Many problems in Western Society come from abuse and addiction of foods and drugs. Common addictions include sugar, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and various drugs. We must also be aware of electro-pollution such as TV’s, cell phones, computers, and microwaves. When we become overburdened with toxins from food, drugs, or the environment, our body is unable to function at its best. Much disease (especially degenerative disease) comes from congestion and stagnation in the body (organs, tissues, circulation, lymph and cells). This stagnate state can be cleared from the body through cleansing and detoxification.
A detox can help the body’s natural cleansing process by:
1. Increase the metabolism by aiding in excess fat burning and weight loss
2. Stimulating the liver and the GI system to drive toxins from the body
3. Promote elimination through the intestines, kidneys and skin
4. Improve circulation of the blood and lymph
5. Refuel the body with healthy nutrients
How do you start?
First, eliminate your toxic load: eliminate coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats (red meat). They all act as toxins in the body and are obstacles in the healing process.
Second, modifying your diet, implementing detoxifying foods and supplements.
Third, adjusting your lifestyle: de-stress, exercise and eliminate toxic environments.
- Dry Brushing eliminates dead skin cells and encourages blood flow.
- Eliminating toxic exposure such as lotions, perfumes, sprays, pesticides, and smoking can reduce your toxic load on the body.
- Staying properly hydrated flushes out the kidneys and keeps your skin looking radiant. Add lemon, mint, cucumber or other flavours to make water more desirable.
- Exercising eliminates toxins through sweating. Increase cardiovascular health, build muscle and burn calories! There are so many benefits to exercising, get moving!
- Sit in wet, dry or infrared saunas to increase sweat to release toxins.
Diet:Following a diet mainly focused on whole foods and eliminating packaged foods is a great start to detoxing. This helps your body reduce the toxic load on your major
detoxing organ, the liver. Choosing fruits and vegetables with an assortment of colours to make sure you are getting a variety of nutrients. Leaning more towards a plant-based diet, rich in phytonutrients and fibre. Fibre, insoluble and soluble fibre both play a role by scrubbing your intestinal walls and excreting toxins that may have accumulated over the years.
But where will I get my protein? Beans, legumes, tempeh, nuts, seeds, quinoa, organic edamame and tofu and vegan protein powders.
Supplements:It’s best to choose supplements from whole food sources, where the nutrients are
bioavailable for your body to absorb. Be careful to also make sure that your supplements are from reputable companies and sources.
Microalgae high in protein and a good source of antioxidants, B-vitamins and other nutrients. It is also extremely high in Chlorophyll, which helps remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system.
Nutrient-dense algae and very nutrient dense. It is a source of chlorophyll, protein, iron, magnesium, and amino acids, but it is primarily known as a detoxifying supplement. Its tiny size and unique properties make it able to bind to heavy metals and unwanted chemicals in the body.
Edible grass is either juiced into a “wheatgrass shot,” or milled down into a fine green powder. It’s rich in chlorophyll (gives wheatgrass its green colour) and is a natural liver cleanser and detoxifier that acts like an antioxidant to reduce free radical damage, is a blood strengthener and can help give you a boost in energy.
Is shown to decrease, or even reverse, damage to the liver that’s been caused by prescription medications, alcohol use, antibiotics, pollution, heavy metals. It works by drawing toxins out of the body and protecting the liver from damage. The seeds and leaves of the milk thistle plant can be consumed either in pill, powder, tincture, extract or tea form.
Probiotics or probiotic-rich foods:
Sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi, kefir and miso. Probiotics or ‘friendly’ bacteria are used to improve conditions in the bowel to help flush toxins from the body. Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus are the best bacterial strains to use in a detox. They can be found in capsules in the refrigerated sections of natural food stores.
Contains a vast number of antioxidants (46 to be exact!) making it particularly helpful in combating harmful free radicals. One of the most popular uses of moringa is for liver detoxification. According to one study, liver damage caused by antitubercular drugs in rats was significantly recovered after treatment of moringa extract. Another study shows that Moringa Oleifera extract provides protective effects by decreasing liver lipid peroxides and enhancing antioxidants.
Moringa is rich in nutrients that support the liver to produce the enzymes which process and remove harmful substances from the body. It also decreases the harmful effects of ethanol on the liver, preventing potential mitochondrial variations caused by alcohol consumption.
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Sources: Dr.Axe.com, Wellnessmama.com, moringa.rubiconhealth.org/studies