Dr. Michael Greger of NutritionFacts.org has recently made a series dealing with arsenic in rice.  This is one of his latest with recommendations on just which rice may be the best to consume.  Most people know that eating white rice has little nutritional benefit and is tantamount to eating sugar.  But the issue is rice.  The following video is a recent one from Dr. Greger that is informative.



What Can You Do to Detox from Arsenic in Rice?

 

  • Drink lemon water first thing in the morning. Add 1 tbsp. or more of fresh organic lemon juice to a glass of warm water. Lemon juice is acidic but helps to make the body more alkaline as it leaves alkaline minerals behind once it is metabolized. The cells can detox better when the body is slightly alkaline.

 

  • Include plenty of dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, collards, swiss chard in your diet. If you don’t like greens try making a green smoothie with them or just add them to your regular smoothie, soups and stews.

 

  • Eat sulfur rich foods such as beans and legumes; these should be a staple part of your diet in any case!

 

  • Eat high fiber foods such as legumes, raw nuts, seeds, berries, apples. Fiber helps to keep the waste moving through your intestines and binds to excess toxins in the colon and also helps feed beneficial bacteria in your colon that process toxins.

 

  • Take at least 2000 mg Vitamin C daily. It acts as a chelating agent.

 

  • Optimize your methylation pathways. Methylation is highly dependent upon a good supply of B vitamins. The important B vitamins involved in methylation are folate, Vitamin B12 as methylcobalamin, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B2.

 

  • Avoid taking supplements and products fortified with Folic Acid (a synthetic form of Folate) and look for ones that contain 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (L-5-MTHF). People with impaired methylation are unable to metabolize folic acid which may accumulate and cause adverse health effects. Methylation may also be impaired due to variation in the MTHFR gene. Up to 40% of the population have this problem.

 

  • Eat a wholefood diet and avoid sugar, refined foods, alcohol and processed oils and fats.  Try millet, buckwheat, amaranth or quinoa instead of rice.

The final choice is yours.  For US, we plan to continue to eat brown and whole grain rice as a staple part of our diet. Because we already take most of the above 'detox measures' as part of our normal daily diet, we don't believe that eating rice poses much of a threat. However, that being said, we will be more selective in our brand selection and first research just where the rice was grown/harvested.  It seems like avoiding most rice grown in the Southern USA may be a good idea!