Our bodies are naturally designed to detoxify. The liver and kidneys are our primary blood cleaners. Unfortunately, we are bombarded with toxins every day. Consuming foods that assist with elimination of toxins or support the health of the liver and kidneys may help you to maintain a healthy mind and body. Below are several foods you may want to consider adding to or increasing in your daily diet as part of your regular health regimen.
Greens, like blue-green algae, wheatgrass, spirulina, chlorella, barley, kale, spinach, alfalfa, chard, arugula and other leafy greens contain chlorophyll. Chlorophyll may help reduce the absorption of some environmental toxins. In vitro studies suggest it may also support liver detoxification.
Green tea has great health-promoting properties and is part of a group of antioxidants known as catechins. Catechins have been shown to protect the liver and are thought to reduce oxidation of liver cells.
Sea vegetables (seaweeds) contain a substance called algin, which is capable of absorbing heavy metals. Some have hypothesized that algin may help with removal of heavy metals from the body.
Cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli and cauliflower, contain the phytochemicals myrosinase and glucoraphanin, which help break down and form sulforophanes. Sulforophanes have been shown to enhance the detoxification and elimination of several environmental toxins. In some cases,
Broccoli sprouts can contain 10-100 times more of this phytochemicals than fully-matured broccoli.
Fiber, specifically beta glucan from oats but potentially other soluble fibers as well, have been shown in some studies to bind bile and prevent it from being reabsorbed. The liver eliminates many toxins in bile and it has been theorized that preventing the reabsorption of bile may promote enhanced detoxification.
Garlic has been shown in both human and animal studies to enhance the elimination of heavy metals from the body. A study in humans also noted a significant decrease in symptoms of heavy metal toxicity following regular use of garlic supplements.
Artichokes have been shown to help increase bile production. While no scientific studies have been conducted to investigate whether the increased bile production from artichokes causes increases in toxin excretion, some have theorized increased bile production may help the liver rid the body of toxins.
Beet Greens may help protect liver cells that may be damaged during normal detoxification, based on an animal study using a beet green extract. Don’t neglect the beet root, which is high in fiber and may help promote healthy digestion and elimination.
Cilantro has been reported by some to help support detoxification of heavy metals from the body. However, authoritative human clinical trials on its usefulness are lacking.
Lemon is an integral part of the “master cleanse.” Additionally, recent evidence from an experiment in animals found that a lemon extract was able to help support liver function when the animals were exposed to a high toxic burden.*
By Gina Van Luven
Director of Nutrition Education
This article is for nutrition information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any health concerns you may have. The information in this article is not intended to promote any specific product, or for the prevention or treatment of any disease.
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