As we transition into 2017, you’ve probably seen adds everywhere for the next big DETOX DIET! Do this diet or that diet and lose weight, gain energy, and be able to run a marathon tomorrow. Have you ever wondered do those diets work? Are you doing more harm than good?
The answer- maybe.
Starving your body of vital nutrients does not support detoxification and can lead to some pretty significant health issues. However, when we provide our bodies with good quality nutrition and supplement support- we can detox efficiently and effectively.
Toxins are everywhere, but our bodies are designed to be able to process these toxins.
However, we can be exposed to a large level of toxins daily. Do you use plastic containers to store your food? How about drinking adult beverages? Did you have too much fun on New Year’s Eve and need some medications the next day for that headache? These, and so much more, expose our bodies to toxins. So once or twice I year, I do recommend doing a detox support diet. Our bodies know what to do, however we can do some things to help them out.
What I usually recommend is a diet focused on real foods. Incorporating foods that your body can recognize and utilize. These diets are usually rich in non-starchy veggies like broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower. Veggies like these are rich in sulphoraphane which helps your major detoxifying organ (your liver) work optimally. I also encourage healthy fats (sorry, fast food fries are not on the menu). Try reaching for avocados, coconut oil, or olives. These fats not only encourage you to feel full but can help you get rid of those sugar cravings! I usually recommend “fat bombs” to help curb sugar craving even further. We’ve got some great recipes we would love to share with you!
During this diet, I do recommend removing certain foods. These foods can slow down your digestion or promote inflammation include grains, dairy and sugar. Sugar is number one most important to remove while on a detox support diet! It is very inflammatory in our bodies, so giving them a break for a while is a great way to help encourage your body’s natural detoxification pathways.
Another major component of detoxification is elimination. Yup, #2. Making sure your bowels are running regular helps your body remove any toxins it does process. Incorporate foods and supplements rich in magnesium and fiber to help gets those bowels moving!
- Asparagus is high in a nutrient called glutathione. Glutathione helps support our detoxification pathways and helps our bodies to remove toxins, pollutants, and heavy metals.
- Fresh herbs like mint, cilantro, basil, and parley. These herbs help to remove heavy metals from your body and flush out toxins
- Cabbage helps your body metabolize certain medications and excessive estrogens.
- Kale contains nutrients to help your body metabolize alcohol, antibiotics, and heavy metals.
Here at Whole Health Houston, we want to support your body to achieve optimal health and wellness. If you are interested in further exploring detox supportive diets, I would be more than happy to schedule a consultation with you to help customize something specific for YOU!
You only have one body, so love it well!