Food and Detoxification
"Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food." - Hippocrates
Detoxification involves enzymes that biotransform, or change toxins from one chemical form to another in the body. Detoxification takes place primarily in the liver and has generally been classified into two phases, though in recent years, a third phase has been recognized. In general, phase one enzyme action includes oxidation, reduction, and hydrolysis reactions. These reactions add or remove electrons or oxygen molecules or split molecules by adding a water molecule. Enzymes in the liver, for example, help the body clear both toxic metabolites that are formed during normal physiology. Particularly, cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts have been shown to enhance the detoxification system in this way. Keep reading for some great recipes that feature these powerful vegetables. Interested in learning more about nutrition and the body? Schedule an appointment today!
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Roasted Garlic Brussel Sprouts
- 1 pound of brussel sprouts
- 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut all brussel sprouts in half.
- In a large bowl, mix together the olive oil, brussel sprouts, garlic, and salt and pepper so that the brussel sprouts are evenly coated.
- Place brussel sprouts on a baking sheet cut side down
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the brussel sprouts are lightly charred and crisped.
- 1.5 pounds of broccoli on the stem
- 2 medium carrots
- 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried dill
- 1/2 teaspoon of celery seed
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup cranberries
- salt and pepper
- Thinly slice the florets with a knife. Then use a cheese grater to grate the peeled broccoli stems and carrots.
- Place all vegetables in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix together mayo, apple cider vinegar, sugar, dill, celery seed, salt and pepper.
- Add the dressing and stir until coated. Enjoy immediately.