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For those intrigued about Level II — our intensive, 5-day whole food cleanse — we're here to peel back the curtain and share details on why this transformation works; starting with a full guide to the Level II Supplements.
With the guidance of Dr. Aviva Romm, we've designed five days worth of meals, smoothies, kefirs, supplements, and broths that eliminate common inflammation triggers, recalibrate hormones, and heal the gut. While you're stripping down your typical diet and rediscovering conscious eating, we've found that this week deserves the support of extra vitamins, herbs + supplements to help with any common detox symptoms.
Here, you'll find everything you wanted to know about the medicinal-grade supplements that arrive in your Level II experience, and why each and every one of them are integral to give you a full body reset and aid your system throughout the detox.
*Note - each day you will take 3 packs: 1 each morning and 2 each evening. Make sure to take with plenty of water!
Vit B Complex Plus
What it is:
8 essential B vitamins for optimal energy and mental clarity
How it works:
Your body needs the eight B complex vitamins—thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B6, folate, B12, biotin and pantothenic acid—for healthy digestion, immunity, nerve cell function, energy levels and detoxification. This full-spectrum B complex supplement will help your body convert your daily meals (especially the fats and proteins they contain) into usable fuel. It will also enhance your focus and mental stamina, strengthen your immune system, support your liver so it can process toxins and purify your body throughout the cleanse, improve your natural stress response and nourish your hair, skin and nails.
Adaptogenic Adrenal Formula
Adaptogenic adrenal support for stress relief and hormone health
As part of your endocrine system, your adrenal glands produce hormones that control your sleep, moods, energy and, notably, your body’s stress response. The chronic stress from daily life causes elevated levels of the hormone cortisol, which contributes to weight gain, low energy, mood swings, insomnia and other symptoms that keep you from feeling like your best self. This formula includes the powerful adaptogens cordyceps, rhodiola and eleuthero to ease adrenal fatigue and help your body cope with stress in a healthy way.
Essential antioxidant for liver + kidney support
When it comes to daily detoxification, your liver and kidneys are extremely important—they are responsible for filtering toxins out of the body. N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine, or NAC, is a modified, highly-absorbable version of the sulfur-containing amino acid cysteine that supports the liver and kidneys in cleansing the body of waste. It functions as a precursor to glutathione, a powerful antioxidant produced by the liver that protects your cells from disease-causing free-radical damage, nourishes the brain and boosts immunity. NAC works to restore normal levels of glutathione in the liver, while also helping to heal liver damage resulting from a diet too high in refined sugar, alcohol and animal products, as well as common drugs like acetaminophen. Additionally, NAC reduces kidney toxicity, breaks down excess mucus (something you may be experiencing as a detox symptom) and has been shown to balance hormones and influence the activity of certain neurotransmitters that affect mood.
Anti-aging amino acid
While you might recognize taurine as an ingredient in certain energy drinks, it's actually not a stimulant. However, it has been shown to have positive effects on the nervous system, reducing anxiety, improving memory and reducing brain fog. It also lowers chronic inflammation, regulates appetite, promotes insulin sensitivity and may help prevent body fat gain. Most importantly, throughout Level II, taurine will support your body's natural cleansing abilities—it's required for phase II of liver detoxification, during which toxins are converted from fat soluble to water soluble so that they can be eliminated from the body. Taurine supplementation is particularly important as you age, because your body's natural ability to produce it decreases over time.
G.I. Rebuild + Repair
Digestive + immune system support
G.I. Rebuild + Repair contains vital nutrients needed to repair the gut lining and prevent leaky gut, a condition in which pathogenic bacteria permeate the intestinal walls, enter the bloodstream and cause inflammation. This formula is rich in L-Glutamine, the most abundant free amino acid in the body that works to support the immune and digestive systems. The body needs a large volume of L-Glutamine because it is also used to help make other amino acids that form proteins. Stress can inhibit the production of L-glutamine, so supplementation ensures it is regularly replenished and readily available.
Calming, brain-boosting amino acid
L-Theanine is a potent nootropic supplement that will help keep your head clear, your mind sharp and your mood lifted during Level II. Brain waves are the electrical activities in the brain that make up human consciousness. There are several different types; L-Theanine stimulates alpha brain wave activity, which is the kind your brain naturally produces when it’s daydreaming, meditating and doing aerobic exercise (i.e. things that feel good!). When alpha waves are prominent, your mind is clear and you’re less distracted. What’s more, research suggests increased alpha brain wave activity is linked to fewer depressive symptoms and greater creative thinking.
Calming mineral that aids digestion and nutrient assimilation + encourages elimination of toxins
Magnesium is a wonder mineral in which 80% of Americans are deficient! It helps convert the macronutrients (fat, carbohydrates and proteins) into bioavailable energy. It also helps promote elimination by increasing water in the intestines. This relaxes the muscles (including those in the G.I. tract) and initiates peristalsis (the wave-like motion your intestines use to move matter out of the body).Magnesium lowers cortisol levels, helping relieve toxic stress symptoms and promoting restful sleep. It is also required for calcium absorption and building strong, healthy bones.
COMPLETE PROBIOTIC FORMULA
The Ultimate Probiotic
25 billion viable bacterial cells to support a diverse and thriving gut microbiome
This medical-grade probiotic formula contains 12 strains of active probiotic species to diversify and balance your gut flora, as well as prebiotic fiber to nourish and stabilize healthy microbes. It is designed to inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria, improve immunity, encourage a healthy and impermeable gut lining, synthesize nutrients and produce fatty acids that contribute to colon health. A healthy microbiome is the key to balanced blood sugar, optimal digestion + elimination, stable moods and a body that can efficiently fight inflammation and disease. FYI: Your Level II program includes five additional Daily Probiotic packs to help you transition back to your normal routine after the cleanse.
By S LIFE MAG • January 16, 2018
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