Helping your body to detoxify itself adequately is crucial, especially in world where we are bombarded with toxins from almost every angle, every day. Eating the best foods to detoxify the body will help keep your organs in a process of optimum detoxification, which will keep your skin clear, your mind sharp, and your immune system firing on all cylinders.
The body is an amazing thing and is busy detoxifying your system day and night, 24/7, every day of your life. It never stops being as busy as a bee, filtering and expelling the harmful toxins, chemicals, parabens, fertilizers, and heavy metals that are continuously entering your system from exposure to modern life.
Where do all these toxins come from?
People who live in big cities are exposed to car exhaust fumes and industrial chemicals; or if you live in the country you may be exposed to fertilizers and pesticides from neighbouring farms. The water you drink has been treated with chemicals to make it ‘safer’ for human consumption; and the standard diet is filled with chemical additives, preservatives, trans-fats, refined sugars, and pesticides.
And it doesn’t end there unfortunately, as pretty much everything you use on your body, including shampoos, soaps, perfumes, toothpastes, creams, and make up, are all filled with harsh chemicals, parabens and other toxic nasties that end up in you body! Yes, they eventually make their way into your system, disrupting hormones and doing all sorts of damage on their way.
Then there is the home itself which has been cleaned with yet another host of chemicals, such as bleaches or other highly toxic products. On top of that we may spray our air with yet more synthetic chemicals in the form of air fresheners, which are actually designed to be directly breathed straight into your body. Honestly, it’s moronic, and we don’t even think about it!
Now you can see where all these chemicals are coming from, you can probably see the scale of the problem and work on finding solutions. It’s little wonder most of us feel tired, completely under par, and lacking in energy when our body is battling to detoxify itself from what would otherwise be a deadly chemical assault.
We weren’t designed to deal with the environment we now find ourselves in, that’s a fact, and it shows in many of us. We are plagued by lack of energy, dull and listless skin, mental illnesses, and a whole array of modern day diseases – we are obviously LOSING this battle.
How to detoxify your body:-
That is why it is vital you take steps today in giving your detoxification system a helping hand and not rely solely on your over burdened body to do all the graft. You can do this by adding the foods on this list into your diet, along with a diet high in antioxidant rich foods, and plenty of exercise that actually makes you sweat. This way you will be at least sweating out some of these toxins too!
It’s true the body is designed to detoxify itself; but it can only do this to a certain extent then toxic overload may take hold and cause the immune system to start breaking down. This, as you can imagine, can cause all sorts of problems in the long term.
6 DETOXIFICATION SYSTEMS
1. THE LIVER
The liver produces enzymes that destroy toxins in the body which are then expelled through the urine or bile. If the liver gets overloaded then it slows down, which may cause toxins to accumulate in the blood making your life saving liver a VITAL organ that needs to be looked after. Luckily the liver is hardy and can bounce back from a certain amount of damage – but not if it gets pushed too far!
2. THE KIDNEYS
The kidneys are two small organs that are shaped like beans, and are located just below the rib cage. Every day they filter the toxins from between 120-150 quarts of blood, which are then diverted to the bladder where they are expelled as urine.
3. THE LUNGS
The lungs help you to detoxify from toxins that are in the air you breath, and with every outward breath you take you are dispelling those toxins. To enhance this effect you should always breath deeply and properly to maximize the cleansing potential…just probably best not to do this in a highly polluted place.
Make sure you breathe all the way into the bottom of your lungs as most people don’t do this and only ever use to thirds of their lung capacity; this is even more the case in non exercisers.
4. THE INTESTINES
Digested foods pass through the intestines, which are where the nutrients are absorbed. The intestines keep your bacteria in balance, and break down toxins by producing their own natural antibiotics. They are a very important part of the body’s detoxification process.
5. THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM
As part of the immune system, the lymph is full of white blood cells. These white blood cells take toxins and transport them to the lymph nodes where they end up being destroyed before they can do any damage in the body. The lymphatic system is another amazing and highly crucial part of our detoxification system.
6. THE SKIN
As your biggest detoxification organ, the skin is covered in tiny sweat glands that not only regulate body temperature, but also expel toxins through sweat.
All of these organs do their best but the fact is your body can’t always break down and expel these toxins, and so they get stored in your fat tissue. Tissue that will keep replicating itself as space gets used up, causing weight gain and obesity; doing this is the body’s way of storing away safely the substances that it cannot break down and expel in the normal manner.
Toxins accelerate the aging process!
Storing toxins in fat cells seems to work fine for a while, but eventually these substances will find their way into the bloodstream and invade organs such as the liver, heart, brain, stomach and reproductive system.
Particularly toxic to the brain cells are heavy metals; these can cause all sorts of problems to the memory, plus they can also be the cause brain ageing, headaches, even migraines.
WHAT ARE THE BEST FOODS TO DETOXIFY THE BODY?
Rather than going on a very limiting, and sometimes dangerous detoxification plan (especially if not done under a professional), you should just try adding as many of these detoxification foods as possible to your diet as they will help support your body’s natural detoxification processes.
Apples are are great detox food because they contain a whole heap of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, terpenoids and flavonoids. One particular flavonoid called phlorizidin helps stimulate bile production, and one of the ways the body rids itself of toxin is through the bile.
The soluble fiber in apples is called pectin and this can help eliminate food additives and metals out of the bloodstream. Organic apples are best for detoxification purpose as conventional ones are usually highly pesticided, and therefore defeat the object.
Being highly alkaline, lemons stimulate the release of enzymes and convert toxins into water soluble substances, which can then easily be expelled from the body. They are also high in vitamin C so therefore stimulate the production of glutathione, which is the main antioxidant the liver uses during detoxification.
Lemons are also one of the main detox foods for skin, and cleansing foods for weight loss. Drinking lemon juice in warm water helps to keep your metabolism stoked and in fat burning mode, and will cleanse your system to help give you clear, glowing skin.
Pomegranates, with their very high content of healing antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, potassium, folate and many other phytochemicals, will boost the immune system and help support the detoxification process overall.
If eaten with their seeds then the effects will be further enhanced as the seeds will act as roughage, dragging impurities out of the digestive tract.
Pomegranates have SO many more benefits than just detoxification that they deserve their own post. Please read an extra 16 pomegranate facts and be blown away by just what this fruit can do for you.
4. PSYLLIUM HUSK
This great detoxifcation booster comes from the seeds of the plantago ovata plant. It is high in soluble fiber AND a colon cleanser, which means it will literally drag impurities out of your system.
It’s very important when using psyllium husk to make sure you drink at least 8oz of water with it, as it swells up and can then cause blockages in the digestive tract. You can use up to 1 tbsp 3 times daily as a method of detoxification; or just once in the morning like I do as part of my everyday diet to keep things under control.
Also known as flax seeds, linseeds act in a similar fashion to psyllium husk (although I wouldn’t recommend using both on the same days). They are rich in omega 3 fatty acids which have the added benefits of regulating blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, balancing blood sugar, helping with anxiety and depression, and may also reduce the risk factor for some cancers including breast, colon, lung, and prostate.
Or cilantro as it’s otherwise known, is one of the great detoxifying foods for the liver and is choc full of vitamins A and K. Just nine sprigs will not only boost your brain and memory power, but will provide 27% of your recommended vitamin A and 52% of your vitamin K (which is also great for bone health).
When it comes to detoxing, coriander is first rate at assisting the body to eliminate itself of heavy metals. Studies show that during a coriander cleanse participants had a significant increase of aluminium, mercury, and lead in their urine; proving that their bodies were eliminating these toxins at an accelerated rate.
7. BROCCOLI SPROUTS
Broccoli sprouts contain twenty times more sulphorphane than ordinary broccoli and help the liver detoxify from environmental pollutants in particular. They also have the added benefits of helping to prevent hypertension, osteoarthritis, some cancers, heart disease, allergies, and diabetes.
8. SPIRULINA AND CHLORELLA
More of natures true superfoods these two are great detoxifiers of heavy metals in the body. Detoxifying the body will also kick start your weight loss as toxins are stored in fat cells which need to keep replicating, and the more they replicate, the bigger you grow!
These fresh water algae are also one of the highest sources of plant proteins and boast good amounts of vitamin A, magnesium, calcium and iron, and are also anti diabetic. Chlorella in particular can help ease the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia.
This is a wonderful detox food because it contains up to 20 times more minerals than other vegetables. The align found in seaweed is able to absorb toxins directly from the digestive tract.
Kelp (a species of seaweed) is higher still in align than other seaweeds and not only helps to detoxify heavy metals, but also has the amazing powers of helping the body to detoxify from radiation exposure.
Green seaweed is high in chlorophyll, which is an amazing detoxifier as it contains fibers that bind to, and then eliminate toxic substances, which in turn helps the liver do its job more efficiently.
10. DR. SCHULZES SUPER FOOD POWDER
This super food powder contains lots of different foods that help to detoxify your body. It has a mix of spirulina, blue green algae, spinach, seaweeds, and lots of other nutrient dense fruit and vegetable extracts. This stuff is also POTENT in antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals.
It is one of the most powerful green powders I have tried, and honestly, and you can literally feel it working within 15 minutes. Expect a boost of energy and a glowing complexion, especially with regular consumption. This is the one one supplement that I take every day for energy, antioxidants, glowing skin, and immune health – I seriously wouldn’t and couldn’t live without it.
OTHER POINTS TO REMEMBER:
Along with eating in abundance all of these above foods you will also need to make sure you minimise ALL junk foods and added sugars, and eat a wholesome and healthy diet of mainly fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, pulses, and wholegrains.
A diet based on plant based eating will keep your body alkaline and in a constant state of high detoxification, which is due mainly to all the antioxidants and nutrients found in most plant foods.
Physical exercise is another must in the toxin elimination process. This really can’t be stressed enough because sweating through exercise causes the body to start shifting all those nasty deep seated toxins that are stored in your fat cells.
This in itself is a crucial part in helping your body to detoxify. Try and aim for at least 3 x 40 minute sessions of good cardiovascular/weight bearing exercise a week, and make sure that you SWEAT!
If you need inspiration on how to incorporate more exercise into your life then you may want to check out this fab post ‘The Importance of physical exercise’. Here you will find the easiest ways to get more active no matter how much or little time you have, and on any budget.
Important:- If you have knowingly been exposed to heavy metals that you need to detoxify from then you should always work with a trained professional before embarking on a detox program. Removing metals too quickly, and using the wrong substances, could be detrimental to health.
Here’s a quick HITT workout to help you see just how easily you can do a health boosting workout in a very short amount of time, at home, and with no cash layout; so NO EXCUSES! 🙂
If you have anything to ask me about detoxification then I would be happy to help. Just post in the comments thread below this article and I will respond ASAP. Thank you, and happy detoxing!