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Bombarded daily with poisonous substances, or toxins, your body’s natural defense mechanisms may not be able to keep up. Some dietary supplements may remove toxins from your body, a process called detoxification. According to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, manufacturers are responsible for ensuring dietary supplements are safe for consumption. Sold as a dietary supplement, the manufacturer of Detox-LGC proclaims it improves health. Although Detox-LGC may result in weight loss, using this dietary supplement has some health risks. See your doctor before taking Detox-LGC capsules, especially if you have any health conditions.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
Nu-Tek, the manufacturer of Detox-LGC, which stands for liver, gallbladder and colon, says the combination of herbal ingredients works by decongesting the liver, purging the gallbladder and cleaning the colon. Once removed from these organs, elimination of toxins from the body occurs by the action of four laxatives and two diuretics. Weight loss is a side effect of the increased volume of feces produced and eliminated. According to Nu-Tek, you may be retaining up to 20 pounds of feces before detoxifying and cleaning. In addition, increased urination from the effects of diuretics helps to reduce weight even further.
According to the Detox-LGC nutrition label, you should take two capsules daily to detoxify and promote increased elimination. Each bottle provides a 30-day supply. Nu-Tek says that any generic healthy diet, weight loss diet or body-sculpting program is acceptable when using Detox-LGC. Allow time each day for frequent trips to the bathroom.
In addition to weight loss, you may experience increased energy and strength. This is due, in part, to barberry root and vitamin B-6, also known as pyridoxine, which increase energy production and vitality. Bupleurum root, the ingredient most prevalent in Detox-LGC, ginger root and dandelion root might improve your digestion. Chromium picolinate and ginger root may help lower your blood glucose levels. Milk thistle, barberry root, burdock root and vitamin C are antioxidants that may help your natural defense systems work better.
Detox-LGC Safety Concerns
If you have type 2 diabetes, you should be aware that Detox-LGC contains turmeric extract, aloe leaf, barberry root and burdock root, which are herbs that enhance the blood glucose lowering effects of hypoglycemic medications. If you take a medication to thin your blood, you should know that Detox-LGC contains turmeric extract and barberry, burdock and ginger roots, which change how the medication acts in your blood. If you take a diuretic, you need to know that senna leaf and aloe leaf in Detox-LGC may result in low blood potassium levels, or hypokalemia. Dandelion root, aloe leaf, senna leaf and cascara sagrada, also known as Ex-Lax, will have a laxative effect. Long-term use of laxatives may produce electrolyte imbalances, resulting in abnormal heart rhythms. Using laxatives without sufficient water intake might result in dehydration 2. Be sure to consume eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily.
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