What does "detox" mean to you? Most people think of fasting, dieting, or cleansing. And while these approaches can help eliminate toxins from the body, they tend to be a temporary fix. Also, they often bring unwanted side effects like dehydration, cravings or fatigue.
Detoxification is actually a natural process of the liver, which is the largest internal organ. It transforms toxic substances into compounds that our kidneys can remove from the body.
Unfortunately, our liver has a lot of work to do, as environmental toxins are all around us — in our air, soil, water, food, homes, and offices — and they quickly exhaust our body's ability to detoxify. And a weakened detoxifying system allows chronic conditions (including heart disease, obesity, cancer and autoimmune diseases) to develop.
To prevent toxic accumulation, we must eat healthful foods that support our natural detoxification system. My new book, The Gene Therapy Plan: Taking Control of Your Genetic Destiny with Diet and Lifestyle, underscores the vital role that food plays in ramping up health.
To improve detoxification in the body, there are two things to do: (1) reduce your exposure to toxins and (2) support the detoxification and immune systems. How? Through diet and lifestyle choices. Here are some tips to do that:
1. Consume fruits and cruciferous vegetables, which boost detoxifying enzymes.
Broccoli and broccoli sprouts contain sulforaphane, which is thought to increase detox enzymes as well as help prevent premature aging and cancer. Other detoxifying foods you should incorporate in your diet are: