Nadia Brydon is my first choice for the ReBoot Hero series. Nadia is a professional health educator, raw food chef and acupuncturist and is also trained in reflexology, and Western and Chinese herbal medicine. With a natural talent for healing, Nadia has been practising for more than 40 years making her one of the most experienced therapists I know in the holistic health field. On top of all that, she is extremely knowledgeable about detox and complementary therapies, having successfully worked with hundreds of people with many different health problems.
Nadia Brydon: Detox expert
I first met Nadia over 20 years ago, when I set up what is now one of the UK’s largest breast cancer charities, Breast Cancer Haven, and employed her to be the acupuncturist and medical herbalist at our first centre in Fulham. She is the queen of detox. She knows everything there is to know about colonics, enemas, nutritional supplements and cleanses. If you want a full colon MOT, then Nadia is your person. Who better to kick off our detox series?
Watch the video below then scroll to the rest of the post to discover her tips for the cleanest foods and supplements.
I asked Nadia for a list of her top detox foods. Here they are:
Detox food: Chlorella
Sun Chlorella is Nadia’s number one detox food. A green algae that comes from the Far East, chlorella has been the subject of considerable scientific testing. It has been found to be effective at binding to heavy metals and pesticides, allowing the body to safely excrete them. It has been proven to give protection against all types of radiation – whether from mobile phones, computers or flying. (Did you know that the highest levels of radiation are found around the cockpit, and in first and business class? Who knew that economy was good for you after all?!)
Chlorella should always be taken if you are going through radiotherapy treatment. It contains high levels of DNA and RNA and over time rebuilds and strengthens your immune system. Chlorella also helps with constipation and regularises your bowel function, and best of all, it works wonders for a hangover.
Detox food: Blue Green Algae
This is nature’s plant powerhouse. Blue green algae is full of amino acids, vitamins, minerals and enzymes that rebuild and strengthen the body’s cells. Drinking some every morning can protect you against free radicals and rebuild your mitochondria, boosting your energy levels. Blue green algae gets its distinctive blue colour from Phycocyanin, which supports brain health generally. Taking it on an ongoing basis may well improve symptoms like depression and poor memory. Blue green algae is only found at Lake Klamath in Oregon in the United States, and research shows that the plants may also enhance memory and brain focus. Studies are currently being carried out with Alzheimer’s patients in the hope that the algae may delay or even reverse symptoms. The Hippocrates Health Institute produces a LifeGive Live algae product. This is frozen live at the Lake and can be shipped to you directly.
Detox food: Spirulina
Much of the world’s spirulina is grown in Hawaii and California and, again, is a powerful ingredient in detoxing the body. This one is not my favourite supplement. Athough it is full of protein and a great source of vitamin B, iron, amino acids and other nutrients, it tastes fairly filthy (why are delicious tasting things always so bad for you?!). Spirulina is much harder to digest than blue green algae and be sure that the product you choose is freeze-dried, which preserves its supersonic health benefits better than the dried variety.
Detox food: Seaweed
Seaweed comes in a variety of colours and sizes, and is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Many of you think you are consuming sufficient seaweed with a regular sushi fix, but you probably aren’t. Kombu, nori, kelp and wakame have many more health benefits than you might imagine. They are full of vitamins A and C, and calcium, but their most valuable nutrient is iodine. Most of us are deficient in iodine and there are no other foods that give it to you naturally. Iodine is essential for a healthy thyroid. If you have high cholesterol or are increasingly forgetful and continually feel exhausted, it may be worth checking your readings with your doctor. Top up either with a liquid supplement, or simply add flakes of dried seaweed to your salads. Fresh, frozen or dried, their nutritional benefits are the same – take your pick and include it in your daily diet.
Detox food: Enzyme-rich green vegetables
Fresh, organic, raw leafy greens are the holy grail of nutrition. They are full of enzymes, and enzymes are the magic bullets your body needs for a whole body reboot. If you eat too many enzyme-less processed foods your digestive system stops working properly. It eventually weakens, allowing chronic disease to set in. Add kale, lettuce, cucumbers, sugar snap peas, sprouted seeds and herbs to your diet. Anything green, alive and full of chloryphyll transfers that living energy to your body. The right food can transform your health. Symptoms often just melt away.
All these detox foods work slowly and steadily, so don’t expect to see results in much less than 3 months. You may experience some detox signs as your body gets rid of the toxins it has stored in the cells, but you will eventually reach a place where you will find yourself with bags of energy and able to think far more clearly than before. Record how you are feeling on day one, and then again a few months later. Otherwise you forget how you felt when you started. I know there are thousands of vitamin pills and nutritional supplements we are all urged to take. And I know it gets extremely boring popping them into your mouth each morning. But if there is one thing you can do to keep your body from building up higher levels of toxicity, it’s add the detox food of your choice to your ongoing health programme. Start the day with all things green - have a green juice or a smoothie. And remember to always drink plenty of pure water through the rest of the day to up your hydration levels.
Do please listen to the videos of Nadia discussing detox foods. Her recipes for green juice and smoothies are delicious. Who knew detox could be an art form?
Written by health advocate Sara Davenport, who founded one of the UK's largest breast cancer charities, The Haven, twenty years ago. With Reboot Health, Sara aims to bring the best preventative and curative health solutions ranging from nutrition, alternative therapies, fitness and conventional medicine.