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In Detoxification, food, Uncategorized, wellness, on April 29, 2013 at 9:15 pm

There’s just no doubt about it.  Especially with today’s environmental toxins, depleted soils and highly processed foods, nutritional cleansing is more important than ever—and there are some great nutritional detoxification programs on the market.

Wouldn’t it be great, though, to think about nutritional detoxification every day and not just 3 or 4 times a year?  You could shimmer, shine, feel and look great all the time, rather than just at certain times of the year.

You can do it by adding certain foods to your daily diet.  You just need to remember 2 things. First, the liver is a vital organ, responsible for many things, among them, removing toxins and breaking down fats.  Second, you need to remember that disease thrives in an acidic atmosphere, so you want your blood to be neutral (a balance of acid/alkaline) or even slightly more alkaline. Some foods, like sugar, create acidic blood while others, like garlic, are alkaline-forming.  For a complete list of acid/alkaline foods, click here.

1.    Grapefruit

This has got to be one of the best foods you can eat.  It not only supports the liver by flooding it with nutrient-rich juice, but it’s also it’s also highly alkalizing. By the way, it’s highly effective for weight loss, because grapefruit helps the liver burn fat.

2.    Lemon

Since lemon is a citrus, many think of it as acid—but it’s not, being one of those alkaline-forming foods.  Drink a glass of water with fresh lemon and you’ll not only be supporting your digestion, but you’ll be boosting your immunity by sending vitamin C to your defense cells.  By the way, some believe that lemon also has a calming effect and increases concentration and alertness.

 3.    Kale

Guess what—this vegetable has more iron than beef! Kale is a nutritional powerhous packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and omega-3 and 6 fatty acids; that means it boosts immunity, fights arthritis, asthma and some autoimmune disorders.

Kale contains both sulphur and fiber, two terrific detoxifying substances.

Versatile, kale can be steamed, stir-fried or eaten raw.  Add it to salads, soups or include it in your breakfast green smoothie.

4.    Water

Okay, all you wordsmiths out there, water’s not a food (although, in my defense, some do insist that bottled water is a food).  Never-the-less, don’t underestimate water’s importance.


Did you know that 85 percent of all headaches are caused by dehydration?

Your body is made up of at least 75 percent water, and that includes the bones and brain. Water flushes toxins, which translates into better, healthier skin for you. Water also increases metabolism, energy and contributes to youthfulness, because it plumps skin and muscles and decreases sagging.

Here’s a huge benefit:  Water has been found to aid heart health. A study published in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who drank more than five glasses of water a day were 41 percent less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.

5.     Avocado

Avocado is packed with vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that that supports everything from the brain to the heart and respiratory health to circulation; vitamin E is also used often in skin creams.

Avocados also contain nearly 20 other vitamins, minerals, phyonutrients and other nutrients, including potassium, magnesium, folic acid, vitamins B6 and C and fiber.


Irene Ross, CHHC, AADP, is an integrative nutrition and holistic health coach who helps people alter unhealthy habits so they balance their lives.

Author of the e-book, Sugar’s Sour Story, and of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day:  Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life, her website is:



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