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Super Spring Detox Foods

detox foodsI live in a northern climate so the end of winter signals a new season of fresh produce and nutrition-rich foods.  Even though all these foods are available from the grocery store in the winter, getting them straight out of the garden or fresh-picked at a farmers’ market early in the growing season can’t be beat.

When it comes to cleansing your body of harmful toxins, food really is the best medicine.  Many of your favorite foods also cleanse the liver, kidneys, skin, intestines, and other detoxifications systems.  Add more of these nutritious and delicious spring time foods to your diet to help ward off the harmful effects of pollution, food additives, second-hand smoke, and other toxins.

Artichokes—increase bile production. Bile helps the intestines eliminate toxins from the body. They also contain a substance that helps the liver break down fatty acids, reducing its already immense load.

Asparagus– an excleent source of vitamin K and folate.  Asparagus also contains vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6, niacin, folate, manganese, potassium, magnesium and selenium.  Due to its high folate content it is a particularly good option for pregnant women.

Garlic—helps cleanse harmful bacteria, intestinal parasites, and viruses from the body, especially from the blood and intestines. It also helps cleanse buildup from the arteries and lowers blood pressure. Garlic has anti-cancer and antioxidant properties that help detoxify the body of harmful substances. It also helps cleanse the respiratory tract by expelling mucous buildup in the lungs and sinuses. I am referring to fresh garlic, not garlic powder, which has virtually none of the above properties.

Onions—demonstrate powerful antioxidant and anti-cancer activity. Onions also thin and cleanse the blood and lower LDL cholesterol without lessening HDL cholesterol. Onions also help detoxify the respiratory tract and fight asthma, bronchitis, hay fever, and diabetes. Onions help cleanse the body of viruses and the intestines of harmful bacteria.

Watercress—increases detoxification enzymes in the body and acts on cancer cells in the body. In a study at the Norwich Food Research Centre in the United Kingdom, smokers who were given 170 grams of watercress per day eliminated higher than average amounts of carcinogens in their urine, thereby eliminating them from their body.

Adapted from Weekend Wonder Detox by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, ROHP (DaCapo, 2014)

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Probiotics, Prebiotics: Fact and Fiction

yogurt probioticsThese days with so much access to information we tend to get overloaded with it. We can’t tell what’s valid information and what isn’t. There is so much confusion surrounding probiotics and prebiotics, and outrageous marketing claims of yogurt companies and other companies isn’t helping.  Here’s a basic overview of what probiotics are in comparison to prebiotics, and some information to help cut through the clutter of claims.  

The Pros of Probiotics

Probiotics are basically microorganisms that promote health.  They are primarily bacteria that offer health benefits when eaten or supplemented with.  There are many different strains of bacteria that offer an array of health benefits.  The two most common strains include:  L. acidophilus and B. bifidum,

Eating yogurt is rarely enough to obtain the many health benefits of probiotics.  Many commercially-available brands of yogurt don’t contain “live cultures.”  If you’re choosing one, be sure to choose one that says “live cultures” on the label.  The claim doesn’t guarantee that the cultures are intact, but it may increase the odds.

The Myths about Prebiotics

Prebiotics are the food that probiotics feed on to enable them to populate the intestines.  Many food products and supplements come with claims that they contain prebiotics that are necessary for probiotics to work but that isn’t the whole story.  While it is true that probiotics feed on prebiotics, they are rarely necessary and more often take up valuable “real estate” within a tiny capsule.  Carbohydrates such as sugars, starches, and fiber are technically prebiotics that feed probiotics.  They are found in all plant-based foods.


Adapted with permission from my upcoming book, The Probiotic Miracle (DaCapo).

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13 Ways to Eat Healthier on a Budget

According to a recent study, a whopping 20% of Canadians can’t afford their homes. I’m sure this statistic is comparable in the US and other developed countries right now.  The report went on to state that these people frequently chose unhealthy food options because they believed them to be cheaper and felt they couldn’t afford to eat healthy.  So in my effort to help everyone who is watching their money (isn’t that just about everyone these days?) I have compiled some of my favorite ways to eat healthier on a budget.

1.  Double or triple your normal recipes and freeze the leftovers.  You’ll dramatically cut down the cost of buying prepared and packaged foods.  And, you’ll eat healthier when you’re tired or in a pinch for time.

2.  Use seasonal fruits and vegetables as much as possible.  When food is in season it is cheaper.  Plus, you’ll be doing your part for the environment by eating more locally grown food.

3.  Watch for sales.  Plan your meals around some of the cheaper sale items you find.

4.  Add more beans to your diet.  Beans are not only the “magical fruit” they can work magic on your budget since they are super nutritious and cheap.  Dried beans can be cooked effortlessly overnight in a slow cooker.  Place 1 cup dried beans and 6 cups water in a slow cooker before going to bed and cook on low overnight.  Drain and rinse in the morning and they are ready for use in your soup, stew, chili, salad, or other recipes.

5.  Eat more vegetarian meals.  Meat tends to be more expensive (not to mention takes a higher toll on the environment and your body).

6.  Take a page from a chef’s notebook:  use mirepoix as a base for many soups, stews, and rice dishes.  Mirepoix is a fancy-sounding French word simply means chopped onions, celery, and carrots.  These are among the cheapest vegetables and they add lots of flavor to your meals.

7.  Shop at your local farmers markets instead of grocery stores as much as possible.  Most farmers’ market food doesn’t have the built-in costs of lengthy transportation, distributors, warehousing, and other costs.  Plus, the food is fresher and frequently more nutritious, and eating locally is better for the environment.

8.  Grow your own sprouts and herbs.  Growing your own sprouts is much easier than you think. And, sprouts are truly the ultimate locally-grown food.

9.  Buy seasonal produce in bulk and freeze it.  From berries to sliced peaches, to chopped green and red peppers, many fruits and vegetables can be frozen.

10.  Hit the bulk bins at your local health food or grocery store.  Here’s where you’ll find the lower cost whole grains, beans, seeds, nuts, and flour.  They’re usually substantially cheaper than their packaged counterparts.  And, less packaging is good for your wallet and the planet.

11.  Shop the perimeter of your grocery store.  You’ll find the fresh, healthier options there.  The center aisles are primarily reserved for the packaged, convenience foods that tend to cost more and be full of dangerous additives, trans fats, and sugar.

12.  Make your own snacks.  Prepared snack foods are not only full of junk ingredients that you should avoid, they tend to be expensive.  Make a batch of cookies, muffins, or other snack food with wholesome natural ingredients.

13.  Plan ahead.  A few minutes of planning the meals you’ll make and your grocery list can save you plenty of cash on impulse purchases you’ll be less likely to make.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be costly.  Most of my clients have always been surprised to learn how inexpensive health eating can be.

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7 Reasons to Eat More Beets

People either love beets or they hate them, mostly because they haven’t discovered all the wonderful ways to enjoy beets.  I, personally, am in the LOVE BEETS camp.  I still remember the first time I ate them as a child.  I wanted them every day after that.  Whether you already love them, or just haven’t discovered their marvels, here are 7 reasons to eat more beets.

1. Beets are high in nutrients such as folate, manganese, potassium, and vitamin C, making them an excellent source of nutrients, and a particularly good choice for pregnant women who have higher folate needs during pregnancy.

2. In their uncooked state, beets also contain an important compound called betaine, which research has shown reduces several compounds linked to inflammation in the body. In other words, it’s a great anti-inflammatory food that helps protect us from the effects of aging and disease.

3. Beets are one of Nature’s miracles in the prevention of cancer.  The fiber found in beets seems to increase the body’s special immune compounds that are responsible for detecting and removing abnormal cells before they can become cancerous.

4. Beets help fight cancer.  The phytonutrients–proanthocyanidins–that gives beets their rich purplish-red hue has potent anti-cancer capabilities.

5. Beets have been recommended for many years to help purify the blood.

6. Beets also help cleanse the liver—one of the most overworked organs in the body, with over 500 functions including: cleansing toxins, removing excess hormones, and metabolizing fat.

7. They are versatile.  They can be eaten raw (grated), steamed, boiled (although many nutrients are lost in the cooking water), or added to soups and stews. I love steamed beets tossed with a little flax oil and unrefined sea salt. Remember: the anti-cancer properties of beets lessen with heat! So it’s always a great idea to enjoy a little grated raw beetroot on your salads.

Adapted with permission from The Life Force Diet by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.

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Does Your Brain Need an Oil Change?

Humans really are fat heads. About sixty percent of the human brain is fat. To maintain proper brain health, you need to get adequate fat from your diet. But, not just any fat will do. Some fats damage the brain. The Standard American Diet (SAD) high in trans and hydrogenated fats worsens inflammation in the body, and this inflammation can damage delicate brain tissues. These unhealthy fats are found in fried foods, shortening, lard, margarine, baked goods, and processed and prepared foods.

Healthy fats help keep the lining of brain cells flexible so that memory and other brain messages can pass easily between cells. Both Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats are important to brain health and should be eaten in a one-to-one or two-to-one ratio to each other. However, the average North American eats these foods in a twenty-to-one to a fifty-to-one ratio, causing a huge imbalance and resulting Omega-3 deficiency. In this ratio, Omega-6 fats can cause or worsen inflammation, for which there is insufficient Omega-3 fats to keep inflammation under control. The typical diet, if it contains any healthy essential fatty acids, usually includes fats found in meat and poultry, or occasionally from nuts and seeds. Most of these fats are Omega-6 fatty acids.

Omega-6 fatty acids are found in the highest concentrations in corn, sunflower, and safflower oils. But, you are more than what you eat. I read somewhere that “you are what you eat eats.” So that means if you eat a diet with meat or poultry that was fed corn, or other grains high in Omega-6s, you’re getting lots of Omega-6s indirectly.

The best sources of Omega-3 fatty acids include flax seeds or oil, walnuts and walnut oil, some types of algae, krill oil, and fatty coldwater fish, particularly wild salmon. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a type of Omega-3 fatty acid, makes up a large part of the lining of brain cells, helps to keep the cellular lining flexible enough to allow memory messages to pass between cells, promotes nerve transmission throughout the central nervous system, and protects the energy centers of the cells, called “mitochondria,” from damage.

Fish that contain high amounts of this Omega-3 fatty acid include mackerel, sardines, albacore tuna, salmon, lake trout, and herring. But be aware, some of these fish have become contaminated with mercury and, as you just learned in chapter two, some research links mercury to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. So, it is important to avoid fish that consistently shows up high on the mercury radar, including predatory fish like swordfish and shark, as well as sea bass, northern pike, tuna, walleye, and largemouth bass. Salmon raised in fish farms also frequently shows up with high amounts of mercury, not to mention that farmed salmon often contains antibiotic residues and lower levels of the important Omega-3 fatty acids.

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, PhD, is an international best-selling and ten-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, The Phytozyme Cure. and the upcoming e-book The Vitality Diet.  Check out her natural health resources and free newsletter at www.WorldsHealthiestDiet.com.

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Join the Kindness Revolution

We’re living in the Age of Entitlement. Take, take, take. Buy, buy, buy. That’s what it frequently seems like anyway. I often wonder why people have become so focused on themselves. Isn’t it time to give back? Then I was reading a friend of mine’s blog. Jo Davidson, songwriter, pianist, journalist and more, interviewed the author of a book called 29 Gifts on Zentertainment Radio. Jo shares some of the interview:


“At age 33 Cami Walker, the author of 29 Gifts, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and the life she knew changed forever. When she was going through some of her most difficult symptoms, she received an uncommon prescription from a friend, an African medicine woman named Mbali Creazzo: Give away 29 gifts in 29 days. Cami was amazed by what unfolded during her month-long journey.”

Now I’m curious. While I’m curious about what Cami received and can’t wait to get my hands on her book, I’m also interested in what I can give.

Some initial thoughts come to mind.  I love to cook and tend to shower my loved ones with healthy breads, baking, curries, and other concoctions I create in the kitchen.  So, food immediately comes to mind.  And then there are the obvious hugs and kind words, giving away the clothes that no longer fit, or extra furniture.  After that, it starts to become a conscious effort.  "What can I give?"

So, here’s the plan:  I want to start a Kindness Revolution.  I’m tired of all the lying, backstabbing, gossiping, and other parasitic characteristics I’ve seen in many people lately.  But, instead of getting even with all those who hurt us, why not join the Kindness Revolution?  Why not raise the bar?  Rise to the highest common denominator instead of dropping to the lowest?  I think kindness is the answer to the world’s ills.  And, I’m hoping you’ll agree.

Over the next 29 days I’m going to be blogging about my experiences as I try to do my part.  Join me, Jo, Cami, and all the others out there who are ready to be part of the solution–the Kindness Revolution. You don’t even have to spend a penny. You can give prayers, smiles, hugs, kind words, a shoulder to cry on, or donate some of your things to people who might need them. There are so many ways we can give of ourselves to transform the world. Let’s face it there are a lot of people who could use some caring and sharing right now.

Please join me in The Kindness Revolution. Isn’t it time we all learned we’re connected, we’re in this together, and that the way we treat each other really does matter? If you’re going to join me in The Kindness Revolution, please add your comments to my article below to let me know.  Let’s raise the roof with good deeds.  And, don’t forget to come back and share how giving transforms your life. I’d love to hear about it. And, I’ll let you know how it goes for me too. Hmmm. I’m not sure what I’ll give today…my husband had a 15 hour workday that was pretty difficult. He won’t be in until late tonight so I think I’ll make him a homemade pizza with a gluten-free crust tomorrow. That will be my gift to him for all his hard work and for just being a great husband and person.

Join me as I blog about my experiences, give away free books, and you can share your experiences in giving.

Michelle Schoffro Cook, RNCP, ROHP, DAc, DNM, is a best-selling and six-time book author and doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan and the upcoming book The Phytozyme Cure.  Learn more at: www.DrMichelleCook.com.



7 Natural Energy Boosters

Do you experience a daily afternoon energy crash that only lifst with a caffeine boost or feel a general sense of fatigue throughout the day?  According to research you are not alone.  Fatigue is the second most complained about problem to doctors in North America.

Unfortunately, many people turn to caffeine to boost their energy levels.  That approach provides short-lived energy at best.  At worst, it may cause damage to your body in the form of caffeine addiction, blood sugar fluctuations and adrenal gland depletion that makes you more vulnerable to stress.  Since caffeine continues to work for about 12 hours, that afternoon coffee may leave you lying awake counting sheep when you are ready to sleep. 

Nature offers many natural herbal energy-enhancers.  Some of the best include:  bee pollen, royal jelly extract, Siberian ginseng, spirulina, gotu kola, ho shou wu, and cayenne. 

1.  Bee Pollen

Bee Pollen is touted as a source of perpetual youth in many of the world’s great books, including the Talmud, Bible, Koran, scrolls of the ancient Orient, Greece, Rome, Russia, the Middle East.  Ancient Greek athletes ate bee pollen regularly to increase their strength and vitality. More recently, the USDA discovered that bee pollen even has anti-cancer properties.

Bee pollen is packed with 22 amino acids, natural antibiotic factors, DNA/RNA (the genetic coding of plants), 18 enzymes (to aid digestion and other bodily functions), glucosides (natural sources of energy in the body), plant hormones, 27 minerals and at least 16 vitamins, it is no surprise that it increases energy and vitality.  Avoid bee pollen if you suffer pollen allergies or if you are allergic to bees.


2. Royal Jelly

Royal jelly is the natural result when bees combine honey and pollen.  It is a powerhouse of B-complex vitamins.  It also contains many other vitamins, minerals, hormones, enzymes, 18 amino acids, and natural antibacterial and antibiotic substances.  It has traditionally been used to address bronchial asthma, pancreatitis, liver disease, insomnia, stomach ulcers, kidney disease, bone fractures, immune problems, and skin disorders, but royal jelly is also effective for increasing energy.


3.  Siberian Ginseng Extract

As the name suggests, Siberian ginseng originates in Siberia.  It also grows in Japan, China, and Korea and parts of Canada.  It has been used medicinally for at least two thousand years.  Siberian ginseng is one of only a handful of herbs that is an adaptogen, which means that it works to normalize bodily functions.  It inhibits the adrenal stress response and works as an immune stimulant, particularly for fighting the effects of stress and depression.  It aids the liver in detoxifying harmful toxins, including chemotherapeutic agents and radiation.  Siberian ginseng also stimulates the activity of several immune system components:  B and T cells, making it excellent for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and other viral infections.  Athletes around the world use Siberian ginseng as a training aid because of its reputed ability to increase resistance to stress, increase performance, bolster the immune system during workouts, and reduce fatigue.  But it also helps strengthen energy levels over time.


4.  Spirulina

The Aztec people knew a good thing when they saw it.  They discovered spirulina, a single-celled algae that they called tecuitlatl and soon made it a staple of their diet.  It is high in usable protein, a great source of Vitamin B12 (often called the “energy vitamin”), 8 minerals and many vitamins, including 7 types of vitamin A precursors known as carotenoids.  It is also packed with chlorophyll, the green pigment that gives spirulina its colour and its blood purification properties.  And, of course, it boosts energy levels. 


5.  Gotu Kola

 Gotu Kola is an herb that contains many nutrients and healing phytochemicals.  As one of the primary energy herbs used by herbalists, gotu kola lessens fatigue and depression without the effects of caffeine.  Actually, unlike caffeine that may keep you awake into the evenings, gotu kola actually helps improve sleep at night.


6.  Ho Shou Wu

Also known as fo-ti or ho she wu, the root of this native Chinese vine is a powerful tonic to increase energy and maintain youthful vigor, while still having a calming effect.  It contains a natural form of lecithin that helps lessen arterial plaque and lower blood pressure.  In laboratory studies, ho shou wu effectively reduced blood cholesterol and triglycerides, and even prevented cholesterol from forming in test animals.


7.  Cayenne

Cayenne works to boost energy by improving circulation.  It is also effective to help ward off colds, sinus infections, and sore throats.  It even helps reduce pain and inflammation.

As with all herbal medicines, it is best to consult with a skilled health professional prior to starting any herbal or nutritional supplement.



Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook. 

Michelle Schoffro Cook, RNCP, ROHP, DAc, DNM, is a best-selling and six-time book author and doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan and the upcoming book The Phytozyme Cure.  Learn more at: www.DrMichelleCook.com.



New Year, New You Detox–Week 2: Cleanse Your Bowels and Urinary Tract

Over the next four weeks, I’ll continue to share a modified version of my detox plan outlined in my book, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan. If you missed, last week’s article, "Get the Junk Out," it’s not to late to start detoxing. The next four weeks include:


Week 2—Kidney and Colon Cleanse
Week 3—Lymphomania
Week 4—Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse
Week 5—Cleansing Your Blood, Lungs, and Skin
While it isn’t necessary to do all five weeks, it tends to provide the best results. As I mentioned last week, don’t detox if you’re diabetic, pregnant or lactating. And, always consult your physician before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Check with your doctor or pharmacist before adding any herbs to your health plan.  You can start at any point in the 5 week plan or just do a single week to target specific organs.
The New Year, New You Detox

-Drink plenty of purified water (at least eight to ten cups per day). This is essential throughout the program because it helps to flush out the many toxins that will be stirred up and eliminated from fat stores and organs in your body. Drinking adequate water will provide the necessary fluid for your body to push toxins out of your lymphatic system (more on this important system next week) through the creation of lymph fluid. It also helps flush out your kidneys, which also require adequate water to function properly. Start your day with 2 cups of pure water with the juice of half a lemon to balance your body chemistry. Drink no more than ½ cup of water with meals otherwise you will dilute your body’s digestive enzymes, which can weaken digestion and overall health over time. Drink water throughout the day, ½ hour before or 1 hour after meals.
-After drinking your morning lemon water, wait 10-20 minutes (take your shower) before having a large fruit breakfast. Eat fruit all morning. The enzymes, fiber, and nutrients put your body on the fast track to cleansing. 
-Eat plenty of vegetables on this program, preferably raw, steamed, or lightly sautéed. The enzymes, fiber, water content, vitamins, minerals, and high-quality protein that fruits and vegetables provide will help ensure that your nutritional needs are met, particularly since the detox mechanisms in your body have specific requirements. Make bright and colorful vegetables the focal point of meals and snacks and eat as many veggies as you’d like until you feel full—you shouldn’t feel hungry on my detox plan or you’re doing it incorrectly. Limit your consumption of white potatoes however.
Start lunch and dinner with a large green salad since they are full of enzymes to help your body with digestion of your meals, instead of depleting your body’s owns supplies. Also, leafy greens are powerhouses of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll (the green colour in plants that also helps cleanse your blood), and many phytochemicals.
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Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook.  Adapted with permission of the author from the book, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan. (Wiley, 2006).  For educational purposes only.
Michelle Schoffro Cook, RNCP, ROHP, DAc, DNM, is a best-selling and six-time book author and doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, and The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan.  Learn more at: www.TheLifeForceDiet.com.


Nutrients Depleted by Common Pharmaceutical Drugs

Move over Rolaids and Tylenol.  Step aside Tums and Seldane.  If you spell relief D-R-U-G-S, you might want to consider the effects of doing so. 

First there are the obvious side-effects of drugs. The pharmaceuticals that millions of people turn to for relief from pain, inflammation, and other symptoms are not only causing side effects, they are actually damaging the health of many people. Drug side effects are the third leading cause of death. By some estimates six thousand people die every year from "simple" non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These commonly-used drugs can contribute to congestive heart failure, kidney disease, suicidal depression, cataracts, ulcers, macular degeneration, hearing loss, tinnitus, memory loss, fatigue, liver disease, and many other health concerns.

Prescription and over-the-counter medications can also deplete your body of much-needed vitamins and minerals required for your body’s basic functions. Over-the-counter pain relievers like Aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Tylenol, and the countless others on the market can deplete your body of Vitamin C, folic acid, iron, zinc, and other essential nutrients. These nutrients are needed to keep your immune system strong, heal tissues, maintain cellular integrity, build healthy blood, heal wounds, and nourish skin and hair.
Here are some of the common types of drugs and the nutrients that they often deplete:
Pharmaceutical Drugs and Nutrients They Can Deplete
Drug Names:  Acetylsalicylic acid, ibuprofen, indomethacin, naproxen, and Nabumetone
Nutrients That Can Be Depleted:  Vitamin C, folic acid, iron and zinc.
Birth Control Pills
Drug Names:  Micornor, Triphasil, Ovral, and Ortho Novum Pyridoxine
Nutrients that Can Be Depleted: (Vitamin B-6), folic acid (Vitamin B-9), Vitamin C, magnesium and zinc
Steroids (Corticosteroids)
Often used for asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, skin disorders, and immune disorders
Drug Names:  Prednisone, hydrocortisone, desamethasone, beclomethasone, triamcinolone
Nutrients that Can Be Depleted:  Pyridoxine (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin K, zinc and potassium
Drug Names:  Amitriptyline, desipramine, doxepin, imipramine
Nutrient that Can Be Depleted:  Coenzyme Q-10

Hormone Replacement Therapy/Estrogen Replacement
Drug Names:  Premarin, Climara (estradiol), Estraderm
Nutrient that Can Be Depleted:  Vitamin B-6
Beta Blockers
Drug Names:  Propranolol, timolol
Nutrient that Can Be Depleted:  Coenzyme Q-10
Acid Blockers
Often used to relieve irritation and pain from gastric acid
Drug Names: Lansoprazole, Omeprazole, Ranitidine
Nutrients that Can Be Depleted: Folic acid, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin D, Copper and Iron


Drug Names: Tetracycline, Erythromycin, Penicillin

Nutrients that Can Be Depleted:  Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine), Folic Acid, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin C, and bowel flora
Obviously, sometimes drugs may be necessary.  But it is important to know the ramifications of taking them, and in the case of nutrients depleted, to replenish the body’s stores.
Of course, you should never stop taking a drug that has been prescribed by a doctor without his or her guidance. Before you stop using any drug, it is important to see your physician. Sudden discontinuation of some prescription drugs can cause severe health problems so it is important to work with a physician if you choose to stop using any medication. And, remember, there are thousands of drugs. New ones are coming onto the market all the time. The above chart is just a sampling of the drugs currently available, some of their common names, and the nutrients they can deplete.
Michelle Schoffro Cook, RNCP, ROHP, DAc, DNM, is a best-selling and six-time book author and doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, and The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan. Learn more at: www.TheLifeForceDiet.com.


Top 15 Cleansing Foods to Detox Your Body of Harmful Chemicals

64311_10151349080785823_2020637278_nWhen it comes to cleansing your body of harmful toxins, food really is the best medicine. You’ll be amazed to learn that many of your favorite foods assist with cleansing your body’s detox organs like the liver, intestines, kidneys, skin, and more. Help ward off the harmful effects of pollution, food additives, second-hand smoke, and other toxins by reaching for delicious fruits, vegetables, beans, seeds, and oil.

Apples–Because apples are high in pectin, a type of fiber that binds to cholesterol and heavy metals in the body, they help eliminate toxic build up and to cleanse the intestines.

Avocados–We rarely think of avocados as a cleansing food but these nutritional powerhouses lower cholesterol and dilate blood vessels while blocking artery-destroying toxicity. Avocados contain a nutrient called glutathione, which blocks at least thirty different carcinogens while helping the liver detoxify synthetic chemicals.

Beets–Time to whip up some delicious borscht soup since its main ingredient, beets, contain a unique mixture of natural plant compounds that make them superb blood purifiers and liver cleansers.

Blueberries–Truly one of the most powerful healing foods, blueberries contain natural aspirin that helps lessen the tissue-damaging effects of chronic inflammation, while lessening pain. Blueberries also act as antibiotics by blocking bacteria in the urinary tract, thereby helping to prevent infections. They also have antiviral properties and help to block toxins from crossing the blood-brain barrier to gain access to the delicate brain.

Cabbage–Cabbage contains numerous anticancer and antioxidant compounds and helps the liver break down excess hormones. Cabbage also cleanses the digestive tract and neutralizes some of the damaging compounds found in cigarette smoke (and second-hand smoke). It also strengthens the liver’s ability to detoxify.

Celery and Celery Seeds–Celery and celery seeds are excellent blood cleansers and contain many different anti-cancer compounds that help detoxify cancer cells from the body. Celery seeds contain over twenty anti-inflammatory substances. It is particularly good for detoxifying substances found in cigarette smoke.

Cranberries–Cleanse your body from harmful bacteria and viruses that may be lingering in your urinary tract with cranberries since they contain antibiotic and antiviral substances.

Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Oil–Loaded with essential fatty acids, particularly the Omega-3s, flaxseeds and flaxseed oil are essential for many cleansing functions throughout the body.

Garlic–Eat garlic to cleanse harmful bacteria, intestinal parasites and viruses from your body, especially from the blood and intestines. It also helps cleanse build-up from the arteries and has anti-cancer and antioxidant properties that help detoxify the body of harmful substances. Additionally, garlic assists with cleansing the respiratory tract by expelling mucous build-up in the lungs and sinuses. For the health benefits, choose only fresh garlic, not garlic powder, which has virtually none of the above properties.

Grapefruit–Add a ruby red grapefruit to your breakfast to benefit from pectin fiber that binds to cholesterol, thereby cleansing the blood. Pectin also binds to heavy metals and helps escort them out of the body. It also has antiviral compounds that cleanse harmful viruses out of the body. Grapefruit is an excellent intestinal and liver detoxifier.

Kale–Steam some kale to benefit from its powerful anti-cancer and antioxidant compounds that help cleanse the body of harmful substances. It is also high in fiber, which helps cleanse the intestinal tract. Like cabbage, kale helps neutralize compounds found in cigarette smoke and strengthens liver cleansing.

Legumes–Add a handful of cooked beans to your next meal since they loaded with fiber that helps lower cholesterol, cleanses the intestines, and regulates blood sugar levels. Legumes also help protect the body against cancer.

Lemons–Excellent liver detoxifiers, lemons contain high amounts of vitamin C, a vitamin needed by the body to make an important substance called glutathione. Glutathione helps the liver detoxify harmful chemicals. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice (not the bottled variety) to pure water to support your cleansing efforts on a daily basis.

Seaweed–Seaweed could be the most underrated vegetable in the western world. Studies at McGill University in Montreal showed that seaweeds bind to radioactive waste in the body. Seaweed also binds to heavy metals to help eliminate them from the body. In addition, they are powerhouses of minerals and trace minerals.

Watercress–If you haven’t tried watercress add this delicious green to your next sandwich since it increases detoxification enzymes and acts on cancer cells in the body. In a study at the Norwich Food Research Centre in the United Kingdom, smokers who were given 170 grams of watercress per day eliminated higher than average amounts of carcinogens in their urine, thereby eliminating them from their body.Eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables assists with detoxifying harmful substances from your body. Who knew cleansing could taste so good?

Adapted with permission from: The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan by Michelle Schoffro Cook (John Wiley & Sons, 2006). Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook.

Michelle Schoffro Cook, RNCP, ROP, DAc, DNM,  is a best-selling and six-time book author and doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, and The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan. Learn more at: www.TheLifeForceDiet.com.


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