The types of food we choose to eat impacts the process of detoxification.

Detox fibers - Avondshoek Farm, Tzaneen, Limpopo Province, South Africa [2006 ©]

Can food help us detoxify?

We have to eat the correct foods to help us detoxify. Recent technology has come to measure the Metal Capturing Capacity (MCC) of different types of foods. Foods are tested against contaminants to find out how much of the contaminant gets bound to that food. The mechanism by which this occurs, is that the contaminant binds to fibers which cannot be digested in the gastro intestinal tract and therefore then are eliminated, intact, from the bowel as they are trapped by the fibre. Foods have a selective ionic affinity to substance, such as lead for instance. A specific chemical reaction binds up the metal to the fibers in the food. This chemical reaction takes place in the acidic environment of the stomach. Mercury for instance binds to strawberry fibers and gets eliminated through the bowel.

Processed foods:

Processed foods have a very low MCC because the fibers are typically processed out of them and also structurally compromised by the processing. In other words processing denatures the food leaving it an empty food. Then if you eat processed food that contains mercury, your are most likely to absorb most of that mercury through the intestinal walls and into the blood stream.

Fresh, organic food:

But if you are eating a diet of unprocessed, fresh, and where possible organic foods that are mostly plant based, some meat can be consumed, the reverse applies.Fresh produce such as strawberries have a very high natural MCC. They have the ability to bind with the metals, very successfully. Strawberries will handle up to 90% of your dietary mercury. Because strawberries have their seeds on the outside of the fruit they need fibers to send nutrients to the seeds from the center of the strawberry. These fibers are very tough, they will not even be digested by nitric acid in a laboratory so they will easily survive the acid in our stomachs at a much weaker acid level. Fruit and vegetables have very interesting affinities to various heavy metals. The only other thing that is better than strawberries is chlorella which has a 98-99% efficacy, however chlorella does not bind to uranium, but spirulina does. Arsenic is absorbed by fruit seeds such as apple seeds, grape seeds, raspberry seeds, blueberry seeds, and strawberry seeds.

Our health is our responsibility, we have the choice to reach for the processed foods or for the fresh foods, it is up to us to decide how much care we want to lavish on our bodies and in that way take control of how we feel and how disease free we may remain.

Mike Adams - The Health Ranger, Laboratory scientist

Published Date: 23 Oct 2014