How to get rid of toxins and change your nutrition
One of my dearest friends just asked me how to detox for getting fitter. Here is what I told her and what I´m also doing myself when I´m up for a green detox. It´s not only good for detoxing and cleansing your body over a short period of time, but as the beginning of a new lifestyle: Vegan Raw X.
A - What you need: When you want to detox your body from all the poison that is stored in it, you need a handful of ingredients that will help to channel the toxins.
No. 1: Spirulina & Chlorella (+ additional fresh raw or concentrated Bear Leek / Garlic and Coriander).
These algas are real superfoods. Spirulina is rich in Vitamin A, C, B12, iron, calcium, protein and α-linoleic acid (a vital component of our cell walls). It´s literally boosting your immune system.
Chlorella is a microalga that is rich in minerals and has the highest amount of chlorophyll ever measured in a plant. That´s why it´s gold for your blood and for your liver. Chlorophyll protects the liver cells against toxins. But that´s just one of the many effects chlorophyll has for your whole body. It boosts and regenerates your circulatory system, your digestive system, your acid-base balance... And it´s antioxidants also protect against free-radicals.
And what´s essential for detox: Both, Chlorella and Spirulina, absorb toxins - heavy metals, pesticides, environmental toxins, cosmetic toxins e.g. - and help your body to discharge them through your intestines.
When you buy algas, quality is essential. I would recommend you to only buy organic algas for making sure that they haven´t channeled toxins in the plantations. Check, in which country they were produced. Most plantations are in the US (ask if they come from open or closed plantations), China (potentially adverse additives) and Japan (possibly radioactive).
A brand that I totally trust is Algomed. It produces it´s Chlorella algas in closed plantations in Germany and is recommended by many healing practitioners. Algomed is not certified organic, but has organic quality - as you can check in it´s regular data analysis. By clicking onto the images you can buy Algomed and Naturland algas at amazon Germany. It should be delivered in many parts of the world, but I would recommend you to buy from local organic plantations, at least from the same continent.
The price disparity between German and Chinese algas is huge, but totally reasonable. If you want to save money, go with Naturland which is an organic seal. There are Naturland alga plants in China and India i. a.
Algomed - Chlorella made in Germany:
100 g = ca. 334 tablets ~ 29 €
Organic Chlorella certified with the Naturland-seal:
500 g tablets ~ 40 €
1000 g tablets ~74 €
100 g = ca. 250 tablets ~ 12 €
250 g = ca. 625 tablets ~ 23 €
500 g = ca. 1250 tablets ~ 40 €
1000 g = ca. 2500 tablets ~ 74 €
500 g tablets ~ 28 €
Organic Spirulina certified with the Naturland-seal:
250 g tablets ~ 18 €
500 g tablets ~ 25 €
1000 g tablets ~ 45 €
500 g tablets ~ 25 €
275 g tablets = ca. 550 tablets ~ 33 €
350 g = ca. 1167 Tabletten ~ 61 €
250 g powder ~ 20 €
500 g powder ~ 35 €
1000 g powder ~ 66 €
The powder is great for smoothies, juices, shakes, kombucha, pastries, rawbars and dressings. It has an intense alga taste that you need to like if you want to exchange it for the tablets.
120 g = 240 tablets ~ 21 €
275 g = 550 tablets ~ 40 €
1000 g = 2000 tablets ~ 106 €
GSE is the brand you usually find in German natural-markets and Reformhaus.
250 g powder ~ 20 €
500 g powder ~ 30 €
1000 g powder ~ 50 €
600 g = ca. 1500 tablets ~ 55 €
greenValley uses Spirulina from India.
There are two additional detox basics that are highly recommended by Doctor Klinghardt in combination with Chlorella - healing practitioners swear to it: Bear Leek (Wild Garlic) / Garlic and Coriander (Cilantro). You start detoxing with the daily intake of Chlorella and Bear Leek and then (after two to three weeks) add Coriander - fresh and raw or concentrated.
"Because cilantro mobilizes more toxins then it can carry out of the body, it may
flood the connective tissue (where the nerves reside) with metals that were
previously stored in safer hiding places. This process is called re-toxification. It
can easily be avoided by simultaneously giving an intestinal toxin-absorbing
agent. Our definite choice is the algal organism chlorella. A recent animal study
demonstrated rapid removal of aluminum from the skeleton superior to any
known other detox agent." Klinghardt Academy
No. 2: Dandelion & Stinging Nettle Herbs.
Dandelion and Stinging Nettle are healing herbs that you can easily find in your garden or in nature. Don't take it if it's growing next to the street or at a field / path for dog-walking. Both healing herbs stimulate your liver, gall bladder and lipometabolism, channel toxins and clear your skin - to just mention a few of their many positive effects.
Dandelion's yellow blossoms are perfect for salads and syrup, while it's young leaves are indispensable for smoothies, tea, green juice and bitter salad (might remind you of arugula) - and even the white stem juice and the roots are eatable.
Stinging Nettle is full of iron (three times more than spinach) and known as the herb that is still a plant, but nearly a creature. It's leaves are essential for smoothies and great for tea and even soup (I never tried the soup, but I know people who swear that it's super tasty). I also like to gather the seeds and put them in smoothies as well. The seeds' plant hormones are regulating your hormone balance and the leaves cleanse your body.
You can gather and air-dry Dandelion and Stinging Nettle (as well as other wild herbs) in season for having a winter stock.
There is nothing better than fresh raw Dandelion, but here are some good alternatives:
Dandelion Powder 125 g ~ 7 €
Dandelion Root Powder 500 g ~ 19 €
Dandelion Tea 1000 g ~ 21 €
Dandelion Root Extract
120 Tablets ~ 18 €
Dandelion Tincture 100 ml ~ 13 €
There is nothing better than fresh raw Stinging Nettle, but here are some good alternatives:
Stinging Nettle Powder 250 g ~ 10 €
Stinging Nettle Tea 100 g ~ 3 €
Stinging Nettle 120 Tablets ~ 16 €
No. 3: Clean Water.
Do you think that tab water is clean? If you're living in the US you're drinking contaminated water without realizing it. It might be free of many toxins, but it contains fluoride which is a chemical by-product. The industry claims that it keeps your teeth strong and healthy, but the opposite is the case. It's poison that can determine nerve damage. Even if you buy bottled water it's most likely in it. So I would definitely recommend to use a filter system (some refrigerator brands don't filter the fluoride out, so pay attention if your's one does) and buy fluoride-free water in glass bottles when you're on the road (you find it in any natural market).
Same as the US even countries like Germany don't have pure drinking water. Chlorine, pharmaceutical waste (like hormones from contraceptives), liquid manure components, pesticides... - most tab water contains one or another in a legal amount which (if you like water to be pure) is still too much.
If you own a house or apartment, you should invest into an installed high quality filtration system. But there are also systems that are cheap and portable. A filter like Zero Water is made of plastic (it´s BPA-free though), but still much better than non-filtered US tab water.
No. 4: Organic Greens, Herbs, Fruits & Veggies.
As you read at No. 1, chlorophyll is essential for keeping / getting your body fit and healthy. That's why greens and herbs are non-plus-ultras for your nutrition. Wild ones like dandelion, stinging nettle, small-flower quickweed, goatweed and chickweed (my absolute favorite thanks to it's pleasant fresh and sweet taste) contain more minerals than the ones you find at the supermarket, but (baby) spinach, kale and others are good alternatives.
Veggies and fruits contain a lot of vitamins to retain / restore your health. So you should make them your chief ingredients (right after greens and herbs). When it comes to fruits, (wild) organic berries are the unrivaled superstars that contain plenty of antioxidants. And when it comes to veggies, I'm automatically thinking of red bell peppers that contain several times more vitamin C than lemons! Everything colorful (orange and red) in veggieland contains beta-carotenes - like carrots that are great for a nice teint.
No. 5: Healthy Fats.
You don´t need a lot of fats in your nutrition, but a small amount of healthy ones are essential. I´m talking about raw plant oils, nuts (and nut-alikes), olives and avocados.
Coconut oil is the oil that is making people skinnier - not fatter. That´s because it´s easily digestible and regulates the blood fat level. Coconut oil mostly consists of lauric acid which acts as an antimicrobial agent that fights bacteria, virus and fungal infections. You should go for pure coconut or raw virgin coconut oil to have all benefits. Coconuts are super tasty if you eat them pure and can be used for smoothies, salads, (raw) cakes, rice dishes e.g. Coconut oil is great for (raw) desserts, cooking and baking (it withstands high temperatures and can also be used for frying). You can also eat one spoon of coconut oil on a daily base if you prefer to have oil-free dishes.
Nuts (and not-alikes) are known as brain food for a reason: thanks to their high amount of magnesium and folic acid they are soothing the nerves. They also contain Vitamin E (that is a powerful antioxidant), healthy proteins and dietary fiber. The fatty fruits are clinically proven to protect the heart, pancreas and colon and to regulate the blood sugar level. Walnuts, Almonds, Peanuts, Macadamias, Cashews, Sweet Chestnuts, Hempseeds, Pecan Nuts, Hazel Nuts, Pine Nuts... - Let´s go nuts! You can enjoy them pure (I like to soak them in water before eating which is especially good if they are not organic) or use them for (raw) cakes, bars, granola, salads and nut milk / meal / butter.
Avocados and olives are not only super tasty, but also great for regulating the blood cholesterol level. Avocados also contain lutein (good for the eyes) and vitamin A (essential for the formation of blood, skin, bones, teeth and for the visual organ) - and are great for smoothies, salads and the famous guacamole. While we know that avocados are good for our nutrition, we tend to underestimate olives. They are delicious, yes, but what else? Well, olives are rich in calcium, iron, copper, folic acid, beta-carotene, lutein, vitamin B2, vitamin E and a lot of antioxidants. Did you know that? A dozen of olives a day keep the doctor away. Well, maybe. But you should go for organic ones for sure. Conventional olives are preserved with sodium hydroxide solution to reduce their bitterness while organic ones are treated gently - which takes time and makes their production more expensive. There is also a big difference in olive oils. You should go for organic extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) that is natural and should not be heated (for cooking and baking use coconut oil). I put my favorite extra virgin olive-oil that I like to take for salad dressings in the links. It´s called Flower of the Oil since it´s very precious: the olives are stonegrounded and drained. It has such diverse nuances in taste! I found it in the organic farm store close to my home in the North and before I had no idea that olive oil can taste that different.
Other great oils for salads are cold-pressed nut-, hemp-, flaxseed-, pumpkin seed- and wheatgerm-oil. You must not heat them and need to take care that they are organic. Conventional ones are rather heated (even though they were cold-pressed) or are treated with chemical solvents like hexane (it smells like gas in pure condition, so would you like to eat it?).
There are also oils that you shouldn´t take since they are not wholefully. Here they are: sunflower-, soy-, corn-, canola-, safflower- and palm-oil (which is also responsible for rainforest destruction and can be found in most conventional junkfood).
No. 6: Natural Salt with all trace elements like Pink Himalaya Salt or Black Lava Salt.
I know a bunch of people who are on a low sodium diet (or at least they try to). High sodium amounts are associated with high blood pressure. So is salt = salt? The answer is a clear NO. It's right that you should keep your fingers away from common salt which is real poison. If salt licks for animals would be made of common salt that is usually used in all kind of convenience food and purchased in supermarkets, the animals would die. Common salt is a by-product of the chemical industry and doesn't contain any minerals and trace minerals - except of the often added fluoride and iodine. It's sterilized bleached salt - nothing else than NaCl.
Not all kind of salt is bad though. Especially after having eaten common salt over years or decades you should go for pink himalaya salt or black lava salt which contains all the trace elements that your body needs to be fueled up with again. When you're used to healthy salt you will realize the difference to common salt immediately: Whenever I have a snack or meal with common salt, my gum gets sore and inflamed within minutes - and it lasts for days. When I have the same food without salt or with pink himalaya, black lava or natural unbleached sea salt instead, I don't have any afflictions. That's why I order a dish without salt and have a small pack of my own natural salt with me when I'm dining out.
No. 7: A really good blender.
When you're on a detox or a healthy vegan (raw) x diet / lifestyle you should go for a high quality blender that is even able to blend rough greens like kale and nettles easily, frozen fruits for nicecream and nuts for nut meal / butter / milk. You will need your blender - a lot!
In the North I´ve got the Optimum 9400 that you can already get for about 400 € and that has a 5 year warranty. It´s a power blender and from my experience there is nothing to complain about it. Abroad I used a Nutribullet that is great for travelling, but too small and not strong enough for my daily use - plus: if you don´t hold it very straight while blending (and sometimes even if you do) it licks (started doing it after only a few months which is the most frequent problem of that blender - a physical one since it´s standing upside-down).
For where I live right now I purchased an Ultratec Professionel - a power blender for an unbelievable low price of 150 € (it looks exactly like the Omniblend V). From my experience the Ultratec is amazing (as strong as the 500 € ones), but I don´t know yet how long it will last since it only has a standard warranty of 2 years. I hope that it´s motor will survive longer! I used a Vitamix when I was working in a healing-center in Israel and there is a reason why it is quite expensive - you will have it forever. I also used common blenders from Phillips, WMF and no-name before, but their motors died after 3-24 months which is their most frequent (volitional) problem.
So if you want to do everything right and are willing to invest into a high end product that has a 7 or 10 year warranty, you should go for a Vitamix (raw-foodists favourite brand) or a Blendtec (that´s the one that can even blend smartphones). And if you want to go for an affordable brand that is often recommended, go for a standard blender by Omniblend or Bianco.
Unforntunately it´s impossible to find a powerful blender with a glass container - they´re all using BPA-free plastic containers since they´re supposed to be more flexible and less damageable for rotations of about 22,ooo to 32,000 per minute (depending on the power blender model).
Ultratec Professional Blender ~ 150 €
2 years warranty
~ 90 € --- 600 Watt
2 years warranty (+ 2 years for 20 €)
Bianco Piano ~ 270 €
~ 1250 Watt
2 years warranty
Blendtec Designer 750 ~ 850 €
8 years warranty
Vitamix S30 - Mix & Go ~ 500 €
7 years warranty
Vitamix TNC 5200 ~ 700 €
7 years warranty
JTC Omniblend V 290 €
5 years warranty
Nutribullet Rx Power Blender ~ 250 €
2 years warranty (+ 2 years for 20 €)
Bianco di Puro Panda ~ 400 €
5 years warranty
Blendtec Classic 570 ~ 500 €
8 years warranty
Blendtec Professional 800 ~ 1490 €
10 years warranty
Vitamix Pro 750 ~ 1000 €
7 years warranty
Read Detox ABC: B - How to start to find out how to get into the plantbased detox, nutrition &
Coming next in the Detox ABC:
C - What dose? The diet plan
D - Mental state of mind
E - Feasting
F - Lifestyle not diet
G - How to stay in it
H - (Positive) Side effects