Unlike their expensive counterparts, everyday superfoods are
those you can enjoy daily! You don’t need big bucks to get the
benefits of a daily detox.
‘Everyday superfoods’ is a term I like to use to talk
about simple foods we can enjoy for daily detox and
improved wellness. Rather than thinking of superfoods as only
those dehydrated powders and juices that come from the far
reaches of the globe and are promoted as THE solution to our
health issues, everyday superfoods are those you can enjoy,
well… everyday! Some of the everyday superfoods I enjoy on the
dark chocolate (yep!),
Food Revolution shared an article written by Dr. Deanna Minich entitled, How
to Detox Daily with 5 Types of Nutrient-Rich Foods, and I loved
their list for the same reason – it promotes simple foods
as the main solution to ‘detox’ and deep health.
Why Do We Need to Detox?
But what are we detoxing from, exactly? “Toxins” is a phrase
that is sometimes met with skepticism, but there are compounds
we encounter on a day-to-day basis that build up in our bodies.
Dr. Mininch writes that, “toxins exist in every aspect of our
lives, from the air we breathe, to the food we eat, even to the
thoughts we think. It has been estimated that there are
currently over 80,000 chemicals currently used in the United
States, and we are exposed to many of them on a daily basis.”
Some of the toxins or pollutants you might face on a daily
basis include heavy metals and persistent
organic pollutants (POPs). “Animal and human studies have
linked exposure to toxins to inflammation, oxidative damage,
neurodegenerative issues, immune system dysfunction, and
skeletal degeneration, to name just a few.”
Yikes! These are all things we could do without! And like most
other dis-eases, the solution is more plant foods!
Daily Detox with a Plant-Based Diet
She recommends eating the rainbow of plant foods for optimal
health. The powerful compounds in plants known as
phytonutrients (most of which are not fully understood because
of their complexity) all help our bodies in various ways. “On a
broad scale, simply eating a wide range of fruits and
vegetables of different colors ensures that you’ll be reaping
the benefits of a host of phytonutrients,” Dr. Minich explains.
One of my favorite sources for learning more about exactly WHAT
is in your plant foods and HOW they work is World’s Healthiest Foods. Simply
search an ingredient, then dig into the research about
macronutrients (like protein, fiber, and fats) and then do a
deep dive into the trace minerals, phytonutrients and true
power plant foods have to offer.
Important Foods for Daily Detox
Dr. Minich shares five compounds in plant foods that she
deems most important to daily detox. We’ve outlined them here,
but be sure to
click over to the full article to read more.
The superpowers of flavonoids include binding to and removing
heavy metals from the body and fighting inflammation.
Found in raw fruits and raw or lightly steamed
veggies (make sure they keep their color).
2. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG)
This is the super powerful phytonutrient found in green
tea. EGCG can help clear toxins from the body, improve
inflammatory response, and help remove POPs.
A funky sounding phytonutrient found in the edible
skins and outer layers of citrus, fruits, herbs, nuts and dark
berries. Quercetin is a powerful anti-inflammatory
compound; it’s also an antioxidant that helps remove heavy
metals from the body.
The hidden magic of
turmeric, a relative of ginger. It’s a renowned
healing food in Chinese, Hawaiian, and Ayurvedic medicine. Also
helps with detox and inflammation.
5. Organosulfur compounds
These compounds smell characteristically funky and a bit farty.
Foods from the Brassica family (kale,
collards, cauliflower, cabbage), along with
onions and garlic, are rich sources of these
stinky compounds with big benefits. These also work to
reduce inflammation, aid in detox of heavy metals, and help
defend the body against cancer-causing agents.
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