Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)
Toxins are a natural by-product of the body’s everyday functions and as a result, detoxification is an ongoing process in every cell in the body. Our bodies are highly effective at dealing with toxins, however, due to a combination of factors including lifestyle, diet, personal hygiene products, genetics, and exposure to pollutants and contaminants, alongside increased research and a piece of deeper nutritional knowledge, it is great to know which foods help the body to remove toxins.
1. Apples contain a good amount of fibre, vitamin C, potassium and many beneficial phytochemicals, flavonoids and terpenoids. All of these substances are useful in the detoxification process. One flavonoid in particular called Phlorizidin, is thought to help stimulate bile production which helps the liver remove some toxins through the bile. Apples are also a good source pectin (which is a soluble fibre) and which can help detox metals and food additives from your body.
2. Avocados contain many vital nutrients and are a good source of: vitamin B5, vitamin K, fibre copper, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium, and vitamin C. They also contain many phytonutrients including: carotenoids, flavonoids, phytosterols. They also contain the important fats: oleic acid and alpha – linolenic (an omega 3 fatty acid). Avocados contain a nutrient called glutathione, which blocks at least 30 different carcinogens while helping the liver detoxify synthetic chemicals.
3. Beetroot contain a unique mixture of natural plant chemicals (phytochemicals) and minerals that make them superb fighters of infection, blood purifiers, and liver cleansers. They also help boost the body’s cellular intake of oxygen, making beetroot an excellent overall body cleanser. Beetroot will help by making sure that the toxins you are removing actually make it out of the body.
4. Broccoli sprouts contain important phytochemicals that are released when they’re chopped, chewed, fermented, or digested. The substances are then broken down into sulfurophanes, indole-3-carbinol and D-glucarate, which all have a specific role in detoxification.
5. Coriander contains large amounts of antioxidants which are linked to helping reduce inflammation, reducing cholesterol, in the reduction of anaemia and indigestion. Did you know? Coriander has been linked to helping move mercury and other metals out of body tissue and helping them attach to other compounds in order for them to be excreted from the body.
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