Cooking with Chris

Cooking with Chris




Having optimal detox pathways is vital today, but now the word detox is synonymous with detox teas and juice cleanses The truth is, your body is very well equipped to eliminate toxins But just because we have a built in detox system, doesn’t always mean it’s working optimally

In this thread, I’ll take a look at how your detoxification system works, and what you can do to optimize it.

In 1939, there were only 32 active pesticidal ingredients registered with the government. Today, there are over 75,000 chemicals that are commonly used No matter how hard we try to avoid them, we are constantly exposed to toxins in the air, water, food, household products & more

Now more than ever, we need give our body the tools to detox properly. Poor detoxification pathways can have negative affects on our health in numerous ways, including chronic inflammation, auto-immune disease, skin issues and much more.

True detoxification comes from a healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices over time, not just doing a “detox” after a vacation full of booze and greasy food. Detox is your body’s natural process of removing toxic substances.

The liver and intestinal tract do the bulk of the work when it comes to detox, but the kidneys, lungs, skin and lymphatic system are all involved as well.

Your liver is your body’s main detoxifier. The liver converts lipophiles into water-soluble metabolites which can be eliminated from the body via urine. It breaks down toxins so they can be filtered through our kidneys.

The kidneys also act as a filter. When functioning properly, your kidneys filter 120-150 quarts of blood and 1-2 quarts of urine every day. It prevents waste and excess fluid from building up in the cells, as well as regulates your electrolytes.

The digestive tract is also very important for detoxification, and helps get rid of toxins through bowel movements. If you have gut issues, this process is hindered. If you have “leaky gut” toxins can leak through small holes in your intestinal wall, entering your bloodstream.

Your lymphatic systems plays a role as well. Lymph is fluid that circulates through your body. If the lymph is not flowing to the kidneys and liver to be flushed out, it gets backed up.

As you can see, there’s a lot that goes into detoxification, and if any of these systems are off, your detoxification pathways will not be optimal. So what can you actually do?

1. Eat a nutritious diet full of whole foods Eating mostly whole, nutritious foods that are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants is vital to support your organs. Limiting alcohol, processed foods/sugars, preservatives as best you can is also extremely important.

Some things that help with detoxing are blueberries, cilantro, activated charcoal, turmeric, lemons, green tea, and much more.

2. Support your liver Since your liver is the master detoxifier, it is extremely important to support it. Things like beef liver, coffee/tea, grapefruit, blueberries, fatty fish, beet juice and much more are great for the liver.

3. Nourish the gut Because the digestive tract plays such an important role in detoxing, it is vital that you have good gut health. Fermented foods like kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi are great sources of probiotics, and bone broth is great for healing the intestinal tract.

It also is important to avoid foods that disrupt the gut👇🏼

4. Avoid toxins from household products Most homes are loaded toxic products from your cleaning supplies to your cookware. I recently wrote a thread about clean products to use👇🏼

5. Move your body Exercise/movement is extremely important to increase lymphatic circulation which is important for detoxing. You also release some toxins through sweating.

Some other things to consider for detox are high redox potential, sauna use, fasting, coffee enemas, and more. The better your body’s ability to get rid of toxins, the healthier you’ll be!

PS, If you want to detox the right way; through a nutritious diet loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, my meal plans are for you!

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