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Healthy spring detox with spirulina and chlorella

, by Catharine Arnston, 11 min reading time

Why Detox This Spring?

Spring can be a wonderful time to get back on track with habits you started implementing in the New Year. As winter winds down, we get more access to daylight, market-fresh vegetables, and warmer temperatures, motivating us to get outside for some fresh air.  

In traditional Chinese medicine, the spring season is linked to liver and gallbladder function – two important organs in removing toxins and supporting metabolism [1]. This makes it a wonderful time to support your body in a reset.

Some evidence-based reasons you may want to detox this spring include:

Hormone balance

Hormones and detoxing may not be obviously connected, but your liver is crucial for deactivating and removing used-up hormones, especially estrogen [2]. When the liver cannot eliminate used-up hormones well, they can build up and worsen PMS, mood issues, weight gain, menopause issues, and more.

Physically, mentally, and spiritually transition

In traditional medicine, spring represents a time of release – stagnant energy, compressed emotions, and bad energy. It focuses on embracing growth and renewal. We see this in nature, with seeds beginning to sprout and animals coming out of hibernation. For many people, jump-starting healthy habits with something like a detox can be a way to catalyze this spirit!

Reset and jumpstart health plans

Sometimes you just need a little boost – and this is where a detox can be helpful. We’re not talking about drastic measures like prolonged fasting, strict elimination diets, or using products like laxatives, which are not based on evidence [3]. While some people might notice benefits, the impact is usually short-lived and can even be harmful to your health! 

Instead, milder and more supportive detoxes before transitioning to a longer-term change can help you jumpstart both physically and mentally. It can feel like a good reset after a season of heavy and festive winter meals.

Your body has its own built-in detox system. However, sometimes things can become sluggish when it becomes overloaded, such as a hangover. In this regard, one of the best ways to naturally help your body reset is to support the pathways it already has, like a reset! Foods like algae tablets and cilantro are very safe and effective ways to support your detoxification systems every day.

Boosting your energy and motivation

It’s common to feel a bit sluggish coming out of winter with its shorter daylight hours and heavier foods. Yet, you want the energy and motivation to get your health and cleaning going. This is where a spring detox with raw spirulina likeENERGYbits® can help by boosting mitochondrial energy production both in your liver and throughout your body [4].

Supporting weight loss goals

Storing more toxins could make it harder to lose weight since fat-soluble toxins are stored in fat tissues [5]. Many household chemicals can also shift your hormones towards storing more fat [6]. Therefore, it’s crucial to support your detoxification and elimination to work effectively for healthy weight loss along with diet and exercise.

Spirulina and Chlorella Detox Benefits

Spirulina and chlorella are powerful and safe foods with proven detoxification benefits. Aside from acting as binders, they also have nutrients that your body needs for healthy detoxification.

Here are some benefits of incorporating algae tablets into your spring detox routine:

Support liver health and all 3 detoxification phases 

Your liver is your main detoxification organ. It works in 3 phases [2]:
Phase 1: Turning the toxins water-soluble

Phase 2: Neutralizing the toxins, making them safe to remove

Phase 3: Removing the toxins through the urine and bile that goes out with the stool

A common mistake with detox is only supporting phase 1 without the other phases. Many detox supplements only support phase 1, which can clog up phases 2 and 3. This is often why some people tend to have bad reactions to detox supplements or protocols. 

As whole foods with well-rounded components, spirulina and chlorella provide nutrients for all three phases of liver detoxification. Different B vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids support phases 1 and 2, whereas the fiber supports phase 3.  

Working as a binder for heavy metals and more

Heavy metals are everywhere, even places you think are harmless. For example, rice may contain arsenic, seafood could come with mercury, and many batteries contain cadmium. These heavy metals could be hiding in your tissues and contributing to suboptimal health, even at very low levels.

In studies, spirulina and chlorella can bind and remove these heavy metals [7],[8], making our VITALITYbits® a dynamic duo when it comes to binding toxins.

Boost cellular antioxidants

Chlorella and spirulina contain many powerful antioxidant vitamins such as carotenoids and vitamin C, along with:

  • Superoxide dismutase: one of the most powerful cellular antioxidant enzymes [9],[10].
  • Glutathione: the most important cellular antioxidant [11]
  • Chlorophyll: the green plant pigment which has antioxidant properties [12]
  • Phycocyanin: a blue pigment with antioxidant, anti-aging, and inflammation-balancing properties [13]

This makes algae tablets like VITALITYbits® a great and simple way to help support detoxification and protect your liver.

Improve digestive regularity

Chlorella and spirulina contain fiber, which can help keep bowels moving as they should [14]. This fiber can act as a prebiotic, helping promote good bacteria in the digestive tract. As a raw food, our algae tablets also contain digestive enzymes, which help your body break down food so that it can be better absorbed [14].

A source of amino acids

Amino acids are crucial for phases 1 and 2 detoxification. Spirulina and chlorella contain complete proteins – they provide all the amino acids your body needs to function properly [15]. These proteins are easily absorbed and then used to deactivate toxins, produce glutathione and enzymes, support the liver, and much more [14]. VITALITYbits contain both spirulina and chlorella, making them a great option for getting all you need.

Providing detox support micronutrients

Spirulina and chlorella are loaded with essential vitamins, like vitamins B, C, and E, and minerals, such as selenium and zinc [14]. These micronutrients are crucial cofactors in phases 1 and 2 of liver detoxification. More importantly, the nutrients are present in natural and synergistic ratios, so your body can easily assimilate and use them. 

How to use spirulina and chlorella for detoxing

Practitioners often recommend starting slowly with detox foods to minimize potential negative side effects, especially if you have a high toxic load. So, you may want to start with two or three bits and gradually increase to thirty bits per day. Be mindful that if you are using another detox program, bits can still be a helpful addition. However, it is important to consult with your practitioner first. 

Spirulina and chlorella detox symptoms

Each person can have a unique response to detox practices, as the body responds to change. These can be positive or negative. Let’s go over some of the things to look out for.

  • Better bowel function: Algae tablets contain fiber, which might cause changes in bowel habits. As your gut bacteria adjusts, you may initially notice bloating or gas, but this usually subsides once your body adjusts.
  • Clearer skin: When starting a detox, some people might find that their skin initially gets worse, as the body eliminates toxins. Usually this resolves, and paves the way for healthy, clearer skin over time.
  • Less brain fog: Some people report clearer thinking and more sustained focus
  • More energy: Better energy is a common benefit when using ENERGYbits® to help promote detoxing as spirulina and chlorella provides powerful mitochondrial support.
  • Mild headaches: As the body adjusts to changes in nutrition intake, headaches may arise. It is important to ensure you are adequately hydrated during this time because increased water intake can help relieve this side effect.
  • Herxheimer reaction: Some people can experience a specific reaction or worsening before improving symptoms when detoxing. This reaction, known as a Herxheimer reaction, Herx, or dieoff, happens when the body releases toxins faster than it can eliminate them. This can lead to temporary symptoms like fatigue, headaches, brain fog, mood changes, or flu-like symptoms. Herxheimer reactions tend to happen with more aggressive detoxes thanalgae tablets. To counter this, reduce what you’re taking for detoxing, drink lots of water, and take it easy until the symptoms subside.

How long does it take for chlorella and spirulina to detox your body?

Generally, our algae tablets are safe to take daily! As part of your comprehensive detox program, you want to be consistent for at least one to three months before lowering your dose. The best results happen at around the three-month mark [16].

However, this is dependent on the types of toxins you want to detox from. If you have high levels of heavy metals or other health issues, it is best to work with your healthcare provider to help create a more comprehensive plan.

Algae Tablets: Your Perfect and Safe Detox Companion

The detox industry is ridden with harmful ingredients, practices, and claims that are not based on evidence. Regardless, toxic exposure is a real issue nowadays, so it’s essential to provide your body with what it needs for the spring detox.

Supporting your body through this transitional season is still crucial and we want to provide you with safe, evidence-based, and effective detox support with VITALITYbits®

ENERGYbits Team

We're a team of algae lovers who want it to be fast and easy for you and your family to get the nutrients. Our algae are bits of whole food that are safe, pure and nutrient-dense.

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