Natural Detox Tips from 17 Experts
Over the past month I have been reaching out to top health experts to find out what they think are the best food and drinks for a natural detox. The responses I received (both in breadth and length) have surpassed my expectation. I know I will be using quite a few of these tips on my next detox. Without further ado, happy detoxing!
I'm not a big believer in detoxing.
As my friend Mark Shields says: "If you don't tox, there's no need to detox."
My favorite detox food would be drinking warm water with lemon in the morning on an empty stomach. It helps to alkalize your body, stimulate digestion so you can lose weight, wake up your liver so it can do its job of detoxifying your body from harmful substances, and energizes the body.
Check out our 8 Reasons to start your day with lemon water!
At DetoxandBodyCleanse, we all love : Green detox smoothies!! (basically anything green and natural combined with lemons such as Kale, cucumber, celery, spinach, green apple, and sometimes also mixed with lemons, banana and optional coconut water mixed together. If we don’t add coconut water, we just add a cup of mineral water). This juice is not only good for your body, it is also energizing. Also, one important thing to note, is that we use the ‘slow’ juice technique to gain as much vitamins as possible from each vegetable. Currently we are using a Hurom slow juice – it’s the best!
My favorite way to naturally detox is with a glass of warm water with fresh squeezed organic lemon juice, especially first thing in the morning. It helps complete some of the unfinished detoxification that naturally happens in the evening while we sleep. It flushes the kidneys and most likely alkalizes the body. You get bonus detox points if you have a lemon tree in your backyard and can pick them fresh that morning. I did this when I lived in Hawaii!
My number one is the Perfect Liver Cleanse Cocktail with an Energy Booster. It's a detoxing mix of cranberry juice, freshly squeezed lemon and other cleansing ingredients. Check out my blog for the full recipe. The cocktail helps out your liver and gives a nice energy kick!
To avoid the obvious, which is greens, I'll say - water. Water has the capacity to gently detoxify the body, day after day. It's the only substance on Earth that we actually can not live without and it's surprising how many people don't drink it. Our bodies are 60-70% water and we need water to survive, to be healthy and to detoxify. Daily.
I don't really have a favorite food or drink for detox (as I prefer supplements and my detox foot pads for that) but I do like drinking a himalayan pink salt water sole' which gives my adrenals a boost in the mornings. Another favorite is just drinking lemon water. I squeeze lemons for the juice, and freeze the juice in ice cube trays, and put an ice cube in my water in the mornings. It is an easy way for me to get the lemon detox, as I am lazy and would just squirt the ReaLemon concentrate into water otherwise, and that is not the best stuff...
As a matter of fact, we have a very effective natural detox method but it's not food or drink. It's called the Detox Bath and is based on a discovery by Louis Kuhne of Leipzig in the 1880s. It consists in applying cold water to your groin area, one of highest nerve concentration areas in the body.
You can read more here.
Dr. Roni DeLuz:
Nothing is better than a FRESH cucumber, carrot, spinach & ginger juice. This way you got spice, sweetness, and you get your greens in!
Tammy Lakatos Shames & Lyssie Lakatos
Here's a link to our favorite detox food/ recipe-- http://nutritiontwins.com/colorful-detox-salad/
Although the body does a wonderful job at "detoxing" itself, eating nutrient-rich foods that are packed with anti-inflammatories and phytonutrients can assist the body in its' detoxification processes. This is one of our favorite foods for detox-- and the blog explains the details behind why it helps your body perform at its' best.
A tall green smoothie containing bananas, lots of greens and enough purified water to blend. I'm a believer in a slow detox with good whole plant foods.
My favorite healthy must have is Barley Grass. I buy Creative Nature Superfoods as they source the finest quality ingredients ensuring maximum nutritional benefits. I love the taste of Barley Grass compared to other super foods such as Spirulina and it tastes amazing mixed in with my favourite coconut yoghurt or stirred into a nice healthy green juice or smoothie.
Barley Grass Nutrition:
Barley Grass is extremely high in antioxidants called 2-0-Glycosylisovitexine (2-0-GIV), which are not found in the popular superfood supplement Wheatgrass. Antioxidants are crucial in enhancing our bodies to help fight the free radicals we are exposed to everyday through pollution, electrical appliances, harmful packaging and radiation, i use Barley Grass to improve my antioxidant levels without resorting to fruit and it's high fructose content.
Low in fat, saturated fat, sodium & high in potassium, calcium, dietary fibre, a source of Vitamin C, B1 & B6, Barley Grass easily boosts your micronutrient profile. It is freeze dried to maintain the nutritional benefits and can be easily added to salads, drinks, taken as a shot or even mixed into flaxseed to top your morning porridge.
Check out my super food porridge here: http://rhitrition.com/recipe/superfood-porridge/
Broccoli sprouts are the best choice for 'detoxing'. They naturally contain the highest density of a chemical called glucoraphanin. When chewed, it combines with an enzyme called myrosinase to produce Sulforaphane.
Sulforaphane is perhaps the most promising all around anti-cancer substance in the research.
Sulforaphane is a potent anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and antimicrobial.
Research studies use this chemical to induce the body's most significant cellular defense and anti-oxidant response: Nrf2.
Nrf2 is a protein that goes into the nucleus of your cells and starts to express hundreds of genes related to cellular defense - including glutathione production genes and genes that detox various chemicals.
Since broccoli sprouts have indoles and are also strongly anti-microbial, they can protect you from various gut problems, including IBS, Chron's, UC, etc... Sulforaphane also decreases intestinal permeability.
Read my short article on Broccoli sprouts
My favorite detox drink is very simple: mineral water, lime juice and pink Himalayan salt. Monk fruit/cane sugar or maple syrup can be added for flavor. The carbonation helps quickly hydrate; the limes and lemons have electrolytes and assist the liver. The electrolyte salt relieves the adrenals and maintains hydration. These simple additions to water help different body systems fulfill their roles with vigor. It's my health Margarita and keeps me going in the summer heat.