A detox food is a food that helps your body to cleanse and detoxify in order to remove the accumulated toxins and other harmful chemicals and pathogens in your body's cells and tissues.
By eating these types of foods, not only do they help to detox your body, but, they can help Type 2 diabetics reverse their diabetes -- as long as the detox is part of an overall diabetes wellness program.
Note: Be careful of fad detox programs, because they can do more harm than good. Many of these fad detox programs go for the quick fix, leading to the quick weight loss, but, later on, the weight gain returns, so, in the long run, these programs are not effective.
Top 10 Detox Foods: Reverse Diabetes
These foods contain a diverse array of phytonutrients, macronutrients and micronutrients that provide superior nutritional benefits and multiple health benefits for people who want to reverse Type 2 diabetes naturally -- without the need for diabetic drugs.
As a result, these foods can help a Type 2 diabetic to better manage and control his/her diabetes; and, possibly, reverse their diabetes and prevent the onset of major complications such as blindness, amputation and heart attack/stroke.
When eaten as part of a detox wellness program, these foods provide health benefits in the form of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, polyphenols, fiber, and healthy fats.
These foods provide key nutrients that help the colon, liver and kidneys, in particular, because these three organs are the primary organs involved in the body's cleanse and detoxification process.
Some of these foods also provide key nutrients to other organs, because other organs are important to the overall cleanse and detoxification process, e.g. lymphatic system, immune system, skin, pancreas, etc.
As a result, other organs that are not directly involved in the cleanse and detoxification process, benefit from this process, e.g. heart, brain, eyes, blood vessels, glands, etc.
Note: This "Top 10" list of detox foods that reverse diabetes naturally is evergreen and has been updated several times, based on new research and clinical findings.
Artichokes both purify and protect the liver. Artichokes contain antioxidant plant compounds (such as silymarin and cynarin), which help break down fatty foods, increase bile production, prevents indigestion, and stimulates healthy digestion.
Artichokes are also high in fiber, which helps us with elimination. Numerous studies show that artichokes promote healthy liver and gallbladder function.
Asparagus helps the liver filter out the toxic materials in the food and drinks we consume. Other benefits include protecting us from getting cancer, help your heart to stay healthy, and is a general anti-inflammatory food. In addition, asparagus contains fiber, protein, magnesium, folate, and potassium.
According to a study in the Journal of Food Science, the amino acids and minerals found in asparagus may alleviate hangover symptoms and protect liver cells against toxins. The spears are also a natural diuretic, which will help flush the excess toxins from your system.
Avocado provides heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids that help to lower cholesterol and dilate blood vessels.
Avocados contain a compound called glutathione, which blocks the absorption of certain fats by the intestines that cause oxidative damage; and, also, blocks at least 30 different carcinogens while helping the liver detoxify synthetic chemicals.
Blueberries contain natural aspirin that helps lessen the tissue-damaging effects of chronic inflammation, while lessening pain.
Blueberries also act as antibiotics by blocking bacteria in the urinary tract, thereby helping to prevent infections. They have antiviral properties and are loaded with detoxifying phytonutrients called proanthocyanidins.
Broccoli contain phytochemicals, which stimulate detoxification enzymes in your liver to turn toxins into something your body can easily eliminate.
Broccoli is also known for powerful antioxidant properties, which reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Other cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale.
Cabbage contains numerous anti-cancer and antioxidant compounds and helps the liver break down excess hormones. Cabbage also cleanses the digestive tract and soothes the stomach, which could in part be due to its antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage demonstrate powerful detoxification activity, including neutralizing some of the damaging compounds found in cigarette smoke (and second-hand smoke).
They also contain a compound that helps the liver produce adequate amounts of enzymes for detoxification.
Tip: Mix cabbage, apples, and walnuts for a crisp treat for your palate and your liver.
Cranberries have powerful antibiotic and antiviral substances to help the body cleanse harmful bacteria and viruses from the urinary tract.
Collard greens increase bile acid binding, which makes it easier for bile to bind to large lipid molecules and pull them apart.
Leftover bile acids are then excreted from the GI tract normally, taking leftover lipid molecules with them, helping to cleanse your system of excess LDL "bad" cholesterol.
Dandelion has several healing properties for the liver; so, as a result, it has been used to treat liver problems dating back hundreds of years.
Note: Dandelion root acts as a diuretic by increasing urine production.
Flaxseed is loaded with fiber, lignans and essential fatty acids, particularly the Omega-3s, which are essential for many cleansing functions and maintaining a healthy immune system.
Omega-3s are also critical to maintaining a healthy brain. The health of every cell in your body is dependent on getting adequate amounts of essential fatty acids.
Flaxseed contains fiber, which helps to cleanse the colon.
Garlic helps the liver by cleansing harmful bacteria, intestinal parasites, and viruses from the body, especially from the blood and intestines. It also helps cleanse buildup from the arteries and lowers blood pressure.
Garlic has antiviral, antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-cancer and antioxidant properties that help detoxify the body of harmful substances and boost the immune system.
Garlic also helps cleanse the respiratory tract by expelling mucous buildup in the lungs and sinuses.
Note: Use only raw garlic, not garlic powder or garlic pills, which have virtually none of the above properties.
Grapefruit contains fiber and nutrient-rich compounds to help with detox. Grapefruit compounds help the liver to burn fat, which is why grapefruit is excellent for weight loss.
Green tea is high in catechin, a flavonoid (antioxidant), which speeds up liver activity, increases the production of detoxification enzymes, and kills free radicals. However, e wary of the caffeine because it may spike your blood sugar.
Note: Any tea will help soothe your nerves, but white tea packs a particular one-two punch that can actually attack belly fat. A study published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism showed that white tea can simultaneously boost lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) and block adipogenesis (the formation of fat cells). The tea’s combination of caffeine and epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) seems to set fat cells up for defeat.
Green vegetables contain chlorophyll, which rids the body of environmental toxins, heavy metals, herbicides, and pesticides.
Green vegetables include leafy greens, broccoli, cucumbers, celery, sprouts, dandelion teas; and, also blue-green algae such as chlorella and spirulina.
Aiding in detox, increasing oxygen content, and purifying the blood, greens are the essential building blocks of any healthy and vibrant detox diet.
Kale is packed with many antioxidants and anti-inflammatories and many of the vitamins and minerals. Kale, are a good source of glutathione, which is essential for detox of the liver pathway.
Kale (and other green vegetables) also provide excellent sources of insoluble fiber, which gets the gut moving. Crisp, crunchy raw veggies are highest in this sort of fiber.
Lemons are a great source of vitamin C, which is known to help the flush toxins and burn fat. Lemons help with your digestion by stimulating the release of enzymes and Vitamin C helps convert toxins into a water-soluble form that can be easily eliminated from the body.
Vitamin C is needed by the body to make glutathione, which helps with liver detoxification. Vitamin C and other antioxidants found in lemons are integral to ward off cancer, fight the effects of pollution and cell damage. Fresh lemon juice contains more than 20 anti-cancer compounds and helps balance the body’s pH levels.
Tip: Just drink a cup of hot water with lemon added in order to alkalize the body and prepare your digestive system for that day’s work.
Milk thistle is one of the frequently researched plants in association with promoting liver detoxification. Milk thistle contains a mixture of polyphenolic compounds (plant protectors) that assist liver cells in removing toxins from healthy blood cells.
Onions contain sulfur-containing amino acids, which efficiently detox the liver. Onions also contain flavonoids that stimulate the production of glutathione, one of the liver's strongest antioxidants.
As a result, onion has powerful anti-bacterial and immune-boosting properties.
Parsley has plenty of beta-carotene and vitamins A, C and K to protect your kidneys and bladder.
Raw (green) juice provides your liver and other organs with powerful vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that enter your blood within minutes of consuming.
As a result, raw juice can help your body detoxify and remove harmful chemical and heavy metals.
Tip: Drink 6-8 oz. of raw juice 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner for maximum absorption and benefits.
Seaweed binds to radioactive waste in the body so it can be removed. Radioactive waste can find its way into the body through some medical tests or through food that has been grown where water or soil is contaminated.
Seaweed also binds to heavy metals to help eliminate them from the body. In addition, it is a powerhouse of minerals and trace minerals.
Sea vegetables have antioxidants that help alkalize the blood and strengthen our digestive tract. The alginic acid in sea vegetables absorb toxins from this digestive tract. They also have the broadest range of minerals you can find in any food!
Tip: If you're hesitant to eat seaweeds, buy sea kelp or dulse flakes and use in salads, soups, and stir-fries instead of salt. The kelp is used in Asian cuisine and can often be found in soups. That’s a great way to have it when you’re detoxing, and it makes it so it’s easy to digest and it has a good taste.
Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which works as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory in the liver. A study in the journal Gut found supplementing with curcumin could significantly reduce bile duct blockage and curbed scarring (fibrosis) by interfering with chemical reactions involved in the inflammatory process.
However, make sure that you add black pepper and some fat to increase your body's absorption of the curcumin.
Water is often overlooked but is so important for all of your organs, and for flushing toxins out of your body. But, make sure that your water is filtered properly. If you can afford it, get a distiller to purify your water.
One of the most powerful green juices that helps to detox the body is wheatgrass because of its concentrated levels of chlorophyll.
Wheatgrass is a nutrient-rich young grass that helps to cleanse and detoxify the body. Wheatgrass provides a concentrated amount of nutrients, including iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids; chlorophyll, and vitamins A, C and E.
Wheatgrass cleanses and builds the blood due to its high content of chlorophyll. Wheatgrass is also effective at lowering your blood sugar and for getting your metabolism back on track.
FYI: Chlorophyll is the first product of light and therefore contains more healing properties than any other element. All life on this planet comes from the sun. Only green plants can transform the sun’s energy into chlorophyll through the process of photosynthesis.
Chlorophyll is known as the ‘life-blood’ of the plants. This important phytonutrient is what your cells need to heal and to thrive. Drinking wheatgrass juice is like drinking liquid sunshine.
The high content of oxygen in chlorophyll helps deliver more oxygen to the blood. Oxygen is vital to many body processes, especially for the brain which uses 25% of the oxygen supply. This high oxygen helps support a healthy body.
Note: For more information about raw juice and wheatgrass, refer to the DTD Power of Raw Juicing ebook.
Other Potential Detox Foods
There are many other foods that could have made it onto the list, including: almonds, apples, beets, cilantro, fennel, goji berries, ginger, ev olive oil, ev coconut oil, and pineapple.
Out of all of these, beets has the most health benefits. However, if you're diabetic, you should probably avoid beets (and also pineapple) until you have stabilized your blood sugars (e.g. Stage 4 of the DTD Program).
FYI: Beets contain plant compounds that have powerful anti-inflammatory and fungicidal properties, which make beets superb fighters of infection, blood purifiers, and liver cleansers. They also help boost the body’s cellular intake of oxygen, making beets excellent overall body cleansers.
Beets also help stabilize the blood’s acid-alkaline balance (pH), which in turn supports healthy detoxification.
Beets are also a great source of vitamins B3, B6 and C, plus beta-carotene, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and iron. They assist our liver and gall bladder in breaking down toxins, and their fiber is great for digestion and elimination.
Tip: Add shredded raw beets on top of a big pile of a raw salad with a sprinkle of lemon juice, but, only if you're not diabetic or have stabilized blood sugar levels.
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