We live in times where it is nearly impossible to avoid all toxins, especially heavy metal toxins that are real health stealers.
These include mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, aluminum and are all associated with several unwanted diseases like cancer, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s and many behavioral disorders amongst children.
Heavy metals can get into the body in quite many and sometimes even sneaky ways. For example, we can get toxins from tap water, from the air we breathe and with the food we eat. Nowadays pesticides often contain heavy metals and are massively used on not organically grown foods.
Many beauty products may contain a good amount of harmful heavy metals as well. You can find aluminum in deodorants or lead in the lipsticks and even some sunscreens are known to have heavy metals in them.
Also, car and house keys are often made of lead and furniture contains protective finishes and fabrics that may contain heavy metals like antimony and cadmium.
The problem is that we are exposed to all the above every single day. Detoxing our bodies from heavy metals and chemicals is something we should do regularly for creating lifelong wellness and health.
Here are some foods that help you to cleanse your liver and whole body.
Foods high in Vitamin C, especially lemons
Fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C can reduce the damage caused by heavy metal toxins by acting as an antioxidant. Vitamin C helps to convert toxins into a water-soluble form that can be easily eliminated from the body.
Lemons restart digestion by stimulating enzymes and effective digestion is a core of detoxification. Foods high in vitamin C are bell peppers, blackcurrants, citrus fruits, blueberries, guava, parsley, kiwis, broccoli, papayas, strawberries etc.
Blueberries are truly healthful berries. They contain natural aspirin called salicylates that reduce the damaging effects of inflammation. They are also very high in antioxidants and have antiviral effects to prevent infections and protect cells from free radicals.
It is proved that consuming blueberry extract could help to detox brains’ lymphatics and detoxify our brain by inhabiting certain protein that blocks the brains’ cleansing process. (1)
Chaga is a type of fungus that grows on the bark of birch trees in colder climates and has been used for centuries to boost immunity, detox and promote overall health.
Chaga contains a powerful antioxidant called Superoxide Dismutase, which is essential for cleansing liver and for cellular regeneration.
Garlic and onions
Garlic and onions both contain sulfur, which helps the liver to detoxify itself of heavy metals like lead and arsenic. Garlic promotes the liver to produce detoxification enzymes that help to filter toxins from the digestive system.
Flax, hemp and chia seeds
These seeds contain essential omega-3 fatty acids and are high in fiber. Fiber helps with cleansing the colon and omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and are required in all functions of the liver including detoxification.
As fish and fish oils may contain heavy metals, especially mercury, it is not recommended to consume these during detox, so seeds rich in omega-3 will provide the body with necessary essential fatty acids when cleansing.
Greens are some of the most powerful heavy metal, environmental toxins and pesticides cleansing foods, mainly because of the chlorophyll they contain.
Chlorophyll helps the liver to detoxify, increases blood oxygen levels and purifies blood cells. Make sure you have enough veggies like broccoli, cucumbers, kale, spinach, celery, sprouts and arugula in your diet.
Beets have an important role for liver and detoxing. Beets are full of vitamins like B3, B6 and C and minerals like magnesium, calcium, zinc, and iron.
These vitamins and minerals help the liver to break down toxins. A fiber component called betaine in beets promotes digestion to effectively eliminate all the harmful toxins from the body.
Author: nutritionist Elis Nikolai