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Detox Phase 1 & 2 and Cauliflower-Parsnip Soup Recipe

January 17, 2017
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There are two major detoxification pathways inside the liver cells, which are called the Phase 1 and Phase 2 detoxification pathways. If Phase 2 cannot keep up with Phase 1, illness can ensue, because the products of Phase 1, although a step towards removal, can be toxic.

Phase 1 To put it simply, this pathway converts a toxic chemical by various chemical reactions, and during this process free radicals are produced which, if excessive, can damage the liver cells. Some substances make this pathway overactive: caffeine, alcohol, saturated fats, exhaust fumes.

Phase 2 For efficient Phase 2 detoxification, the liver cells require sulphur-containing amino acids. The nutrients glycine, glutamine, choline, and inositol are also required.

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Eggs and cruciferous vegetables (eg. broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower), raw garlic, onions, leeks, and MSM are all good sources of natural sulphur compounds to enhance phase 2 detoxification. Therefore, they can be considered to have a cleansing action.

Turmeric helps to slow Phase 1 detoxification down so the next stage can keep up, which help to limit detox reactions like headaches, fatigue, and sore throats. Parsnips work well in a winter detox—DO peel them, to remove some unneeded compounds found in the peel.

Detoxifying Cauliflower-Parsnip Soup

Detoxifying Cauliflower-Parsnip Soup

Ingredients

  • 4-5 shallots, or 2-4 leeks if you prefer a milder flavor
  • 1 rib (about ¼ cup) chopped celery
  • 1 head garlic (about 7 cloves)
  • 6 cups veggie broth (or 1 quart water plus 3 veggie cubes)
  • 1 tsp. curry + ¼ tsp. turmeric
  • 1 ½ pounds parsnips, diced
  • 1 head cauliflower (about 1 ½ cups florets)
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • 4 tbsp. Udo’s Oil (US/CA)
  • Optional; 1 t salt, ½ t pepper, 2 T chives, 1 T lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Heat a bit of broth in the bottom of a saucepan and add the alliums (shallots, leeks, garlic) and celery, stirring until translucent.
  2. Add broth, diced parsnips, and any cauliflower stems, and bring to boil.
  3. Cook 2 minutes, then add cauliflower florets, and reduce to medium heat.
  4. Cook 2-3 minutes more, and finally stir in the spinach and cilantro.
  5. Turn off heat and taste. Season with salt, pepper, and/or lemon juice to taste.
  6. Ladle into bowls and top each with 1 tbsp. Udo’s Oil and a sprinkle of snipped chives.
http://blog.florahealthy.com/detoxifying-cauliflower-parsnip-soup/

Holistic Nutritionist, Dana Green Remedios, RHN, RNCP has a passion for helping others break through their blocks to greater health, wealth, and happiness, working with transformational mind-body tools. The Vancouver-based educator and coach answers your questions in English, French, and Spanish as a Specialist working in the Product Information Department at Flora, and is a regular contributor to the FloraHealthy blog.

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