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Tonic for Toxins

We are what we eat and what we eat helps keep us clean

By Robert Beauchamps

Imagine being born with a kind of lever that, once engaged, would flush waste material from our bodies. Maybe in a science fiction novel, you say. Well, according to science, the best and most plausible way to cleanse our systems is by eating the right foods.

Lucky for us, many everyday foods that are accessible to urbanites year round can help purge hazardous material. Take apples: high in pectin, a type of fibre that binds to cholesterol and heavy metals, apples help eliminate toxic build up by sweeping through the intestines.

Not just for fending off vampires anymore, garlic fends off a host of bacteria, intestinal parasites, and viruses from sapping your body. Garlic, especially fresh organic garlic, helps cleanse build-up in the arteries and keeps the respiratory tract tidy by expelling mucous build-up in the lungs and sinuses.

Cabbage is the Rodney Dangerfield of vegetables. What cabbage lacks in respect it makes up for with cool since it contains a healthy dose of antioxidant compounds that boost the liver in its breakdown of excess hormones. Cabbage also keeps the digestive tract clutter-free and, it can help neutralize some of the damaging compounds found in second-hand smoke.

Stock up on stalks of celery if you want to give your blood supply a solid scrubbing. Celery contains several anti-cancer compounds that help eliminate cancer cells from the body. Note: Celery seeds contain over twenty anti-inflammatory substances.

Beat the blood supply blues with beets. Roasted, pickled or grated overtop your favourite salad, this righteous root vegetable contains a blend of natural plant compounds that make them tops in the field... the field of blood purifiers and liver cleansers, that is.

Remember the cranberry craze of the ’90s? Keep the craze going and cleanse your being of harmful bacteria that might be lingering in your urinary tract. Tried and true, allnatural cranberry juice contains antibiotic and antiviral substances. Not just for urinary tract infections anymore.

Seaweed could be the most underrated edible in the western world. We’re just starting to appreciate it as much as our Asian neighbours. Studies at McGill recently showed how seaweed binds to radioactive waste in the body. Bonus: the weed of the sea is packed with minerals.

Ah, good ol’ grapefruit. One ruby red grapefruit at breakfast boots your pectin fibre intake that binds to cholesterol and helps clean the blood. Grapefruit also has antiviral compounds that sweep away harmful viruses. And this humble fruit is not so humble when it comes to detoxifying the intestines and liver.

Is there anything lemons can’t do? They can’t grow in Quebec, which is too bad since this citrus citron makes for an excellent detoxifier and source of vitamin C that helps the body make an important substance called glutathione. Glutathione helps the liver detoxify harmful chemicals. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to your glass of water and feel the gentle squeeze of lemon power.

 

Summer 2016, Vol 8 N°3

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