The Top 5 Foods to Aid Natural Detoxification

In the modern world its a fact that we are all exposed to numerous toxins day in and day out. They are in our air, water, food, medications and just about everywhere else too.

Fortunately the human body is a miracle worker with detoxifying itself and at least blunting the effects of environmental toxins. One of the biggest issues with toxicity though is that most toxins, including pesticides, herbicides and some metals is that they are fat soluble and thus reabsorbed into fat once in the body.

This simply means that during the normal course of excretion these substances are re-absorbed by the body. Not to fear though, these 5 foods help bind toxin in the intestines and help escort them out of the body. Even better news… you already probably eat them all, just not in big enough quantities.

1- Long Grain Brown Rice: the proteins found in the long grain brown rice effectively bind to numerous metabolites of pesticides and heavy metals as it works its way through your digestive tract. Eating a small portion of brown rice with each meal significantly increases the excretion of toxic substances.

 

2-Broccoli: this food is a superstar for removing toxins from the body. Broccoli contains numerous compounds that not only bind toxins but also increase the amounts of key nutrients in the blood which bind with them as well. As with the rice, eating a small portion of broccoli each meal ensures you are clearing as much toxicity as possible.

 

3- Green Tea: Green tea is so rich in anti-oxidants that is it has been shown to have anti-cancer properties in numerous studies. It also encourages fat burning, which releases stored toxic metabolites and also contains substances that bind to them and usher them out of the body. 2-3 cups a day is the perfect amount.

 

4- Black berries: black berries have one of the highest concentrations of phytonutrients of any berry (although all berries are great for reducing toxicity).  The dark pigment found in the berry is from these anti-oxidant rich compounds. 1/2 cup of black berries a day is a great addition to your diet to help detoxify the body.

 

5- Cayenne Pepper: this spicy pepper contains lots of capsaicin, which is the chemical that brings the heat! It is also a potent stimulus for fat burning which releases stored toxins to be released by the body.

 

Adding these 5 foods is a great start to increasing your natural detoxification processes. Don’t forget to pick up my free cook book which has plenty of healthy recipes that also aid in natural detoxing.  You can download it from the upper right portion of this page.

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Austin EricksonAbout the Author

Dr. Austin Erickson is a chiropractor with offices in Glenwood City and the 4 Corners near New Richmond, Wisconsin. He is an expert at combining chiropractic treatment with nutritional advice to achieve excellent results. He has cured himself of psoriasis and autoimmune related arthritis using his protocols. Connect with him on Twitter and Google+

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