Detox Morning Granola
There are two phases to detoxification:
Phase I | Phase one involves the modification of toxins into “intermediates” by enzymes. Toxins include environmental substances such as heavy metals or pesticides, and endogenous substances such as histamines, metabolic wastes and byproducts of hormones. Intermediates are usually more active than the original toxin, and have the capacity to cause free radical damage, which is why phase two is so important.
Phase II | The second phase of detoxification involves enzymes converting that intermediate into something we can more easily eliminate from the body via the bowels, urine or sweat. Without two, one can actually add to oxidative stress and contribute to illness, inflammation, skin eruptions, etc.
How can we effectively execute both phases of detoxification?
⬖ Nutrients like copper, zinc, magnesium, b vitamins and vitamin c play integral roles in providing antioxidant support, allowing enzymatic reactions to occur, and supporting the liver. Eating a colourful, whole food diet is a good place to start.
⬖ Fibre and water intake are huge factors, especially for the second phase and elimination of toxins. I mention both because without proper water intake, fibre can cause the opposite effect: it can make you constipated.
⬖ Maintaining a healthy gut flora balance plays a bigger role than previously thought. When yeasts and "bad" bacteria are more prevalent than the good, they can actually produce their on endogenous toxins that the body must detoxify. An imbalance creates extra stress on the body, which can lead to a burdening of the liver, our main detoxifying organ. When the liver is burdened, many times this shows up on the skin.
⬖ Lemon squeezed into water in the mornings stimulates the liver and gallbladder and gently detoxifies the body.
⬖ Chlorella, a micro algae, contains most of the mentioned nutrients, as well as a 50% protein content by weight. Protein helps synthesize enzymes, which play a crucial role in all metabolic processes, and detoxification is no exception. Chlorella has a unique ability to bind to heavy metals for removal, and helps with energy production in our cell’s mitochondria.
Treat yourself to some extra detoxification with a fresh batch of this chlorella granola. It tastes nutty and sweet, and comes out a beautiful green colour! Add whatever else you'd like, and have fun with it!
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Detox Morning Granola
Makes: 3 cups of granola
Gluten free, nut-free option, vegan option
2 cups gluten free rolled oats
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 tbsp raw almonds*
1/2 cup dried golden berries
1/4 cup coconut shreds
1 tbsp Gandalf chlorella powder
2 tbsp bee pollen**
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
1/4 cup coconut manna
2 tbsp honey**
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. | Preheat the oven to 350F.
2. | In a large bowl add the dry ingredients: the oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, golden berries, Gandalf chlorella powder, coconut shreds and salt, and stir. Leave the bee pollen out for now. In a smaller bowl, add all wet ingredients: the coconut manna, honey and vanilla, and stir. Add the wet to the dry and use your hands or a spatula to incorporate the wet evenly into the dry.
2. | On a baking sheet lightly coated with ghee or coconut oil, evenly disperse the granola mix so you have a thin, even layer. Depending on the size of your baking sheet you may have to separate the mix in two.
3. | Bake for 7 - 10 minutes on the middle rack.
4. | When the granola comes out of the oven, stir it around to prevent the bottom from burning. Then let it cool before incorporating the bee pollen. Pour it into a sealed glass jar and store at room temperature.
1. | Omit almonds for a nut-free version.
2. | Omit the honey and bee pollen for a vegan friendly option. Maple syrup is a good substitution for honey.