By Laurel Sterling Prisco, MS, RD
Living in Central New York we don’t tend to see much in the line of sun. So when summer arrives, people seem to have more of a spring in their step. Out come the convertibles, bicycles, rollerblades, shorts and t-shirts, and yes even for some….bikinis! We start to want to feel and look our best. I was inspired to look more into detoxing through foods after reading an article in Whole Living magazine.
What better time to detoxify and rid our bodies of the extra burden we may be carrying!
There are several ways to detoxify, and there are several organ systems in the body one can focus on to detoxify. At Natur-Tyme, we have many options to choose from. There is everything from a single supplement for whole-body cleanses. Cleanses can range from 3 days to 30 days depending on what you are looking for. Many cleanse kits urge the consumer to steer clear of processed foods, artificial colorings/flavorings/sweeteners, refined sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and common allergens (wheat, corn, dairy, soy, eggs, nuts, etc). One should try their best to avoid these in order to optimize the cleansing process. Otherwise, it has to deal with the extra burden of detoxifying more of what is coming in through diet.
Specific vitamins, minerals, plant nutrients, and amino acids aid in facilitating the removal of toxins. Therefore with any cleanse, I recommend to customers who are adhering to the above avoidances add in other foods and spices to help maximize the cleansing process.
Three very important types of fruits and vegetables for detoxification are the cruciferous vegetables, citrus fruits, and beets. Broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, arugula, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower are part of the cruciferous vegetable family. They contain substances called indoles. Studies show that people that eat this group of vegetables regularly have fewer hormone-related cancers
The citrus fruits (lemons, limes, grapefruit, and oranges) contain limonene, which supports the liver’s detoxification process.
Another vegetable that is very powerful in detoxification is beets. Beet fiber seems to be particularly health-promoting. Pectin, a soluble fiber in beets, binds toxins, heavy metals, and excess hormones that have been dumped into the gut from the liver. The toxins are eliminated instead of being reabsorbed.
Sulfur-containing foods such as garlic, onions, and eggs provide substances that prepare detoxified substances for excretion.
Spices like cucumin, found in turmeric-based curry sauces, support the liver-detox enzymes.
As you can see there are several ways to detox the body. Whichever way you choose to cleanse: through kits, foods, or both ….it does a body good! Remember to work on reducing stress, get appropriate exercise, and get quality sleep. These are important to the cleansing process as well. For more questions on the best way to start cleansing, come in and talk to our staff.