Sometimes the more we learn about eating and living healthfully, the more we can feel burdened by the “toxic” world we live in!
Instead of resorting to spending thousands of dollars on fancy air filters or thinking you need to detox via a green juice cleanse, I’ve provided you with some simple and easy ways to make your everyday eating experience a cleaner one.
These tips will not only help you “greenify” your lifestyle, they will also aid your body in it’s natural ability to perform detoxification.
- Eat a variety of brightly colored fruits/vegetables that are organic/non-GMO as much as affordable to avoid chemicals, herbicides,etc. Not affordable? Buy mostly organic and refer to the Dirty Dozen list for those you should prioritize:
- Choose wild-caught fish vs. farmed; stick to lower-mercury fish such as anchovies, haddock, salmon, sardines, shrimp, trout or whitefish and avoid predatory fish like swordfish, shark or ahi/bigeye tuna
- refer to Seafood watch
- Choose organic, pastured eggs and chickens free of antibiotics and hormones; the high sulfur content in eggs and amino acids in the protein of these foods are supportive of detox (specifically the second phase of detox in the liver that washes out all toxins)!
- Choose grass fed/grass finished beef wherever possible; animals that are grass fed have a higher omega 3 fatty acid content vs. grain fed which are higher in the more inflammatory (omega 6) fats
- Drink filtered water (reverse osmosis or carbon filter) and drink 8-10 glasses daily
- Limit/avoid use of microwave ovens to limit electromagnetic radiation exposure
- Encourage regular elimination by having bowel movements at least once a day; consider a gentle Magnesium supplement such as Natural Calm to improve constipation
- Consume plenty of detox-boosting vegetables: celery, beets, garlic and cruciferous veggies like broccoli, kale, cauliflower and collard greens
- Choose decaf green tea or an herbal detox tea containing dandelion root, ginger root, licorice root, sarsaparilla root, cardamom seed and/or cinnamon bark; I like Traditional Medicinals everyday detox and lemon detox teas
- Add plenty of herbs/spices such as cilantro, ginger, turmeric, rosemary, parsley turmeric and curry when cooking
- Increase chlorophyll intake by adding dark leafy greens to a smoothie or wheatgrass; you may also try a greens powder such as Amazing Grass
- Store leftovers in glass jars or containers to minimize ingestion of BPA and other chemicals; these are known to disrupt hormones as well increase cancer risk
Always remember to eat the rainbow:)