Starting on Monday (May 15th), we're kicking off DETOX WEEK. This is the time we focus on resetting our taste buds, kicking our sweet tooth and giving our liver some much needed TLC.
After the 5 part Sugar Detox Series on YouTube, you've learned all about the importance of supporting the liver and processing "old sugars" when looking to kick a sugar habit. If you missed that series on YouTube, you can catch all 5 parts HERE.
Which is why taking time to give the liver some rest and repair is important, not just for a weight loss goal, but also for preventing sugar cravings, too.
Today, I'm sharing 5 foods featured in the 7 Day Detox that help support various aspects of liver health and detoxification. Although these 5 foods are very important, it's also crucial to remember the remaining detox promoting foods and those that inhibit liver detox from the 7 Day Detox Program. So if you need a refresher, remember to read through the 7 Day Detox Program HERE before you get started.
Now let's dive into the top 5 foods you should be focusing on during DETOX WEEK.
Turmeric is probably the most iconic of the detox foods, and for good reason. This spice has been found in numerous studies to help speed up phase 2 of liver detox.(1) This step is crucial for helping to protect the liver from free radical damage during detoxification.
Try the Detox Tajine from the 7 Day Detox for dinner to get a powerful punch of turmeric. Or you can sip on the Golden Turmeric Latte.
Ginger works well with turmeric in enhancing liver detoxification.(1) Ginger also acts as a natural prokinetic (2), meaning it's particularly useful for boosting the Migrating Motor Complex (MMC), improving gut health and preventing bloating. Considering one of the main detox elimination pathways is a bowel movement, keeping the gut healthy and things "regular" is crucial for detoxification.
Ever had ginger in your smoothie before? It's DIVINE. Try the Ginger Cacao Superfood Smoothie this week as your break-fast for a boost of ginger.
Salmon and Tuna
Salmon and tuna are rich sources of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. Specifically DHA has been found to help prevent NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis), a form of severe liver disease.(3) You can also get heaps of EPA and DHA from other fatty fish like anchovies and sardines. These fatty fish options also tend to be more affordable - win, win!
Try my simple (and delicious) Tuna Salad recipe as your lunch this week.
Artichoke and Raspberries
Fiber is crucial for the elimination aspect of detoxification. After the liver has processed the toxins, a good amount is released back into the colon to be removed via a bowel movement. Fiber helps to grab on to those toxins so that it can be safely removed. Both artichokes and raspberries are incredibly high in fiber. Just one artichoke has a whopping 13 grams of fiber! And 1 cup of raspberries has about 7 grams of fiber (while also being low in sugar).
Try adding steamed artichoke alongside your dinner this week or you can make my Mediterranean Artichoke Heart Salad for lunch.
Almonds, Bone Broth and Animal-Based Protein
Each of these food items contain the amino acid glycine which is used during phase 2 detox for the "conjugation" process.(1) You can learn more about each of the three phases of liver detoxification in the 7 Day Detox HERE.
Try topping your Greek Yogurt bowl with almonds or cook the Reviving Detox Soup with bone broth. I also love topping all of my salads with homemade meatballs for some added glycine.
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Keto Coffee Cheers,
Autumn Elle Nutrition