It's a new year, and many people are thinking about how they can reset and recharge their bodies now that the holidays are over. Juice fasting, master cleanses, and even water fasting come to mind when we think of "detoxing" as a way to boost autophagy and reset our bodies quickly.
Serious detox protocols, on the other hand, are deficient in fibre, protein, and micronutrients, all of which aid in the detoxification process. Detoxification protocols like these should only be carried out under medical supervision, as they can be extremely taxing on the body and even dangerous if certain co-morbidities are present.
So, what should we include to help with detox?
A good food-focused detoxification plan must include vitamin and mineral-rich foods.
Vitamin C, which can be found in berries, leafy greens, citrous fruits, peppers, and broccoli, as well as magnesium, which can be found in dark leafy greens, nuts, and seeds, can help to speed up the detoxification process by moving toxins through the lymphatic system.
Omega–3 fatty acids found in fatty fish such as wild caught salmon and mackerel, as well as nuts and seeds such as chia and walnuts, can help reduce systemic inflammation, including that of the liver, the body's primary detoxification organ.
Methyl groups are also used in the detoxification process. The majority of methyl groups used in toxin conjugation come from s-adenosylmethionine (SAM). SAM requires methionine, choline, B12, and active folate to be synthesised. Nuts and seeds, avocado, pastured eggs, grass-fed beef, liver, organic poultry, wild fish, and shellfish are also good providers of these nutrients.
Detoxification begins with foods high in sulphur. Sulfur aids in the production of glutathione, the body's major antioxidant. Glutathione is made up of sulphur and amino acids (protein), both of which can be found in high-quality animal products including grass-fed beef, organic chicken, wild game, lamb, and wild-caught seafood. Leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, and kohlrabi are sulfur-rich foods to include for detoxification. Phase 2 of the detoxification process can be accelerated by eating allium vegetables like onion, leeks, and garlic, as well as the high–quality animal proteins described above.
Let's have a look at some of the greatest foods for detoxification
Carbohydrates (when possible, organic)
- Berries and citrous fruits are examples of fruits.
Vegetables: Salad greens, watercress, dandelion, and swiss chard are examples of leafy greens.
Broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, radishes, kohlrabi, and other cruciferous vegetables
Tomatoes, rainbow peppers, cucumbers, and celery are examples of colourful vegetables.
Proteins: Lean poultry, lamb, beef, and eggs are all good sources of animal protein (pastured/organic).
Cod, scrod, sole, haddock, ALASKAN salmon, sardines, shrimp, scallops, oysters, and other wild-caught fish and shellfish.
Fats: Olives and extra virgin olive oil
Avocados and avocado oil are both good for you.
Nuts/seeds of all kinds (raw is ideal for natural oils and enzymes), as well as nut/seed butters!
Sesame oil and virgin coconut oil
- Teas: Green, dandelion, rooibos, and rosemary are some of the herbs used.
- Both Neem and Moringa have detoxifying effects to support all the other efforts you make.
Turmeric 95% Curcumin is the wonder spice that helps in detoxification of the liver. It helps in boosting enzymes which can flush out dietary toxins from the body.
Detoxification lifestyle therapies include
- Bathe in Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate). These are an excellent approach to enhance sulfation in someone who can't eat a lot of sulfur-rich foods.
- Allow yourself to be exposed to the sun, which promotes the creation of cholesterol sulphate.
- Dry brushing can help to increase lymphatic flow.
- Toxins from perfumes, personal care, and harsh cleaning chemicals should be kept to a minimum in the home. A personal care product database can be found at https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/.
- Avoid pollutants found in the environment such as alcohol, coffee, smoking, pesticides, unfiltered water, preservatives, and mercury-rich fish like tuna and swordfish.
- Gluten, processed meals, sugar, low-quality oils, GMOs, and farmed meat are all foods that sabotage detoxification.
- Increase your water consumption; being hydrated will aid in the removal of toxins from the liver and aid in the healing process.
Remember that detoxification is our body's natural technique for recycling and eliminating poisons. Food aids in the detoxication process by delivering cofactor nutrients that activate these pathways. Daily cleansing with nutrient-dense foods can assist to keep these processes running smoothly.
Thank you to everyone with us on this journey to health and vitality, and for supporting us as we show you more of the goodness earth has in store for you.
Stay Healthy and Happy,