Modern life, however, presents us humans with the dual challenge of near constant exposure to toxins plus a diminished ability to clear them due to our lifestyle choices (e.g. lower nutrition, high stress, metabolic dysfunction, and the toxins themselves). The result is inflammation and retained toxicity which promote disease through oxidative damage, nutrient deficiency, autoimmune activity, neurodegeneration, and much more!
What's a person to do? The best place to start is with the very thing we're exposed to the most--our food. What we eat daily can cause us to add more toxic fuel to the fire or to excrete toxins so we feel better, sleep better, poop better, prevent and even reverse pain, fatigue, acne, and more.
What you can do now to begin to detoxify:
- Increase your fiber intake with plant-based foods including grains, legumes, veggies and fruit
- Add in more greens, greens, greens at every meal
- Have some healthy fats - nuts, seeds, avocado, olives - daily
- Go organic as much as possible to avoid toxic chemicals, herbicides and pesticides not allowed in organics. Check out this list from EWG.org to know the most important produce to buy organic.
- Choose grass-fed organic meats, wild fish, and organic eggs to avoid hormones, antibiotics and chemicals from their feed
- Drink plenty of filtered water throughout the day
- Eliminate or greatly reduce sugar
- Avoid inflammatory yellow seed oils - soy, corn, safflower, canola
Here's a recipe from my upcoming 5-day detox for Banana Chia Oatmeal to start your morning off with a warming, plant-based boost. To learn more about detoxing, get a jump on many detoxifying self-care habits with lots of support and accountability, come join my Winter 5-Day Detox from February 3 - 7. Early bird pricing ends January 29.
Banana Chia Oatmeal
Makes 2 servings
⅔ C rolled oats
1 ½ C water
1 banana, thinly sliced
1 T chia seeds
1 T unsweetened coconut flakes or cacoa nibs
1 T sliced raw almonds
Almond or coconut milk to serve (optional)
¼ t raw honey (optional)
Combine oats, water, banana, chia seeds and coconut flakes in a small pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat and stir occasionally for 5 minutes or until oats are fully cooked.
Top with sliced almonds, honey, and almond or coconut milk and serve. This oatmeal is also delicious when topped with fresh pomegranate seeds. Enjoy!