Did you know our bodies have detoxification processes built into them? Yep, they sure do. Sometimes though, our bodies need help and support and by supporting our bodies with what it needs to function at it’s best, we can allow and promote detoxification. One of the ways that we can help our bodies remove the excess toxins is by the foods we choose to eat.
Why would we want to? Because toxins, or toxic materials, are things that we are exposed to in our lives. These toxins disrupt and create an extra burden on our cells, organs, and bodies. This dysfunction leads to chronic medical disease, problematic symptoms, to even life-threatening diseases. If we do not decrease toxin load, it can lead to significant health problems.
Below we will talk about eight detox foods and how to heal the body naturally.
Chlorella is an algae that is found in the fresh waters native to Japan and Taiwan. It is considered a superfood and for excellent reasons, as it is filled with phytonutrients, chlorophyll, potassium, B-complex vitamins, amino acids, and others.
Chlorella is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world and is good for supporting your immune system (1).
For example, it contains 287% of our daily recommended intake of Vitamin A. This superfood can help remove heavy metals, such as mercury, uranium, and lead, from your body. It can also protect you from further harm from the metals that are still within your body. (2) One notable benefit is its ability to remove radioactive materials from the body after radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
Take note that blue-green algae (Aphanizomenon) are different from chlorella. Some forms of blue-green algae produce toxins that can be harmful to the brain. (3,4) Without more research, we do not recommend taking this form of algae.
Tumeric is a well-known herb in the Indian culture. It is a part of the ginger family and is now seen in many health food stores. Turmeric contains a mighty phytochemical: curcumin, which provides the vibrant golden-orange color in most curry dishes. There are currently over 10,000 peer-reviewed research articles supporting the powerful healing aspects of curcumin.
Outside of the healing properties, Turmeric is helpful in supporting the liver with detoxification. By choosing to incorporate turmeric in your foods, drinks or as a daily turmeric supplement, it can provide many benefits for your health.
As with chlorella, spirulina is helpful in assisting with heavy metal detoxification, specifically arsenic (5). Arsenic is prevalent in our water supplies around the world and is known to have a large number of harmful effects. It affects almost every system in the body with links to over five types of cancers. (6,7)
Spirulina, like chlorella, is a form of blue algae that grows in freshwater. With over 1,700 research articles, it is also high on the list for nutrient dense foods (8). By adding spirulina to your diet, you can not only start to remove arsenic from your body (9), but you can decrease your risk of cancer (10).
Beets are one of the top blood purifying foods we can consume, especially when it comes to detoxifying our bodies (11).
If you remember from the introduction, our bodies were already created with organs to help remove toxins. The liver is one of these organs and does a great job. Because our systems are often overtaxed, our livers sometimes need assistance.
Beets help clean the bloodstream and as well as contain pectin which helps the body eliminate toxins from the colon. These two modalities, in turn, take a lot of the work off of the liver so that it can focus on other tasks. So start adding beets into your recipes today.
5. Broccoli Sprouts
While broccoli is great, broccoli sprouts are better. Broccoli sprouts have been shown to contain sulforaphane, a chemical which can combat cancer cells in the body and improve the negative genetics affecting your health (12). This chemical is also being shown to be able to remove carcinogens from your body before they have a chance to become a problem (13).
6. Leafy Greens
Eating leafy greens, especially the darker ones like Kale and Spinach, have been shown to be an excellent source of natural detoxifiers for the body. One cup of raw kale has 684% of Daily Value (DV) of Vitamin K, 206% of the DV of Vitamin A and 124% of the DV of Vitamin C. These greens can be eaten in salads or blended into smoothies so are very easy to add into your daily diet.
Broccoli sprouts also add fiber and bulk needed to detox the intestines. And, of course, they are full of vitamins and minerals to support healthy cell growth and the building of a new toxin-free body (14).
The Ginger root is a close relative of turmeric and has been used far back into history as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent (15). When people start looking for detox drinks or recipes, ginger is a common ingredient that comes up. Why? Because it supports the bodies circulatory, digestive, and cooling/detoxing (sweating) systems. These three systems are the major players in helping to rid toxins from our bodies.
Apples, like beets, are great for supporting your liver in its detox function. With not only malic acid but pectin, apples are the double whammy of dietary support that your body needs in its fight against toxins (16). When using apples as a dietary assistant, make sure you are either buying organic apples or cleaning the pesticides off of your apples before you eat them.
Toxins come at us on every side these days. We can take action to assist with ridding our bodies of these toxins. You can start by learning how to eat foods that will support our bodies in this vital process and be on the path toward healing.
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