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Super Food Detox Stuff - It's Simple

By Dr. Vince Ziccarelli PhD. MSc. RD ND

As a naturopathic practitioner, doctor of natural medicine and registered nutritionist, spring is a time that many of my clients are looking for a way to detox their lifestyle. Detox diets are numerous and many people often become confused with what direction would be best for them. I simply explain that our bodies are actually always detoxing, all we need to do is provide extra nourishment to support the detox systems more efficiently. The liver, the kidneys, our lungs, skin and colon are the key organs in our bodies that are the master filters - eliminating the toxins that we naturally produce and are exposed to from our environment.

Our detox organs are usually very efficient at cleaning things up, it's only when extra stressors, and or excess toxic load starts to overwhelm our systems that things start to affect us with our vitality and wellness. Usually, one of the tell tale signs of an over-exhausted detox system is when your energy levels become low; regardless of being healthy with no apparent nutrient deficiencies and or underlying medical condition. Simply put, many environmental toxins including pollution, cigarette smoke, alcohol, and medications contribute to the extra levels of circulating free radicals within our bodies which cause your detox systems to work extra hard to quench and neutralize them. So when our detox organs work harder, it may deplete our energy levels.

Fortunately nature has provided us with tools to provide extra assistance to our filtering organs and keep the excess toxic build up at bay. These tools are largely found in foods rich in nutrients and antioxidant elements. You see good nutrition is cornerstone to supporting our internal cleansers on a daily basis. Much of the disease prevention associated with good nutrition is largely associated with the great food based antioxidants that quench th