All About Detox Diets

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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!


Bonus foods:

  • 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!

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About the Author

Erin Gussler, MS RDN LD CLT

Growing up, Erin has always loved food (and could be found singing “fruit, fruit, fruit for the whole team” at baseball games).  When she started college, she realized her true calling was in the field of nutrition.  After a career in critical care nutrition, she is now using her passion and knowledge for integrative and functional nutrition to help you succeed in your wellness goals.  Nutrition should be more than just “another diet”, but about healing and wellness from the inside out.  Using personalized nutrition therapy, Erin will teach you to not only love food but to eat food (and enjoy food) that loves you back.

Erin received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science at Texas A&M University, and she completed her dietetic internship through Meredith College.  She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as the Houston Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  She is also a member of several dietetic practice groups including Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine, Nutrition Entrepreneurs, and Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition.

Erin is committed to working with you to find balance in your life and to help demystify the world of nutrition.  Our goal at Whole Health Houston is to find the root causes of imbalance, and provide an individualized and custom wellness map.  Erin works closely with the doctors at Whole Health Houston to provide you with consistent care, evaluation, and on-going monitoring to help you succeed.  Let Erin walk alongside you and teach you to use food and nutrition to help you live your best life!

About the Author

Erin Gussler, MS RDN LD CLT

Erin is committed to working with you to find balance in your life and to help demystify the world of nutrition.  Our goal at Whole Health Houston is to find the root causes of imbalance, and provide an individualized and custom wellness map.  Erin works closely with the doctors at Whole Health Houston to provide you with consistent care, evaluation, and on-going monitoring to help you succeed.  Let Erin walk alongside you and teach you to use food and nutrition to help you live your best life!

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