One of the biggest drains on energy, mental clarity and quality of life is accumulated toxins in our bodies.
These toxins come from many places, both inside and out.
From the environment around us we get exposed to herbicides, pesticides, pollution, and household chemicals. And on the inside, our bodies need to regularly eliminate the toxic byproducts of metabolism.
We have outstanding internal mechanisms to accomplish detoxification, including through our skin, intestines, lungs, liver and kidneys.
Unfortunately, in modern life the body’s detoxification pathways are often overloaded. Over time they become less efficient and toxins from all sources cannot be released as efficiently.
However, we aren’t condemned to a life of toxic overload. By making some simple changes, we can reverse this trend and help our bodies detoxify naturally.
To that end, here are 10 natural ways you can detoxify your body:
1. Drink Plenty of Pure Water
There are two aspects of this recommendation – “plenty” and “pure.”
Plenty means enough to hydrate your system adequately. The actual amount depends on your activity level. For regular daily activities this will be less. However, if you spend lots of time outside or are doing heavy physical activity, you’ll need more to make up for extra fluid loss through sweating.
A good general guideline is 1 ounce of water for every 2 to 3 pounds of body weight. So for example, following this a 150 pound person would drink between 50 and 75 ounces in a day, or about 6 to 9, 8-ounce glasses of water. A 200 pound person would drink 67 to 100 ounces, or about 8 to 12, 8-ounce glasses.
Pure means what you might imagine. Your best choice is water purified by reverse osmosis. Second best is a multi-element water filter (charcoal, porcelain & silver). On the road, bottled purified water is adequate, but it’s best not to rely on it for daily consumption if you can avoid it.
2. Eat Green Foods
For detoxifying your body, eat green foods. Kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, spirulina, alfalfa, chard, arugula or other organic leafy greens fill the bill. These plants will help give a chlorophyll-boost to your digestive tract.
Chlorophyll in green plants helps rid the body of harmful environmental toxins from smog, heavy metals, herbicides, cleaning products and pesticides. They also aid the liver in detoxification.
3. Eat Fruit Appropriate for Your Metabolic TypeÃ‚Â®
All fruits tend to detoxify the body. But depending on your Metabolic TypeÃ‚Â® some are better for you than others.
In general, fruits are extremely high in liquid-content, helping your body wash out toxins. They are also very easy to digest and are high in antioxidants, nutrients, fiber and many important vitamins like vitamin C.
4. Take Antioxidant Vitamins
Vitamins C, E and A support your body’s natural antioxidant system. This is important for detoxifying because antioxidants neutralize toxic free radicals that cause cell and tissue damage within the body.
5. Eat Homegrown Sprouts
Sprouted seeds and grains are extremely high in antioxidants. Because of this they can help stimulate digestive enzymes that act to detoxify the body. In their sprouted form, they are actually more effective than the fully-grown vegetable.
6. Use Turmeric
Turmeric (also known as curcuma) is an Indian spice found in curry. As an herb, it’s also used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to help digestion and increase liver function. Because your liver is such an important detoxification organ, it makes sense to support its healthy functioning.
7. Take N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) Supplements
NAC is a potent way to help your body remove toxic heavy metals such as mercury. In addition, it powerfully supports your immune system, which helps you fight off all types of external invaders.
8. Drink Raw Vegetable Juice
Onions, carrots, artichoke hearts, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, garlic, and beets are good juicing choices. The combination of these foods will help your liver purge toxins during the cleansing process. These are high in naturally occurring sulphur and glutathione. Sulphur helps the liver detoxify harmful chemicals.
9. Seeds & Nuts
Incorporate more of the easily digestible seeds and nuts into your diet. This include flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, Siberian cedar nuts and sunflower seeds. If you’re doing a focused detox program, it’s best to avoid nut butters.
10. Omega-3 Oils
Use hemp, flax-seed, avocado or olive oils while detoxing. These help lubricate the intestinal walls, allowing the toxins to be absorbed by the oil, and eliminated by the body.
Hyperhealth Pro Database, In-Tele-Health, Hansville, WA, 2008.
Dr. Edward Group, “10 Foods That Detox The Body“, Healthier Talk News, 08/31/2009