Other than drinking a gallon of water a day and moving your body so the blood starts pumping those toxins out, what can you do to detox after chemo and/or radiation?
There are some key foods that will help you on your way and remember this: the primary source of your immune system is your digestive tract, so focusing on that will help tremendously in bouncing back after being saturated with all those chemicals.
Fiber “sweeps” the digestive tract clean, and speeds up elimination, which means waste products are in your body for a shorter amount of time. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains. Organic juices are a nice change from water and can rejuvenate, heal, and help flush away toxins. Fruit and vegetable juices are the cleansers, energizers, builders, and regenerators of the human system. A popular combination among my juicing friends is a mix of kale, spinach, carrot, cucumber and a bit or ginger and parsley.
The following are list of natural foods that detox your body after chemo, straight from the ever popular Dr. Oz.
Relieve Your Liver
You need to support your liver to make sure it’s able to detoxify as much as it can and provide a good environment for immune cells that live there.
Cruciferous (cabbage) vegetables such as kale, broccoli, lettuce and cabbage support your liver and immune function by boosting the liver’s ability to flush out toxins.
Attend to Your Adrenals
Avocados! Adding these to your diet is an easy way to support adrenal function and health and keep your immune system happy. Avocados contain essential amino acids, antioxidants and some healthy fats to help balance hormone production.
To attend to your adrenals, try having 1 serving (1/2 cup) per day.
Clear Your Lungs
According to Ayurvedic traditions, ginger warms the body and helps to break down the accumulation of toxins in the organs, particularly in the lungs and sinuses. Ayurveda also believes that ginger helps to cleanse the lymphatic system, which is our body’s sewage system. By helping keep your airways and lymphatics open, ginger may help prevent the accumulation of the toxins that may increase your risk of infection.
Improve Your Vision
A fantastic supplement for promoting healthy vision, black currants contain compound anthocyanosides, which may be helpful for promoting night vision. They are also rich in vitamin C – they contain 5 times the amount in an orange – making them a powerful immunity booster.
A little oatmeal goes a long way for your health. This super food contains soluble fiber which reduces LDL, or “bad” cholesterol.
Get Healthier Skin
The juice in pomegranate seeds contain ellagic acid and punic alagin which fight damage from free radicals and help preserve the collagen in your skin. It’s also a powerful source of phytonutrients that promote healthy skin.
Lower Blood Pressure
Pumpkin seeds, which are rich in magnesium, may help lower blood pressure and reduce your risk for heart attacks or stroke.
Ease a Cough
Sage extract works as an expectorant, which helps your body move mucus out of your respiratory tract and helps to calm your cough. As a good alternative to an over-the-counter expectorant, try a drop of sage extract in tea or hot water.
Strengthen Your Hair
Containing iron, biotin and vitamin B12, eggs can help strengthen hair. The iron also helps combat anemia, a reduction of red blood cells that may also cause hair loss in women.
Immunity Booster and Cancer Fighter
As a natural immunity booster, graviola has been traditionally used to kill parasites, ameliorate liver problems, reduce fevers, and help treat colds and the flu. Scientists have studied graviola since the 1940s and most research has been centered around annonaceous acetogenins, a group of natural compounds that appear to have some anti-tumor properties – meaning they may help fight various types of cancer cells and thus help boost immune function.
Prevent Antibiotic Resistance
A diet lacking in nutrients and fresh vegetables causes your body to be deficient in phytochemicals. Add green veggies, mushrooms, onions seeds and berries to build a competent and functioning immune system.
Check out this post from the Art of Eating Right series for more suggestions and Frank Jasper’s top ten good for your gut foods list.