Have you heard the word “DETOX”? It is the body’s physiologic process of rendering chemicals, compounds, hormones, and toxicants and making them less harmful. This process is often referred to as “metabolic detoxification.” The organs of detoxification work efficiently as a whole to reduce the body burden or toxic load of chemicals; they include the liver, kidneys, large intestine, lymphatic system, and sweat glands.
Of course, metabolic detoxification is an ongoing process. Every day, our organs are working to eliminate environmental contaminants that come in from toxic bacteria, pollutants, plasticizers, and heavy metals.
There are several foods that seem to have demonstrated an influence on detoxification systems. The recent scientific update notes clinical evidence of effects from polyphenols like quercetin, omega-3 fatty acids, and soluble fiber. Many other foods, beverages, and nutrient bioactive compounds are also suggested as modulators of detoxification.