Monday, 13 April 2015

Detox Secrets

I often get asked about detoxing the body: how is the best way to do it & what supplements do I need to take? But first let’s go back to the begging

What is a detox?

A process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification which is carried out by the liver

How does detoxification work?

Funnily enough your body will naturally do this process if you feed it with clean and healthy foods. Your body unconsciously removes toxins from your body as we ingest & inhale pathogens, toxins, chemicals and allergens. Your liver is the main contributor to the detoxification process. Your liver has 2 detoxification pathways – Phase 1 & Phase 2

Phase 1: Involves taking the toxic chemicals and metals from our food and environment are converted to a much less harmful fat soluble chemical by the enzyme p-450

Phase 2: Involves converting the fat soluble chemicals to water soluble chemicals to be passed out through bodily fluids i.e. bile & urine through 6 conjugation pathways

To improve & promote the detoxification process on your body try to increase these specific nutrients & foods

Phase 1
  • ·         High protein foods – nuts, seeds, lentils, beans  meat, seafood, eggs
  •           B vitamins – greens, mushrooms, nuts, seeds, dairy
  •           Vitamin C – broccoli, cauliflower, blueberries
  •           Green Tea

Phase 2
  • ·         Cruciferous vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower
  • ·         B12  – eggs, fish, poultry, meats
  • ·         Glutamine – dairy, meat, poultry, cabbage, spinach
  • ·         Garlic
  • ·         Iron – red meat,  spinach
  • ·         B vitamins – greens, mushrooms, nuts, seeds, dairy
  • ·         Folic acid – green leafy vegetables

Having a combination of both phase requirements is import for a balanced detoxification (despite some of the nutrients inhibiting the other pathway)

Reduce the following nutrients that inhibit the detoxification pathways:

Phase 1
  • ·         Some medications
  • ·         Onions
  • ·         Grapefruit
  • ·         Turmeric

Phase 2
  • ·         Smoking
  • ·         Some medications
  • ·         Vitamin deficiencies

Complete detoxification from the body includes abiding by the following protocols

·         Water - Water cleanses the liver and kidneys.
·         Organic intake to avoid exposure to harmful toxins & chemicals
·         Variety of intake (particularly protein)
·         Good fats –fish, nuts, seeds avocado
·         Raw fresh fruit & vegetables (high in B vitamins and vitamin C)
·         Large amounts of sugar – creates toxic fat
·         Food & nutrient intolerances
·         Coffee & caffeine (limit intake)
·         Trans & hydrogenated fats

Your body is efficient at detoxing itself providing a balanced intake is in place and undertaking strict detox protocols should always be discussed with your health care practitioner 

Contact Naed Nutrition at to help get your body naturally detoxing with the correct nutritional intake for you

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