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Detoxification Through Food


Detoxification is the elimination of toxins from the blood and tissues. It is needed for optimal health and healing and normally the body has the ability to detox or neutralize individual toxins on its own.

The body neutralizes toxins in 3 ways:

  1. Chemical modification in the liver

  2. Breathing through the lungs

  3. Sweating through the skin

The liver is the major detoxification organ in the body and it is broken down into 2 detox phases

Phase I = Phase I detoxification consists of oxidation reduction and hydrolysis. This pathway converts a toxic chemical into a less harmful chemical

Phase II – This phase is called the conjugated pathway, whereby the luver cells add another substance to a toxic chemical to make it less harmful. This remodels the toxin water-soluble, so it can then be excreted from the body through bile or urine.

Toxins can refer to a lot of things such as:

  • Polluted air and water

  • Pesticide, insecticide and hormone residues from conventionally-produced foods

  • Processed sugar, caffeine, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes

  • Foods that cause a reaction in the body (allergies/sensitivities)

  • Synthetic chemicals from body care and household products

  • Xenoestrogens from plastic products

  • Stress and consistent negativity

The buildup of toxins in the body is something that we can control to some degree through food and the products that we use on a daily basis. Cleansing from toxins can help prevent the development of disease. The human body can tolerate some toxic exposure but everyone will exhibit toxic symptoms differently. A body overloaded with toxins may present with:

  • Allergies (congestion, sinus inflammation, itchy eyes)

  • Poor digestion (gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea)

  • Anger, irritability, negative thoughts

  • Headaches, migraines

  • Skin blemishes (pimples, rashes, eczema, psoriasis)

  • Overweight body

  • Fatigue, dizziness

  • Inability to focus, lack of concentration, restless mind

  • Muscle and joint pain

  • Respiratory issues (wheezing, bronchitis, asthma)

  • Menstrual irregularities, infertility

  • Chronic illness (IBS, CVD, diabetes)

  • Infection (bacterial, viral, fungal, parasitic)

  • Mental illness (depression, anxiety)

  • Cancer, other major diseases

Benefits of Cleansing:

There are countless benefits to detoxing the body. When you remove all of the harsh chemicals, processed and refined foods in the diet and replace it with high vitamin, mineral and water content foods your body is going accept with open arms – digestion will become easier and so will the elimination of toxins. Here are only a few of the benefits you will receive after your first cleanse:

  • Improved digestion

  • Better sleep

  • Weight loss

  • Radiant skin

  • Clearer thinking

  • General health improvements

First, foods to avoid:

  • Alcohol, Caffeine

  • Dairy products

  • Grains containing gluten (wheat (including wheat varieties like spelt, kamut, farro and durum, plus products like bulgar and semolina), barley, rye, triticale)

  • Dried fruit, Peanuts, Corn, Soy

  • Refined sugars, artificial sweeteners

  • Processed and fried foods

  • Pork and red meat

Second, foods to enjoy:

  • Fresh Fruits (no bananas)

  • Fresh Vegetables (no white potatoes, parsnips)

  • Fresh fish or canned in water

  • Chicken or Turkey

  • Beans and Legumes

  • Gluten free Grains (millet, rice, amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa, oats)

  • Coconut oil, Olive oil, Grapeseed oil, Avocado oil, Flaxseed oil, Hemp oil

  • Eggs

  • Raw, unsalted Nuts and Seeds/Nut Milk

  • Herbs and spices, limited honey and natural maple syrup

  • Green tea, Herbal tea, Water

Third, additional supplements:

  • Probiotic (at least 10 billion)

  • Chlorophyll liquid

  • Enzyme (optional)

  • Multi Vitamin

Ideally, the structure of meals you will have in a day will be Breakfast, Lunch, Snack and Dinner. The snacks are optional here.

Before breakfast each morning:

  • Take Multi-vitamin

  • Drink 1 cup warm fresh lemon water

  • OR Vegetable Juice**

Before bed:

  • Take Probiotic

  • Herbal tea

Super foods to Focus on Every Day

Almonds

  • High in fibre – essential for healthy elimination of toxins

  • Fantastic source of protein – a handful has as much as one egg

  • Healthy fats – great source of monounsaturated fatty acids with are anti inflammatory

Beetroot

  • Healthy liver components – beets contain betaine, a compound that is needed for proper liver function and protection

  • Detox powers – the phytonutrients in beets support phase 2 liver detoxification

  • Fibre – great for easy elimination

Chia seeds

  • Healthy fat – very anti-inflammatory and helps to keep you full

  • Fibre – extremely high in fibre and will not cause bloating

Cruciferous veggies

  • High in antioxidants – high concentration of vitamin A, C, E selenium and zinc which help to fight free radicals responsible for the development of cancer and other diseases

  • Anti-Inflammatory – contain glucosinolates and omega 3 fatty acids (alpha linoleic acid) which is important for the production of EPA (an inflammation reducing fat)

  • Liver protector – contains vitamin A which helps to protect the liver from disease ad harmful toxins


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