Healthy Body Detox Guide » Detox Foods

Healthy Body Detox Guide » Detox Foods

Healthy Body Detox Guide » Detox Foods

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 23:15:56 +0000 Power of Enzymes: Best Detox Foods for Digestive Wellness, 31 Oct 2009 22:14:23 +0000admin The answer is enzymes. To understand why certain foods are digested more easily than others, knowledge of how enzymes work is essential. Enzymes are basically active proteins that act as catalysts for biological chemical reactions. In the body, digestive enzymes are responsible for breaking down molecules as part of the digestive process.

Our bodies naturally make enzymes, but we also get them from the foods we eat. Natural, uncooked, and unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and some grains, typically contain enzymes.  Since enzymes start to break down when exposed to high degrees of heat, cooked and processed foods lack most, if not all, enzymes they originally had.  

In the U.S., the Standard American Diet (SAD) includes very few raw foods and a plethora of processed, cooked foods.  Many of us are lacking the enzymes needed to digest our food, which can contribute to a host of health problems. If digestion is not working properly, toxins from food and the environment cannot be eliminated properly.

The digestive system is like a clogged drain, and it’s easy to see how it can become “backed up” if the pipes aren’t clean regularly. Common symptoms like being overweight, having chronic headaches, or feeling tired and sluggish all the time are often the result of poor digestion.

Foods that will aid in the digestive process are any foods in their raw, unprocessed, uncooked state. Fruits, vegetables, sprouted grains, and raw nuts and seeds will all help digestion and accordingly, unclog your body’s “drain.” To determine whether or not a food is raw, simply ask yourself if any of the ingredients had to be cooked to create the final product.

By consuming raw foods, your body will digest meals quickly and easily, without storing excess undigested food inside your digestive tract for several days at a time.  A good start would be to do a raw food detox diet, during which you only eat raw foods and fruit juices.

Eating a raw diet is a lot more than boring salads and carrot sticks.  You can have all kinds of tasty treats like pizza, enchiladas, onion bread, chocolate chip cookies and delicious desserts.  The food is prepared differently and still tastes delicious.  Pick up a raw food “cook” book today to experiment with new recipes, you’ll be amazed at how scrumptious the food can be!  

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]]> foods: Eat to detoxify naturally, 23 Oct 2009 22:32:11 +0000admin illustrate how important the quality of the food you ingest on a daily basis is, just imagine your body as a perfect engine (Which it is!) food is the fuel you feed it to enable it to achieve peak performance. The cleaner and purer the fuel, the better and smoother the engine’s performance. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

In the same way that some foods slow our body engine down, creating deposits which interfere with the smooth running of the various parts. Other foods we eat can actually act as “engine cleaners and boosters” these are the ones we call detox foods. Fortunately, they are abundantly available in nature, and anyone can have access to them.

New discoveries are being made every day on previously unknown properties and benefits some of our common foods possess. However, the ones we’re listing in this article have undeniably proven their positive role in cleansing our engine and boosting its power.

Toxin build-up has become more of a concern in the twenty first century than ever before. Industrial and technological progress has resulted in many new and stronger chemicals, air and water pollution, radiation and nuclear contamination. Due to medical advancement we are using more drugs that promise to rid us of our various day-to-day ailments. We eat a higher percentage of refined foods, and stress is leading us to abuse our bodies with stimulants or sedatives.

Two of the main toxicity diseases are cancer and cardiovascular disease and they are happening to an alarmingly higher percentage of the population today. Others include arthritis, allergies, obesity, and many skin problems. Many common symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, muscular pain, cough, gastrointestinal problems and immune system weakness, can all be attributed to toxic overload.

Accumulated toxins in the body range from undigested organic matter, to metallic deposits such as lead, mercury, copper and aluminium we ingest through food and air. Environmental toxins, as well as those emitted by household furnishings accumulate in our body. Free radicals are also considered biochemical toxins and stress causes great toxicity in the body.

One thing is certain we are all in contact with toxins on a daily basis.

Fortunately, nature seems to have an answer to this problem, it comes in the form of food.

Garlic has been used for its beneficial effects for thousands of years. It is a blood cleanser, a natural antibiotic it also reduces blood fats thinning the blood and lowering blood pressure.

To avoid the lingering smell when you eat raw garlic, simply peel the garlic clove, cut it lengthways and remove the heart (which is sometimes green). If you prefer to avoid the smell of garlic altogether, there is a multitude of garlic supplements in the health food shops to choose from.

Some studies have shown that the leaves of the coriander plant can accelerate the excretion of mercury, lead and aluminium from the body.

This delicious herb, when added to food, can greatly contribute in the detox process. It is available all year round. You can use it instead of basil to make a delicious coriander pesto.

Mix fresh coriander leaves (about 25 stems) with 1/2 a cup of pine nuts, 1 clove of garlic, 2 tablespoons of lemon and 5 tablespoons of olive oil in a blender until you get a smooth paste (you can make the paste less lumpy by adding hot water). It’s very tasty with pasta or as an accompaniment to vegetables or fish.

Other detoxifying roots and herbs include:

Dandelion root: A tonic, a liver and blood cleanser, diuretic and filters toxins

Cayenne pepper: Purifies the blood, increases fluid elimination and encourages sweating

Ginger root: Stimulates blood circulation and sweating

Liquorice root: Is a potent detoxifier it also balances biochemical functions and acts as a mild laxative

Parsley leaf: A diuretic it flushes the kidneys

Red clover blossoms: A blood cleanser that’s very useful during convalescence and recovery.

Great detox vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli sprouts and onions. Artichokes are well known for their liver detoxifying properties. Also recommended are beetroot and red and green vegetables.

All fresh fruit is good for detox provided it is eaten on its own, not before, with, or after food. A fresh fruit or fruit

juice fasting is often recommended for a short (3-day) fast to cleanse and detoxify.

Fruit can be fresh, frozen or dried. It includes apples, pears, oranges, grapefruit, bananas, raisins, pineapple, mango, kiwi fruit, raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, melons, sultanas nectarines and peaches.

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]]> Doing A Detox Or Cleanse Reverse Food Allergies?, 15 Oct 2009 22:17:33 +0000admin’m starting a long term (3 month) detox which is designed to wean you off unhealthy food and get you to start eating healthy alternatives. I was wondering if eating healthy for a long period of time will reverse food allergies that were gained in adolescence.

]]> Anyone Have Any Food Detox Tips?, 07 Oct 2009 22:12:00 +0000admin’m trying to get food healthy, to start I am doing a four day food detox, no dairy, meat, wheat, etc but I find that all I can think of eating are salads and fish, does anyone have any good recipes? Tips on avoiding all of these products but still actually enjoying food would be lovely as well!

]]> A Raw Food Detox Fast, Are You Allowed To Drink Green Tea?, 07 Oct 2009 22:08:45 +0000admin you allowed to drink green tea on a RAW FOOD DETOX FAST? Decaf ofcourse. Also, I assume you can have detox tea? How long do you usually do the fast for, to get good and clean of toxins. This isnt for weight loss, its for health purposes only.