Detox: Using Food


by Christine Hunt


Other blogs in my Detox series that you may be interested in reading are:

Detox:  Why You Should

Detox:  What are Toxins?

Detox: Using Fluids

Detox: With Devices

Detox: Your Mind


Detox with food


Better Living Through Chemistry.  Do you remember that slogan?  It was a way for manufacturers to change the  opinions of consumers to one of acceptance of big businesses.  The DuPont  chemical company originally coined a variation of the slogan in 1935 and used it until 1982.

But like many things, a  little bit can be good but a lot is too much.   These days there are A LOT of chemicals that we are exposed to in the air, water, food and fabrics that we come in contact with.  Even sales receipts contain chemicals that can cause a disruption in estrogen levels.

In previous articles I mentioned why it is important to detox, what toxins to avoid and different liquids that will help to rid your body of toxins.  This article will focus on using foods to flush them away.

But first, let’s define food.  Although there are thousands of products on grocery store shelves that purport to be food, many are simply ingredients, including chemicals, that create a food-like product.

An example is beverages.  Most of them are nothing but water, sugar, flavoring, coloring and preservatives.


Cool Whip


Do you use Cool Whip?  Do you think of it as whipped cream?  Think again. It is defined as a “Whipped Topping”.  The main ingredients are water, hydrogenated vegetable oil and high fructose corn syrup.  Milk and cream are low on the list along with the chemicals that give it flavor and texture.

I tend to have a different definition of food.  Mine is related to what farmers harvest from the soil.  To me, food consists of lettuce, green beans, beets, carrots, chard, kale, onions, various beans, parsley, corn, rice, beets, peppers, melons, parsnips, lemons, limes, berries, mushrooms, herbs, spices and so much more.

Real food doesn’t contain chemicals (except for those that are genetically modified and what is sprayed on conventionally grown crops).  Real food is something that the body recognizes and can readily absorb and utilize the vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes, amino acids and other components that our bodies need to thrive.  Chemicals in our body are targeted as foreign invaders and attacked by the immune system causing inflammation, endocrine disruption, weight gain and chronic illness.

Real food nourishes and heals the body which is also why it can be used to detox the body.

An advantage of detoxing with food is that it is a slower process than using fluids and they can be incorporated into your regular meal plans.  Fluid detoxes may flush toxins out of tissues and cells more quickly than the liver and elimination organs can safely remove.   This can lead to a life-threatening self-intoxication or liver coma.

When buying food, incorporate as many organic foods as possible to reduce what goes into the body to begin with.  Conventionally grown foods contain pesticides, herbicides and fungicides that are lipophilic, meaning they resist breaking down in water and are then stored in body fat where they can remain for long periods of time.  The more accumulation, the greater potential for chronic illness because once enough of these toxic chemicals get into a cell, they disrupt its function.

An example of this is the insecticide chemical, chlorpyrifos, which can cause cholinesterase inhibition in humans.  Simply put this means that it over stimulates your nervous system leading to potential symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, confusion, muscular tremors and even difficulty breathing and death.  And that is just one chemical out of the hundreds found in our bloodstreams.

If you are concerned about the cost of organic vs. conventionally grown foods consider the long term advantages of better nutrition and less health problems as you age and the money you will save overall.

If you have to choose only certain foods to buy organic, pick animal products first.  Factory farm animals eat feed full of pesticides and these toxins accumulate in their flesh.  And you are not only ingesting pesticides but also antibiotics and hormones injected into the animals.  Once you have eliminated conventionally raised animal products from your diet, then  you can try to buy organic versions of the most highly contaminated fruits and veggies which are:

Peaches               Bell Peppers

Apples                  Celery

Cherries               Grapes (imported)

Lettuce                 Kale

Nectarines          Carrots

Strawberries      Pears


Here are some foods and methods to help you detox.

Heavy metals include mercury, lead, cadmium and aluminum.  If you have mercury (amalgam) fillings in your teeth, eat top of the food chain seafood such as swordfish and tuna  or have had vaccinations, you most likely have mercury in your blood and organ tissues.  Lead is found in older water pipes, canned foods, paints and other common things we come in contact with.  Cadmium is found in fertilizers, black rubber, refined wheat flour and other items.  Aluminum is found in baby formulas, deodorants, pots and pans and some drugs and personal care products.  In short, they are everywhere and they are in us.


Foods to help remove heavy metals:

Heavy metals in the bodyBrazil Nuts – rich in selenium which helps to flush mercury out of the body.

Chlorella – a green algae which aids in heavy metal detoxification.  Can be taken in pill or powder form.

Cilantro – binds to toxic metals like mercury, cadmium and lead in the body so that they can be expelled through the digestive system.  Use cooked in meals and soups or raw as a garnish, and smoothies, salads and juices.

Parsley – is a diuretic, helps eliminate salt buildup in the kidneys and purges heavy metals from the body.  Use cooked in meals and soups or raw as a garnish, and smoothies, salads and juices.

Pectin – pulls heavy metals and other contaminants from the blood stream.  Good sources are green apples, cabbage, bananas, beets, grapes, carrots and the pith of citrus fruits.  Best to eat all raw with the exception of cabbage, which can disrupt thyroid hormone production when consumed in raw form.

Seaweed – binds to heavy metals and radioactive waste in the body so that they can be removed.  Add to stir fries, soups, salads and other meals.  Use as wraps for raw veggies and sushi.




Our ancestors relied on fermenting foods as a way to preserve foods but also to support intestinal and overall health.  Romans consumed sauerkraut.  Lassi was a pre-dinner yogurt drink in ancient India which provided probiotics.  Bulgarians drank fermented milk and kefir, a fermented milk and grain drink, to maintain their health.  Some Asian cultures continue to eat pickled fermentations of cabbage, turnips, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, squash and carrots.

Regularly including fermented foods into your diet will provide you with 100 times more probiotics than a supplement and thus aid your digestion process to more efficiently remove toxins from your system.


Some commercially available fermented foods are:

KimchiKimchi – a Korean food made from fermented vegetables and a spicy blend of chili peppers, garlic, scallions and other spices.  It helps break down pesticides and contains a number of beneficial bacteria essential to the proper functioning of the intestines.

Sauerkraut – a German food made from fermented cabbage.  Use only “raw” sauerkraut which can be found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.  Do not use canned or sauerkraut that has the word “pasteurized” on the label as it has been heated to a temperature high enough to kill the beneficial bacteria.  Aids elimination of toxins by supporting healthy gut bacteria which helps digestion. Eating a tablespoon before and/or after meals assists digestion and better absorption of nutrients.

Kefir –  a fermented drink made from cow’s or goat’s milk to which “grains”, created from cultures of yeast and lactic acid bacteria, are added and allowed to ferment over a period of 24 hours or so.  The “grains” are removed prior to drinking.  Tastes a bit sour like yogurt but with a thinner consistency.  It can also be made dairy-free with coconut water, coconut milk or other sweet liquids.  Kefir contains about 30 strains of bacteria and yeasts which make it a very rich and diverse probiotic source that aids intestinal health.




All vegetables and fruits provide valuable nutrients, fiber and anti-oxidants that are essential for our bodies to function properly and stay healthy.  But there are some that more effectively support the liver and digestive system than others.


Foods that detox:

Alfalfa – these sprouts help to detoxify the liver,  are a diuretic and regulate bowel movement among other health benefits.  Eat raw as a lettuce replacement on sandwiches, use in salads or add to smoothies.

 ArtichokesArtichokes – ups the liver’s production of bile which helps break down foods and make the nutrients they contain more accessible to your body.  Raw artichokes are usually boiled and only the soft insides of the outer leaves and the inner heart are eaten or you may use artichoke hearts in salads, dips and other prepared meals.

Asparagus – helps with liver drainage to make sure that the toxic materials are expelled.  Best eaten lightly steamed, sautéed, grilled or baked in casseroles.

Avocados – contains glutathione, a nutrient, that blocks at least 30 different carcinogens while assisting the liver in detoxifying synthetic chemicals.  Use raw in smoothies and salads, make guacamole, mash and make a spread to use on sandwiches in place of mayonnaise and mustard, use as condiment for Mexican and other meals.

Basil – has anti-bacterial properties and is full of antioxidants to protect the liver.  Supports the functioning of the kidneys and acts as a diuretic.  Add in raw form to salads, make pesto, add to homemade pizzas, and use as a seasoning in any cooked meal.

BeetsBeets – the natural phytochemicals and minerals help cleanse the liver and make sure that the toxins actually make it out of your body.  Best in raw form.  Can be sliced, or shredded and added to salads and smoothies.  Cook by roasting, add to stir fries, casseroles, or heat and serve with your favorite seasonings.

Broccoli – works with the enzymes in the liver to turn toxins into something the body can eliminate easily.  It is not recommended to eat broccoli raw as it contains goitrogens which disrupt thyroid hormone production.  For the best results do not microwave, but lightly steam.  Use alone or in casseroles, stir fries and soups.

Cranberries – promotes digestive health and removes many different toxins from the body.  Can be juiced, ground raw for sauces and combined with citrus fruits for relishes.   May eat dried cranberries alone or use in baking breads, cookies, casseroles and other meals.

Dandelions – the leaves assist cleansing of the digestive tract by stimulating liver and gallbladder function.  A natural diuretic that increases urine flow.  Prevents stones in the gallbladder and kidneys.  Add to salads, juices and smoothies.

Ginger – stimulates digestive system and helps liver function.  Add to juices, smoothies and teas.  Use in stir fries and other meals to add a bit of warmth and spice.

Kale – contains sulfur which binds toxins to organic molecules to safely eliminate them from the body.  A cruciferous vegetable which contains goitrogens which disrupt thyroid hormone production.  Kale should only be eaten in cooked form.  Can be added to soups, eggs, casseroles, stir fries or eaten alone.


Lemons – stimulates the release of enzymes and helps convert toxins into a water-soluble form that can be easily excreted from the body.   Drink hot or cold lemon water in the morning or throughout the day.  Add lemon juice to teas, use in cooking and salad dressings.

Onions – contains sulfur which helps to detox the liver.  They soak up arsenic, admium, lead, mercury and tin so that they can be expelled.  Use in raw or cooked form in just about everything.

Turmeric – curcumin is the active ingredient and assists enzymes that flush out dietary carcinogens, which in turn supports and protects the liver against damage and promotes regeneration of liver cells.  Use in curry dishes, add to soups and sprinkle on vegetables.

Watercress – helps to release enzymes in the liver that clean it out and help rid it of toxic buildup.  Best eaten raw and can be used in smoothies, juices, salads, sandwiches and soup toppings.

Wheatgrass – is a complete food that contains 98 of the 102 earth elements.  As a blood alkalizer it is a powerful liver detoxifier and protector.  Best ingested as a juice since our digestive systems are not equipped to break down the components of grasses like cows and other herbivores.  Juicing releases the nutrients so that they can be readily absorbed into the body.


If you would like a .pdf file of these foods, and their related  information in a handy reference table, please fill out this form and I will email it to you.


In summary, the less toxins you ingest, the less you will need to remove so, eat as toxin free as possible.  A diet rich in organic vegetables and fruits will safely and naturally eliminate chemicals on a continuous basis.


To your health!




The information contained in this article is not intended to be medical advice.  If you are considering a detox it is advisable to engage the assistance of a medical professional that is familiar with the different methods and who can order and review lab work and monitor your vital functions.  They may also be able to assist you with choosing a detox system that will be the best fit for your needs.



Source:  Prevention, Underground Health Reporter, Natural News, Body Detox and You, Dr. Mercola – pesticides, Dr. Mercola – fermentation, Dr. Mercola – fermentation history, Ecowatch , One Radio Network, Inspiral, Natural Society , Care2





What foods do you incorporate regularly to eliminate toxins?

A coach can help keep you on track and provide dietary advice.  Contact me to learn how to begin your detoxing journey.

Please share your questions and comments below.




Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.



Detox: Using Fluids

by Christine Hunt

In parts 1 and 2 of this Detox series I explained why detoxing is needed to improve your health and included lists of toxins contained in our food, drugs, skin care and cleaning products.

 If you haven’t yet read them, you may do so at these links:

Detox:  Why You Should

Detox:  What are Toxins?

Detox: Using Food

Detox: With Devices

Detox: Your Mind



Detoxing our bodies is becoming an essential part of losing weight and maintaining or increasing our physical well being.  As Dorothy said to her dog in the Wizard of Oz, “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”, neither are we in the chemical free world of our great grandparents.

If you have decided that a detox is in your near future but just don’t know where to begin, this may help.


How long does a detox take?

Well, that depends on what you are trying to accomplish.  If you eat a pretty clean, whole food diet and avoid chemicals in your food and environment then a detox once or twice a year for a few days may be enough to maintain a low toxin level in your body.  But if you have been subjected to chemotherapy, prescription drugs or alcohol for extended periods of time, your level of toxicity is probably pretty high and a longer detox process will be needed.

In general detoxes can last anywhere from a day to years depending on how quickly you want to “get clean” and how a detox process may fit into your lifestyle.  Detoxing can be achieved by:


  • Fasting
  • Drinking water and liquids containing different combinations of spices and juices,
  • Eating, preferably, organic vegetables and fruits,
  • Non dietary methods like Laser Energetic Detox, ionic foot baths and colonics.


What About Store Bought Detoxes and Cleansing Products?

I have no experience with these products and it is my personal preference to not use them.  Part of it is my skepticism regarding the quality of the ingredients and not having the done the research on them that I feel is necessary for my comfort level in putting them into my body.  In a way, I am a purist and have the belief that when it comes to food, natural is better.   If you would like to give them a try I would advise that you research the company and the quality of their ingredients.

This article will focus on detoxing using fasting and fluids.  Some of the ingredients below are beneficial not only for the liver, but for the intestines as well.  A good detoxification system will need to address both since flushing out the liver does no good if the intestines are not expelling the toxins shortly thereafter.  Otherwise there is the possibility  that the toxins will be reabsorbed into the blood stream which defeats the purpose and results in a longer detox process.


Glasses of water

Liquid Detoxes


The simplest way to flush toxins out of your system is to drink water – and plenty of it.  Just to maintain proper body hydration it is recommended to take your body weight, divide it by two and drink that many ounces of water per day.  This habit will help your body to perform its natural detoxing process  via the liver and intestines.

Drinking the daily recommended amount of water should be a lifestyle habit.   It is your best defense against toxic buildup.


Loose teas



Drinking tea is an easy way to incorporate a detoxing beverage into your daily routine.  Certain herbal teas improve liver function, increase gastric juices to stimulate digestion and contain anti-oxidants which reduce inflammation.

Some of the most effective ingredients to include if you want to make your own teas are listed below.  If you make your own combinations, you will need to use a tea infuser to hold the loose ingredients while steeping.  They come in all shapes and sizes and may be found at your local grocery store, home/kitchen products store, tea specialty shop or online.  Tea manufacturers also create combinations of these ingredients in ready to use tea bags for your convenience.


Ginger – stimulates digestion, improves digestion and contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-ulcer compounds.

Chicory – Increases gastric juices to speed up the entire digestive system.  A natural diuretic, increases urine production to release more toxins.  Used to treat liver dysfunction.

Dandelion – Stimulates and supports liver function and improves gallbladder function.  A natural diuretic to increase urine flow.  Whole body cleanser as it also prevents stone in the gallbladder and kidneys.

Cayenne Pepper – Removes toxins through phlegm and mucus.  Opens up capillaries, regulates blood sugar and aids digestion.

Milk Thistle – (active ingredient is silymarin) A liver protector and supporter it also encourages new cell production and is an anti-inflammatory.  Milk thistle extract is powerful enough to help with liver diseases.  Use teas or extracts that contain at least 80 percent silymarin.

Burdock – Purifies the blood, strengthens the immune system, antibacterial, antifungal and improves liver function and the digestion process.

Fenugreek – lowers blood pressure, regulates blood sugar levels, aids digestion, reduces inflammation and supports liver function.  It is also a powerful laxative so consume lightly if going out.

Turmeric – Promotes bile production by gallbladder which assists the liver in breaking down and flushing out toxins.


Vinegar and lemon juice


Other ingredients

Apple Cider Vinegar – Contains enzymes that promote healthy bacteria and help cleanse the digestive system.   Breaks up mucus build up so it can be eliminated easily.  Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar is recommended.

Lemon juice – The citric acid in lemon juice aids in both the production of digestive juices and the process of digestion.  Helps reduce gas and bloating.

Senna –  A laxative that increases gastric fluid secretion and bowel movement.  Short-term use recommended


Fasting – Give Your Body a Break

Fasting can be for a day or two or up to 2 weeks.  You don’t have to go to extreme measures for it to be effective but it is the most intense and fastest of all of the detoxification processes.   In essence what it is doing is giving your body a rest from breaking down food and figuring out what to do about the associated toxins it encounters.  This time of rest allows your body to recuperate and rejuvenate and you will come out of it with more energy.

Fasting is a simple process of replacing foods with water and/or natural juices made from fresh fruits and vegetables.  Ideally the ingredients should be organic so that you are not introducing concentrated levels of toxins into your system.

It is best to do this when you have some time at home, preferably a weekend, when you can take time to rest and recharge.

If you are using just water, and in good health,  it is generally safe to do up to a three day fast on your own, but medical supervision is recommended for one of longer duration.  Research the process thoroughly before you begin a water fast.





Homemade, organic juices and smoothies are a great way to detox the body and give it plenty of nourishment.  For information on juicing at home, go to this post for juicer recommendations and this post for juice recipes and this link for smoothie recipes.   You can use the same ingredients for smoothies that are in juicing recipes but reduce the amount  by one third to one half due to the volume of fiber in smoothies.

The frequency that you will drink detox beverages will depend on the level of your toxicity and how quickly you want to cleanse your body.  The more you drink, the faster the toxins will be released**.

Here are some recipes and resources to get you started with a liquid detoxing program.


Detox Juices/Smoothies:

Apple Fennel Cleansing Juice

1/2         fennel bulb

2              apples

1/2         small red cabbage

Small wedge of lemon or lime.

Juice together and drink it immediately for the most nutritional advantage.


Morning Green Juice

2 stems Swiss Chard

3 stalks celery

cucumber medium size

1 lime

Cilantro, coriander, parsley, romaine lettuce

No fruit.  the lime gives sweetness.

Juice together and drink it immediately for the most nutritional advantage.



Detox Drinks:

Secret Detox Drink

1              water, 12-16 oz.

2 Tbs      apple cider vinegar

2 Tbs      lemon juice

1 tsp      cinnamon

1 dash   cayenne pepper (optional)

1 tsp      raw honey or Stevia to taste

1/8 tsp  ground ginger

Can add turmeric and/or black pepper

Combine ingredients.  You may want to use room temperature, but not boiling water.  Drink 5 to 10 minutes before meals for 30 days to help digestive system to better absorb nutrients.  After 30 days may want to drink once per day before a meal of your choice as a daily detox.

Dr Josh Axe



Lemon Ginger Drink

12 oz spring/filtered water

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 Tbs Grated ginger juice squeezed through fingers

Food Matters


Boxed teas.


Detox Teas:

If you don’t want to combine your own ingredients, here are some ready made teas that contain some of the ingredients listed above.

Traditional Medicinals Every Day Detox Dandelion –

Twining’s Lemon & Ginger –

 Yogi DeTox (contains burdock, juniper berry and dandelion) –

Celestial’s Sleepytime Decaf Lemon Jasmine Green Tea (contains chamomile and mint for calming) –


You may also do an internet search to learn which teas contain the ingredients you want and either order online or pick up at your local store.  Companies to locate are Celestial Seasonings, Yogi, Alvita, Bigelow, Traditional Medicinals and Teavana.



The best detox method is a change in lifestyle so that you minimize ingesting or absorbing toxic chemicals to begin with.   Things that you can do include drinking plenty of water, eating an organic,  whole foods diet, making detox drinks like the teas and juices mentioned above a regular part of your daily dietary intake, reducing stress and exercising regularly to expel toxins through the skin and lungs.

Remember, the organs that detox your body, the liver, kidneys, lungs and skin, help determine your overall health.  If they are in decline, the health of your entire body slips as well.


Your body will take care of you if you take care of your body.

** If your body is highly toxic from chemotherapy, prescription drugs, alcohol or other toxic substances, limit your juice intake to no more than 24 oz. per day to begin with.  Amounts of juices over 24 oz. may result in toxins being released more quickly than the liver and digestive system can expel them which can cause reabsorption into the body and, in extreme cases, an  overdose reaction or toxic coma.  Consult a medical professional familiar with detox processes or The Gerson Institute, the leader in detoxing from chemotherapy.



The information contained in this article is not intended to be medical advice.  If you are considering a detox it is advisable to engage the assistance of a medical professional that is familiar with the different methods and who can order and review lab work and monitor your vital functions.  They may also be able to assist you with choosing a detox system that will be the best fit for your needs.


Source:  Bembu juice, Naturalon, Bembu teas, Dr. Axe, All About Fasting, Global Healing, Bembu vinegar, Shape, Health, Food Matters


To your health!

Did you know that juices, smoothies or teas may help to detox your body?

Would you like help getting started? Please contact me.

 Please share your questions and comments below.


Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  

Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.



Detox: What are Toxins?


by Christine Hunt

Other blogs in my Detox series that you may be interested in reading are:

Detox:  Why You Should

Detox: Using Fluids

Detox: Using Food

Detox: With Devices

Detox: Your Mind



What are toxins?

Good question. partially defines toxins as “any poison produced by an organism” .  Webster states it as “A poisonous substance that is a specific product of the metabolic activities of a living organism and is usually very unstable, notably toxic when introduced into the tissues, and typically capable of inducing antibody formation”.

In other words, in the process of living, a body creates poisonous substances that the body has to fight against.   The key word here is poison whether the body creates it or it comes from unnatural sources.  It is still poisonous to our bodies resulting in physical, emotional and psychological imbalances.


Endogenous Toxins

The toxins created within our bodies are called endogenous toxins.  They can be waste products from normal body functions such as carbon dioxide that we exhale, urea (in our urine) and lactic acid that becomes lodged in our muscles when we exercise.

One of the biggest sources of endogenous toxins is our digestive system.  Poor eating habits (not completely chewing food is a big one) and  diets rich in highly refined foods such as white breads, and sugary cereals, sodas and snacks contribute to the problem.   A deficiency in pancreatic enzymes and stress which can lead to a unhealthy balance of microorganisms in your gut (intestinal dysbiosis) are also factors.  The latter shows up as infections involving yeast, fungi, bad bacteria and sometimes intestinal parasites.


Exogenous Toxins

Exogenous toxins are ingested or absorbed into the body from external sources which include the water that we drink and in which we bathe, the air we breathe, the food we consume and products that we touch which absorb toxins through our skin.


Toxin stages


In America there are tens of thousands of chemicals that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and they are used in everything we touch, breathe and eat.  Individually and in small doses they pose little health risks.  But when we experience long term exposure, which increases concentrations of each chemical, and then they are combined in our bodies, a literal toxic brew is created.  Those of us who undergo chemotherapy treatments are likely the most toxic of all.  Chemicals that are foreign to our bodies contribute to the decline of our overall health and rising medical costs.


Rising medical costs

Below are lists of toxins found in food, drugs, skin care products, cleaning products and others that are pervasive in our environment inside and outside of our bodies.

These lists are a bit long but I wanted to give you an idea as to how pervasive toxic chemicals are in our modern world the effects they have on our bodies and how they may be contributing to a host of ailments that are becoming more and more common in people of all ages.

Look for these ingredients on the labels of everything you buy, because everything you buy most likely contains these and other toxins.   If the label of the product doesn’t contain ingredient information (and many cleaning products are not required by law to do so) then go to the company website and search for the product’s ingredients.  If not available there, contact the company and ask for the information.  After all, it is your body and you have a right to know what you are putting into and onto it.

So, the first step in your detoxing journey is to be aware of them and avoid them whenever possible.

These lists do not include chemicals used in the growing of our food.  The best way to avoid them and Genetically Modified crops (GMOs) is to buy organic.

A future blog post will include alternative products that you can include in your lifestyle.


Top 10 Food Additives to Avoid

Additive Known as Used in Reasons to Avoid
Aspartame E951 so-called “diet” or “sugar free” products (including diet coke, coke zero), jello, desserts, sugar free gum, drink mixes, table top sweeteners, cereal, breath mints, puddings, kool-aid, iced tea, chewable vitamins, toothpaste, cough syrup Aspartame is not your friend.  It is a neurotoxin and carcinogen.  Known to erode intelligence and affect short-term memory, the components of this toxic sweetener may lead to a wide variety of ailments including brain tumor, diseases like lymphoma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, depression and anxiety attacks, dizziness, headaches, nausea, mental confusion and seizures.
High Fructose Corn Syrup HFCS most processed foods, breads, candy, flavored yogurts, salad dressings, canned vegetables, cereals  

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a highly-refined artificial sweetener which has become the number one source of calories in America.  HFCS packs on the pounds faster than any other ingredient, increases your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and contributes to the development of obesity and diabetes.

Monosodium Glutamate MSG / E621 Chinese food, potato chips, many snacks, chips, cookies, seasonings, most Campbell Soup products, frozen dinners, lunch meats  

MSG is used as a flavor enhancer but also effects the neurological pathways of the brain and disengages the “I’m full” function which results, for many, in weight gain.  MSG is an excitotoxin,  and regular consumption may result in depression, disorientation, eye damage, fatigue, headaches and obesity.

Trans Fat Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils margarine, chips and crackers, baked goods, fast foods  

Trans fat increases LDL cholesterol levels while decreasing HDS (“good”) cholesterol, increases the risk of heart attacks, heart disease and strokes and contributes to increased inflammation, diabetes and other health problems.

Common Food Dyes:

Blue #1, Blue #2,

Red #3, Red #40,

Yellow #6, Yellow Tartrazine





candy, cereal, soft drinks, sports drinks, pet foods, fruit cocktail, maraschino cherries, cherry pie mix, ice cream, bakery products, American cheese, macaroni and cheese. Artificial colorings may contribute to behavioral problems like ADD and ADHD in children and lead to a significant reduction in IQ.  Animal studies have linked other food colorings to cancer.
Sodium Sulphite E221 wine and dried fruit  

According to the FDA approximately 1 in 100 people are sensitive to sulfites in food.  Individuals who are sulfite sensitive may experience asthma, headaches, breathing problems and rashes.

Sodium Nitrate/

Sodium Nitrite

E250 hot dogs, bacon, ham, luncheon meat, cured meats, corned beef, smoked fish or any other type of processed meat.  

Sodium Nitrate is the chemical that turns meats bright red but it’s highly carcinogenic once it enters the human digestive system.  There it forms a variety of nitrosamine compounds that enter the bloodstream and wreak havoc with a number of internal organs; the liver and pancreas in particular.  This toxic chemical is linked to many cancers.

BHA and BHT E320 Used as a preservative in potato chips, gum, cereal, frozen sausages, enriched rice, lard, shortening, candy, jello  

This common preservative keeps foods from changing color, changing flavor or becoming rancid.  Effects the neurological system of the brain, alters behavior and has potential to cause cancer.  BHA and BHT are oxidants which form cancer-causing reactive compounds in your body.

Sulphur Dioxide E220 Used as a preservative in beers, soft drinks, dried fruit, juices, cordials, wine, vinegar and potato products.  

Sulphur additives are toxic.  Adverse reactions include: bronchial problems, asthma, hypotension, flushing tingling sensations or anaphylactic shock.  It destroys vitamins B1 and E in the body.  Not recommended for consumption by children.

Potassium Bromate E924 Used to increase volume in bread and bread rolls  

Potassium bromate is known to cause cancer in animals.  Even small amounts in bread can create problems for humans.



Drugs   (a partial list)

Drug Name Reasons to Avoid
Over the counter and prescription drugs that warn their use may lead to liver damage. Liver damage.
Recreational drugs like heroin, cocaine and cannabis. Heroin weakens immune system, loss of memory and appetite, partial paralysis, constipation and depression among others. Cocaine causes nose bleeds, chronic diarrhea, heart disease, hyperthermia,  et al.

Cannabis causes respiratory problems including inflammation in the lungs, chronic bronchitis, and infections like pneumonia.



Other recreational drugs include barbiturates, methadone, ketamine, amphetamines, solvents that are inhaled like glue, nail polish remover, LSD and more. All result in toxins in the body.
Alcohol Damage to the liver.
Tobacco Mouth, throat and lung cancer.
Chemotherapy Toxification of the whole body.  May lead to Leukemia.


Skin Care Products (a partial list)

Additive Used in Reasons to Avoid
Parabens Preservatives in moisturizes, shampoos/conditions and makeup.  

Disrupts hormone function and linked to breast cancer and fertility problems.


Phthalates Softeners in cosmetics, shampoo and plastic toys.  May be listed as “fragrance”. Endocrine disruptor and may cause reproductive and neurological damage.
Diethanolamine (DEA) In cosmetics.  

Reacts with cosmetic components to create nitrosodoiethanolamine (NDEA) a potent carcinogen linked with cancers.

Petrolatum (mineral oils & paraffin) In creams, ointments and other personal care products.  

Clogs pores and creates toxin build up.   Slows cellular development.

Fragrance Listed as such on labels of lotions, perfume, deodorant and shampoos.  

Among the top five allergens in the world.  Can contain neurotoxins (like Toluene) that causes loss of muscle control, brain damage, headaches, memory loss, problems with speech, hearing and vision.

Formaldehyde In nail polish, body lotion, cleansers, shampoo/conditions, body wash styling gel, sunscreen and makeup. Carcinogen and toxic to the immune system and respiratory tract.
Heavy metals:  Includes lead, aluminum, arsenic, nickel, beryllium, mercury & cadmium.


Found in deodorants, makeup, lipstick, eyeliner and mascara.



Endocrine disruptors.  Causes brain fog, digestive problems, headaches, muscle tremors, fatigue, muscle/joint pain, skin problems and rashes, tingling in extremities, and many other symptoms.



Cleaning Products (a partial list)

Additive Used in Reasons to Avoid
Chlorine In scouring powders, toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers, laundry whiteners and tap water. It is a skin, eye and respiratory irritant, allergen, possible thyroid disruptor and causes tooth enamel erosion.
Ammonia In bathroom and jewelry polishing products, glass cleaner some fertilizers.  

Irritant of skin, eyes and lungs.  Allergen, leads to bronchitis.  When inhaled damages cells on contact.  Severe exposure causes burning of bodily tissues.

Triclosan In many liquid dishwashing detergents and hand soaps labeled “antibacterial”.  

May affect thyroid hormone production.  Impairs muscle function, weakens immune system, reproductive and developmental toxin.  Promotes growth of resistant bacteria.

2_Butoxyethanol In window, kitchen and multipurpose cleaners.  

When inhaled causes sore throats.  At high levels contributes to narcosis, pulmonary edema and severe liver and kidney damage.

Quarternary amonium compounds (QUATS) In fabric softeners and most household cleaners labeled “antibacterial”.



A skin irritant. Causes respiratory disorders and is an allergen.  Promotes growth of resistant bacteria.




Miscellaneous Products (a partial list)

Additive Used in Reasons to Avoid
Bisphenol-A (BPA) In plastics of food can liners, children’s toys, some food and water plastic containers.


Endocrine disruptor that mimics estrogen.  Linked to breast and other cancers, reproductive problems, obesity and early puberty.
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE or Fire retardants)


Found in baby and children’s clothes, upholstery fabrics and electronic plastics. Affects thyroid hormone levels, may cause birth defects and deficits in learning and memory.



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To your health!




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 Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.




Detox: Why You Should

by Christine Hunt

This is the first of a multi-part series on detoxing our bodies which will explain how toxins affect our health and what we can do in the short and long term to prevent exposure and clear them out.


Other blogs in my Detox series that you may be interested in reading are:

Detox:  What are Toxins?

Detox: Using Fluids

Detox: Using Food

Detox: With Devices

Detox: Your Mind



Many health conscious people like to start their New Year with a detox of their bodies.  It is like beginning the year with a clean slate which will make up for all of the unnatural foods and chemicals that they have been exposed to throughout the year.  It is a fresh start which may go along with resolutions to eat better and shy away from products containing toxic chemicals in the year to come.


You may wonder why we need to detox at all?  It’s because our bodies function the best when they are free of toxins that, in excessive concentrations, can damage virtually every aspect of our immune system and cause a myriad of health problems.    Some toxins cause the immune system to overreact and our bodies become sensitive to everything.  The result is autoimmune diseases wherein the body is attacking itself.  Other toxic chemicals cause the immune system to under react allowing diseases and infections like colds, flu and other diseases to take hold.


Toxins have been blamed for having a hand in just about every illness known to man.


Children are born with the same level of toxins in their bodies as their mothers.  Recent tests have revealed the presence of about 200 chemicals in the umbilical cords of newborns.   Infants are more sensitive to toxins than adults which may be why there has been such a dramatic increase in some of the diseases that affect children such as autism.


A widely recognized and broad reaching problem toxins cause is disruption of our endocrine system – or our hormones.


Endocrine Disruptors


Estrogen is mimicked by BPA (Bisphenol A) which is found in many plastic products.  Ninety-three percent of Americans have BPA in their bodies and it has been linked to breast and other cancers, infertility, obesity and other diseases.


In 2013 the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a report co-produced with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), titled: “State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals.”   The joint study has been touted as the most comprehensive report on endocrine disrupting chemicals to date.


According to the report, a wide variety of health problems are associated with exposure to these pervasive chemicals, including:

Non-descended testes in young males.

Developmental effects on the nervous system in children.

Prostate cancer in men.

Developmental effects on the nervous system in children.

Attention deficit hyperactivity in children.

Thyroid cancer.

The report states:

 “The diverse systems affected by endocrine-disrupting chemicals likely include all hormonal systems and range from those controlling development and function of reproductive organs to the tissues and organs regulating metabolism and satiety.

Effects on these systems can lead to obesity, infertility or reduced fertility, learning and memory difficulties, adult-onset diabetes or cardiovascular disease, as well as a variety of other diseases.”

The liver.


The liver is the organ primarily responsible for detoxing our bodies.  It receives, filters then repackages substances for use in the body and safely removes toxic wastes.  Over time, if you ingest, inhale or absorb through your skin more toxins than the liver is capable of removing, it becomes overloaded.  The toxins are then recirculated through your blood system until the liver can handle them.  If this condition continues, excess toxins have to be stored somewhere and they end up in our fat cells resulting in the formation of cysts and benign tumors.


When the fat cells can hold no more, toxins are stored in connective tissues like ligaments, bones, blood and muscle and nerve tissues.  This may lead to joint pain and/or blood-related health conditions.


Eventually toxins accumulate in the cells of organs and glands causing diseases of the thyroid, vision, kidney, liver, lungs and heart, ultimately affecting the DNA of cells causing malignant growths.


Other ways our bodies expel toxins are via the kidneys, so be sure to drink plenty of water.  A recommendation is to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water per day.  So, take your body weight, divide by two and drink that many ounces.


Your skin is the largest organ of elimination so use your pores to expel toxins.  Working up a sweat three times a week will help.  If you can’t do that try a sauna, steam or detox bath using 1/2 to 1 cup of epsom salts.  A few drops of lavender in the water will help you relax into the experience.


Breathe deeply to fully oxygenate your brain, body and spirit.  We breathe in toxins from gas fumes, allergens from pets and plants and mold spores, and our lungs help to filter most of them out.   Breathing deeply will help to get plenty of oxygen into your bloodstream to help keep all organs functioning at their peak.


These methods are natural ways that the human body has been detoxing since its creation, and are adequate if your exposure to toxic chemicals from food, air, the things you touch and wear and personal care products, that you rub on your skin, are in amounts that these body processes can adequately manage.  But there is no way to know when toxicity levels have exceeded their capabilities other than when illness  sets in.  Unfortunately modern medicine’s remedies are usually more toxins in the form of prescription drugs or chemotherapy that further increases the toxic load.  Unless the body is cleansed it may continue to experience more and more disease.


Dangers of toxins in your body.


When deciding on a regimen to clean up an excessive accumulation of toxins it is best to incorporate a  process that will gradually release the toxins.  If not done in this way too much toxicity can enter the blood stream and cause an overdose like reaction.


Our modern way of life has brought us many creature comforts and conveniences, an abundance of food, advanced medical care, the ability to travel long distances in a very short time and for the most part has been beneficial to mankind.  But some of us are paying for it in our health because the food that we eat, the air that we breathe, the clothes that we wear and the things that we touch are laden with chemicals that didn’t exist 100 years ago.  These chemicals overload the systems in our bodies that  were not designed to cope with them in the levels of exposure that we currently experience.


And that is why we need to detox.


To your health!



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Do you do regular detoxes?

How often do you detox?

What methods do you use?

Please share your questions and comments below.





Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.



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