Everywhere you turn there is another detox program. Some use foods, some use powders, some have pills. Is this all nonsense?

Fortunately, almost all of the detoxifying foods are plant based with no added oil so stay strong, NO oil, and plant pure.


Actually I do not believe it is all a crock of poop.  I just read a fascinating research paper on how the body eliminates toxins from the body, a process that is continually ongoing.  Most of this is in the liver but we also eliminate toxins via urine, feces, breath, and sweat. The liver detoxification pathways depend on enzymes that through Phase I and Phase steps prepare toxins for elimination.  These enzymes are sensitive to many influences like pharmaceutical drugs but they are also sensitive to food. It turns out that a plant strong diet can facilitate these pathways and help the body eliminate its poisons and excesses.  Here are a few examples.


Cytochrome system: This family of enzymes is the first defense to metabolize hormones, toxins and drugs. Many foods have an impact on this system including:
Cruciferous vegetables like kale and cauliflower

  • green and black tea
  • curcumin
  • garlic
  • rosemary
  • soybeans
  • blueberries
  • pomegranate
  • grapes
  • yellow onions
  • dandelions

UGT system: This family, the UDP glucuronosyltransferases, enhances the elimination of transformed toxins via urine and feces. Foods that enhance the UGT system include:
cruciferous vegetables

  • citrus
  • dandelion
  • rooibos tea
  • rosemary
  • soy
  • pomegranates
  • whole grains
  • turmeric
  • resveratrol found in grapes and wine

SULT system: These are sulfur based transfer enzymes that reduce toxicity of a variety of substances.  The foods that have been reported to improve this systems activity are:

  • Legumes
  • barley
  • oatmeal
  • cruciferous vegetables
  • mustard
  • ginger
  • green tea

GST system.  Glutathione is crucial antioxidant in the body but also plays an important role in detoxification in the liver. Glutathione-s-transferases are enzymes that power this reaction and are increased by the following foods:

  • cruciferous vegetables
  • garlic and onions
  • grapes
  • citrus
  • turmeric
  • purple sweet potato
  • green tea
  • pomegranates
  • fermented soy products like tempeh and miso

Nrf2 System. This fascinating system deserves a whole lecture but it causes the bodies antioxidants to increase and protect the organs from oxidant stress. Foods can enhance the Nrf2 system and the most active ones are:

  • Tomatoes and watermelon rich in lycopene
  • turmeric
  • cruciferous vegetables
  • garlic
  • green tea
  • cocoa
  • grapes
  • purple sweet potato
  • rosemary
  • blueberries
  • pomegranate
  • whole grains

It is clear that one’s dietary intake and environmental influences have a large bearing on the incidence of chronic diseases  like heart disease and diabetes.  Food is medicine and food can assist the elimination of toxins from multiple sources in our diet and environment. Fortunately, almost all of the detoxifying foods are plant based with no added oil so stay strong, NO oil, and plant pure. 

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