Dr. Kassam Detoxing With Whole Foods

Detoxing with Whole Foods 

Written by: Dr. Saira Kassam, ND

Detoxing with food is about adding more beneficial foods into your diet while removing more harmful foods. Like I said in my previous article, detoxification is a normal process of metabolism, which is a nutrient-dependent process. Meaning, we need food for the detox to happen. Nutrition is key in prevention and treatment of disease. Below are my suggestions on detoxing through FOOD!


Here is what you can expect from this kind of detox:

  • Mental clarity
  • Eliminating lifelong toxins
  • Elimination of cravings
  • Improved GI function
  • Improved skin
  • Weight loss


PS - Don’t do it alone, detoxing with food is downright hard (I am 1 week into my detox) but it is a lot easier if your partner or friend holds you accountable.


Cut out the Junk!

Take a break from gluten, dairy and sugar for a couple weeks. These foods cause inflammation in your gut. Refined carbs like white pasta, cereals and bread are low in fibre and stripped of most of their nutrients. Sugar highs lead our body into metabolic overdrive so we are hungry all over again. Cutting it out can go a long way to ease the stress it puts on your liver and detoxing the body.  Watch out for hidden sources of sugar: barley malt, brown sugar, buttered syrup caramel, corn syrup, date sugar, dextrose, xylitol, high fructose corn syrup. “Sugar-free” does not mean it doesn’t contain ANY sugar, it just means it is less than a certain number of grams.


Include the Healthy Fats

Eating healthy fats does not equate to becoming fat. Fat plays a role in blood clotting, absorption of vitamins, brain function, hormone production and so much more! The right fats are healthy if we eat it in the right amounts. Healthy oils and fats are great cleaners – fat breaks down fat. So when you include healthy fats in your diet you are ensuring the body has the tools to break down stored fat-soluble toxins! Eat things like flax seeds, flaxseed oil, coconut oil, avocados, nuts and seeds.


Greens smoothie

It is much easier to drink your greens! Greens contain chlorophyll, which can help release toxins that burden the liver. The fiber in greens helps to get rid of fat-soluble toxins and cleanse your colon (ground flax, psyllium, oats). Eat things like wheatgrass, kale, spinach, spirulina, alfalfa and broccoli. These are all liver supportive foods.



Bowel movements are a pathway that contributes to helping you detox. You need about 25 grams of fiber a day to really support waste elimination an detoxification. High fiber foods include lentils, black beans, almonds and avocados. Avocados contain glutathione, which is a very potent antioxidant!


Antioxidant whole foods

Your liver can actually produce compounds that make free radicals. These are bad news because they damage other cells. Antioxidants scavenge free radicals and maintain the balance of oxidative activity in the liver. Eat foods that are locally grown, in season and organic when possible. Eat foods like berries, dark chocolate, pecans, blackberries, turmeric and ginger.


Broccoli + other Cruciferous vegetables

The family of cruciferous vegetables includes arugula, bok choy, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale. They contain indole-3-carbinols, which help to metabolize and balance hormones like estrogen.


A detox can really help to improve the efficiency of your eliminating organs to clear toxins from your body. What easier way to do it then the foods you eat on the regular!





The advice in this article is for informational purposes only. It does not replace the care of a Naturopathic physician.