Detox Green Vegetables


We’ve eaten and drank our way through the last few weeks of the year, enjoying socializing with friends and families, making memories over lavish meals and perhaps having more than a few festive drinks. While we shouldn’t regret anything consumed in the name of enjoying all this quality time with loved ones, we might be feeling a bit more sluggish, noticing duller and dryer skin, and possibly feeling that our skinny jeans are just a little too snug. If that’s the case, then perhaps it’s time to consider some post-holiday body love in the form of a refresh - a detox that will help reset our bodies and minds.

If you’re experiencing any of the signs below, a detox might be just the thing you need:
  • Low energy levels, feelings of fatigue
  • Bloating, weight gain
  • Headaches, aches and pains
  • Gas, constipation
  • Skin issues such as acne, dullness, dryness
  • Brain fog, problems thinking clearly or focusing
  • Feeling blue, or experiencing mood swings

These symptoms can be the result of an overload on your body of toxins and organic pollutants that come from pesticides, poor air quality, herbicides, alcohol, too much sugar, caffeine, refined foods, bad fats (like hydrogenated oils), and food additives. (1) Our bodies detoxify these toxins naturally everyday; the main organs responsible for this are the liver, kidneys and intestines. However it’s a heavy load for the liver to deal with when we consume and drink more than usual. And if we’ve been eating more sugar and starch and less greens and vegetables than normal, the nutritional deficiencies created by this will have an impact on the detoxification functioning of these organs.

Fortunately we can give these essential detoxifying organs a little love with providing them with nourishing foods, herbs, adaptogens and supplements to help them function at their peak ability.

6 tips for supporting daily detoxification:

  1. Eat mainly organic foods to reduce the toxic load placed on your body.
  2. Drink lots of clean, pure water, such as spring water or water that is treated with a system that will remove any contaminants and chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride.
  3. Take high quality multivitamins and minerals daily to help prevent nutritional deficiencies.
  4. Eat lots of foods rich with soluble fibre that will help to pull toxins out of your body as they make their way through your digestive tract. Bonus points for consuming greens that are bitter such as mustard, dandelion and arugula - the bitterness helps to stimulate bile production, which supports the liver with processing toxins.
  5. Support your body with adaptogens that may help to build immunity and defend the body against toxicity. Some of these adaptogens that may help to support the liver include milk thistle, ashwagandha, rhodiola, Asian ginseng, Holy basil, licorice, and astragalus. (2, 3, 45, 6)
  6. Include fermented foods and probiotics in your diet to help support a healthy population of beneficial bacteria in your intestinal tract, which will aid with neutralizing toxins during digestion. These foods include yogurt, kombucha and naturally fermented pickles and vegetables like sauerkraut.

There are also a few different foods that are known to help with supporting detoxification. We’ll be starting our days sipping on lemon water, loading our smoothies and elixirs with certain adaptogens and supplements, and adding certain herbs and spices in meals to give our bodies a little extra boost.

  1. Chlorella - this blue-green algae is a powerful superfood that helps the body to detox contaminants such as heavy metals. The toxins bind to the cracked cell walls of the chlorella and helps to pull them out of the body. (7) We like chewing on these chlorella tablets for a few days to help boost energy and gently detoxify.
  2. Lemon water / apple cider vinegar - sipping on warm water with a squeeze of lemon first thing in the morning supports the liver with flushing out unwanted toxins. Another helpful acidic drink to make that has similar results is to replace the lemon juice with apple cider vinegar. Use 1 tsp apple cider vinegar in about ⅓ cup of water. Drink this 2-3 times throughout the day to help promote energy circulation in your body, which will help to reduce accumulations in the liver.
  3. Pukka Detox Tea with Lemon - this tea is an easy and convenient way to sip on herbs that help your body with detoxification, such as sweet fennel, coriander and cardamom. You can sip on this tea any time, either taking it on the go or leaving it in your desk at the office.
  4. Turmeric - this powerhouse spice provides many healing properties. It is full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and helps to support the liver from toxins. (8) You can add turmeric to smoothies, consume it in a beverage like a golden milk latte or simple tea (like this one), and sprinkle it over or mix it in meals.