Everyday we are affronted with toxins that are not good for our body and can affect our health in very negative ways. While a “cleanse” may not be easy for you, there are things you can do to help. Here are 7 ways to detox your body and become more healthy.
The EPA lists 689 chemicals that are toxic to our body and in large enough quantities, they can cause adverse health effects. For instance, the mercury we can consume by eating seafood and absorb in the environment, can affect the brain, lungs and kidneys.
1. Chow the Citrus – Vitamin C is a champion immune-system booster.
The Proof: Vitamin C helps the body produce glutathione, an antioxidant that neutralizes toxins, and it enhances digestive enzymes, too. Unlike other animals, humans cannot produce vitamin C. Vitamin C is very helpful to keeping our skin healthy.
The national health institute recommends a daily 75 mg of vitamin C for women and 90 mg for men.
2. Get a sweat on 3 times a week. Working up a sweat a few times a week is good for you in countless ways.
The Proof: Studies have shown that when you sweat, the perspiration you sweat contains trace amounts of heavy metals like lead, mercury and arsenic. These are TRACe amounts – each toxin is present at levels of less than 1 to 2 percent. Be well-hydrated before and during your workout so your body can sweat out the bad stuff.
2. Get Your Greens – think of vegetables and fruits as nature’s pharmacy to help heal and keep you healthy.
The Proof: “Many of the body’s detox processes are tightly linked to having adequate levels of vitamins and minerals” experts like Dawn Cannon, of National Integrated Health Associates in Washington, D.C. We praise green vegetables for their high inventory of nutrients, especially the B vitamins, zinc, magnesium, manganese, and molybdenum. For veggies rich in these nutrients, eat generous portions of spinach, broccoli and cabbage.
4. Breathe – Just Breathe – and practice controlled breathing
The Proof: Oxygen is crucial and an underappreciated component of natural detoxification. Through controlled breathing — a deep, five-second inhalation through the nose followed by a long exhalation through the mouth — you achieve full oxygen exchange, swapping incoming oxygen for outgoing carbon dioxide. Doing this simple breathing exercise can supercharge your lymphatic system to ward off toxins, pathogens, and waste.
5. Toast Tea Time Often – drinking tea instead in lieu of other beverages is a healthy choice
The Proof: A 2007 study at the University of Arizona Cancer Center found that people who had ingested high levels of green tea catechins experienced as much as an 80 percent increase in enzymes that defend against cancer and other toxins. Green, black, and oolong teas all come from the same plant, but green tea’s processing in which leaves are withered and steamed, rather than fermented, produces a beverage rich in catechins, compounds that eliminate free radicals (compounds that can damage DNA).
6. Gotta Love Garlic – eating garlic wards off more than vampires and mosquitos
The Proof: Like citrus fruits, garlic aids in the production of glutathione and supports liver enzymes. It also contains 39 different agents that fight off fungi, parasites, bacteria, and viruses, which makes this superfood the most effective broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent out there.
7. Wet Your Whistle with Water
“Kidneys, which produce your urine, play a major role in helping your body get rid of toxins”, says Cannon, “so providing enough water for the kidneys is important.” While hydration needs vary by individual, an ideal intake is between 2.5 and 3 liters, or 8 to 10 glasses daily, noted Cannon.
In conclusion, while nutrition, exercise, rest and hydration come first, these 7 methods will help naturally boost your detox system.
Source: Rodalesorganiclife.com – “Organic Detox”