The Best Foods For A Detox Plan

The Best Foods For A Detox Plan

A lot of people ask me, what are the best foods for a detox plan? The truth is, most people who follow a healthy diet probably eat a lot of foods that help to detoxify. Even if you didn't eat healthy, one of your liver's main jobs is to eliminate toxins...pronto! Yes, your liver can (more or less) detoxify itself, to an extent.

What people usually don't understand is that there are two critical parts of detoxification commonly known as Phase 1 and Phase 2. They're two separate and distinct body operations, both of which are necessary not just to keeping your liver healthy, but the rest of your body, too! In fact, when the two our out of sync, we become much more predisposed to food sensitivities, inflammation and various diseases.

It sounds kind of complicated, so let me break it down using an analogy.

Let's say that your body has a big alley running through it. Picture any type of alley running off a side street with garages and garbage cans lining the edges. After toxins are absorbed into your body, your liver does some heavy lifting by moving the toxins out and placing them in the garbage cans in the alley. This is called Phase 1 Detox.

Clearly, we need Phase 1 Detox. If we didn't have it, toxins accumulate in the liver, eventually causing failing health and myriad conditions associated with it. Chronic alcoholics, for example, have compromised Phase 1 Detox as the liver is overloaded with toxins and can't handle it anymore. Thus, the garbage accumulates in the "house" (AKA: the liver).

Moving the garbage out...for good!

Remember the alley runs right through the middle of your body? Even though the toxins are out of your liver, they're still circulating through your body. Now what?  You need to get rid of it! After the garbage cans are filled, a big garbage truck comes down the alley, throws the garbage into the truck and drives it out of the alley (and out of your body). This is called Phase 2 Detox.

Phase 2 Detox is equally important. In fact, you can keep that garbage truck on call 24/7 if you eat the right type of foods.

Phase 2 works like this. Toxins leave your body primarily through bile - and ultimately through your colon, or they're excreted via the kidneys through urine. It's all about elimination. This is why pooping is so important. (Foods that make relieve constipation <---read here).

Here's the problem. 

It turns out many of us overburden Phase 1 detoxification, but we also pull up short on Phase 2 detoxification.  In fact, too many toxins, like excessive alcohol, pesticides, fried foods and even cosmetic products (lotions, make up) can tax the liver to the point where it can't facilitate Phase 1 properly anymore.

Again, think of an alcoholic who overburdens their liver. It's common sense that excessive alcohol overburdens the liver. But so do the foods we eat. In fact, more and more cases of non-alcohol fatty liver disease are turning up in people who don't really drink. They just eat a refined diet, often high in sugar.

Toxins that accumulate due to poor Phase 1 Detox make the liver their home (hopefully temporarily). But toxins that move out of the liver are out and about circulating through the body, potentially getting reabsorbed - and making us feel worse. The garbage cans that filled in the alley are now overflowing with no place to go.

The word balance gets thrown around a lot. Balance in life. Balance in work. Balance in exercise. Balance to make you happy. Just like in life, balance within our body is critical to health. When it comes to detoxification, we need a balance of foods that help to facilitate both phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification. 

Should you detox?

I think most of us could use a deep clean every once in a while, but you need to make sure you're cutting back on the things that are causing toxicity in the first place. Alcohol, caffeine, refined carbohydrates and fried foods tend to cause congestion in the liver, put Phase 1 into overdrive or a combination of both. This is why most detox plans suggest you eliminate these foods (usually along with meat and dairy) for a number of days before starting. If you don't the detox symptoms (headache, sluggishness, breakouts, etc.) may be amplified.

Now you know what to cut out. But what should you add in to naturally detoxify your body? Here are a couple of lists of foods that support both Phase 1 and Phase 2 Detoxification.  Start eating today to help move the garbage from your body into the cans, then from the cans into the trucks and out of your body.

Note: You may see some redundancy from Phase 1 foods to Phase 2 foods. That just means that that particular food does a great job in both departments.

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Foods that support Phase 1 Detoxification

  • Black eyed peas
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Kiwi
  • Bell Peppers
  • Oranges and Tangerines
  • Leafy Greens
  • Peas
  • Portobello Mushrooms
  • Almonds
  • Olive Oil
  • Curcumin (spices including turmeric and curry)
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Squash
  • Tuna
  • Turkey
  • Caraway Seeds
  • Dill Seeds 

Foods that support Phase 2 Detoxification

  • Spinach
  • Parsley
  • Beets
  • Oranges and Tangerines
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Curcumin (spices including turmeric and curry)
  • Eggs
  • Split Peas
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Caraway Seeds
  • Dill Seeds
  • Garlic (raw)
  • Onions (raw)

Eat, drink and be merry, but don't overdo it. If you're going to eat and drink, make sure you're eating and drinking healthy at least 80% of the time. If you're imbibing too much, your body will pay the price. Feeling good just feels good!

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