Food’s Role In Detoxification

Food Is Medicine and Food Heals

What we eat can support or hinder detoxification efforts. As Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, stated: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” With that thought in mind, what diet is best while detoxifying?

First Steps of the Detox Food Plan

The Detox Food Plan is designed to support the gut and also the liver, as the liver is the hub of detoxification processes.

 

No Fast Food

The first step to support detoxification is to eliminate toxic foods. Processed foods, alcohol, caffeine, and foods with additives and artificial sweeteners are first on the list of foods to avoid (fast food, bright yellow boxed mac and cheese, sports drinks and soda are examples). 

Realizing that food is our medicine, clean (organic, when possible) food, not in contact with plastic or other contaminating elements, and not the major food allergens (gluten-containing foods, dairy, eggs, shellfish, soy, corn, and peanuts) are foods to have to start the healing.

 

 

Key Aspects Of The Detox Food Plan

  1. Reduce food triggers;
  2. Support detoxification and elimination pathways;
  3. Phytonutrient density for optimizing gut, liver, and kidney function; 
  4. Support liver function with high-quality protein; 
  5. Lower the body burden of exposure to toxins by focusing on clean and organic foods; 
  6. Provide targeted antioxidants to support hepatic detoxification enzymes and biotransformation of toxins; and
  7. Balances hormone metabolism. 

 

Found on the Detox Food Plan

  1. Healthy fats and oils;
  2. Nuts and seeds;
  3. High-quality proteins;
  4. Non-starchy vegetables;
  5. Legumes;
  6. Dairy alternatives (nut and grain milks);
  7. Starchy vegetables;
  8. Fruits; and
  9. Certified gluten-free whole grains.
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Sample Meal Plan

Our tip for meal planning is to take the Food List and find the foods you enjoy. Create meals using those items you like. As you feel adventurous, try new items.

To help spark your creativity, here is a sample meal plan: 

 

Detox Smoothie

Breakfast: Detox Smoothie

Ingredients:

1/2 cup berries

1-2 tablespoon Core Restore detox powder 

1 cup dark, leafy greens (e.g., arugula, broccoli leaves, collard greens, kale, watercress, etc.)

 2-3 ounces carrot juice

4 ounces green tea

1 to 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice

3 ounces tomato juice

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender. Pulse blender a few times, then blend until desired consistency is reached.e

 

Lunch: Protein of choice (for example, hard cooked egg, chicken, or salmon) salad filled with a rainbow color of vegetables (such as, red bell peppers and tomatoes, shredded purple cabbage, shredded orange carrots, green spinach and kale, yellow squash, and scallions), on dark greens, mixed with cooked quinoa, garbanzo beans and pumpkin seeds, and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice.

 

Protein Salad

 

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Dinner: Poached salmon on a bed of steamed vegetables. 

 

Share with us your favorite detox food plan meals!

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Impact Of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) On Our Health

Environmental Pollutants

 

In the air we breathe and the water we drink pollutants lurk. Even in the relatively untouched and pristine Arctic, persistent organic pollutants have been found in the air, water, soil, plants and animals. 

What Are Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)?

 

According to the dictionary, persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are a hazardous organic chemical compound that is resistant to biodegradation and thus remains in the environment for a long time.  As noted in the EPA article: “Persistent Organic Pollutants: A Global Issue, A Global Response,” https://www.epa.gov/international-cooperation/persistent-organic-pollutants-global-issue-global-response more than ninety countries have joined forces to address this issue.  The good news is that improvements have been seen, such as the returning eagle population after the banning of DDT.  The troubling news is POP environmental contamination is widespread, even in areas where POPs have never been used (such as the Arctic), and will remain in the environment years after their introduction to the environment due to their resistance to breaking down.

 

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Health Implications of POPs

 

In addition to negatively affecting the environment of the world, these toxic chemicals adversely affect human health. Avoiding them in today’s modern world is impossible. They are in our carpet, wall paint, food we consume, and more.  While the health implications are not fully understood, POPs exposure can cause dysfunction, disruption and disorders in our bodies.  Endocrine disruption, reproductive and immune dysfunction, brain and nervous system disorders, birth defects and cancer are associated with POPs exposure.

 

Removal of POPs

 

Detoxifying POPs toxins which are stored in the fat cells of our bodies can be a challenge. As noted by the Institute of Functional Medicine, weight loss can liberate toxins from fatty tissue, increasing blood levels and leading to a host of symptoms and eventual reabsorption of POPs. Therefore, eliminating these pollutants requires excreting the contaminants from fat and bypassing enterohepatic recirculation. (Discussed fully in Stephen J. Genius’ Human and Experimental Toxicology article: “Elimination of persistent toxicants from the human body.” https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0960327110368417)

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Core Restore

 

Safe POPs Detox Protocol

Core Restore https://www.calmglow.com/product/core-restore/ is a comprehensive 14-day diet, lifestyle and nutrient program designed to reduce toxic burden and support Phase I and II liver detoxification function. Safely detoxify POPs stored in fat cells by following Core Restore’s protocol. As toxins are ingested, absorbed and inhaled on a daily basis, a safe detoxification protocol is an invaluable resource to have in one’s health toolbox.

 

To your health.

 

Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

 

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14-Day New Year, New You Detox Challenge

Want to start the year with more energy, thinking clearer, and feeling your best? Take our 14-day New Year, New You Detox Challenge to eliminate any foggy fatigue following a few weeks of holiday indulgences.

What is detox?

Detox is a process to rid the body of toxic or unhealthy substances. Our bodies are constantly eliminating the toxins acquired from our environment and what we consume. In our modern life, we interact with thousands of toxics in our food, air, water and soil. Such onslaught can challenge our system to a point that toxins are not eliminated but remain in our bodies.  

When should you do a multi-day detox challenge?

Are you feeling sluggish? Your skin and eyes are not as bright and clear? Your brain is a bit foggy? A multi-day detox challenge will help your body remove the substances causing these problems.

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What are the benefits of 14-day detox challenge?

Some of the benefits of a multi-day detox are:

  • Elimination of excess waste
  • Increased energy
  • Improved immune system
  • Jump start weight loss
  • Healthier hair and skin
  • Clearer thinking
  • Improved sense of well-being

Guide to 14-day detox challenge

The 14-day detox challenge starts with Pure PaleoCleanse Plus.  Pure PaleoCleanse Plus is a comprehensive 14-day diet, lifestyle and nutrient program designed to reduce toxic burden and support Phase I and II liver detoxification function. During the 14-day detox challenge, you will take enzymes and supplements which breakdown the toxins stored in your body so that you can safely eliminate them.  In addition, you will follow a healthy lifestyle and menu plan to restore your vitality.  A helpful hint for the healthy menu plan, should you desire to modify the suggested menu plan, is to take the supplied grocery list and create family favorite meals from the groceries listed.

During the first day or so of the detox challenge you may experience headaches and other discomforts while flushing the harmful substances.  After those first days, your mood and well-being will improve.  By the end of the 14-day detox challenge, the new you will have the clarity of thought and rejuvenated levels of energy so that you can tackle those New Year’s resolutions.

To your health.

Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

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