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Ensuring Optimal Digestion Is The First Step To Detox

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Want to detox? Improve digestion. Your digestive system commands your inbuilt detox system to remove used hormones, waste, or things the body finds harmful. Eat broccoli (its glucoraphanin is a detox supporter). Choose organic over ultrarefined food. Use non-toxic beauty and cleaning product. Stop boozing, binging, and sleep well for 7–10 days to let the body get back on track.

Not feeling great after a few too many grad parties? Are you looking for the best detox to go on? Let’s break your problem down into two parts.

Proper Nutrition Makes You Feel Great

If you aren’t feeling great, it is time to look at your nutrition (and overall lifestyle) to see where you may need some fine tuning! If you feel bloated, backed up, or just feel like things aren’t moving through your system optimally, I offer a digestive assessment and tune-up to make sure digestion is optimal as “you are not what you eat; you are what you digest and absorb.” If you’ve partied a bit too much, are choosing foods you don’t normally enjoy, are overdoing quantity, and adding to it alcohol and perhaps less than optimal sleep, it’s a great time to say “party’s over” and set some boundaries for a week or 10 days to get back on track. Notice I said boundaries and not “detox” or “cleanse” or other code for “perfect eating.” Just cleaning up your act is step 1 (or step 2 if digestion is off).

Going On Detox Is A Myth

“Going on a detox” is actually a false concept. Your body — every body — has a detox system; so we are actually detoxing every day from birth to the finish line. So what you really want to do is what’s best to support your body’s own detoxification system. And here’s what’s best:

Reduce Toxin Load

Some exposure is within your control. Eat organic (including supplements), skip ultra-processed foods, choose better beauty products, and choose household cleaners with less toxic chemicals.

Remove Toxins

The body wants to do this, including used hormones and waste as well as things the body identifies as troublesome. Your detox system can identify and prepare these for elimination, but your digestive system commands elimination; so make sure it’s working effectively.

Support Better Detox

Skip the activated charcoal and eat your broccoli. Broccoli supports the body’s detox efforts, and it actually has the highest amount of glucoraphanin, a potent detox supporter. Other cruciferous veggies and all the different colored veggies are great detox enablers too.

Ashley Koff RD

Ashley Koff RD is an internationally-renowned registered dietitian who believes better nutrition is simple and is on a mission to help people achieve their personal health goals by providing understandable and highly effective tips and strategies. A self-described “qualitarian,” Koff emphasizes the value of quality nutritional choices in achieving optimal wellbeing, and has developed online tools such as The AKA Qualitarian Nutrition Plan and The AKA Personal Shopper to help people make better-quality choices. Besides maintaining a Washington, D.C.-based clinical practice, Koff is a much-sought-after expert in the media, social media, and is a go-to dietitian for the nation's leading doctors.

Ashley Koff RD

Ashley Koff RD is an internationally-renowned registered dietitian who believes better nutrition is simple and is on a mission to help people achieve their personal health goals by providing understandable and highly effective tips and strategies. A self-described “qualitarian,” Koff emphasizes the value of quality nutritional choices in achieving optimal wellbeing, and has developed online tools such as The AKA Qualitarian Nutrition Plan and The AKA Personal Shopper to help people make better-quality choices. Besides maintaining a Washington, D.C.-based clinical practice, Koff is a much-sought-after expert in the media, social media, and is a go-to dietitian for the nation's leading doctors.

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