Replacing processed foods to detoxify
We Americans have dozens of toxic chemicals lurking in our bodies, many of which arrive through food (get a 2012 report on human chemical exposure at cdc.gov). Although “cleanses” are useful, preventing toxin intake up front is even better. Choose food sources that are locally and organically grown whenever possible. This will help to greatly reduce exposure to toxic pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. To understand detoxification, we need to acquaint ourselves with the liver, a hardworking organ that has to deal with the majority of the toxins that enter the body through our food and the environment. It is the major site of detoxification in the body. When toxins reach the liver, they have to be deactivated to prevent damage to the body. We really undervalue our livers and how hard they work to keep us going. When there is an overabundance of toxins in the body, the liver does not have adequate time to deal with toxins and can get overburdened, congested and stagnant. This can lead to various health issues.
Detoxify While You Eat!
Eating these foods regularly helps reduce your body’s toxic load:
Fresh fruits: apples, pears, lemons, oranges, berries, figs
Fresh vegetables: broccoli, onions, kale, all dark leafy greens, red peppers, carrots
Dried fruits: soaked prunes, black mission figs
Nuts and seeds: flax seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, filberts
Whole grains: brown rice, wild rice, buckwheat, rye, large-flake rolled oats