Hi Group Members. I thought that I would use this space to really blather on about a few things, the first of being a big old welcome to the group. I really hope that you all enjoy it here and learn a lot from eachother. Feel free to read through the posts and make posts of your own whenever you have the time. Some things that I would like to make clear are:
Don't insult, belittle or demean the other group members. If you insist on behaving like that, then you have no place in the group.
Also, please respect all the other group members opinions, thoughts, beliefs etc... They may be different from the opinions and beliefs that you have, but that does not make it ok for anyone to attack another for what they believe. We are all adults in this groups, so I expect that everyone will behave as such.
Other than that, have fun, and don't be afraid to participate in a little good natured ribbing, just don't get out of control.. I know you all will be awesome! Have fun in the group and don't hesitate to let me know if you have any comments or questions! :)
I wanted to add a little something about myself here because I don't really get online as much as I like too, and I want you all to have some knowledge of me and feel comfortable here! I live in Minnesota, work in North Dakota, and love to eat fruit. I would love to go to New York, England, Scotland, Ireland and a whole bunch of other countries. Reading and knitting are my entire lives. I love to knit and read. I think that meat is yucky yucky yucky and it makes me sick to my stomach to even smell it, I don't like cheese or milk. I am obsessed with bananas and cotton (but not together, because it would be kind weird to eat cotton). I have a major jones for European authors, especially Charles Dickens and Victor Hugo. I want to learn French and Italian and improve my Spanish and I live for water. Now go read the posts and have fun :)
I thought it would be cool to start posting REALLY relevant information as pertains to health, etc, up here, so sometime soon look for websites and other things in this area. If you have any suggestions, let one of your friendly group hosts know :)
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Blog: In-home eating rules may improve teens' diet
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Enjoy all fresh fruit. Go easy on grapefruit. A compound in grapefruit called naringin can significantly inhibit liver detox enzymes and should be avoided during detox diets.
2) Fresh Vegetables
All fresh vegetables except corn, which can be an allergenic food.
Great detox foods include broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli sprouts, onions, garlic, artichokes, beets, red and green vegetables.
Rice is easily digested by most people. Choose brown or basmati rice, rice cakes, rice crackers and rice pasta.
4) Other Grains
Quinoa, amaranth, millet, and buckwheat can be used instead of rice. They can be purchased at a health food store.
Split yellow and green peas and lentils are easy to digest and require less soaking time. Other acceptable legumes include kidney beans, pinto beans, mung beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and adzuki beans.
6) Nuts and Seeds
Unsalted nuts, seeds and nut butters can be sprinkled over any meal. Includes flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews and walnuts. Avoid peanuts.
Poached, broiled or steamed fish can be enjoyed in moderation.
Extra-virgin olive oil
Vegetable salt, sea salt, vinegar, naturally fermented soy sauce or tamari, any culinary herbs or spices, limited amounts of honey.
10) Herbal Tea
Herbal non-caffeinated teas, green tea.
11) Other Beverages
Water, lemon water, 100% natural fruit and vegetable juices, rice milk
12) Daily Detox Must Do's
Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day, warm or room temperature. Water is essential to clear waste from the blood. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger.
Do not drink liquids around mealtime.
Dilute fruit juice with 50% water.
Take the time to chew food well, especially grains.
Bentonite clay and fiber, such as flaxseeds ot psyllium, assist with the detox process.
Bentonite is a type of edible clay that acts as a bulk laxative by absorbing water to form a gel. It binds toxins such as pesticides and helps to carry them out of the colon.
Flaxseeds and psyllium also absorb water and expand in the colon, allowing toxins and mucus to be removed. In addition, flaxseeds have been found to lower cholesterol levels.
Instructions Take one tablespoon of liquid bentonite and one to two teaspoons of ground flaxseeds or psyllium in a glass of water first thing in the morning (wait at least 1/2 hour before eating) and before bed.
It is important to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day or constipation may result. Bentonite intake should be reduced and timed away from medication intake as it may interfere with absorption.
Lemon juice in water also has a slightly laxative effect and stimulates the digestive juices which is important for detox. Squeeze a wedge or 1/4 lemon into warm water and drink immediately after rising in the morning, before having the bentonite clay and flaxseed drink.
The liver requires certain nutrients for detox. In addition, increasing the flow of bile is an important part of detox because bile carries stored fat-soluble toxins away from the liver to be excreted in the stools.
Signs of poor bile flow include constipation aggravated by fiber supplements, flatulence, dry skin and hair, indigestion 1-2 hours after eating, indigestion after fatty foods and small, hard stools.
Choose a high-potency multivitamin with selenium, molybdenum, and zinc.
Choline and Methionine
Known as lipotropic factors, the supplements choline and methionine help to regulate fat metabolism and increase bile flow.
A water-soluble vitamin, vitamin C is an antioxidant that supports detox. It may also help to decrease some of the side effects of detox, such as headache or nausea.
This herb has many positive effects on the liver. It is an antioxidant, assists in liver cell regeneration, and is used after exposure to chemical and industrial pollutants or adverse effects from excess alcohol or fat consumption.
Contains plant compounds known as caffeoylquinic acids, which increase the flow of bile and help to digest fats.
Beets contain betaine, which promotes the regeneration of liver cells and the flow of bile. It also has a beneficial effect on fat metabolism.
Broccoli and other members of the brassica family (cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, kholrabi) support the liver's detoxification enzymes.
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Food sources of vitamin C and glutathione, which are essential for detox.
Protein is required by the liver for detox. Beans, nuts, seeds, quinoa, protein powder. Some people may choose to eat fish in moderation.
Onions and Garlic
Rich in sulfur-containing compounds. Involved in sulfation, the main detox pathway for environmental chemicals and certain drugs and food additives. Helps with the elimination of harmful heavy metals from the body.
Increases the flow of bile. Can be taken as a tea.