First, get in the habit of drinking eight to 10 glasses of purified water every day. Water is perhaps the most important detoxifier. It flushes your kidneys and enhances toxin removal through perspiration. Second, make high-fiber plant foods a central part of your diet. Include several weekly servings of onions, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, oranges and tangerines, which support phase I and II detoxification. Add to that plenty of asparagus, avocado and walnuts, which are good sources of glutathione.

Third, make sure you get plenty of the nutrients that support detoxification. These include copper, zinc, magnesium, B-complex vitamins and of course, antioxidants. Vitamin c and selenium are particularly important because they help your body produce and increase stores of glutathione. One study found that taking just 500 mg vitamin c per day increased red blood cell glutathione stores nearly 50 percent.

Milk thistle. The chief compound in milk thistle, silymarin, is an exceptionally effective enhancer of liver function. A potent antioxidant in its own right, researchers have also found that silymarin can increase levels of glutathione by up to 35 percent. To top it off, silymarin actually stimulates the production of new liver cells.

Alpha lipoic acid. This very potent antioxidant is soluble in both water and fat, so it can enter virtually all portions of cells to disarm free radicals. Lipoic acid also improves liver function by regenerating glutathione and other antioxidants and reenergizes the liver by ushering glucose into the cells.

No mater how vigilant you are about your health, you cannot entirely escape the toxicity of our world. However, these recommendations will keep your natural detoxification processes running smoothly.

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