Detoxing the Healthy Way

Detoxing the Healthy Way

by Annette Doody
Savory Bistro Owner & Wellness Coach

Dear Annette:
I know certain foods help to detox but I do not know what foods they are. What foods should I be eating?

Dear Reader: Only certain foods support detoxification. The truth is there is no magic potion, powder or drink to do so. In fact, you can only detox and a certain pace. Going on too strong a detox can make you sick as you can release too many toxins in the body at one time. This should only be done under the guidance of a good medicine doctor.

The good news is the body detoxes daily and at a rate that we can endure. There are few basic things we can do to really facilitate that.

The body cannot detox optimally if the following are present:

  • Processed foods
  • Fried foods
  • High sugar foods
  • High exposure to environmental chemicals
  • Lack of exercise
  • Lack of sleep
  • Lack of water


If you are staying away from the above-referenced list, exercising, getting lots sleep and drinking water, then you are ready to take detox to the next level.

For a period of one week do the following:

  • Only put on your skin what you would eat. Use almond oil for moisturizer, lemons for cleaning, and keep fragrances away unless it is an organic essential oil
  • Increase exercise to produce sweat at least 5-6 times during the week.
  • Increase the amount of plant based foods in your diet. Try to get at least 5-6 servings of non-starch vegetables a day. They can be cooked, raw or in smoothies.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
  • Reduce servings of animal proteins to 4-5 ounces a day and source clean proteins if possible.
  • Take dairy out for one week
  • Take gluten out for one week.


Spring provides foods that speed up the detox. During a detox week make sure to have servings of each of these everyday:

  • Beets – roast or boil them and add to salads
  • Celery
  • Coriander – any herb will help the detoxification process
  • Watercress — like all greens, is very supportive of the organs of detoxification
  • Apples — are high in pectins which also support the detoxification process
  • Dandelion greens – any foods that are slightly tart are usually good for the liver
  • Ginger – helps to fight inflammation and create an alkaline base for detoxification
  • Lemons and limes – add to water for extra alkalizing properties

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