5 foods to promote healthy detoxification

Without becoming paranoid (which would increase our stress levels and would not be very naturopathic-like!) , it is clear that we are daily exposed to various toxins from our environment.

The air we breathe (especially if we live in town) , the food we eat, the water we drink, the different products we put on our bodies (cosmetics, skin care, deodorants, perfumes … ) and the ones we use inside our homes                 ( cleaning products …) influence our health.

To live in harmony and avoid the accumulation of toxins in our body , it is best to limit our exposure. For example, there are many very simple alternatives to replace harmful cleaning products (see next article). It is also possible to increase our consumption of organic produce (see tips on how to eat healthy on a budget here), to ensure that the water we drink is filtered and to purify the air in our homes (see here).

In addition, there are foods that will strengthen our immune system and support our liver which are both necessary in promoting effective detoxification.

Here is a list of some of these “detox” foods to have and use in your kitchen :

✦ Greens : chlorophyll is the compound that gives vegetables their green colour, and it has many beneficial effects. Chlorophyll may actually be able to bind cancer-causing chemicals (such as heterocyclic amines found in meat cooked at high temperature), thereby allowing these chemicals to be excreted by the body instead of being absorbed. It’s best to include a green vegetable in at least two meals a day. Especially good food sources of chlorophyll are spinach, parsley, green beans and arugula, but all greens will have some chlorophyll. Have greens raw in a salad or sauté in coconut oil as a side.

✦ Beets : the famous red pigment in beets promotes the detox process carried out by our liver. It also serves as a potent antioxidant in addition to being nutrient-rich. I love to eat them raw, grated with carrots in my salads.

✦ Garlic : in addition to garlic’s detoxifying properties, some studies suggest that populations with higher garlic intake have decreased risk for stomach and colorectal cancers. Garlic also may help protect against cardiovascular disease. For maximum benefit, have some garlic daily.

✦ Turmeric : known for its antioxidant properties, it is also long been used as a natural anti-inflammatory.

✦ Cruciferous Vegetables: these vegetables not only help promote liver detoxification, but also contain indole-3-carbinol, a compound that helps balance estrogen levels. Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, and Brussels sprouts.


10 naturel remédies to have in tour medicine cabinet


◆ Raw honey
Not only it tastes delicious, but it actually contains antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Raw honey can be used both internally as a preventative remedy (one teaspoon a day), as well as externally on burns or other skin conditions. Try to et get local organic honey in a glass container.

◆ Oscillococcinum
If you can catch that first tickle in your throat, oscillococcinum is an essential remedy to have in your medicine cabinet. As a homeopathic medicine, it is best used before you feel completely sick.

◆ Neti Pot
Neti pots are derived from Ayurvedic medicine, and are used as an irrigation system for the nasal passages. They’re especially useful in situations like sinusitis, allergies, and common cold and for flus, but a neti pot can also be used preventatively as a part of daily hygiene routine.

The first time you use a neti pot can feel a little awkward, and figuring out the angle to tilt your head can be a challenge, but overall it’s a very simple process. Just be sure to follow the directions, don’t use too much salt, and make sure the water is at a comfortable temperature.

◆ Zinc lozenges
Like vitamin C, zinc is essential for a properly functioning immune system. Next time you’re feeling ill, mix some zinc lozenges in with your cough drops to give yourself an extra boost.

◆ Activated charcoal
If you think you’ve had food poisoning, activated charcoal is your best bet as an at-home remedy. It can also prevent a hangover, lower cholestasis in pregnant women, and reduce gassiness after a heavy meal.

◆ Probiotics
There are plenty of bad bacteria out there, but to function optimally we also need a healthy number of good bacteria. The medical community is starting to recognise the importance of having diverse gut microbes, but unfortunately many of our internal ecosystems are lacking. Repopulate your gut with probiotics if you suffer from constipation, diarrhea, vaginitis, indigestion, obesity, ADHD, gassiness, fatigue, and numerous other ailments.

◆ Elderberry syrup
Elderberries are superstars when it comes to warding off viruses and reducing inflammation. Though you can find elderberry tinctures, the syrup maintains the most beneficial constituents, and tends to be the yummier option anyway!

◆ Peppermint tea
Peppermint tea is often used to help digestion and insomnia. It can be very helpful for upset stomach in children and adults alike.

◆ Arnica oil                                                                                                                                                              Arnica is great to have handy any time you experience muscle strain, joint sprains, or bruising. Applying arnica oil regularly to an injured area can significantly speed up recovery time.

◆ Vitamin C
By now everyone knows that vitamin C is essential for a properly functioning immune system. You can find it in high quantity acerola or camu camu berries.

Mobile phones, radiations and practical advice

Here are a few tips to limit negative effects of mobile phones:

– Do not let children use them.

– Use the headset with cable, not the wireless ones. The speaker is also a good solution.

– Avoid using the mobile phone when you are in a moving train or car. There is less network and therefor more radiation.

– If you are in a place where there is no or very little network (visible on the phone screen), do not use it to make calls. The call will require more radiant power, so more radiation.

– When you are using your phone, remember to change sides often (switch it from one ear to another regularly) and reduce the length of calls.

– Do not put it close too your head when you are making a call because this is the time that radiation is the strongest (the speaker may be a solution).

– Avoid falling asleep with the mobile close to your head, especially if you are using it as an alarm clock.

– Do not keep the mobile in your pockets (trousers, shirt or jacket).

– If it’s possible and available, use the good old fashion phones or programme like skype for example.

– Choose a phone model with a low value of SAR (specific absorption rate of radiation).