Is Detoxing Even Possible?

Is Detoxing Even Possible?

GREEN JUICES SUPPORT DETOX...BUT MAYBE NOT IN THE WAY YOU THOUGHT

ANTIOXIDANTS: DETOXIFYING SUPERHEROS

GIVE YOUR LIVER SOME LOVE WITH OUR SMARTERGREENS JUICE MIX

GREEN JUICES SUPPORT DETOX...BUT MAYBE NOT IN THE WAY YOU THOUGHT

Green juices are often marketed for their ability to detoxify your body, but there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding how or whether it’s even possible.

“Your body only detoxes when you’re on a 3-day juice cleanse.”
”Eating solid food will interrupt detox.”
”Drinking green juice will completely “heal” my body.”

These are just some of the misconceptions that have become increasingly popular as the word “detox” continues to be a buzzword in the wellness industry.

YOUR BODY IS CONSTANTLY DETOXING

In reality, your body doesn’t need a juice cleanse to eliminate toxins because...it’s constantly detoxifying! Your body is designed to detoxify itself via your bloodstream, kidneys, lungs, intestines, and, most notably, your liver: a detox machine that is constantly working to filter your blood of toxic substances. So, how exactly do green juices help to support this natural process?

TWO PHASES OF DETOX

Before we get into how green juices can help the body detox, it’s important to understand the two phases of detoxification and how they help the liver to eliminate toxins from the body.

Phase 1: In phase 1 detox, the liver takes toxins and transforms them into intermediates. These transformed toxins are often, temporarily, more toxic, and, therefore, must move into phase 2 detox quickly to be neutralized and eliminated from the body.

Phase 2: Phase 2 detox works to neutralize fat and water-soluble toxins using “special substances” produced by the liver (a process known as conjugation). Once neutralized, these toxins can be excreted from the body via feces, urine, and sweat (1).

SO I DON’T NEED TO DRINK GREEN JUICES TO DETOX?

No, but here’s the catch: when phase 1 is working overtime to break down the many toxins we are exposed to daily, it produces a large number of free radicals (unstable atoms). While our bodies naturally produce free radicals, an excess can lead to oxidative stress, which has been shown to promote age-related diseases (2).

This is where antioxidants come into play…

ANTIOXIDANTS: DETOXIFYING SUPERHEROS

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of antioxidants before, but what are they exactly, and what do they do? Antioxidants help to neutralize unstable free radicals by lending them an extra electron.

Consuming foods that are high in antioxidants is key when it comes to minimizing free radical damage caused by phase 1 detoxification. In terms of where to get them, leafy greens, grasses, and microalgae are your best bet, as they’re rich sources of many different types of antioxidants, including:

Chlorophyll: Chlorophyll, a pigment that gives plants their green colour, is known to act as an antioxidant in the body. Some of the top sources of chlorophyll are moringa with a whopping 8.2 mg/g, barley grass, which contains 5.4 mg/g, and spirulina with 4.8 mg/g. Kale and spinach are also excellent sources of chlorophyll, boasting ~ 6.5 mg/g, and 7 mg/g, respectively (3)(4).

Phycocyanin: Phycocyanin is the pigment responsible for algae’s blue-ish tint. Known for its antioxidant effects, phycocyanin has been shown to inhibit free radical activity, making it an excellent compound to support the detox process (5). Since phycocyanin is only found in blue-green algae, spirulina is one of the best sources, containing approximately 0.7-1.12 g per tbsp.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C is another potent antioxidant. It's surprising to many that leafy greens like kale and spinach are great sources of vitamin C. But the queen of vitamin C is acerola (a type of cherry native to the tropical regions of the Western Hemisphere), which is made up of 20-25% vitamin C. All in all this adds up to 28% of your vitamin C D.V. per tbsp of SmarterGreens.

Polyphenols: Polyphenols are potent organic chemical compounds known for their protective and regenerative properties for body tissues (6). While polyphenols can be found in fruits, vegetables, herbs, and many other plants, matcha and green tea are especially well-known for their high content of polyphenol derivatives, primarily flavonoids such as catechins (7).

Interested in learning more about polyphenols? Head over to Polyphenol’s 101: What They Are, Why You Need Them, and Where to Get Them! (Explained by a Dietician).

OTHER ANTIOXIDANTS

Carotenoid terpenoids
alpha-carotene
beta-carotene
Lutein
Zeaxanthin
Antioxidant vitamins
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)

GIVE YOUR LIVER SOME LOVE WITH OUR SMARTERGREENS JUICE MIX

Made with leafy greens, aquatic greens, and grasses, our SmarterGreens provides many different types of antioxidants and, therefore, can help to support phase 1 detoxification. Plus, all of our greens are dehydrated at low temperatures to preserve maximum antioxidant content.


FREE OF ADDED SUGARS

Unlike many commercial green juices, our SmarterGreens is also free of added sugars. Why is that relevant to detoxing? (1) High blood sugar levels can contribute to excessive free radical formation and oxidative stress and (2) a diet high in refined sugar promotes inflammation in the liver, compromising its ability to filter toxins in the body (8).

NOT UP FOR GREENS?

Try our SmarterBerries, made with nutrient-dense berries that are also a source of many antioxidants, such as polyphenols, and vitamins C and A.

PRO TIP: ADD A SERVING OF LANDISH MARINE COLLAGEN TO YOUR SMARTERGREENS

Similar to how antioxidants can support phase 1 detoxification, specific amino acids are needed to neutralize toxins during phase 2 detox. The amino acid glycine, abundant in our Pure Canadian Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen, is particularly important in phase 2 detox, as certain substances, like aspirin, sodium benzoate (the world’s most common food additive), and salicylates (especially important for those who have a salicylate sensitivity) rely on glycine to be detoxified from the body.

    • Sears, K, Kerr, et al. (2012). Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury in Sweat: A Systematic Review.
    • Shaw, P, Werstuck, G, et al. (2014). Oxidative Stress and Aging Diseases
    • C, Romay, Gonzalez, R, et al (2003). C-phycocyanin: a biliprotein with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects.
    • Haas, E (2006). Staying Healthy with Nutrition.
    • Lessard-Rhead, B (2013). Nutritional Pathology.
    • Rhimes, J (2018). Guide to Nutritional Symptomatology.
    • Korus, A (2019). Effect of preliminary and technological treatments on the content of chlorophylls and carotenoids in kale.
    • King, A, Liu, C, et al (2001). Chlorophyll stability in spinach dehydrated by freeze-drying and controlled low-temperature vacuum dehydration.
    • Problems associated with glucose toxicity: Role of hyperglycemia-induced oxidative stress.

Maggi Patterson

Landish Communications Manager & Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Maggi is a Toronto-based Holistic Nutritionist and communications professional with a lifelong curiosity for everything health and wellness-related. As Communications Manager at Landish, she’s the "go-to" person for all health-related content and inquiries. By diving into various health topics, she hopes to empower others to tune into their wellbeing through education.

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