Detox

Detoxification is the process by which chemicals and harmful substances are removed safely from the body. The body has four routes to remove toxins.

The body removes toxins via the: 
GI tract
Kidneys
Lungs
Skin

What exactly is detoxification?
The process when metabolizing food to make energy, then generates waste material. That waste material is like exhaust that must be detoxified. What the body is designed to do is to burn fuel for energy but to also get rid of the waste material, or detoxifying, of the metabolic process. We detoxify through the lungs when we take in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. We also detoxify through the skin where the body releases heat or moisture, and in some respects through things like sauna therapy we can get rid of chemical toxins through the skin. Primary routes of detoxification are the kidneys, liver and digestive system. Our kidneys filter out toxins and the liver is like the oil filter of the body, which breaks down substances of metabolism, excretes it into the digestive tract and then we excrete it out in fecal matter. That is the normal detox process of the body. Many individuals with autism manage toxic overload through detoxification therapies to support their body’s ability to detox effectively.

Aiding detoxification through good nutrition,supplement therapy,and therapies such as methyl B-12 or giving glutathione improves the body’s ability to detox. This helps their overall medical condition. Detoxification is a normal part of the body.

 A major player of detoxifying the body is (GSH), or known as Glutathione. Glutathione is created through methylation, and serves as the chief detoxifier.

Glutathione is the major antioxidant present in cells and is responsible for detoxification and elimination of environmental toxins.  It’s active form is reduced 80% in those whom live with autism”. Impaired methylation and compromised levels of glutathione place individuals with autism at greater risk from environmental toxicity from substances like heavy metals, pesticides, and other harmful chemicals.

Those with autism have less glutathione so it gets depleted more quickly, especially when there is a higher degree of environmental harm. Glutathione, a small peptide derived from the amino acids glutamic acid, glycine and cysteine. Cysteine is the most important factor for the body to make glutathione. Primary food sources for cysteine include broccoli, red peppers, eggs, poultry, oats, garlic, onions and Brussel sprouts. It is also available in a supplement form as N acetyl cysteine (NAC).

Detoxification, methylation and anti-oxidants continue to play an important role in the biomedical treatment of Autism and other chronic medical conditions. Although it is critical for maintaining good health, it is not considered an “essential protein” since the human body can make it, as opposed to needing to get it through the diet.