How to Use Your Diet to Improve Your Natural Ability to Detox!
How to use Your Diet to Improve Your Natural Ability to Detox:
In today’s environment, regular detoxification is an absolute necessity. We are exposed to tens of thousands of harmful compounds every day! Pesticides, herbicides, solvents, petrochemicals, heavy metals and plastics abound around us; even more concerning is that after we are exposed to these compounds they remain in our bodies stored within our cells.
The liver is known as the body’s great detoxifier, but what you might not know is that your skin, kidneys, and intestines all play an equally important role in detoxification. You can support healthy elimination through these channels by eating the following foods:
1. Green Vegetables
Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage cauliflower, collard greens, kale, and kohlrabi are some of the many options that fall into the cruciferous vegetables category. Cruciferous vegetables contain isothiocyanates which promote the elimination of carcinogens and enhance tumor suppressor proteins. Our liver cleanses the body in a two-step process known as Phase 1 and Phase 2 detoxification. Eating cruciferous vegetables enhances the enzymes required for Phase 1 and Phase 2 liver detoxification. Cruciferous vegetables are also high in sulfur, which leads to increased production of glutathione, a molecule that attracts toxins and transports them out of the body through the colon. When our toxin burden increases, we rapidly deplete glutathione.
2. Chia and Flax seeds
Adding high fiber seeds like Chia and Flax improves the elimination of toxins through the colon. Fiber helps to promote daily and regular bowel movements, a key component of detoxification. This is critical because the colon isn’t just an elimination pathway, it also an area where re-absorption of fluid occurs. The longer waste sits in your colon, the greater the likelihood that you will reabsorb toxins. Adding fiber to your diet cleanses the colon by adding bulk to bowel movements and binding to toxins.
Although it sounds simple enough, water is a key component in healthy detoxification. Increasing your water intake helps your kidneys flush out blood waste. It also hydrates your skin and nourishes your mind. Drinking clean, filtered water is important; you don’t want to be exposed to more chemicals by drinking tap water.
In addition to what you should be eating, there are foods that you should avoid eating to support healthy detoxification on a daily basis:
• Refine sugars
• White flour
• Cooking oils like canola, corn and soybean
• Processed foods and snacks
• Commercial dairy products
Committing to a lifestyle like Maximized Living’s Advanced Plan will help you incorporate more of the foods you should be eating and cut out the items that are holding you back from achieving your health goals and reaching your full potential.
By: Dr. Pragati Gusmano