New Year – New You – Detox (Part III: Using Whole Foods to Detox the Body)
“Let food be thy medicine.” ~ Hippocrates
Fasting is one of the oldest means of spiritual and physical cleansing, but a more current approach to detoxing is to nourish the body thoroughly with whole foods, fueling its natural cleansing mechanism with the nutrients needed to achieve optimal cleansing activity. By choosing a diet rich in high-quality proteins, complex carbs and essential fats, you provide your body the nourishment it needs to prevent muscle and organ breakdown. Intelligent application of nutrition supports organ function directly involved in the cleansing process and may help in the following ways:
INTESTINE: The nutrients zinc and pantothenic acid, the amino acid L-glutamine, and microorganisms known as acidophilus and bifidus, are a few of the substances that provide support for the health and integrity of the intestinal function such as regular bowel movements, eliminating the build-up of unhealthful microorganisms and internal toxins, and providing a strong and intact barrier to prevent the leaking of toxic materials from the intestines into circulation.
LIVER: Antioxidants found in foods rich in vitamins A, C & E, beta-carotene, B vitamins (especially B3 and B6), minerals, the amino acids L-cysteine and L-glutamine, and components known as glutathione and phospholipids are some of the substances that support liver function. Diet additives for a healthy liver include: garlic, legumes (beans), onions, eggs, and sulfur-rich foods including broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and other cruciferous vegetables. The sulfur in these vegetables may help the liver in its role of cleansing the body of toxins; additionally, these sulfur-rich foods contain nutrients called glucosinolates which may help prevent cancer by eradicating carcinogenic compounds in your body. The vitamins, antioxidants and fiber in cruciferous vegetables also make them well worth adding to your daily diet. Folic acid – a Vitamin B9 which is part of the B Complex, is also found in brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, parsnips, eggs and even asparagus and most green leafy vegetables.
KIDNEY: The vitamins A, C, B6, and the minerals magnesium and potassium are just some of the substances that support effective kidney function.
However you decide to kick start your body’s natural cleansing process, keep in mind it is important to eliminate chemicals, drugs and stimulants. Also keep in mind that cooking veggies often destroys a nutrient altogether or reduces its effectiveness (i.e. there is less nutrient available to be absorbed by your body) thus eating a raw diet of these types of veggies either by chewing or drinking provides the total cleansing and nutrient absorption. Stay tuned for Part IV – TOP 10 Ways to Kick Start Your Detox…