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Detoxification is hard work.
Too often we embark on
The truth is, you’re already detoxing. Even while scoffing cakes and sipping champagne.
The truth is, you’re already detoxing. Even while scoffing cakes and sipping champagne. Detoxification is a continual process that keeps us alive. Every four minutes our blood
It’s a toxic world out there
Life is about balance. The more experience I gain working with and understanding human anatomy and biochemistry, the more manifest this belief becomes. Our bodies constantly seek balance. For example, when we eat sugar our body reacts to bring the blood sugar levels down. Only to bring it back up again. And then down again, and so on… balance. There are so many examples that I can draw upon; detoxification is no exception.
There are two phases in liver detoxification that need to stay balanced for better health. Phase I involves bagging up the toxins and phase II, which is all about throwing the bin bag out. The problem is, for most of us, phase I
Genetically, we might not be
of the enzymes that drive liver detoxification. able produce some
Liver detoxification is largely driven by enzymes that help to break toxins down into sizeable and disposable forms. These enzymes are proteins made from your DNA. With the recent advancement of genetic testing, we’re learning that some of us have mutations in our DNA that can affect DNA transcription. In plain English this means that, genetically, we might not be
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Easier said than done. The challenge is we’re exposed to toxins everywhere. It’s impossible to avoid them. From the air we breath to the food we eat. Each
How to balance your liver
Thankfully there are certain things you can do to slow down phase I and speed up phase II to restore your detox balance.
- Cut back on phase I stimulants (if not entirely, for the next 2 weeks). Alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, refined sugar and grapefruit. Yes, grapefruit. But make sure you have a back up. Chicory is a great alternative to coffee as are fruit teas.
Eat organic. Other than l
iving a more friendly lifestyle, there’s very little you can do to control your environmental toxic exposure. Certified organic produce will guarantee no pesticides or other harmful man-made substances eco exposed to the food. If you can’t go 100% organic aim to avoid the so called dirty dozen (see below for more details). were
Spice up your life.
, eat more No really spices and combine them. Black pepper, turmer colourful ic, ginger, paprika, cardamom, bay leaves – there are so many. They contain loads of phytonutrients that have antioxidant effects, supporting the entire process.
Eat the rainbow. The shift from phase I to phase II causes a lot of free radical damage. This c
an sometimes be more harmful than the toxin itself. It’s important to eat a diet that’s high in antioxidants to clear up the residual damage. fruits and vegetables are best (aim for a minimum of 2 fruits and 5 vegetables a day). Fresh produce will keep the vitamin C content high, which has been shown to support detoxification too. Fresh colourful
Eat more cruciferous vegetables
. Cabbage, broccoli, kale, spinach and asparagus. everyday
aherbal medic. There are tons of herbs that aid the liver. The most popular is Milk Thistle. It contains a constituent called silymarin, which works wonders for cellular liver rejuvenation. But there are so many more. Dandelion, , artichoke, oregano and aged garlic. They all work schisandra , which is why it’s great to seek advice from an expert. It’s also a safer option. synergistically
Consider supplementing with Vitamin D, Omega 3 and a good probiotic. We’re massively deficient in vitamin D in the UK. And we don’t get much sunshine to make up for it. It’s worth supplementing with it because it plays a significant role in
production; an antioxidant that glutathione approximately 60% of detoxification. Similarly, Omega 3 is critical for breaking down excess hormones. While good gut flora drives to keep toxins out, making lighter work for our livers. helps
A shopping guide to eating organic
The ‘dirty dozen’: food you should aim to eat organic
Least contaminated food: food you don’t have to eat organic
Apples, peaches, sweet bell pepper, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, grapes, spinach, lettuce and potatoes.
Onions, avocados, pineapple, mango, asparagus, kiwi, bananas, cabbage, broccoli, papaya, frozen corn and sweet peas.
Kay Ali is our Better in 30 Nutritional Therapist. She’s put together a food plan that’s so easy, you won’t believe it. She is Head of Nutrition at Bare Biology. She has over ten years experience working in the health industry and is a Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine.