4 Foods that Help You Detox Safely and Gently

6950419247_61d352684c_zby: Elizabeth Renter
Natural Society

When you think of removing all the toxins from your body, you may shudder at the process – especially when considering that some experts estimate that we are exposed to 2,100,000 toxins each and every day. While there are numerous approaches to detoxing these poisons out of the body, many of them involve unpleasant side effects. Fortunately, there are gentler approaches to detoxing too.

Every day we come in contact with numerous toxins and pollutants. These toxins come from chemicals in our carpet, plastics, body care products and the air we breathe. But they also come from our water and our food choices. Cumulatively, the pollutants in our environment can have untold negative effects on our health and well-being. This is why keeping your exposure to a minimum may not be enough.

4 Foods for a Gentle and Effective Detox

If you aren’t one for dramatic flushes or fasts, the following foods and herbs can offer a gentle detox.

  • 1. Cilantro is a great herb that’s easy to find and simple to incorporate into your daily regimen. You can cook with it, juice it, or eat it raw. You can even find cilantro juice already made at your local health food store. Cilantro is a great detoxifier of mercury and other heavy metals. Cilantro’s antibacterial and antifungal properties make the herb work to reduce inflammation and infections while cleansing.
  • 2. Wheatgrass is another versatile detoxifier. You can grow it yourself or find it in an increasing number of grocery stores. It’s potent so start slow with just a tiny amount of juice in your daily routine.
  • 3. Pectin is found naturally in fruits like apples, citrus, grapes, and bananas. It helps remove heavy metals and other toxins. You can easily get the benefits of this natural detoxing agent by adding pectin-rich foods to your diet. Also, you can add pectin products to your smoothie or water. Be wary of pectin products that contain MSG.
  • 4. Other greens like parsley, alfalfa, and chlorella are also great at chelating heavy metals and detoxing the body. You can juice any one of these or add them to salads.

To make your detox as gentle as possible stay hydrated, eliminate all processed and harmful foods, and listen to your body. You can avoid detox side-effects (a healing crisis), common in some more extreme fasts and detoxes, by simply paying attention to your body’s cues and taking heed.

Don’t wait – cleanse your body today.

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22 Responses to "4 Foods that Help You Detox Safely and Gently"

  1. Rebecca Lee  July 7, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Cilantro chelates mercury and is consequently very dangerous to use indiscriminately.

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  2. Science Not Voodoo  July 11, 2013 at 11:15 am

    By definition, toxins are poisons.

    If you have heavy metals within you in sufficient quantity to cause problems – see a doctor, or a dietician (not a “nutritionist” – dietitians are medically trained to work in hospitals), rather than follow the latest fad.

    For example – do you know which of the “toxins” you have within you at the moment? No? So how do you know which of these to eat? Eat them all? Really? If you had such a healthy, varied diet including these items then you wouldn’t need the “detox” in the first place.

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    • Brad Mayeux  August 11, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      most herbs that detox, are not “toxin specific”. You dont drink wheatgrass to JUST get rid of, say LEAD.
      We are exposed to LOTS of toxins in our daily lives, not just through food. and unles you grow all your food, and in an organic way, then you still are exposed to toxins.
      Lets say you DO grow your food… You still have to worry about car exhaust, acid rain (which is VERY high in toxins), ground contaminants… Maybe someone changed thier oil in the spopt you are gardening 30 years ago?…lead poisoning isnt fun.

      Truth is, i found NIACIN to be MUCH better as a detox, but you need lots of anti-oxidants when you detox with niacin.

  3. Science Not Voodoo  July 11, 2013 at 11:34 am

    “some experts estimate that we are exposed to 2,100,000 toxins each and every day”.

    What utter rubbish.

    I am more of an expert than this bloke. He makes stupid, ignorant comments and fails to back anything up with any research or even common sense. He claims 200,000 toxins and lists 6, and even then he’s scraping the barrel with the sixth – chemtrail residues. Really?? From the lower stratosphere? Sheesh!

    You don’t need these potentially harmful fad diets.
    Eat less meat. Eat more fruit and vegetables. Exercise more.

    Oh, and organic fruit and veg have been proven to contain exactly the same nutrients in the same quantities as the cheapo supermarket-own brands. I can send you a link to the research if you like. Unlike anything stated in this page.

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    • Brad Mayeux  August 11, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      A meta-analysis of the published comparisons of the content of secondary metabolites and vitamins in organically and conventionally produced fruits and vegetables showed that in organic produce the content of secondary metabolites is 12% higher than in corresponding conventional samples ( P< 0.0001). This overall difference spans a large variation among sub-groups of secondary metabolites, from a 16% higher content for defence-related compounds ( P< 0.0001) to a nonsignificant 2% lower content for carotenoids, while vitamin C showed a 6% higher content ( P= 0.006). Based on the assumption that increasing the content of biologically active compounds in fruits and vegetables by 12% would be equivalent to increasing the intake of fruits and vegetables by the same 12%, a model developed to calculate the health outcome of increasing the intake of fruits and vegetables was then used to tentatively estimate the potential increase in life expectancy that would be achieved by switching from conventional to organic produce without changing the amount consumed per day, to 17 days for women and 25 days for men.
      http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07352689.2011.554417#.UgfV_xC7uJA

      “for every 17 micrograms of lead in your body, your IQ is reduced by 10 points.”
      http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/21/dr-clement-on-detoxification.aspx

      “Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History,” her mammary glands are no different from those of most American women. In the year 2012, breast-feeding still passes many good things from mother to baby: vitamins, minerals and “a solid hedge of extras to help ward off a lifetime of diseases.” But the practice also typically transfers “paint thinners, dry-cleaning fluids, wood preservatives, toilet deodorizers, cosmetic additives, gasoline by-products, rocket fuel, termite poisons, fungicides” and varieties of flame retardants, one of which, Penta-BDE, was banned by the European Union because of its chronic toxicity to humans.
      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/books/review/breasts-by-florence-williams.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&amp;

    • Brad Mayeux  August 11, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Organic foods were never touted to give more vitamins
      they were meant to keep pesticides etc(BELOW) out of your food.

      pesticides, fertilizers, weed killers, plant growth regulators such as hormones, livestock antibiotics, food additives, genetically modified organisms, human sewage sludge, and nanomaterials
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_farming

      many of those have oil based derivatives and/or heavy metals.

      those things cause cancer

      Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States

      Organic foods reduce exposure to pesticides and antibiotic-resistant bacteria…
      organic milk may contain significantly higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids than conventional milk,
      http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2012/09/04/3581865.htm

      . Food sources such as vegetables, grains, fruits, fish and shellfish can become contaminated by accumulating metals from surrounding soil and water. Heavy metal exposure causes serious health effects, including reduced growth and development, cancer, organ damage, nervous system damage, and in extreme cases, death. Exposure to some metals, such as mercury and lead, may also cause development of autoimmunity, in which a person’s immune system attacks its own cells. This can lead to joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, and diseases of the kidneys, circulatory system, and nervous system.
      http://www.psr.org/environment-and-health/confronting-toxics/heavy-metals/

    • Quinn  August 12, 2013 at 1:16 am

      link pls…

  4. Guy Jones  July 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Most people DON’T have a varied diet , The tips are obviously for them…And organic fruits and veggies are not pickled with chemicals . I agree with this ” Eat less meat. Eat more fruit and vegetables. Exercise more.” One more thing sugar and all associated sweets are a big problem in the Australian diet and the remedy is not the poisonous ” aspartame “

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  5. Tanya Hansen  August 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Detoxification of your body is a fad with little scientific backing, and it is potentially dangerous.
    Your body is capable of detoxing all by itself.

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    • Norman  August 11, 2013 at 2:23 am

      Not a fad at all. A useful regime that has been recognised for centuries. It’s mentioned in the Bible, along with instructions for cleansing your body.

  6. danny  August 12, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Why so negative on detoxing? Have any of the critics here tried detoxing? Why not try it and see how you feel, then comment.

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