Dr. Kassam How can you use everyday food to detoxify your body?
How can you use everyday food to detoxify your body?
Written by: Dr. Saira Kassam, ND
Detox can be a daunting word for a lot of people. There is an overwhelming amount of information out there on the different types of detoxes that exist. Recommendations vary from juice cleanses to abstaining from harmful addictive substances to a one-stop “detox kit”. I won’t be delving into the aforementioned topics, but rather I will show you how a detox can be done through the most powerful agent out there – your food. In fact, the food we decide to put into our bodies is actually one of the most powerful detoxifiers.
Toxins can be external which are acquired from the environment through things like food, alcohol, pesticides, tobacco, heavy metals and/or household products. Toxins can be accumulated internally, as well. Internal toxins are byproducts of metabolism, which really should be eliminated from our bodies through the various systems we have in place. The problem arises when toxins build up in our system due to elimination pathways not working efficiently. Elimination pathways become strained and less effective at their day-to-day jobs, leading to toxic overload. Some of the tell signs that our bodies are backed up include:
The best way to unclog the elimination pathways is through a detox. A detox aims to reduce the intake of toxins and helps to optimize the organs involved in detoxification (liver, lungs, lymphatic system, digestive system, blood, skin and kidneys). It simply assists the body to enhance its own detoxification pathways, as these processes should really be occurring naturally without any outside support. The goal is to help your body find its balance again and clean up our digestive tracts if any congestion exists. A good detox plan should be sustainable, incorporating some of the changes even after the 2-3-detox plan is done.
Reducing the toxic burden on the body starts with the food we eat. Imagine the stress we put on our digestive systems with the amount of processed foods, sugar and alcohol we consume on the regular. Our food supply has become compromised by the addition of artificial colourings, additives and preservatives. Our body needs constant breaks from all of the above! One of the major issues I see in practice with detox regimens is, people tend to be extremely strict for the period of time they are on the plan and then go right back to their previous lifestyle. A detox plan should be aimed at clearing your system out but should also provide you with long-term tips that can be incorporated into your daily lives to avoid the build-up. So the next time you do a 2-3 week detox plan your body won’t be as stressed.
So, here are my tips to help you start your detox through the foods you eat:
These simple practices can make a huge difference in the number of chemicals your body is being exposed to and decreases the burden on your digestive system. A healthy detox is not abstaining from food or taking 1000 pills a day. It starts with reducing toxic burden on our bodies through our food choices. The ultimate goal of a 2-3 week detox plan is not only to clear out the unwanted things from your body but also to get you to incorporate these simple daily routines into your everyday life.
If you would like some more detailed information, please speak to your Naturopath or book an appointment to see me!