It’s crazy –
I say that the detox process is crazy because we live in a completely different world than even a decade ago. Today, the detox process requires more focus on filling up on the good stuff and getting rid of the bad stuff. Just for our daily support, it is necessary to combat the 80,000+ chemicals we’re exposed to at any given time.
No other generation before ours got exposed to as many man-made chemicals and toxic substances as we are. And I can say with certainty that the chemicals present on a daily basis are much more than we were designed to handle.
Where Are Toxins Found?
Toxins are everywhere. They’re in our furniture, cleaning products, antiperspirants, cosmetics, kid’s toys, our food supply, from the air we breathe to the water we drink, the food we eat, and even in the thoughts, we think. Reallt, there’s no escaping them.
Normally, the immune system, liver, kidneys, and digestive system work together to remove toxins. Them working together makes it possible to remove the toxins at the same rate as they are encountered. However, when toxin levels exceed our body’s capacity to remove them, toxins build up and get stored until they are removed.
That is why we don’t want these things getting backed up or staying inside of us too long. Toxins have been shown to correlate with immune system dysfunction, inflammation, neuro and skeletal degeneration, weight gain, and more.
Luckily, the detox process is easy to do!
Seasonally, I like to devote 7 days to really focus on boosting my body’s natural detoxifying process (#liverlove). Aside from that though, our body also has the ability to clear these toxins on a day-to-day, manageable basis. There are phytonutrients that help the body manage these toxins and naturally help in the detox process.
By focusing on the phytonutrients below, your body will obtain support from multiple angles. Once it happens, this provides a great foundation to promote optimal functioning (a.k.a get rid of the gunk/get you feeling better quicker).
First Phytonutrient: Flavonoids
This phytonutrient are present in plants – mainly in fruits and vegetables. They provide antioxidant support and are successful in reducing inflammation and boosting the immune system.
What you need to know about flavonoids is you need to focus on color. Consume foods like onions, berries, Brussels sprouts, citrus fruits, celery, peppers, apples throughout your day.
Specific herbs also aid in the removal of heavy metal toxins from the liver such as parsley and cilantro. Try to add these to your daily plates.
Second Phytonutrient: Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (ECGC)
This helps boost the enzymes necessary in phase 2 detoxification.
This compound also binds to heavy metals and contains antioxidants. You can find it in green tea – keep it steeped!
Third Phytonutrient: Curcumin
This compound is present in the spice turmeric.
It binds to heavy metals to take them out of the body. It is also extremely anti-inflammatory and promotes the enzymes in phase 2 detox pathways.
Use it for seasoning, add to dressings, or in a curry sauce. I keep it close and sprinkle it as often as I can!
Fourth Phytonutrient: Organosulfur compounds
These are present in foods with slightly bitter tastes (think sulfur) such as onions, garlic, broccoli, kale, bok choy, cabbage, turnips.
These also bind to heavy metals and promote phase 1 and 2 detoxification.
They also protect the liver and reproductive system from toxins- a unique feature they are known for.
Fifth Phytonutrient: Complete Greens
I love this product as it’s the only organic, bioavailable form of some of my favorite detoxifiers: spirulina, wheat grass, barley & alfalfa grass, chlorella, broccoli, spinach, and cabbage powder.
In conclusion, use these foods listed as the basis of your grocery list. Also, Try to include them in your plates throughout the day.
This is the simplest, most effective way to promote your body’s natural detoxification process bringing you closer to feeling your best.
If you want a guided detox program, check out my 21 day reboot!