GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Some experts argue that the body needs periodic detoxing through a special diet or detox plan. Others say we have the systems in place, through our kidneys and liver, to get the job done all by itself. Which is it?
Susan Moores, MS, RD, Kowalski's Market's nutritionist, talks with us about whether detox diets are beneficial and the best foods to support your body's natural detoxification systems which include the liver, kidneys and intestines.
The best plans:
- Have you eat real food vs. drink only liquids or take supplements/laxatives
- Contain at least 1,000 calories
- Last no more than 5 days before transitioning to a long-term approach
Strategies for "cleaning up" your diet -
- Choose organic produce when possible- especially items you eat the most often.
- Know your animal products-select truly natural meats, safer fish choices.
- Drink plenty of healthful beverages-with water being most important.
- Put detoxifying booster foods in your grocery basket.
- Beets - nutrients that help intestines, liver with detox.
- Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage) - substances that support liver's detox abilities
- Citrus fruits - nutrients that help neutralize certain toxins
- Oatmeal, pears, berries, beans, whole grains - for their soluble fiber "nature's broom"
- Avocados, carrots, spinach, tomatoes -- have substances that may help in the removal of certain toxins
Check out Kowalski's Good Foods for Good Health classes:
April 4th - Improving Your Heart's Health with Courtney Bacheler, MD
April 11th & 18th - Better Digestive Health, Understanding the mind/gut connection with Greg Plotnikoff, MD
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