What Is an Algae Detox?


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An algae detox is the use of edible algae to detoxify the body. According to Guidetobodycleansing.com, there are hundreds of species of blue-green algae. AFA-aphanizomenon flos-aquae is considered one of the most potent because of its high levels of chlorophyll, the ingredient that gives algae the ability to cleanse the body and is responsible for its green color, according to Soyouwanna.com.

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In "Healing with Whole Foods," Paul Pitchford suggests chlorella to detoxify the liver, according to Soyouwanna.com. The algae binds to toxins in the liver and removes them from the body. It also functions to remove uric acid, a product that accumulates in those who engage in strenuous exercise or consume high-protein/low carb diets. Green algae supplements like chlorella are available to take in pill form. To avoid side effects, it is recommended a person start with a small dose of the supplement. According to WebMD, it is safe to take by the mouth for up to two months. Side effects that may occur include gas, fatigue, bloating, diarrhea, nausea, green-colored stools and stomach cramps. Severe allergic reactions have occurred in people taking chlorella that include life-threatening anaphylaxis. It can interfere with blood thinning medications such as Warfarin. Because chlorella supplements sometimes contain Iodine, those with thyroid conditions should avoid taking them.

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