November time can often be busy: post-summer, autumn, birthdays, heading towards the colder months…and Christmas! Sometimes I hear of people wanting to do a ‘detox’ before (and after!) the festive season – I’ve been talking about detoxification through some short videos in my Facebook group, Vibrant Health with Atiya.
The term ‘going on a detox’ is used differently by different people and I’m not so much in favour of the term (despite using it here to pique interest!). Generally it involves avoiding certain foods for a period of time – but I like to include certain foods which support the two phases of detoxification.
You can assess your toxin exposure and your need for detoxification support during my Facebook live on my page Atiya Nutrition – and help yourself by including my TOP THREE foods for a pre-Christmas ‘detox’:
- Broccoli (and the cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower etc) contain sulfur – sulfation is one of the elimination pathways in phase 2 of liver detoxification. This means that by including broccoli (and other cruciferous vegetables into your diet), you are giving yourself nutrients (like sulfur), and other health benefits, such as fibre, which enable toxins to be removed from the body.
- Way to include: Simple! Steam them as a side with a squeeze of lemon!
- Pomegranate contains the phytonutrient ellagic acid. This helps to protect the liver from toxins in different ways, including binding directly to some and inducing expression of phase 2 enzymes for toxin elimination.
- Way to include: Over your porridge, salad….anything goes!
- Olive oil: You don’t need much but extra virgin olive oil is highly anti-inflammatory, liver protective AND helps with the absorption of nutrients eg in carrots and tomatoes.
- Way to include: As a salad dressing – drizzle of oil, lemon juice and tamari.
I have listed these as my top three – of course there are many more so don’t get stuck on them, but include a variety! Enjoy and please let me know how you are getting on!
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