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Easy Ways To Detox By Simply Eating The Right Foods

on January 5, 2015

I don’t believe in detoxes, cleanses, diets or anything that falls under the same category.  This is my lifestyle and I don’t knock what works for each individual.  It’s pretty simple – eat properly and exercise! Here’s what I do to keep my body’s detoxification system and digestive system running smoothly at all times – I constantly eat foods that will contribute to and support the process.  Here’s what I eat on a daily, weekly and seasonal basis:

Let’s start with the different organic herbal teas I drink and rotate throughout the week.

Green Tea: I have this every morning with 3 spices which I will get to shortly.  Green tea has a high antioxidant value, meaning these antioxidants seek out and kill damaging free radicals in our bodies.  A potent antioxidant, EGCG protects the liver against damage from toxins.   I get this green tea as a loose leaf from my acupuncturist, but there’s many places you can get loose leaf green tea from.

Licorice Root Tea: I have this usually once a week, maybe twice.  Licorice tea is good for stimulating the digestive system and can also clear out phlegm from the throat and lungs because of its expectorant capabilities. This tea has the ability to detoxify metal and chemical contamination in the body which can be a threat to the body’s immune system.

Dandelion Root Tea: I drink this one to two times a week.  Dandelion root increases bile production which helps improve digestion, helps the liver to digest foods and remove toxins quickly and efficiently cleaning the liver. Dandelion is also full of vitamins and nutrients, which promote the healing of the liver.

Burdock Root Tea:  I drink this one to two times a week.  It helps the kidneys to filter out impurities from the blood very quickly. The tea also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and reduces liver damage from toxic chemicals. Due to its slightly bitter-taste, it increases saliva and bile secretion, which aids digestion and cleanses the liver. It clears congestion in respiratory, lymphatic, urinary and circulatory systems. Burdock releases water retention, stimulates digestion, aids kidney, liver and gallbladder function. 

Nettle Leaf Tea:  I drink this once a week.  High in antioxidants, meaning that it can help to eliminate disease-causing free radicals in your body. One of the main advantages of this herb is that it will cleanse your urinary system and will help to prevent any future problems occurring.  Nettle tea is efficient for the removal of unnecessary toxins from the body. It soothes the mucosal lining of the intestines and helps to promote healthy digestion. Other nettle benefits include its ability to break down kidney and urinary stones.

Brands I normally use are Traditional Medicinals and Alvita.

I add these three beauties above to my herbal teas.  About 1/2 a tablespoon each.  

Tumeric: It’s said that you can do a detox using just turmeric tea, and drinking it for a week straight along with a healthy diet!  It’s powerful antioxidant, curcumin, protects the body against free radicals.  It helps cleanses the liver and digestive system; both systems need to be in in optimal working conditions to eliminate toxins from the body.  Also, an immune booster and sooo much more!

Ginger: I either use this in dried form or the fresh root and grate it.  Aids liver function, flushes out waste, helps liver function and increases your metabolism!   Some detox diets ask you to chew on ginger root itself!

Cinnamon: Known for its detoxifying properties as well as it’s immune boosting properties. It has both anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

Goji Berries: I simply grab a handful of these for a snack.  They boost your vitamin C and beta-carotene intake. Vitamin C can help remove waste from your body, while beta-carotene improves liver performance.

Parsley:  Parsley boasts plenty of beta-carotene, folate and vitamins A, C and K needed to protect your kidneys and bladder, as well as a necessity for the body to detox.  I throw this into my salads every day!

Basil: A member of the mint family, basil helps the metabolic breakdown and eliminate chemicals in our blood.  Basil has anti-bacterial properties, and it’s full of antioxidants to protect the liver. The active ingredients are terpenoids.  It supports the functioning of the kidneys and also acts as a diuretic to help the body get rid of unwanted toxins.  Great for digestions and detox!

Seaweed: I eat this a few times a week. I normally by GimMe Sesame seed flavor.  Seaweed helps cleanse your body of lead, cadmium and the radioactive chemical strontium.  The high mineral content can help to flush toxins from the body. Certain seaweeds, such as arame and hijiki have plenty of soluble fiber, which also promotes detoxification.  As a bonus, seaweed is full of iodine, which is a natural metabolism-booster!

Brazil Nuts: Packed with selenium, which is key to flushing mercury out of your body.  Only two per day are necessary!  It’s also critical for your body’s detoxification system (glutathione system).   I eat one every morning with breakfast.

Almonds: Best nut source of Vitamin E.  One ounce contains 7.3 mg of “alpha-tocopherol” vitamin E, the form of the vitamin the body prefers. They’re also high in fiber, calcium, magnesium, and useable protein that helps stabilize blood sugar and remove impurities from the bowels.

Artichokes: My favorite and I wish I could eat these everyday, but I eat them only when I can find them.  Artichokes help the liver function at its best, increasing bile production, which in turn helps the body get rid of toxins.  Full of silymarin, an antioxidant that helps your liver process toxins, and cynarin, an acid that supports your liver’s ability.

I eat these fruits above pretty much everyday in some shape or form.

Apples: They are nutrient-rich with vitamins, minerals and a soluble fiber pectin which helps detox metals and food additives from your body.   They contain many beneficial phytochemicals such as D-Glucarate, flavonoids and terpenoids which are used in the detox process. One flavonoid, Phlorizidin (phlorizin), is thought to help stimulate bile production helping detox as the liver gets rid of some toxins through the bile. I usually stick these in my greens juice and homemade coconut yogurt.

Pineapple: Contains bromelain, a digestive enzyme that helps cleanse your colon and improve digestion.

Blueberries: A true detox superfood, blueberries are packed with fiber and vitamin C, and are consistently ranked at the top when it comes to antioxidant power.

Lemons: Helps flush out toxins and aids with digestion.  Simply add to water and drink!  I have this in my greens juice too.

Beets:  Packed with potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium, folate, fiber and antioxidants, beets are a star detox food. Beets also contain betaine, an anti-inflammatory compound, protect against liver damage, and help the liver process fats. It also contains the reddish-purple antioxidant pigment betacyanin, which provides anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and detoxification support (supporting glutathione-dependent phase 2 detoxification).  They also help boost the body’s intake of oxygen on a cellular level, making beets excellent overall body cleansers. When you’re detoxing, beets will help by making sure that the toxins you’re getting out actually make it out of your body – purifying your blood.  Eat up!

Avocado: I eat half of one every day.  Its fiber and antioxidant count makes this a food that is making it onto more and more detox lists.

Onions:  It’s exploding with sulfur-containing amino acids, which efficiently detox the liver.   Onions will soak up arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury and tin in contaminated foods.  They’re also pretty tasty sautéed and add to salads and soups!

Brussels Sprouts: They are detox superstars.  I eat these several times a week.  It’s a little complicated how they aid in the process, but I will try to keep it basic.  Glucosinolates found in Brussel sprouts help turn on enzyme systems in our cells used for detoxification of cancer causing substances.  They’re rich in sulfur, which is required for the detox system to work properly in especially what’s called Phase 2.  They provide strong antioxidant support in the Phase 1 of detoxification – excellent source of vitamin C, very good source of manganese, contain a wide variety of antioxidant phytonutrients, including many antioxidant flavonoids. Lastly, there is evidence that the DNA in our cells is protected by naturally occurring substances in Brussels sprouts – protecting our DNA from toxins in environment.

Cauliflower:  I eat these several times a week too! Cauliflower helps your body’s ability to detoxify in many ways. It contains antioxidants that support Phase 1 detoxification along with sulfur-containing nutrients important for Phase 2 detox activities. The glucosinolates in cauliflower also activate detoxification enzymes. 

Broccoli: Broccoli specifically works with the enzymes in your liver to turn toxins into something your body can eliminate easily.

Broccoli Sprouts: Eating broccoli and broccoli sprouts enhances your body’s ability to detoxify after exposure to food- and air-borne carcinogens and oxidants, because of the phytochemical sulforaphane they contain.

Asparagus:  I eat this several times a week!  Helps with liver drainage – Super important since the liver is responsible for filtering out the toxic materials in the food and drinks we consume, anything that backs up its drainage is not doing you any favors.  One study showed asparagus extract protected liver cells against toxicity.

Cabbage: Cabbage does double detox duty. Its diuretic properties help rid your body of excess liquid, carrying toxins along with it. Like other cruciferous veggies, cabbage is also sulfur-rich, helping your liver break down toxins so they can be more easily expelled. 

Kale: Packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  It help flush out the kidneys, a set of organs that must be cleansed on any good detox effort.  New research has shown that the ITCs made from kale’s glucosinolates can help regulate detox at a genetic level. This vegetable is so good for you that it is often recommended to patients that are following a doctor recommended diet when fighting kidney disease!

Flaxseeds: Help your liver ward off harmful hormones from entering your bloodstream.

Sesame Seeds: Sesame seeds contain sesamin, a substance found to protect the liver from oxidative damage.

Fennel: High in fibre and vitamin C, fennel has also been found to protect our livers from harmful chemicals.

Garlic: Many detox diets list garlic as a crucial piece of the puzzle. The reason is that garlic boosts the immune system as well as helping out the liver activate enzymes that flush out toxins.  It also has a high amount of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aide in liver cleansing.  Also, high in sulfur, which is necessary for detoxification and its antibiotic properties heal your body. Garlic is proven to be 100 times more effective than antibiotics and working in a fraction of the time. 

Lemongrass: This is an herb that is used in Thailand and other parts of the world as a natural way to cleanse several organs at once. It not only helps the liver but also the kidneys, the bladder, and the entire digestive tract. Benefits of using it in your cooking, or drinking it as a tea include a better complexion, better circulation, and better digestion.  

Wheatgrass: Wheatgrass restores alkalinity to the blood making it a powerful detoxifier and liver protector. It increases red blood-cell count and lowers blood pressure. It also cleanses the organs and gastrointestinal tract of debris. Wheatgrass stimulates the metabolism and the body’s enzyme systems by enriching the blood. It also aids in reducing blood pressure by dilating the blood pathways throughout the body. Pound for pound, wheatgrass is more than twenty times denser in nutrients than other choice vegetables. Nutritionally, wheatgrass is a complete food that contains 98 of the 102 earth elements.

Olive Oil: It should be your go-to oil when you’re trying to detox the body. That’s because it has a lot of healthy properties, and makes for a better choice of fat than most of your other options.   Using olive oil to flush out the liver works by essentially overwhelming the gall bladder with more fat than it has bile to process. Unable to function, the gall bladder then signals the liver to immediately release all of its available bile into the shared bile duct. The liver will then forcefully empties its entire contents, including stored gall stones, liver stones, gravel and crystals. 

 Sooo as you can see, the list is vast and there’s plenty to choose from. Eat wisely and you won’t need to do a cleanse, detox, fast, etc…

It’s a Lifestyle!

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