Last month’s blog about environmental toxins highlighted that the most important measure above all else is AVOIDANCE!
In Part 2 we focus on practical daily steps and strategies to PROTECT, REPAIR AND ELIMINATE these environmental toxins from your body.
In truth, our liver is continually detoxing our bodies, that’s its job! Thank goodness for our liver ????. The problem is the overload on our liver which is causing impacts on our cells. If toxins hang around, and are not safely removed from our body, or our cells are not protected, this is when the issues can arise. By incorporating some simple ingredients into our daily diets we are better able to provide our bodies with the matrix for healthy ageing.
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Collectively our eliminatory organs include our liver, skin, kidneys and digestive tract. We want all of our bodies systems to be working well for optimal health. This is why Northern Beaches and Dee Why naturopath Megan Taslaman listens to every client carefully looking out for body system compromises within naturopathic and massage consultations. The old saying “prevention is better than cure” is a good one. Sometimes, a tweak in your dietary and lifestyle pattern is enough, other times a comprehensive detoxification program is required, but ultimately getting your systems working optimally is the goal so as to protect, repair and eliminate toxins, or bad gut bugs (which may be the case).
Feel the need for a detox?
Here we discuss some simple strategies that you may be able to integrate now so that you may better facilitate your body’s natural detoxification processes.
7 top tips – Protect, Repair and Eliminate toxins
Turmeric root is a well-known Indian spice that contains essential components that are potently anti-inflammatory, immune stimulating and phase 2 liver detoxifying. The curcuminoids are the most studied and together with the naturally occurring essential oils and the immune stimulating polysaccharides, actions include: immune modulating, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities.
Dee Why naturopath and Remedial massage therapist, Megan Taslaman treats many clients with inflammatory conditions such as osteo-arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, and high acidity conditions that cause inflammation and pain. Turmeric is a major player as a natural and safe anti-inflammatory agent when prescribed at a specific dose to relieve pain and inflammation. In the context of protecting and repairing the cells from environmental toxins daily usage of turmeric is safe and effective. Here are some ways to use turmeric.
- Enjoy a quality turmeric latte – be sure to use the organic spice and a non-GMO pure organic nut milk or coconut milk. Coconut milk provides good fats that assist with absorption of the turmeric
- Incorporate turmeric into your cooking (1.5g – 3g daily) – add to stir fry’s, to smoothies, and in baking such as savoury breads – download the recipe booklet and add turmeric to the GF or high protein bread recipes
- Take as a supplement – be sure to ask Megan Taslaman for advice as not all turmeric’s are the same.
Garlic has been used by the Egyptians for over 5000 years, and the Chinese for over 3000 years. Garlic has been researched to have many qualities including antimicrobial properties and strong antioxidant activity. Its scavengers’ free radicals and enhances our glutathione and superoxide dismutase (SOD) – our master antioxidant systems. In vivo research has shown garlic to protect from electromagnetic radiation associated with mobile phone usage. Qualities of garlic include: lowering cholesterol, reducing sclerosis, inhibits clots from forming, lowers blood pressure, anti-inflammatory. Culinary uses of garlic can be stretched as far as the imagination. Here are some ways.
- Fresh garlic 2-5 g per day added fresh into dips, e.g. hummus, avocado, or into scrambled eggs with sauerkraut
- Garlic oil 2-5mg/day – added over salads and vegetables
- Supplement – as prescribed. Useful for candida infections, parasites, immune system enhancement
3. Broccoli Sprouts
Grown from the seeds of broccoli, the sprouts and can be eaten as a food and are fifteen times more potent than the mature broccoli. The entire cruciferous family of vegetables (brassica vegetables), contain substances (sulforaphane) which induce phase 2 enzymes shown to have chemo protective/preventative effects. The brassica family can be incorporated into your daily diet. Here are some ideas of how.
- As steamed vegetables + add some garlic: broccoli, broccolini, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale
- Add a few leaves of kale into green smoothies
- Make a coleslaw and have as a side
- Add broccoli sprouts and radish to salads
- As a supplement (powder or capsule) – professional prescription only – included in your detoxification program.
Traditionally used to support liver function and circulation, rosemary supports both phase 1 and 2 enzyme activity in the liver and has strong antioxidant effects. Rosemary can be easily incorporated into cooking, but for its potent therapeutic effects supporting cancer prevention, liver detoxification, and for connective tissue and anti-inflammatory support, herbal medicine is required. Rosemary formulations are often incorporated into detoxification programs.
5. Green tea
The difference between regular ‘black’ tea and green tea, is that the green tea is made from non-oxidised camellia sinensis the ‘tea’ plant. Matcha green tea (in particular) is a wonderful chelator of heavy metals. Green tea is high in polyphenols and have a high antioxidant value, so are therefore great at ‘quenching’ the free radicals caused by an overload of toxins. Regular consumption of green tea (3-6 cups a day) is beneficial many areas of health maintenance in addition to protecting from toxins including: assisting with cholesterol management; assisting with blood sugar management; reducing inflammation; assist with poor gut flora; assisting with weight management; improving the immune system.
6. Organic Whole Food Diet
As a Northern Beaches and Dee Why naturopath, Megan Taslaman educates her clients on priorities for choosing fruits and vegetables and other food items. Here is the priority order which in part is ‘avoidance’ of toxins, and in part is ‘protection’ from toxins:
Fruits and Vegetables
- Fresh/ organic – everything (not wrapped in plastic)
- Fresh/ organic for the dirty dozen: strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes, sweet bell peppers (capsicum), hot peppers (chilli)
- Conventional for the clean fifteen: Avocados, Sweet corn, pineapples, cabbages, onions, sweet peas, papaya, asparagus, mangoes, eggplants, honey dew melon, kiwi fruit, rockmelon, cauliflower, broccoli. Use vegetable wash such as Adobe. Click here Information about Adobe
- Fresh/ conventional – Use vegetable wash
- Frozen – not a fan – unless organic.
Meats & poultry
- Organic butchers
- Organic packaged
- Grass-fed butchers or packaged
- Not a fan of anything else
- Go wild and Alaskan (fresh/ cryovaced/ frozen)
- Go wild Australia (fresh/ cryovaced/ frozen)
- Go local and freshly caught (not Sydney harbour)
- Not a fan of farmed (fish are fed grain that is fortified)
- Organic and biodynamic
- Non-organic – soak for 24 hours and rinse repeatedly – evidence suggests that rice contains arsenic
- Gluten free goods – Home-made OR From the farmers market Good quality Gluten Free goods
- Packaged goods – whole foods only
- Organic and packaged in glass or tetra pack
- Organic and packaged in stainless steel
- Organic and packaged in plastic (not a fan)
- Non-organic – go glass first, then stainless steel, NO plastic or tins
7. Purified water
Although we are pretty lucky compared to other countries, naturopath Megan Taslaman practicing on the Northern Beaches in Dee Why recommends installing a water purification system into your home. This will help to reduce your load of heavy metals, chlorine, ammonia, and other substances. Click here for a recommendation Pure Water Systems