When we hear about “detox” we often think of fasting, juicing and colonics. The reality is our bodies were designed to detox 24/7.
In our new nutrition series at the Golden Door, we explore factors in our environment, lifestyle and eating that can help our bodies stay well. A few of these discussion points include:
- Examine your environment. This includes your home, cookware, use of chemicals, medications.
- Do you really need a variety of cleaning agents or can you use just a few, such as vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda for much of your cleaning.
- Are you active? Do you sweat a little every day? This can help rid the body of toxins as well as engaging in exercise which is great for overall health.
- What type of eating pattern do you have? How do you cook your foods? Cooking at low to medium heat and moist cooking methods tend to be a bit safer in regards to changes in foods that occur during cooking.
- Eating regular meals is important. If one fasts and juices only, the chances of toxins being absorbed back into the body may occur. This type of program should be conducted with someone knowledgeable in nutrition.
- Ensuring the right mix of protein, carbohydrate and fat is also important. Protein sources include lean meats, eggs, dairy products. Carbohydrates from fruits, vegetables and whole grains and fats from avocado, nuts, olive, grapeseed oils are essential.
- Your liver is the key filter in your body whether you inhale something or eat it. Our education program introduces you to specific foods and compounds in those foods your liver and gut will love. Some include spices, such as cumin and turmeric, herbs, such as parsley and cilantro, fruits such as apples, bananas and citrus fruit, cruciferous vegetables and adequate protein, carbohydrate and fat sources.
- Immune boosting foods for your gut are also important, as they help to rid the body of toxins as well. These include probiotics along with prebiotics. Prebiotics work with probiotics to boost the bacteria in your gut. The foods contain indigestible fibers that help the healthy gut bacteria flourish. Sources include asparagus, artichokes, honey, whole grains, bananas, and the allium family which encompasses garlic, onion, leeks, shallots and scallions.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking water will help with detox as well. Beverages such as green tea, or one with chicory or dandelion root is one your liver and gut will thank you for.
Excerpted in part from Susan’s book Boomer Be Well! Rebel Against Aging through Food, Nutrition and Lifestyle, Asante Publications.