The world is full of books, dvds, programs, and experts boasting about the detoxifying powers of their “unique” approaches. Unfortunately, as we’ve seen throughout this series, many are flawed (or flat out wrong!) and sometimes even dangerous. I already shared my favorite book on detox, some great resources for detoxing your relationships, and three nutrient dense diets for safe and effective detoxing.
But I know that some of you will be interested in digging deeper into the subject of detoxification in areas not covered by those posts. So today, I’m going to share five more scientifically sound, top-notch resources to help you. In no particular order, they are:
The Environmental Working Group – The EWG is a free online resource that offers a variety of research, reference materials, and interactive tools to help you identify toxins in your life and find less- or non-toxic alternatives. I am a huge fan of their Skin Deep Database, which rates the toxicity/cleanliness of health and personal care products, but they also provide consumer guides and other good information.
The Non-Toxic Avenger – This book (and corresponding blog) is for people eager to understand and tackle environmental toxins in their lives. Fair warning: I find that this topic can get overwhelming quickly. But it’s important nonetheless, so if you’re ready to dive into that rabbit hole, this is a good place to start.
Dirty Dozen, Clean 15 – These particular lists are from EWG, but there are a few variations online (along with a wide variety of awesome wallet cards to keep with you for easy reference!). If you’re completely at a loss for where to start cleaning up your diet, try this. The Dirty Dozen are the most contaminated common fruits/vegetables; the Clean 15 are the cleanest. Armed with this knowledge you can work on eating more of the Clean 15 and either eating less of the Dirty Dozen or sourcing cleaner versions.
The Crazy Makers – This is one of my favorite food books ever – of all time. It will completely change how you see and think about food. If you’re stuck in a place of knowing you really should do something about detoxing your diet, but you just can’t work up the motivation to really do something, then this book is for you!
Top 10 TED Talks About Food – Do you need resources that focus on inspiration instead of scare you silly? Prefer to access content through video? Need short, bite-size pieces of knowledge to work with? This playlist is for you.
Thanks for letting me share some of my favorite resources with you! Do you have any favorite detox resources you think should have made the list?