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Healthy Detox

July 8, 2016

When you think of detox, you probably conjure up images of green juices and fasting in order to cleanse your body. While juicing is definitely healthy and excellent for your system because it provides nutrients and gives your digestive system a break, it turns out there are some risks that go along with it. Modern Farmer magazine featured an article regarding the potential environmental hazards the juice craze has gotten us into. The theory is the disposal of the fibers are ending up in landfills instead of compost bins due to city and state food regulations, which is wreaking havoc of our ecosystem. How sad to waste the leftover produce! Drinking non-pasteurized juice can also be dangerous for the elderly or people with weakened immune systems.

 

That all being said, I'm still an advocate for the benefits of juicing at home. Simply use your leftover vegetable and fruit fibers as compost in your garden, or as fiber "meat"balls in your pasta! (All you have to do is save enough fiber in your freezer until you're ready to nosh, add some breadcrumbs and a little seasoning to the thawed batch of remnants, and bake until golden brown! They swim great in red sauce.)

 

But what if you aren't wanting to risk the potential environmental or health issues linked to juicing? Welcome to gelatinous foods! Items like chia seeds, which inflate in liquid, and aloe vera are excellent sources of small intestine detoxifiers. They work to absorb bile your liver produces once it begins the stage of separating helpful nutrients from fats and other items that need redistribution. The bile ends up in your small intestine, hoping to attach onto something healthy that will help the digestive system function properly. Chances are, the bile ends up being redistributed a