Webinar by Deanna Minich, PhD
The word detox could easily end up on the most overused word list of the last five years. This is unfortunate, because a true detoxification program is not based on fads or the diet of the day. As you will hear in this webinar by Deanna Minich, PhD, it is a way to restore the body by giving it what it needs – phytonutrients. It’s about helping your patients choose colorful nutrient-dense foods over processed dull, lifeless and nutrient-empty foods. Does this sound like a meaningless fad?
Nutritious Power Sources
When people learn to make healthy choices, they actually change their brain to prefer healthier food choices. Foods like spinach, beet greens, chard, and brightly colored spices are brimming with the nutrients every body needs. In this webinar, Minich shows you that it doesn’t take complicated cooking methods or a culinary degree to eat healthy and rid the body of toxins. Tomato sauces, pesto and soups from the grocery-store deli counter are rich in antioxidants. Minich talks about the effects of processing on antioxidant levels. For instance, did you know that peeling an apple removes at least 25% of the antioxidants?1
Another interesting aspect of detox is food pairing for optimal food synergy. As an example, citrus helps preserve the catechins in green tea.2 The health properties of turmeric are increased by a factor of 1000 when combined with black pepper.3 Or, how about the soft fleshy green avocado? Half an avocado on a hamburger patty may reduce pro-inflammatory properties within the meat.4 All of these tips are extremely useful to your patients when they are trying to eat healthy.
Detoxification Phases and Outcomes
Minich reviews the three phases of detoxification and desired outcomes for each phase, with the ultimate goals of:
- Supporting healthy inflammation
- Providing antioxidant protection
- Promoting healthy liver function
- Promoting healthy excretion of hormones
Ideally, a detoxification plan targets five major organs – liver, gut, kidney, lungs and skin.
Keep the Liver Healthy with:
- Green tea
- Cruciferous vegetables
Keep the Gut Clean with:
- Water and Green Tea
- Bitter Vegetables
- Whole Grains
- Flaxseed Meal
- FenuGreek and Berberine
Keep the Kidney Clean with:
- Alkalizing foods
- Cruciferous vegetables
- Non-starchy vegetables
Above all, Minich explains in this webinar how a smart and healthy detox program can help patients move toward a healthier lifestyle with these easy and effective changes in their diet.
For more on this, log on to Minich’s webinar, Phytonutrients and Detox for the complete picture of how to incorporate a detox plan into your medical practice.
- C Kevers at al.. Influence of cultivar, harvest time, storage conditions, and peeling on the antioxidant capacity and phenolic and ascorbic acid contents of apples and pears. J Agric Food Chem. 2011 Jun 8;59(11):6165-71.
- Citrus juice, vitamin C give staying power to green tea antioxidants, Purdue University News, Nov. 2007, http://www.purdue.edu/uns/x/2007b/071113FerruzziTea.html
- LP Volak et al.. Effect of a herbal extract containing curcumin and piperine on midazolam, flurbiprofen and paracetamol (acetaminophen) pharmacokinetics in healthy volunteers. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2013
- Z Li et al. Hass avocado modulates postprandial vascular reactivity and postprandial inflammatory responses to a hamburger meal in healthy volunteers. Food Funct. 2013 Feb 26;4(3):384-91.