Other dark leafy greens like dandelion greens, and beets are also detox-supporting superstars. Choosing organic produce will reduce your exposure to pesticides and other chemicals that further increase your toxic burden.
Green tea’s polyphenols, GTE and EGCG, have been shown to induce detox pathways in the liver as well as protect the liver from damage when it is exposed to mycotoxins and aflatoxins during the detoxification process. They also both appear to inhibit certain enzymes, CYP2E1, that when overactive can lead to increased oxidative stress and higher cancer risk. Other research has shown tea to have a wide range of health benefits.
Fruits and vegetables are chock full of the nutrients that our detox pathways thrive on—vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli (especially broccoli sprouts), Brussel sprouts and kale contain phytochemicals and sulfur-rich compounds that have potent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. These vegetables also support liver detoxification by increasing glutathione production, an important antioxidant for reducing oxidative stress.
2. Eat your veggies.
When stress, anxiety and the business of life hits, sleep often takes a hit too. Unfortunately, that is when we need it the most. Sleep is when our body repairs, heals and restores itself, helping us prepare for the next day. This is especially important in the brain, because deep sleep triggers the brain's waste removal system, the glymphatic drainage system, to clear away toxins that can lead to neurodegenerative diseases.
Turmeric is a well-known anti-inflammatory root that also helps to improve circulation, relieve pain, reduce cancer risk and support liver detox by increasing glutathione levels. Make sure to stock up on sulfur-rich garlic, anti-viral ginger, antioxidant-rich herbs like thyme, rosemary and more.
Due to all of the significant benefits these stress-reducing strategies can provide, incorporating more than one, or all of them if you can, on a regular basis would be ideal.
Our bodies have an innate detoxification system to help us overcome our less-than-perfect world. Detoxification, or the removal of toxins from our bodies, is primarily carried out through our circulation, and by sweating, breathing and digestion. Rather than quick-fix detoxes, we should really be focusing on supporting our body’s natural detoxification system.