Once upon a time, we lived in an unpolluted environment; drank pristine water; and ate whole, nutrient-dense, unprocessed foods. Today’s world is hardly pristine—the real question becomes how high our toxic burden is and how much it’s affecting our health.
Doing a detoxification plan makes sense, but most commercial detoxification juices or other plans are primarily sugar, which delivers a major whammy to your liver. Studies show fructose (the main sugar in fruit) especially stresses out your already overworked liver and revs up inflammation.
Most detox plans are also low in protein, which means your liver can’t perform phase 2 detoxification, which actually expels those nasty toxins. Translation: Without sufficient protein, you risk increasing your toxic load.
To start detoxifying, dump high-sugar-impact foods and eat clean protein sources like free-range poultry, grass-fed beef, or wild-caught fish. Beyond that, these seven strategies can help maximize your detoxification plan: