Helping your body to detoxify itself adequately is crucial in world where we are bombarded with toxins from almost every angle. Eating the right foods to detoxify the body will help keep your body in a process of optimum detoxification, in turn keeping your skin clear, your mind sharp, and your immune system firing on all cylinders.
The body truly is an amazing thing and is detoxifying your system day and night, 24/7, every day of your life. It never stops being busy, filtering and expelling the harmful toxins, chemicals, parabens, fertilizers, and heavy metals that are continuously entering our 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 yoy use on your body, including shampoos, soaps, perfumes, toothpaste, creams and make up, are all filled with harsh chemicals, parabens and other toxic nasties too! These 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.
This constant toxic assault may slowly build up in your system and cause damage:
Now you can see where all these chemicals are coming from, you can see the scale of the problem and start to work on finding solutions. It’s little wonder most of us feel under par, tired, and lacking in energy and zest 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 and it shows in many of us. We are plagued by lack of energy, dull and listless skin, mental illnesses, and many other modern day diseases. We are obviously LOSING this battle.
Start working now 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 work.
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, these are then expelled through the urine or bile. If the liver gets overloaded it slows down, and this can cause toxins to accumulate in the blood.
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 between 120-150 quarts of blood, they then divert those filtered toxins to the bladder where they are then expelled as urine.
3. THE LUNGS
Your lungs help you to detoxify from the 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 and this will maximize the cleansing potential. Just probably best not to do this in a highly polluted place.
4. THE INTESTINES
Digested foods pass through the intestines which is 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 cells take toxins from the cells and transport them to the lymph nodes, and from there they end up being destroyed before they can do any damage in the body.
6. THE SKIN
The biggest detoxification organ, your 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 our fat tissue (tissue that will keep replicating itself until space gets used up, causing weight gain and obesity). 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!
Stirring 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 as these can cause all sorts of problems to the memory AND cause brain ageing, headaches, even migraines.
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 below detoxification foods as possible to your diet as these 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 pestcided 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 here ’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 avata plant. It is high in soluble fiber AND a colon cleanser, which means it will literally drag impurities out of your system.
It is 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 flaxseeds, these 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. Broccoli sprouts help the liver detoxify from environmental pollutants in particular, but 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 kick start your weight loss, because toxins are stored in fat cells which need to keep replicating as more and more toxins that can’t be elliminated enter the body, 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 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, in turn helping the liver do its job more efficiently.
DR. SCHULZES SUPER FOOD POWDER
This super food powder has lots of different foods that detox your body. It has a fantastic mix of spirulina, blue green algae, spinach, seaweeds, and many other 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 you can literally feel it working within 15 minutes. Expect a boost of energy and a glowing complexion, especially with regular consumption. This is my number one supplement that I take every day for energy, antioxidants, glowing skin, and immune health – I seriously wouldn’t live without it these days.
OTHER POINTS TO REMEMBER:
Along with these above foods, you will 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. This is due to all the antioxidants and nutrients in most plant foods.
For information on how to make your diet more plant based then a good place to start is to read this beginners guide to ‘Plant Based Eating’.
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 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.
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!