Top Science-Based Foods for Detoxification; How to Detox Year Round
Author: Kurt LaCapruccia, D.S.S. (Diploma in Dietary Supplement Science).
Published: October 17, 2018
The best detox is a lifestyle. It is a diet that constantly empowers and encourages your body to remove toxins and support your body throughout the year. While Detoxification can be an exclusive period where certain foods are restricted, the information contained in this article will give you science-based facts on key foods you can use to promote year round toxin removal and liver detoxification.
Health is your true wealth, I believe we are wise to use science to make sure the foods we trust will truly benefit our lives. The need for natural detoxification is imperative because we live in a highly toxic world.
In this article, I have included why you should consider these foods and practical steps for how you can incorporate these detox foods into your daily healthy diet. My desire is that you can use this science-based information to build a diet that is right for you.
1. Garlic – Scare the Vampires and the Bacteria!
Garlic will not only scare vampires, but also bacteria! Vampires may not be scientifically proven, but bacteria in the gut scientifically causes health problems and will not allow you to lose weight. Garlic has been used since the days of ancient Egypt to protect the body from the common cold.
Why use Garlic to detoxify the body? Garlic is a low calorie, high nutrient solution to strengthen the immune system, promote a healthy gut and detoxify the liver from the toxic heavy metals including: Lead, Mercury and Cadmium.
On a scientific level; Garlic is dense in Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Selenium and Fiber. These nutrients can promote a superior immune system, promote a healthy gut and lower blood pressure.
Garlic contains two science-based compounds: Allicin and Sulfur. Allicin is a natural antimicrobial compound promoting liver detoxification. (1) The Israel Medical Association Journal suggests Allicin for natural detoxification to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and muscle soreness. (2)
Sulfur is a natural antioxidant important for liver detoxification. Detoxification from airborne environmental toxins, heavy metals and pharmaceuticals are the hallmark benefits of detoxifying the body with Sulfur. (3)
Sulfur targets heavy metal including: mercury, cadmium, lead, cobalt and copper. New scientific research points to Sulfur as a leading agent in reducing lead toxicity by 19% over a four week study in individuals exposed to lead poising via car battery assembly plants. (4)
Best ways to include Garlic in your Daily Diet- Garlic is famous for culinary application. Chopped Garlic amplifies the taste and aroma of soups, stews and pasta sauces. You can take Garlic in supplement form if the taste or aroma is not agreeable with your system.
Summary- Allicin cleans the liver. Sulfur detoxifies the cells.
2. Lemons – Sour to the Taste, but Sweet Benefits
Lemon is sour to the taste, but it has sweet benefits for detoxification. Lemon is a staple of the best detox programs and is known as the “Master Cleanser” for its antibacterial properties which can promote strong digestion and a healthy gut.
Lemon is a natural anti-inflammatory agent. It provides anti-inflammatory support as well as natural antibacterial strengthening of the immune system to fight off infection naturally detoxifying the body. One of the main benefits of adding Lemon to your diet is maintaining gut and digestive health. Lemon aids the digestive system in deconstructing complex foods so your body can easily absorb the nutrients. Remember, optimal health is achieved through higher absorption levels. The easier your body can absorb nutrients, the strong your system becomes.
Lemon is dense in Vitamin C, Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus and Magnesium. Improvements to digestive health and natural body detoxification are benefits of adding Lemon to your morning glass of water. The first beverage I consume every morning is a warm glass of lemon water. Science suggests the body is not shocked by warm water, making it more readily absorbed than cold water. Warm water may also speed up the digestive system by widening the blood vessels. Widened blood vessels allow fluids to travel easier to the large intestine which could promote faster elimination of toxins. I recommend drinking your warm glass of lemon water on an empty stomach to promote faster hydration and absorption of Vitamin C. Remember, faster hydration equals faster digestion.
The main compound in Lemon is Citric Acid, a healthy acid that explains how lemon helps the digestion system in deconstructing complex foods. Citric Acid is an organic, non-GMO acid. Concentrated in Lemons, Citric Acid protects the immune system from free radical damage and promotes detoxification of the liver and brain. (4) Although Citric Acid is beneficial to detoxify the brain, the liver largely benefits from Citric Acid flushing toxins to the bladder. Recent scientific studies have shown that Citric Acid could promote detoxification of the kidneys and alleviate kidney stones. (5)
Best ways to include Lemon in your Daily Diet- Adding Lemon to a warm glass of water as your first protocol of the day is an easy and convenient way to balance your pH levels. Lemon works wonders as a natural salad dressing as well. This info graphic illustrates how toxins enter the body and are eliminated through detoxification.
Summary- Citric Acid strengthens the immune system and cleans the liver of toxins.
3. Avocado Oil – The Best Detox Oil
Just when the health world praised Coconut Oil for being the new Olive Oil, here comes Avocado Oil. I am constantly finding myself impressed with its benefits for detoxification! Have you considered cooking your food in Avocado Oil? It is delicious!
The list of Avocado Oil benefits make it an effective and scientific food to naturally detox the body. High levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids make Avocado Oil a beneficial food for the best detox. Omega-3 Oils help lubricate the intestinal walls of the stomach promoting superior digestive health and an overall environment for detoxification.
When the intestinal walls of the stomach are lined with Omega-3 Fatty Acids, toxins easily bind to the oil and are transferred to the bladder for elimination. (6) The most important aspect of detoxification is to create an environment where toxins can bind to material that can be processed for elimination. Omega-3 Fatty Acids make this process happen in the gut. Once a toxin binds to fat, the body transfers the material to the large intestine which will be eliminated through the bladder.
Best ways to include Avocado Oil in your Daily Diet- Avocado Oil has a neutral taste and is best to cook at medium to high temperatures. You are not able to deep fry using Avocado Oil. This should not be a problem as the last thing your body needs is fried foods.
Summary- Avocado Oil makes it easy for toxins to be bound and eliminated.
4. Wheat Grass – The More Greens, the Better
Did you know 2 ounces of Wheatgrass is the equivalent to eating 4 pounds of Green Leafy Vegetables?
When it comes to detoxification, the more cruciferous vegetables the better. In my experience, there is no such thing as overeating on greens. Wheat grass and other dark greens have high levels of Chlorophyl that promotes a strong immune system and detoxifies the blood. It can even help prevent cardiovascular disease. Wheat Grass has one of the highest levels of Chlorophyll, nearly 70%!
While other dark leafy greens are beneficial for detoxification, Wheat Grass is believed to improve the quality and quantity of red blood cells. (7) Strong red blood cells equal a strong system. In addition to improving the strength of red blood cells, Chlorophyll helps detox the liver by increasing the body’s ability to transfer toxins to the bladder for elimination. Drinking Wheat Grass shots can increases of Chlorophyll. Just one shot a day could keep the toxins away.
What does Chlorophyll do your body? The antioxidants found in Wheat Grass, Kale, Barley, Peas, Leeks, Spinach, Spirulina and Arugula target and eliminate fungus in the body. Chlorophyll reduces inflammation in the body, making it easier for nutrients to be absorbed into the blood stream. Reduced inflammation can also promote weight loss and decreased cholesterol levels.
Best ways to include Wheat Grass in your Daily Diet- Wheat Grass can be Juiced. I recommend adding juice or adding Wheat Grass to a Smoothie as the taste is rather strong. There are also Wheat Grass powders that can be added to a smoothie as well.
Summary- Wheat Grass contains 70% Chlorophyll to improve the blood and cleanse the liver.
5. Green Tea – The World’s Healthiest Beverage?
The Green spree continues! This time in the form of tea. Green Tea has centuries of praise for its powerful antioxidant benefits. It is no wonder it is a staple in the healthiest diets on the planet. Some even go so far as to call Green Tea “The Worlds Healthiest Beverage.” While this claim is unsubstantiated by science, I am a huge advocate for Green Tea Detoxification.
Does Green Tea remove toxins from the body? Green Tea is an antioxidant powerhouse, so the answer is yes! Science suggests that Green Tea re-hydrates the body and boosts circulation. (8) Many have the wrong idea that Green Tea dehydrates the body. Science says the opposite. Antioxidants in Green Tea clean the blood and improve digestion in the body. The result of these two benefits is improved toxin removal without dehydration.
Green Tea detoxifies the liver with Polyphenols. Most of the Polyphenols in Green Tea are Flavanols, also known as Catechins. Polyphenols are anti-inflammatory agents. These agents decrease oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. These benefits create an environment where toxins can be targeted and transferred through the large intestine to the bladder for toxin removal.
Weight loss is an additional benefit of Green Tea. You only need 2 cups of Green Tea per day to promote weight loss in the body. The catechin antioxidants in Green Tea target abdominal belly fat. (9) Drinking Green Tea before an aerobic workout can stimulate catechins to promote belly fat removal. Drinking Green Tea will not replace a nutrient-dense diet low in GMO foods. However, it will complement lifestyles that consist of raw and organic fruits and vegetables.
Best Ways to Include Green Tea in your Daily Diet- Brewing Green Tea in the morning is a healthy and scientific way to start your day! Green Tea Mochi and Ice Cream are healthy options, just be sure to limit your sugar intake. I am a huge fan of Yerba Mate Green Tea.
Summary- Green Tea is a hydrating drink promoting weight loss and toxin removal.
6. Coconut Water – More Hydrating Than Water?
With 95% water content, Coconut water is a fruit that can hydrate the body. What you need to know about Coconut is that it is a fruit, not a nut. Coconut water is also not Coconut milk.
Coconut is a low fat fruit with high water and potassium content. When the body is hydrated, it can flush toxins from the blood stream to the large intestine for disposal to occur through the bladder. Potassium balances acidity in the blood and tissues and promotes healthy joints.
Is Coconut water good for you? The list of health benefits makes the answer a resounding yes! Coconut water contains Lauric acid which strengthens your immune system, hydrates your body, boosts your metabolism and can promote weight loss. Coconut water is hydrating, but it is also high in antioxidants and fiber. Antioxidants in Coconut water protect the cell from free radical damage.
Additional benefits of Coconut Water include support for heart health and prevention of kidney stones. Studies suggest Coconut water could be more hydrating than water. (10) Hydrating the body helps prevent kidney stones by reducing crystal and stone formation. Animal research suggests Coconut Water as beneficial to prevent calcium and oxalate buildups in urine. (11)
Best Ways to include Coconut Water in your Daily Diet- Coconut water is delicious! It can be bought at your local health food store. Coconut is a natural laxative due to high levels of potassium, so limit your intake to a few servings per day.
Summary- Coconut water helps detoxify the body through hydration.
With the wealth of information contained in this article, you have science-based facts on foods you can use to promote toxin removal and liver detox throughout your year. The toxicity and pollution of our environment is reaching dangerous levels, there has never been a time where detoxification of the body is more imperative. (12)
I have included an overview of the top science-based foods covered in this article, along with the key benefits these foods can bring to your life.
1. Garlic – Cleanses the liver and detoxifies the blood. Chopped Garlic enhances the taste of pasts, skews and soups.
2. Lemon – Citric Acid promotes a strong immune and digestive system. Start your day with a warm glass of lemon water. Room temperature is fine if warm water is not right for you.
3. Avocado Oil – Omega 3 Fatty Aids bind toxins to be removed through the bladder. The neutral taste makes it a versatile cooking oil.
4. Wheat Grass – Chlorophyll cleans the blood and detoxifies the liver. Wheat Grass shots with a friend make for memorable experiences.
5. Green Tea – Polyphenols heal broken metabolisms, reduce oxidative stress and support the digestive system. Enjoy at 2 cups to experience the benefits.
6. Coconut Water – Higher levels of Hydration and Potassium allow the body to easily transport toxins to the large intestine so they can be eliminated through the bladder. Remember to be conscious of your intake as Coconut is a natural laxative.
The information contained in this article can help you create a year long, sustainable diet plan that promotes detoxification of the body. I believe health and science are mandatory to create diets that promote year long detoxification. At DR Vitamin Solutions, we are committed to the truth about detoxification. Your life can change when you combine health and science, we are here to provide science-based recommendations so you can remove toxins and live vibrantly. We all live more vibrantly with less toxins in our bodies.
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