Do I need a detox?
Winter is not the time to go on a juice cleanse, or starve yourself to get rid of any extra Christmas pounds. During the winter we need food that is warming and comforting, that will give us the right energy to get through the dark mornings and soggy commutes. This is not the time to remove healthy proteins and vegetable based carbohydrates (like root veg) from your diet – we need these to help the body cleanse and restore health.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t revamp your diet to regain your energy, and feel stronger as we come into spring.
Signs you need a detox
If you suffer with recurrent headaches, PMS, anxiety, ezcema or acne, IBS, food intolerance, poor memory, muscle aches, recurrent infections or fatigue you may need to look at the types of food you’re eating. These are just some of the signs of poor detoxification, there could be many more.
How do we detox?
Our body has several ways of detoxing (turning something harmful into something harmless) and these are all dependent on the right nutrients being available to enable the biotransformation. A Nutritional Therapist will work with you to get optimal functioning in bowels, kidneys, skin, lymph, lungs and liver if detoxification is an issue.
Today we’re going to focus on the liver – a major detox organ which gets rid of things our body doesn’t need by sticking them to other substances ready to be excreted from the body. This process (called conjugation) needs a good supply of glutathione and sulphur. Foods especially rich in these and very supportive for the liver are:
- Garlic and onions
- Cruciferous vegetables – broccoli, kale, cabbage and Brussel sprouts
- Fruits – especially apricots, all berries, citrus fruits, kiwi
- Fresh vegetables such as artichokes, peppers, beetroot, carrots, cucumber, pumpkin,
- Leafy greens like spinach, corriander and lettuce can help the body to neutralize metals, chemicals and pesticides that may be in our foods.
So support your liver tonight with a fresh stir fry including a rainbow of colours, or a warming winter stew filled with root vegetables.
Turmeric is hepatoprotective (protects the liver), an antioxidant and encourages the production of bile. You can make a lovely warming drink grating fresh turmeric, ginger and adding cinnamon, cardomom and a little coconut oil into milk and heating for a few minutes to release the flavour and colours. Add a little black pepper to help the absorption of turmeric. This is a lovely bedtime drink and great for the liver.
For your personalised health and diet recommendations get in touch to book your Nutritional Therapy appointment or email or call 07812010412. During January there is over a 10% discount if you book a follow up appointment at the same time as the initial session.