One of the common questions I get, especially when I am talking about cleansing, toxins, and detox is “what foods can I use to help me cleanse or detox?” followed by “Do I have to juice or take supplements?”
No, you don’t have to juice or use supplements to cleanse. Yes, you can cleanse with food all by itself! In fact, this is where I commonly recommend people start if they have never cleansed before.
Let’s tackle the creation of a cleansing kitchen with a list of my
Top 5 Foods for Cleansing!
- Fiber: this is one of the main binding components to toxins. Increasing your fiber intake helps improve the binding of bile, which is produced by the gallbladder. Bile stores toxins and used up hormones. In order to remove toxic waste products from the liver and gallbladder, they have to be bound into your bowel movement…that is the magic of fiber. Some fibers I commonly recommend are psyllium and rice bran. But you can also just add more fiber to your diet by eating whole grains and lots of veggies.
- Probiotics: Toxins in the colon can shift the bacteria that naturally occur causing a dysbiotic state. Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium may reduce dysbiosis and improve how your gut processes chemicals. Not only that, but recent research ahs revealed that the bacteria in your gut could also predict colon cancer. So if that’s not a good enough reason to get your GI bugs in order, I’m not sure what is! You can get beneficial bacteria from fermented foods like sauerkraut, Kimchee, and Kefir. What’s your fave fermented food?
- Chlorophyll: Did you know that this powdery green stuff can bind to toxins such as mercury in the bowels to help remove it? It’s a great thing to add to smoothies and water.
- Dandelion: I can hear you from here! “You want me to eat a weed?!?” Yes! I do. Dandelion greens (which are available in your grocery store produce section) support detoxification from the liver, kidney, and lymph system. Not only that, but Dandelion has been shown to help balance blood sugar, balance female hormones, support the immune system, and block cancer growth. You can use dandelion greens in a stir-fry, salad, or juice. You can also get dandelion root as a coffee replacer.
- Garlic & Friends: Sulphur rich foods like garlic, onions, shallots, and leeks are a necessary component for detoxification. Without enough Sulphur your body can get stuck with toxic metabolites floating around. So make sure you get some garlic breath to cleanse from the inside out!
If you need help creating some delicious recipes and grocery shopping plans for your cleansing kitchen, you can always check out my detox kit. It incudes 3 weeks of recipes!
Do you have other questions you want answered? Please let me know! I’m here to support you. Just leave a comment below 🙂