12 Functional Nutrition-Based Detox Biohacks

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These days, it’s difficult to keep one’s toxin load low. After all, we are confronted on a daily basis with contaminants in our food, water, and air. This is a short list of potential action steps that you can take to help reduce your toxin load through food, cooking, and eating.

1)     PLANT-BASED FOODS: Eat at least 7 servings of colorful fruits and vegetables daily. Plant foods are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, which can protect against chemical stressors.

2)     MINERALS: Eat mineral-rich (calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium) foods or with the help of a health practitioner, take a quality mineral supplement. Essential minerals and heavy metals compete with one another. Researchers have suggested that when essential minerals are at adequate levels in the body, there is less uptake of toxic metals.  

3)     BERRIES: Eat plants containing polyphenolic compounds (raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, grape, etc.) for their ability to protect genetic material from ionizing radiation 

4)     BROCCOLI: Add powdered mustard seeds to cooked broccoli to increase formation of one of the major detox compounds from cruciferous vegetables, sulforaphane 

5)     CILANTRO: Cook cilantro in soup rather than eating it raw to optimize its ability to bind toxins 

6)     SPICES: Use spices, especially turmeric and rosemary, when cooking to offset the formation of unhealthy compounds (e.g., heterocyclic amines) that form with heat 

7)     HONEY: Choose organic honey as it has been shown to help reduce DNA damage from pesticides 

8)     GREENS: Eat greens rich in chlorophyll to bind toxins 

9)     STORAGE: Maximize detox compounds in kale and cabbage by keeping them out of the fridge and in the cycling of day and night rhythm 

10)  COOKING: Use slow, low, and moist methods of cooking instead of dry heat methods to decrease the formation of inflammatory compounds 

11)  CONTAINERS: Avoid cans and plastic and replace with glass containers whenever possible 

12)  VITAMIN C: Talk with your health practitioner whether you might need a vitamin C supplement. Vitamin C may help reduce persistent organic pollutant levels and buffer the body from oxidative stress caused by toxins, not to mention bolster glutathione

 As always, when in doubt, or if you have a health condition, consult with your health practitioner on what is best for you. 





  1. Darlyne Reed

    I so appreciate all the articles you send me, THANK YOU SO MUCH. I don’t understand what cycling of day & night rhythm is for cabbage. I am having a real struggle with my eating. I have so many health problems. The latest test shows i have ulcerative colitiscolitious.

    • dminich

      Hi Darlyne, you’re welcome! The reference to “cycling day and night rhythm” for cabbage was based on a study showing that certain healthy compounds in cabbage were preserved when the cabbage was not kept in the dark all the time, such as in the refrigerator, but had a day and night cycle just like we do as humans in our everyday life. It sounds like you’ve got some health issues best addressed with a qualified health practitioner. I wish you all the best on your journey to healing!

  2. Abdulrazik

    Thank you for great and valuable informations


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