of anabolic and catabolic processes. In catabolic processes, cells are destroyed; in anabolic, they are created anew.
Cells are constantly dying in order to keep us alive. The stomach creates a new lining every 5 days, skin replaces itself every thirty days, every three months we have a new skeleton, red blood cells are replaced every 120 days—each of the different tissues of the body has its own natural life cycle. In fact, it takes 7 years for the body to completely rebuild itself anew. The aim of focusing on regeneration is to stimulate this process of renewing and rebuilding the cells and tissues of the body.
The process of detoxification will reduce toxicity in the body, but the organ function may remain weak and susceptible to future physical, emotional, and nutritional stressors. Regenerative remedies are intended to address this issue, for their main purpose is to strengthen and rebuild the body’s tissues.
Focus on Daily Repair & Regeneration
The tissues of the body are repaired and rebuilt by the nutrients that we eat each day. The human body is a nutrient dependent organism and must be fed daily for optimal health. Ensuring that you are providing the body with all the nutrients it needs to continually repair and rebuild tissues allows the body to continue functioning optimally and keeping you healthy. This is the best way to approach your healing and regeneration—one day at a time.
How to Regenerate, Rebuild, and Keep the Body in Good Health
The body has certain requirements that must be met in order for it to function properly. Our task is to support the body by giving it what it needs to thrive, so that it can support us and allow us to thrive. Understanding exactly what the body needs and meeting these needs daily is the key to maintaining a healthy relationship with your body and keeping the body in good health.
It should be obvious that water is one of the most essential things for us to consume on a daily basis, yet many people suffer from dehydration by not consuming the amount of water that their body needs to function optimally. Not only that, but the water that many people consume is filled with chemicals, heavy metals, and various other toxins that harm the body. For this reason, we feel it is necessary to discuss a few fundamental things regarding water.
Water is your body's principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to work properly.
Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.
So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is:
- About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids for men
- About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women
Nutrition is the most critical factor when it comes to the repair of your body’s tissues. The body is rebuilt by the nutrients that we consume each day. It is important to focus on eating nutrient dense foods and eating a variety of foods to ensure that you are receiving all the nutrients that your body needs. Ensure that you eat a variety of whole foods, focused primarily on plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, minerals, healthy oils, nuts, seeds, and sprouts.
Unfortunately, the food we often buy in grocery stores is not as nutritious as it used to be. Due to the rise in industrial agriculture, there has been a significant decrease in the nutrient density of foods, not to mention that it is already difficult to ensure you get all of the nutrients your body needs daily. For this reason, we recommend supplementing with certain nutrients to ensure that your body receives the nutrition it needs—while still focusing on nutrient-dense whole foods as the foundation for your diet. These nutrients include...
In the context of nutrition, a mineral is defined as: a chemical element required as an essential nutrient by organisms to perform functions necessary for life. Minerals, metals and trace elements are broken down and used by the body to produce coenzymes (a substance that enhances the action of an enzyme, which is a protein that functions as a catalyst to mediate and speed a chemical reaction) as well as the inorganic materials that help build muscle, nerve, brain, connective tissue, bone, cartilage, hair, etc. In other words, almost every cell of the body is dependent on minerals. Therefore, we must always be replacing minerals to maintain the body's homeostasis or balance. To do this, we must constantly ingest minerals in forms that the body can access and utilize.
In the past, we received many of our minerals from the food that we consumed, as the soil it grew in was rich and healthy. Nowadays, much of the soil has been depleted through the use of pesticides, over tilling, and other poor agricultural practices, and the nutritional quality of food has also decreased. A geologist named David Thomas analyzed data from McCance and Woddowson’s epic work “The Composition of Foods,” a reference manual that is republished and updated by government biochemists every few years.
During a 51-year period, potatoes appeared to have lost 47 percent of their copper, 45 percent of their iron, and 35 percent of their calcium while carrots showed even bigger declines. Broccoli, a food rich in micronutrients and antioxidants suffered an 80 percent drop in copper, while calcium content was a quarter of what it had been in 1940, a pattern repeated in tomatoes. As Thomas pointed out, “you would need to eat 10 tomatoes in 1991 to have obtained the same copper intake as from one tomato in 1940.” This was a statement based on Thomas’s research nearly thirty years ago, and since that time, the soil quality of many large agricultural farms and producers has continued to decline, along with it the mineral and nutrient content of the food. For this reason, it is recommended to supplement with trace minerals to ensure you are receiving an adequate amount in your diet.
Our Zuma Nutrition team has created a powerful mineral formula, featuring our Fulvic Acid + Ionic Trace Mineral Complex. This formula is made using no solvent except the natural spring water from the same region as where the plant matter (high in naturally occurring fulvic acid) is sustainably wild harvested. Our team has spent decades developing exclusive sources that provide us with the highest quality of raw ingredients. This formula is packed with 70+ trace minerals and can simply be added to purified or distilled drinking water to provide the body with essential minerals.
Proteins are the essential building blocks of the body. However, there is a lot of misunderstanding today about what proteins are. Proteins are large, complex molecules that play many critical roles in the body. They do most of the work in cells and are required for the structure, function, and regulation of the body’s tissues and organs. Proteins are made up of hundreds or thousands of smaller units called amino acids, which are attached to one another in long chains.
Protein assists in the fabrication of hormones, enzymes, and antibodies. Well-formed hormones are essential for a vast number of functions, primarily: muscle repair and preservation; nutrient extraction; shielding the body from bacterial and viral infection; and infusing tired muscles with more energy.
Almost every conceivable structure and function of the body requires these key building blocks known as amino acids. Amino acids are the body's fundamental biochemical structures for cell growth, hormones, enzymes and the immune system.
Due to many people in today’s society eating diets that cause inflammation in the gut, poorly combining foods, and consuming processed or devitalized foods, amino acid deficiency has become increasingly common. The body must be given ample time to digest and break down proteins otherwise the food putrefies and can poison the body.
Our Zuma Nutrition team has created a special formula, our Complete Amino Acid Complex, this formula features the correct combination of 20 different organic plant based amino acids in the correct form, so that your body can absorb them instantaneously, not requiring digestion. Many amino acid complexes are manufactured in China and feature the wrong forms of aromatic and sulfur based amino acids. Our team developed this formula with one goal, to create the highest quality amino acid complex on the US market.
We all know that it’s important to have plenty of vitamins, whether through our diet or through supplementation. B Vitamins, however, are water soluble vitamins that the body does not store well, and therefore must be replenished on a regular basis.
The importance of having sufficient quantities of B vitamins available to the body is vital to not only a broad spectrum of cell and metabolic reactions, but also to the body's ability to defend itself and almost every aspect of immune response.
Some B vitamins are produced in the gut, but the conditions for that to happen require the intestinal microflora or friendly bacteria species that colonize the gut to dominate over the unfriendly species. Unfortunately, because many Americans are living on processed dead foods, alcohol and diets lacking in any living enzymes, the balance of friendly to unfriendly is inverted, preventing the body from realizing any benefit from its ability to produce B vitamins.
B vitamins play a variety of roles in the body and are essential for many of the body’s functions. Getting adequate amounts of B vitamins in the diet is important, and these, along with minerals and amino acids, are among the nutrient groups that people are most often deficient in.
Our Zuma Nutrition team has created a Co Enzyme B Complex after years of research in the field, and this formula is more bioavailable and uses higher quality ingredients than many B complexes in the industry. Through simply taking 2 capsules each morning with the proper protocol, your body is fed a full complex of all the B vitamins to start off your day, arming your immune system for a full day’s work.
Collagens are a family of extracellular proteins that are a key constituent in skin, and give skin its ability to move, stretch and rebound into shape—known as skin elasticity. Collagens aren’t just in skin, but are in our glands, organs, bones, heart valves, brain, liver and lungs as well. It’s the most prevalent protein type in our body, and is crucial for healthy skin, organ function, athletic performance and so much more.
After the age of 30 our body’s natural collagen production begins to slow down. Your body has the natural ability to create collagen in a process called collagen synthesis, but this is a delicate process that needs key building blocks and the perfect environment otherwise this process gets stopped in its tracks.
Most collagen supplements on the market are derived from animals, and contain whole collagen molecules. Unfortunately, it is not quite as simple as eating collagen supplements, and having this collagen absorb directly into your skin. The body cannot utilize finished molecules, so eating collagen supplements that contain finished collagen molecules are largely ineffective.
For optimal collagen synthesis, one should feed their body the key building blocks that help the body produce collagen in the dosages required to do so. For this reason, we created our Vegan Collagen Precursor Daily Packs—a box of assorted daily packs, each containing the proper amounts of Lysine, Proline, Vitamin C, and B Vitamins needed for the body to produce its own collagen. As these are essential nutrients, they not only assist with collagen synthesis, but also support the body in many of its necessary functions.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and plays a major role in reducing damage to body tissue and muscle caused by physical activity. Protecting the blood from free radical damage, vitamin C stabilizes the three most potent free radicals: superoxide, hydroxyl and singlet oxygen, as well as playing an important role in cell movement.
This vitamin is involved with so many of the body's metabolic and immune functions, that you always want to have a supply available in the body. Why? Because the amount available to the body, at any given time, is dependent on the oxidative stress due to pollution, diet, lifestyle issues, alcohol and tobacco; these will use up the available C and B vitamins immediately.
This means that frequent ingestion of vitamin C will help to minimize cellular damage that occurs as a result of pollution and other environmental factors. Ensuring you have adequate Vitamin C in the body at all times is essential for good health. You can get Vitamin C in the form of supplements, or directly from foods you can consume such as citrus fruits, bell peppers, and many other fruits and vegetables.
Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals in your body. Free radicals are oxygen-containing molecules with an uneven number of electrons. The uneven number allows them to easily react with other molecules. Free radicals can cause large chain chemical reactions in your body because they react so easily with other molecules. These reactions are referred to as oxidation and can either be harmful to health.
Antioxidants can donate an electron to a free radical without making themselves unstable. This causes the free radical to stabilize and become less reactive. As oxidation is a process that is constantly occurring due to numerous chemical reactions in the body, antioxidants must also regularly work to keep free radicals in balance. When there is an imbalance between free radical activity and antioxidant activity it leads to oxidative stress.
To reduce oxidative stress, one should consume antioxidant-rich foods daily. Many fruits and vegetables have antioxidants in them, especially purple and blue fruits as they contain a powerful group of antioxidants known as anthocyanins.
Reduce Sugar Intake
Sugar is naturally present in many foods like fruit, vegetables, milk, cheese, and even grains. But manufacturers also add different forms of sugar and syrup to processed and prepackaged foods like ice cream, cookies, candy, and soda, as well as to less obvious products like ketchup, spaghetti sauce, yogurt, bread, and salad dressing.
Natural sugars are present in many nutritious whole foods, but added sugars are extra calories that offer no extra nutrition. They’re “empty calories” that can lead to weight gain and other health problems. If your body weight is higher than it should be, you’re more likely to have high cholesterol numbers, including triglycerides, a type of fat in your blood. High triglycerides can lead to numerous health issues and can raise your risk of heart disease. Less added sugar can lower those levels and may help stop weight gain and fat buildup linked to heart disease.
Too much added sugar in the diet can interfere with your body’s health. To ensure you are living a lifestyle that is benefiting your health and not harming it, make an effort to reduce the amount of sugar that you consume in your diet.
Inflammation is a natural response of the body, and an essential function of the body’s immune system. However, when the body is inflamed for long periods of time as a result of negative dietary, lifestyle, or environmental factors, it can lead to chronic inflammation which has a number of negative health effects and can lead to serious, even fatal diseases.
Chronic inflammation interferes with your body’s ability to heal. To ensure your body stays in good health and it is important to keep inflammation levels low. This can be done by avoiding factors that cause inflammation—like stress, injury, exposure to toxins, pollutants, and chemicals in the air or in food, untreated illness or infection, food allergies and sensitivities, consuming high amounts of processed sugar, refined carbs, or processed foods that contain trans fats and oxidized oils, excessive intake of alcohol and processed meat, leading a sedentary or non-active lifestyle, and many other factors—as well as by making an active effort to consume anti-inflammatory foods and herbs.
Zuma Nutrition’s Biodynamic Inflammation Tonic, for example, was created by a team of physicians and master herbalists with the primary goal of lowering inflammation levels in the body by shutting off inflammatory mediators throughout the body using key anti-inflammatory herbs and a liposomal delivery system that maximizes absorption of the anti-inflammatory compounds in the herbs.
It is important that we consume nutrient dense foods and supplement with nutrients that we cannot easily obtain from our diet. However, consuming these foods and supplements is pointless if we are not digesting and absorbing what it is we are eating.
Digestion is one of the most essential and overlooked processes necessary for good health. All of the food that we consume must be digested properly in order for us to achieve any benefit. There is a huge misconception that if we’re eating well balanced meals, of high-quality food, that we are actually getting the proper nutritional benefit. This misconception also extends to supplementing with vitamins, minerals and herbs. Yet, in fact, it is statistically estimated that the majority of people who take supplements get little or nothing out of them.
In both instances, the reasons are the same, the nutrients in food and supplements are not being absorbed into the bloodstream. This is due to either the lack of digestion (because digestion was inhibited or interrupted once it began), deficiency of enzymes in our food and our bodies, improper food combining, or mixing supplements that conflict or neutralize each other, thereby, preventing their absorption into the bloodstream.
With everything we eat, whether food or supplements, what we are doing is playing chemistry. This is the chemistry that the body needs to perform daily—the hundreds of thousands of chemical reactions that feed, build and repair the body. Our well-being is dependent on how well we achieve this vital chemistry, which is why digestion is the most important player in this process.
There are many things you can do to improve your digestion, and one of the most simple and overlooked ways is simply to chew your food thoroughly, as the mechanical breaking down of food in the mouth makes it easier for the stomach to digest the food that is swallowed.
Other ways to improve digestion include avoiding overeating, eating when you are relaxed and not stressed, minimizing the amount of liquids you consume with your meal, lowering inflammation in the body, and supplementing with digestive enzymes at each meal as they greatly support the digestive process.
Regular exercise is essential for good health. The body benefits greatly from movement, as it improves circulation, regulates weight, and helps us reduce toxins through sweating and stimulating our lymphatic system.
For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. The guidelines suggest that you spread this exercise throughout the week. Examples include running, walking or swimming. Even small amounts of physical activity are helpful, and accumulated activity throughout the day adds up to provide health benefits.
They also recommend that adults perform strength training exercises for all major muscle groups at least two times a week. Examples include lifting free weights, using weight machines or doing body-weight training.
A good night’s sleep is incredibly important for health. In fact, it’s just as important as eating healthy and exercising. During sleep the body is able to focus exclusively on regenerating and repairing tissues. When people don’t get enough sleep regularly it can weaken the body’s immune system and have many negative impacts on health.
Therefore, it is essential for long-term health and wellness that we optimize our sleep patterns. It is recommended for most adults to receive an average of 8 hours of sleep each night. Getting adequate sleep and optimizing your sleep pattern is one of the most essential ways to support the regeneration of the body and to lead a healthy and happy life.
Detoxification and the removal of toxins is necessary for our health, especially in today’s world in which we are increasingly exposed to toxins in our food, water, air, and personal care products. However, detoxification can be demanding to the body, and may leave the body vulnerable if we do not take the necessary steps of rebuilding, repairing, and strengthening the body afterwards with a good health routine.
There are many factors involved in keeping the body in optimal health. The body must receive adequate amounts of water, have its daily nutrient requirements met, exercise regularly, be able to rest and recover for enough time each night, and be kept free of oxidative stress and inflammation so it can function without obstruction.
Whether your body receives the care and attention that it needs to thrive is up to you and the lifestyle you lead, but the more you take care of your body, the better it can care for you and help you thrive in your daily life.