Our bodies are bombarded by chemicals and toxins, they’re in the food we eat, water (and milk) we drink and the air that we breathe. Pesticides, antibiotics and hormones, artificial colors and preservatives, poisonous tap water and seafood with heavy metals. Plus GMO’s, chemicals from can linings and food packaging, second-hand smoke and air pollution and chemicals and manmade fragrances in soaps and detergents.
These hazardous toxins accumulate in your skin, your tissues, your cells, lungs, your liver and kidneys. Your body works hard to filter and eliminate these chemicals through the natural detox or detoxification process. The liver and kidneys perform the bulk of the filtering of toxins and waste from your body, your blood and organs. Those harmful toxins are then filtered and excreted through your sweat, urine and stool.
To support your body’s natural detoxification process, follow these suggestions:
- Drink more water. Keeping your body hydrated flushes and transports toxins from your filters (liver and kidneys) then eliminates those toxins through sweat, urine and stool. How much water? Six to eight glasses per day, or drink and continue to drink until your urine approaches clear and you can be assured you are filtering and flushing at optimal levels.
- Eat organic foods when available. Organic fruits and vegetables will reduce the number of toxins like pesticides and artificial flavors and colors. Grass fed and free range meats and cage free eggs will reduce toxins, steroids and antibiotics from grain fed animals and eggs.
- Eat more fiber. Eat more foods with insoluble fiber and wash it down with green tea. The fiber will provide bulk and together with the diuretic effect of the tea, will flush and cleanse toxins and wastes that accumulate in your intestines and colon. Add foods like dark green leafy vegetables, lettuce, cabbage, corn, onions and bell pepper, cucumbers, grapes and peas.
- Eat more naturally cleansing foods. These foods help remove toxins, but are also high in phytonutrients and antioxidants that counteract free radicals, mutated cells that damage healthy cells in your body.
- Citrus fruits, lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruits provide Vitamin C which supports healthy liver and kidney function.
- Green leafy vegetables like kale, cabbage and lettuce contain chlorophyll which attaches to heavy metals in your system like lead, allowing them to be flushed from your system.
- Onions, carrots, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower contain sulphur which helps detox your liver.
- Garlic stimulates your liver to produce and release detox enzymes.
- Beets have anti-inflammatory and fungicidal properties and promote cellular repair and regeneration, especially in the liver.
- Green tea is rich in antioxidants and contains moderate levels of caffeine which provides energy and a diuretic effect, which helps relieve bloating and water retention.
Increase your intake of as many of these foods as possible to increase the variety and effectiveness of your natural detoxification process.