We like to look at detox as 'IN' and 'OUT' - 'what goes in' and 'what must come out'. You have a certain amount of control over what comes into your body.
If you know your unique genetic variations for detox, you will know whether your body needs extra support for its detox processes. You can put less pressure on your genes by limiting your toxin exposure PLUS improving your nutritional choices to provide optimal support to your detox genes.
If you haven't done our DNA Health + Estrogen test and don't know whether you have a medium to high impact on this gene; then it's a good idea to start by preventing toxins coming into your body. 'Swap out' any toxic beauty, home and garden products with non-toxic ones and 'add in' nutrients that will help support your body in the elimination of toxins.
If you are not sure which toxins to avoid, take our short detox quiz and we'll send you our free DO NOT TOUCH list.
The detox phases
Your daily nutrition, environment and lifestyle choices play a BIG role in all the phases of detox. If you already know your genetic variations for the key detox genes, then you'll know where you have to personalise and support your detox pathways. If you don't know your specific genetic variation for these genes, then you can still make better, more general choices to support and protect your detox pathways.When looking at phase 1 and 2 liver detox pathways, it's a good idea to think about the process in the following steps:
- Toxins in - what are my toxic exposures? Are my choices of beauty and household products adding to my toxic burden? Am I eating highly processed foods with many additives and preservatives?
- Phase 1 Support - Are my daily food choices providing optimal support to this phase?
- Phase 1 Protection - Am I eating the right nutrients for phase 1 protection?
- Phase 2 Support - Is my diet helping my phase 2 detox processes?
- Toxins Out - Am I making choices to 'get the toxins out such as daily exercise and movement, regular bowel movements?
If you can reduce the toxicity coming in, then you'll be reducing that pressure on your phase 1 and 2 detox pathways.
A great place to start is to become a label reader. Download our free DO NOT TOUCH list and compare the ingredients to it. Slowly start 'swapping out' items on your bathroom shelf, or in your makeup bag for cleaner, non-toxic equivalents.
We've curated our entire environment shop to be free of toxins, so you can shop with peace of mind knowing that you are taking daily action to control your toxic exposure.
Phase 1 liver detox essential nutrients
Phase 1 liver detox requires very specific nutrients to function optimally. These include:
- Vitamin B2 | Riboflavin: Food sources include soybeans, spinach, eggs, asparagus, almonds, crimini mushrooms
- Vitamin B3 | Niacin: Food sources include tuna, chicken, turkey, salmon, lamb, beef, sardines, brown rice
- Vitamin B6 | Pyridoxine: Food sources include tuna, turkey, beef, chicken, salmon, sweet potato, potato, sunflower seeds, spinach, banana
- Folic Acid: Food sources include lentils, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, black beans, navy beans, turnip greens, broccoli
- Vitamin B12: Food sources include sardines, salmon, tuna, cod, lamb, beef
- Glutathione: Food sources include whey protein, asparagus, curcumin, broccoli, avocado, spinach, garlic, citrus fruits, selenium in Brazil nuts
- Branch- chain amino acids: Food sources include whey protein, chicken, fish, eggs
- Flavonoids: Food sources include all plant foods including apples, apricots, blueberries, pears, raspberries, strawberries, black beans, cabbage, onions, parsley, pinto beans, tomatoes
- Phospholipids: Food sources include soy, sunflowers seed, eggs
If you can't include all these foods in your diet every day then we recommend supplementing with supplements that contain these nutrients in their active form.
Phase 1 liver detox essential antioxidants & phytonutrients
There're specific antioxidant nutrients and phytonutrients that protect against the overproduction of phase 1 liver detox metabolites. These are:
- Vitamin A | Carotenes: Food sources include all red, orange, yellow and green plant foods
- Vitamin C | Ascorbic Acid: Food sources include uncooked bell peppers, papaya, citrus fruits, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, strawberries, kiwi
- Vitamin E | Tocopherols: Food sources include sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, Swiss chard, avocado, turnip greens, asparagus, mustard greens
- Selenium: Food sources include Brazil nuts, tuna, sardines, turkey, cod, chicken, lamb, beef
- Copper: Food sources include sesame seeds, cashews, soybeans, shitake mushrooms, sunflower seeds, lentils, walnuts
- Zinc: Food sources include beef, lamb, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, quinoa, turkey
- Manganese: Food sources include cloves, gluten-free oats, brown rice, spinach, pineapple, pumpkin seeds, tempeh, soybeans
- Co-enzyme Q10: Food sources include meat, poultry, fish
- Thiols: Food sources include chives, radishes, garlic, leeks, onions, shallots
- Flavonoids: Food sources include all plant foods including apples, apricots, blueberries, pears, raspberries, black beans, cabbage, onions, parsley, tomatoes
- Silymarin: Food sources include milk thistle, artichokes
- Pycnogenol: Food sources include the skin and seeds of grapes, blueberries, cherries, plums
It's a good idea to supplement from the list below if you're not getting enough of the above nutrients daily.
Almonds + Cranberries | Whole | Raw
Phase 2 liver detox essential nutrients
Phase 2 liver detox requires very specific nutrients for optimal functioning. These include:
- Glycine: Food sources include beef, chicken, lamb
- Taurine: Food sources include fish and meat
- Glutamine: Food sources include beef, chicken, fish, eggs, cabbage, beets, beans, spinach, parsley
- N-acetylcysteine: Food sources include chicken, fish, garlic, cruciferous vegetables
- Cysteine: Food sources include beef, chicken, lamb, fish
- Methionine: Food sources include egg white, whole eggs, sesame seed, Brazil nuts, soy protein, chicken, tuna, beef, chickpeas, almonds, pinto beans, lentils, brown rice
If you are not eating enough of these organic foods daily, and have a high to medium impact in your detox genes, it's a good idea to supplement from the list below.
Getting toxins out of your body is essential to optimal wellness. Sometimes referred to as phase 3 detoxification, it's important that toxins are excreted through regular bowel movement.
Sweating is a great and fast way of helping your body to rid itself of toxins. Daily cardio exercise, saunas, and steam baths are a good idea.
The 'poop' chart
The Bristol Stool Chart is a great tool for you and your family to self-monitor the quality of your diet and the state of your GUT!
Most Functional Medicine practitioners encourage their clients to 'turn around and examine their poop' as it a great way of determining whether you have leaky gut issues with inflammation, or not eating enough fiber daily.
Ideally, we should all be 'pooping snakes' at least 2-3 times DAILY!