By: Jaya Phillips
This picture was taken during a liver flush week on a prep day where I took niacin. Whoo hoo! You can have a fun natural high and cleanse your capillaries and fat cells!
Niacin, or vitamin B3, is a wonderful tool to get your blood moving. It is a vasodilator, meaning it dilates the capillaries. Capillaries are so tiny, they usually only move red blood cells in single file! Taking niacin doubles or triples their capacity. Niacin is also a precursor to NADH, which is involved in the transfer of energy through electrons, managing our energy levels. What does this mean for you? It means increased detoxification, better cholesterol management by the liver, and a fun natural high.
Because of the extra blood near the skin during a Niacin flush, you will turn red, especially near the face and neck. Also, you may feel a prickly heat, like when you have a slight sunburn. Having all that extra blood flow for me, makes me feel bright, alive, and excited. It’s a natural buzz that heals.
When cleansing, and especially during a liver cleanse, we can use all the help we can get to keep blood flowing as toxins are released!
Another benefit of niacin flushing is a release of fat-stored toxins. Niacin goes explodes the fat cells and causes them to dump their toxins, such as drugs, chemicals and heavy metals that your body hasn’t been able to purge in the past. Our fat cells have about 100 times the toxins as our blood! (from Dr. Mercola)
It’s very important to make sure you are sending the toxins out so they don’t re-circulate through your body. It would be wise to take an herbal laxative or some oxygenated magnesium such as an Oxy-Mag supplement. AND/OR, do a coffee enema, as described in last week’s blog post that can be found here.
Other helpful practices to add to your niacin flush therapy are aerobic exercise and infrared sauna or a hot bath. Do about 20 minutes of exercise after taking the niacin and then get into an infrared sauna for 40 minutes (doesn’t need to be super hot.) If you don’t have an infrared sauna, a hot bath can help too, but isn’t as powerful as an infrared sauna. You may need to refill the water to keep it hot for longer.
An adult dose would start at about 50mg of Niacin then as you do more and more flushes, build up to about 500mg gradually. Some people may not experience a flush from 50mg. Some people, especially smaller people and those with less cleansing experience will definitely feel a flush with 50mg. Some doctors prescribe 500mg up to 1000 or more, but this should only be done under a doctor’s supervision.
*VERY IMPORTANT* PLEASE PURCHASE THE FLUSHING KIND OF NIACIN, not the non-flush or sustained release. Those are a different molecule which doesn’t give the same benefits and can in fact, damage the liver at frequent high doses. Just read the bottle. The kind you want WON’T say “non-flushing” or “sustained release” and will probably have a warning somewhere that it may create a flushing reaction.
Enjoy your red-hot natural high!
Typical Niacin B3 supplement that is 50 mg and the flushing kind.