Each and every day, we are exposed to an array of toxins, including environmental toxins, pharmaceuticals, and heavy metals. If the body (most importantly the liver) cannot properly detoxify, it can lead to various types of disease states such as autism, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and multiple chemical sensitivity, just to name a few. One simple way we can help to counterbalance the effects of these toxins, is to consume sulfur-containing foods that assist the body in the detoxification process. The reason why it’s so important for us to eat foods rich in sulfur is because the body cannot produce it on its own. Sulfur is derived mainly from dietary protein, such as fish and high-quality (organic and/or grass-fed/pastured) beef and poultry. Other dietary sources that contain lesser amounts of sulfur are organic pastured eggs, legumes, garlic, onion, cabbage, brussels sprouts, asparagus, and kale. There is a caveat, however. When consuming the vegetables that are sulfur-rich, it is best to eat them in their raw form. Here is a tasty “detox pesto” recipe you can use as a healthy veggie dip or feel free to create your own uses:
- 2 cups of fresh herbs (cilantro, basil, parsley, mint)
- 1/2 cup walnuts or pine nuts
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger or 1-2 cloves fresh garlic
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Extra virgin olive oil, as needed
Combine first four ingredients in a food processor. Once processed, slowly add the olive oil until it becomes smooth. Season with sea salt to taste. Refrigerate for an hour to allow flavors to marry. Makes approximately 1 cup.