When all your energy is focused on cleaning shop, other functions suffer. Metabolism, hormone regulation, immune response, digestion and brain power can all be affected by a build up of toxins in your body.
Here's a quick explanation about how liver detoxification works and ways you can support it through healthy eating.
Phase One: Harmful substances are converted into intermediary compounds.
Phase Two: These compounds are then deactivated and excreted.
But timing is crucial.
This chemistry needs to proceed on a timely schedule because the intermediary compounds generated in phase one are often more chemically active and therefore more toxic than the original substances. Efficient detoxification requires that you have enough of the right foods and nutrients to make sure that both phase one and two proceed on schedule.
Phase One detoxification benefits from foods like oranges, tangerines and the brassica family vegetables: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower.
Phase Two activators also include the brassica vegetables as well as caraway seeds, dill seeds, citrus peel and fish oil.
Next: Because this two-stage chemistry generates harmful free radicals, the detox process also increases your need for antioxidants, which can stop these free radicals from damaging tissues.
Here's a list of some excellent food sources of antioxidants:
- Beta-carotene: butternut squash, cantaloupe, carrots, mangoes, parsley, red bell pepper, spinach, sweet potatoes
- Vitamin C: citrus, guava, papaya, sweet peppers
- Vitamin E: almonds, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, whole grains
- Selenuim: Brazil nuts, brown rice, chicken, shrimp
- Zinc: cashews, duck, mushroom, oysters
Powerful Phytonutrients: Another reason to eat more foods from the plant kingdom
Plant foods offer special phytonutrients that play key roles in the detoxification process. Researchers have identified many of these. Take a look at the powerful edible allies that can go to work for you so you can feel light and energized!
What it does. Destroys harmful free-radical by-products of the detoxification process.
Food Sources - broccoli, Brussels sprouts, peas, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes
Glucosinolates, such as Sulforaphane and Indoles
What they do - help the liver detoxify chemicals, drugs and pollutants
Food sources - cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli sprouts.
What it does - facilitates the removal of fat-soluble toxins and acts as a powerful antioxidant. This is a vitally important compound.
Food sources - asparagus, avocados, cantaloupe, coked fish and meat, okra, oranges, peaches, potatoes boiled in their skin, raw spinach, strawberries, walnuts, watermelon
What it does - lessens the detox burden on the liver by stimulating the kidneys and clearing out poisons produced by harmful bacteria in the gut
Food sources - artichoke, Jerusalem artichoke, rasins
What it does - aids the liver in breaking up and transforming toxins for elimination
Food sources - lemon peel, mandarin orange peel, orange peel, and, to a lesser extent, the juice of these fruits
What they do - fuel certain detox processes that transform and thereby inactivate hormones, neurotransmitters and drugs
Food Sources - beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, egg yolks, garlic, onions, sweet red peppers
Giving our bodies the fuel it deserves is an important focus to stay healthy and strong. Be mindful of your choices! You will find almost all of these health building foods, immune boosters and anti-inflammatory support systems in my custom 3-Day Detox Cleanse. I deliver this detox program to you and it is made with fresh and powerful organics from the local farmer's market. Contact me to learn more. Feel great! Happy cleansing!
Christine Imfeld, M.A.
Integrative Wellness Coach
1 (415) 699-4280