Q: What products should I start my child with and why?
The foundation to any successful detoxification protocol is making sure the bowels are moving daily, liver function is optimized, and acidic waste is draining and leaving the body efficiently. For children who are having at least one bowel movement a day, starting with Liver Life® is appropriate. For children who have sluggish bowels, BioRay’s Children Liver Restorative Kit is recommended to get them moving first. This kit includes oxypowder, 4oz bottle of Liver Life®, pH stix, activated charcoal and a step by step guide on how to introduce the products.
Q: What is Liver Life® and what does it do?
Liver Life® is a liver restorative formula which opens up the detox pathways, drains acidic waste, restores healthy pH, normalizes high liver enzymes, balances Phase I & II detox pathways and supports the body’s natural detoxification abilities. It’s considered a food for the liver - giving it the nutrients it needs so it can perform its job.
Q: What testing has been done showing Liver Life® improves liver structure, function and balances the system in children?
Pre/post organic acid profiles show Liver Life® improves nutrient absorption, fatty acid metabolism, glutathione levels, and decreases fungal metabolites. Liver enzymes testing shows it normalizes high liver enzymes. Pre/post IgG Comprehensive Food Panels show it significantly decreases food sensitivities within 3 months time. These labs are available here.
Q: What type of progress may I notice with my child when using Liver Life®?
With Liver Life® parents report improvements in sensory issues, self stimulatory behaviors, social interactions, food tolerances, digestion, focus, performance at school, skin issues, bowel movements and tolerance for detox.
Q: Do I give my child a full dose of Liver Life® to start?
No. We recommend beginning with a low dose of 1 drop, 2x a day in water (with fresh squeezed lemon is best) or juice ramping up by 1 drop every 1-3 days as tolerated.
Q: What is the top recommended dose of Liver Life® for children?
40 pounds or less: 30 drops per day (15 drops, twice a day)
40-75 pounds: 4 droppers per day (2 droppers, twice a day)
75 pounds or more: 6 droppers per day (3 droppers, twice a day)
To avoid aggravations, the top recommended dose should not be given as the starting dose of Liver Life®. To insure your child gets the most out of Liver Life®, start slow and ramp the dose up as tolerated. If your child shows aggravations, decrease the dose, increase water and lemon, make sure their bowels move daily and give activated charcoal, if needed.
Q: Can I give Liver Life® in combination with my child's other supplements?
Yes. Restoring healthy liver function enables other supplements to work more efficiently and decreases the chance for unwanted side effects from traditional medicine. Liver Life® is most efficient when given on an empty stomach 15-30 minutes before other supplements or food. If this is an issue, it can be given at the same time.
Q: Is my child supposed to feel worse on Liver Life® before he feels better?
Parents should notice only improvements in their children. If at any time your child is feeling unwell, more irritable, perhaps having an increase in self stimulatory behaviors, the dose of Liver Life® is too high. Lowering the dose, making sure their bowels are continuing to move daily, sipping water or juice with fresh squeezed lemons and supplementing with activated charcoal is recommended.
Q: How does liver function impact the immune system and the GI tract in my child?
Research shows 70% of our immune system in is our digestive tract. When the gut is out of balance and leaky gut is present, undigested peptides from the foods we eat, and toxins we are exposed to, end up in the blood stream. This creates extra work for the liver as the liver is the only organ that can purify the blood. And the blood is our life source. When the liver becomes overburdened and unable to filter efficiently, these substances are left in the bloodstream triggering an immune response. This contributes to food and environmental sensitivities as well as an increase in symptoms.
Q: Why is restoring pH so important for my child?
An acidic environment in the body robs it of oxygen and enables harmful pathogens to thrive. If kids are too acidic, they can not assimilate nutrients efficiently from the foods they eat or the supplements they take. The body is then forced to pull essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium from the organs and bones to neutralize the acids. When the body pH is off balance enzyme functions begin to suffer, nutrients become deficient, and the body's ability to deal with environmental stressors begins to decline.
Q: How does heavy metal & chemical toxicity contribute to an acidic body PH level?
Heavy metals and chemicals are acidifying in the body; they disrupt neurotransmitters, create nutrient imbalances and impair detox pathways, which makes us less efficient at getting rid of acidic/toxic waste. All toxins turn into acidic waste in the body.
Q: Why do you recommend testing the first morning urine pH?
The first morning urine pH tells us if the body is removing acidic waste efficiently.
The liver does most of its work between 1 - 3 am, so the majority of acids will be excreted in the first urination upon waking. Our first morning urine pH should ideally be acidic at 5.5-6.2. When the first morning urine pH is alkaline (over 6.2) this indicates the body is 'holding onto' acidic waste, which is often due to liver and/or kidney congestion.
Q: How does the first morning urine pH impact detox with my child?
Once the first morning urine pH is in range, products that increase the excretion of acidic waste (antimicrobials, heavy metal & chemical detoxifiers) will be better tolerated making detox more efficient. This means balance is restored and progress is seen more quickly.
Q: How do I test the first urine morning pH when my child isn't potty trained?
To test first morning urine pH, urinate on the pH strip or in a container and dip the strip in until thoroughly saturated. For children who are not yet potty trained, putting a cotton ball in the child’s diaper right before bed and taking it out first thing in the morning is recommended. Squeeze urine from the cotton ball onto the pH strip or push the pH strip into the cotton ball until saturated. Wait 15 seconds and compare results.
Q: Is Liver Life® safe for children?
Liver Life® is safe and beneficial for adults, children and pets.
Q: How long does Liver Life® last?
This will depend on the current dose and weight of child.
For children starting out, a 2oz bottle of Liver Life™ will last approximately 2 months and a 4oz bottle approximately 4 months.
At 15 drops, 2x a day, a 2oz bottle lasts about 50 days; a 4oz, 100 days.
At 1 dropper, 2x a day, a 2oz bottle lasts about 30 days; a 4oz, 60 days.
At 2 droppers, 2x a day, a 2oz bottle lasts about 15 days; a 4oz 30 days.
Q: Why do I need to start so slow?
If your child’s dose of Liver Life® is too high, excess acids may not be able to drain efficiently which may result in mild aggravations. If child feels unwell lower the dose by half; if aggravation persists give 1-3 doses of activated charcoal to absorb excess acids, then continue Liver Life® protocol at reduced dose.
Q: What other things can be done to help balance pH?
Many foods can assist in restoring pH. Fresh squeezed lemon juice is one of the most effective alkaline forming foods. Additional alkaline forming foods are found here.
You can also supplement with sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Please consult with your practitioner for the appropriate dosage. Mineral waters are an easy way to support a healthy pH.
Q: Do I need to test urine pH daily?
We recommend testing your child’s first morning urine pH about once a week to make sure you are at the proper dose of Liver Life™. Once pH is stabilized, testing once every 2 weeks is advised.
Q: If pH is in range, can my child still benefit from Liver Life®?
Yes. In addition to restoring pH, Liver Life® supports the kidneys and liver. More eye contact, social skills, ability to focus, better moods, and increase in conversations have been reported from doctors and parents continuing Liver Life™ after a healthy pH balance is restored.
Q: Can Liver Life®, CytoFlora® & NDF Plus® be given at the same time?
Yes, they can. BioRay products complement one another while addressing different systems and issues in the body. However, introducing one product at a time and waiting 2 weeks between including each product is recommended.