foods that detoxYou will hear the argument against doing a “detox”.  The argument will say that you cannot detox your body or that your body is already detoxing.  It is true, our bodies SHOULD be detoxing everyday.  But whether or not they do it well, efficiently, or can keep up with the amounts of toxins that we introduce into our bodies on a daily basis is questionable.  Our bodies require certain nutrients in order to do this very important job.  Major organs and every cell are involved in this process and modern diseases are proof that our bodies are not able to do the job completely when we have poor nutrition and a high toxic load.  Studies show that infants are born with over 200 toxins in their system.  Standard American diets that lack vegetable intake and are high in chemicals do not give us the fuel and building blocks for getting rid of the constant intake both endotoxins and exotoxins and so we are left overloaded and under supported.  Even with an impeccable diet, modern life has burdened our system with more toxins than we were originally designed to filter using perfectly designed machines we call a body.  So what is a person to do?

For these reasons, some of us who seek health take time out to do a “detox” or a “cleanse” or what may even be referred to as a “purification”.  Both during this time of doing a “detox” and during the rest of the year, our detoxing mechanisms can be supported to be more efficient by doing 2 things:

  1. Reducing your toxic load and
  2. Eating to support your body’s natural detoxification process.

Below I have listed some common foods to support your natural detoxification pathways.   These foods give your body what it needs to do this very important job.  By including them both on your grocery list and your plate, you can be supporting your body at every meal so it can, in turn, support your needs the rest of the day.  What a great relationship, huh? When applicable, I have included some affiliate links for your convenience.  For my full disclosure policy click here.

Common Foods that do the detoxing for you.

  1. Sulphurous Vegetables. These vegetables include things like onions and garlic, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, asparagus, kale, arugula, turnips and turnip greens .  I commonly refer to this group as “all the things that are kind of smelly” because you can actually smell that they contain high levels of sulphourous compounds that give them that smell.  If you are new to adding in vegetables to your diet, start with the ones that are most friendly to you such as onions and experiment with different ways to prepare the others.  I had to do a lot of experimenting to like brussel sprouts but now I eat them for breakfast.  Sulphurous vegetables should be included in your diet daily.  Aim for 3 cups (or as close as you can get).  If that seems like a lot, start at one cup and build your way up, adding onions and garlic to your meals to boost your intake.
  2. Liver.  Your liver is one of the major organs involved in getting rid of toxins and by eating it, you support yours.  Including any type of liver support, including herbs, can help you get rid of toxins better.  If you are new to liver, I suggest grinding it into your ground beef.  It is a great way to hide the taste that may be new or unpleasant to some palates.  You can also find pills, believe it or not.  Including this organ meat in your weekly routine is a great idea for those seeking a nutrient dense diet.
  3. Apples
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Celery
  6. Cilantro
  7. Parsley
  8. Cranberries
  9. Pomegrantes
  10. Raspberry Leaf.  This can be found in teas such as this one here.
  11. Wild blueberries
  12. Dandelion greens or root.  Fresh or in a tea such as this one or this one  (they have 2 completely different tastes).  Fresh is always best.  If you decide to forage for these, make sure that they have not been sprayed by pesticides or weed killer!
  13. Potatoes. 
  14. Tomatoes.
  15. Beets.  Very powerful.
  16. Artichokes. 
  17. Lemons and Limes.
  18. Avocados.
  19. Basil.
  20. Cinnamon.
  21. Fennel.
  22. Ginger.
  23. Turmeric.
  24. Goji Berries.
  25. Grapefruit.
  26. Green Tea.
  27. Olive Oil. This is best eaten unheated.
  28. Pineapple.
  29. Leafy Greens.
  30. Seeds and Nuts.  These are best when soaked and sprouted to remove lectins and phytates.

So who is ready to eat?! While you load up on fruits and veges in your diet, also try to reduce your toxic load by choosing household and beauty products that are less toxic.  As with any changes, making them gradual will seem less overwhelming: start with the ones that are easy.  Every little bit helps! Keep working on it and I’ll see you next time here at My Crazy Journey.

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For more information about foods and detoxing, check out these 2 sources that go into more detail about specific foods and how and why they are good for our bodies.

The Wahls Protocol by Dr. Terry Wahls

Life Changing Foods by Anthony Williams

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