So Oz did a show on Friday on fad Detox diets. Juice fasts, that thing with the syrup and cayenne pepper, something I'd never heard of with several protein shakes per day. etc. They didn't mention the 3-day apple fast that for some reason is so popular here. Then he presented the version he and his cronies came up with.
Unlike most fad cleanses and detoxes, in his detox plan...
What you do is consume the nutrients that help your major detoxing organs function. So, points to Dr. Oz.
For the 48-hour program that includes a recipe for quinoa for breakfast, a kale, pineapple and ginger smoothie snack and some other smoothies for lunch, and a cabbage soup for dinner. Recipes and more info: http://www.doctoroz....317=billboard_1
Things in italics are my comments:
- The Liver: Your first line of defense against toxins is your liver, which acts like a filter in preventing toxic substances contained in foods from passing into your blood stream.
- The Colon: This organ has bacteria that produce both healthy and unhealthy chemicals. You want to keep your colon flowing regularly since its main role is to flush out toxic chemicals before they can do you any harm.
- The Kidneys: Like clockwork, the kidneys are constantly filtering your blood and getting rid of toxins in the form of urine.
Of course, in his usual fashion, he then recommended one or two nutrients/foods for each when there are actually many nutrients and foods involved.
- Dark berries such as blueberries and blackberries will make it easier for your liver to get rid of certain toxins.
- Hot peppers have capsaicin, which boosts enzymes responsible for detoxifying the liver. As a rule, the hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin.
Whole grainscontain phosphorous, a natural laxative, and fiber to help bulk up your stools. see below
- Fermented foods like kimchi (Korean spicy pickled cabbage) and sour pickles are packed with probiotics, the good bacteria that help protect your colon.
- Soy products such as miso, tofu and edamame all act like diuretics, allowing you to urinate more often.
- Cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, bok choy and broccoli increase your kidney’s ability to transport toxins into the urine and help liver cells recover from detox.
* But it would be even better to find another source besides whole grains for your phosphorus, and be careful of soy. It's common to be allergic and the estrogenic affects help some people but make others worse. Try some other seed such as almonds, lentils, etc. Or yogurt, eggs, or other animal protein. Or a more benign grain or grainlike seed such as properly soaked, sprouted or fermented oats or buckwheat
You should actually consume these nutrients all the time so your detoxing organs can function all the time. But they came up with a 48-hour cleanse program for those that want to do that sort of thing. And it involves quinoa, rather than any actual whole grain.
Coincidentally, I'd had quinoa and smoothie (cabbage and berries in mine) for breakfast and had a cabbage soup kind of Mexican style that included poblano peppers already simmering on the stove when I sat down to watch and see if he'd covered anything good that day. I can't remember what my main meal earlier in the day was.
He also recommended epsom salt baths for the magnesium and sulfur, which I would so do if I liked taking baths. The magnesium is absorbed through the skin and sooo good for sleep. And topical sulfur is really good for healing.
Edited by alternativista, 21 February 2013 - 10:57 AM.