As you likely know, supporting your body's ability to detox is truly necessary in today's society. Based on scientific and medical literature, everyone is toxic. Period.
Think about it: Toxins exist in every aspect of our lives, from the air we breathe to the food we eat, even to the thoughts we think. It's been estimated that there are currently over 80,000 chemicals currently used in the United States, and we are exposed to many of them on a daily basis.
These toxins, ranging from heavy metals to persistent organic pollutants (POPs), can have drastic negative effects on our health. Animal and human studies have linked exposure to toxins to inflammation, oxidative damage, neurodegeneration, immune system dysfunction, and skeletal degeneration, to name just a few.
Unfortunately, avoiding all these dangerous toxins is next to impossible, as they have permeated all aspects of our lives. However, there is a simple way to support your body's natural detoxification function—eat more colorful plant foods!
You've likely heard the refrain to eat more fruits and vegetables from your parents, doctors, and health experts many times, and for good reason. While colorful fruits and vegetables look great arranged on a plate, there are also powerful compounds at work under the surface that have incredible health and detoxing benefits. These compounds are called phytonutrients, and besides giving foods their colors, they can also support health and detox in every part of your body.
There are hundreds of different phytonutrients, each supporting your body's health in a different way. It's easy to get overwhelmed with all the information about different phytonutrients and their benefits. On a broad scale, simply eating a wide range of fruits and vegetables of different colors ensures that you'll be reaping the benefits of a host of phytonutrients.
However, you can also tailor your phytonutrient intake to address specific issues or functions. To get you started on your journey into the colorful world of phytonutrients, here are five classes of phytonutrients that are renowned specifically for their detoxing abilities: