• Planning a Detox?

    American culture prizes speed. After all, we championed fast food, instant coffee, and microwave cooking. But as you’ve probably noticed in these examples, the fast way is not necessarily the best way—and this is particularly true when detoxifying the body.

    Why you need to take it slow
    By Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc
  • Eat Your Greens Detox Soup

    Weekly Recipe: 
    SERVES: 3

    1 1/2 teaspoons coconut oil or other oil

    1 sweet onion, diced

    3 cloves garlic, minced

    3 cups sliced cremini or white button mushrooms (about 8 ounces)

    1 cup chopped carrots

    2 cups chopped broccoli florets

    Fine grain sea salt and black pepper

    1 1/2 to 3 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

    1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

    2 teaspoons ground cumin

    1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    5 cups vegetable broth

    2 large nori seaweed sheets, cut into 1 inch strips (optional)

    2 cups torn kale leaves

    Fresh lemon juice, for serving (optional)

    In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for about five minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the mushrooms, carrots, and broccoli and stir to combine. Season generously with salt and pepper and sauté for five minutes more. Stir in the ginger, turmeric, cumin, and cinnamon and sauté for one to two minutes, until fragrant. Add the broth and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 20 minutes. Just before serving, stir in the nori (if using) and kale and cook until wilted. Season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, if desired. Source: The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon, image by Angela Liddon

  • Minding Your Mercury

    For those living in urban areas, and even many who don’t, environmental pollution is a persistent fact of life. We see it in the brown haze on the horizon, the black soot covering plowed snow, the multicolor sheen on waterways. But this is just some of the visible evidence—pollution lives a secret life as well.

    Solutions to mercury toxicity
    By Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc
  • The Truth About Detox

    The term “detox” has turned into a popular buzzword. In some ways, that’s a good thing because it means people are becoming more aware of the dangers posed by the vast quantities of toxins we’re exposed to every day through food, water, household products, our environment, and more.

    What you need to know to do it right
    By Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc
  • The Best Ever Detox Bath Soak

    Detox bath soaks have been a way to rid the body of unwanted toxins and pollutants for centuries. Impurities and toxins enter the body from certain foods or the environment. Bath soaks mix heat and steam with salts and other components to detox the body. The hotter the temperature of the bath, the more the body will get rid of the impurities.

    By January Olds
  • Simple Detox Tips

    Detox seems to have a plethora of meanings. For some, it signifies eating only organic foods or eliminating sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. For others, colon cleansing and liquid-only fasts are part of the regimen. Still, others detox by adding regular meditation or yoga to their schedules. Others still use packaged detox products.

    Combined with dietary changes, exercise, and proper hydration a detox can be like “spring cleaning” for your body.
  • The Natural Nurse Detoxifying Vegetable Soup

    Weekly Recipe: 

    Below is a recipe for The Natural Nurse® detoxification soup that I give as a staple food in the detoxification section in my book, Alternative Medicine Magazine’s Definitive Guide to Weight Loss. Keep in mind it is best to use all organic ingredients to minimize the amount of environmental toxins in your food.

    1 onion
    1 head of cabbage
    2 cloves garlic
    2 carrots
    2 celery stalks
    1 bunch parsley
    5 kale leaves
    2 sheets of nori sea vegetable
    4 pieces of okra
    1 cup brown rice
    Bragg’s Amino Acids to taste (if soy sensitive, replace with Himalayan salt)
    2 quarts of water

    Combine all ingredients, simmer for 1 1/2 hrs.

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Detoxification

    Q. Will detoxifying disrupt my day?

    By Ellen Kamhi PHD, RN, AHN-BC, AHG
  • Helpful Herbs for Detoxification

    There are a ton of herbs that offer a multitude of benefits for the body. This simple list shows the body system that these specific herbs and amino acids help to support:
    Milk thistle: liver
    Dandelion: liver, bowel, and skin
    Black Walnut: parasite
    Burdock: bowel, blood, and skin

    By Ellen Kamhi PHD, RN, AHN-BC, AHG
  • Detox the Right Way

    Raise your hand if you’ve ever dreamed of using a juice fast to lose your love handles or compensate for holiday excesses. You’re not alone. Between October 2008 and October 2009, Americans spent more than $100 million on cleansing and detoxifying products in an effort to lose weight, gain energy, or purify themselves of harmful toxins, according to market research firm Spins.

    by Katie Arnold