Raw Food Diet for Detoxification
By Yuri Elkaim BPHE, CK, RHN • September 29th, 2011 • 9680 Views
Not only is yoga great for detoxification but so too are natural whole foods.
And today we are talking about how natural raw foods help to cleanse and detoxify your body. This is a subject that I really like to talk about since I am a firm believer in cleansing – through food. The beautiful thing about raw foods is that they provide ALL the nutrients that are needed for the detoxification process.
Our bodies go through several detoxification stages throughout the day. Between 4am and noon your body is in cleansing, detoxification, and elimination mode.
This is a huge portion of the day where your body is trying to detoxify and eliminate specifically. Now, your body goes through this process all throughout the day. Your liver and kidneys and other organs are working 24/7.
But the body has a great opportunity in the early hours of the day where it is able to get deeper into the cleansing process. If you are not hungry in the morning, don't force yourself to eat. Drink water and let the detoxification process continue until you are hungry.
If you are not familiar with detoxification, here is a little breakdown of the process.
The liver is the main detoxification organ. When you eat food and it goes through your digestive system, it will end up in the liver to get filtered for use and/or elimination.
As food comes into your body, some food will never make it to the liver and instead be eliminated directly through the colon. This is what happens to some waste products that the body can immediately detect as not fit for absorption. A lot of other nutrients and compounds will go from the intestines into the blood and then into the liver for filtration. The liver does its job 24 hours a day without a break for your entire life.
The liver goes through a two phase detoxification process while it filters through nutrients you have eaten and the process uses different anti-oxidants and different enzymes to complete the task.
It will delegate certain nutrients back into the blood to be used throughout the body. It also takes toxins and things it doesn't need and sends them to the kidneys to be excreted through the urine.
So how do raw foods help with this process?
First of all, when you eat raw foods you are getting a lot more fiber into your diet. Fiber comes in two...
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