It is all the rage to Detox these days and is advertised on many wellness sites as well as supplement sites. As a smart consumer you should first consider, “What does Detox really mean?” and “Why should I Detox in the first place?” Before you fall for any marketing schemes or new magic Detox pill it is important to know that Detox is simply defined as, “A time when you purify your body of toxins and stop consuming a drug, alcohol or other chemical substance”.
Our bodies consist of hundreds of toxins. Even from birth, scientists have found over 200 toxins in the umbilical cord of newborn babies. This number of toxins increases with all of the processed food, medications, and other chemicals that we put into our body. Furthermore, this is not even considering the environmental factors such as household cleaners to lawn care products as well as what we put on our body from shampoo to sunscreen. It is nearly impossible to avoid the onslaught of chemicals in our environment with over 100,000 chemicals recorded in 2002, and the number has been growing daily.
Although there may be many good supplements that help your body detox, it is hard to tell which ones are really effective and safe for the general consumer. Therefore, one of the best ways to detox is to simply change your eating habits.
Hippocrates said “let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Many of the foods we eat do not help get rid of toxins instead they add more to the mix. But if you eat 8 servings of organic fruits and veggies per day it can help your body fight against the toxins and inflammation.
There is no scientific evidence that has shown that you need expensive supplements to help you cleanse your liver, kidneys and lymphatic system. You can detox your body by simply following a diet that increases living foods and eliminating processed foods while also limiting your stress and exposure to man-made chemicals.
Our body is designed like a battle tank equipped to defend itself against the toxins in the environment. When the body is filled with processed foods and exposed to chemicals, it is like taking the armor off of the battle tank. Eventually, if the process continues the body can no longer defend itself and many years of good health are taken off of one’s life. The more you can eat healthy living organic vegetables, healthy fats, and proteins, in addition to drinking filtered water, the more armor or ammunition is put in your battle tank to defend your life.
The Bad & Ugly
Some ways you can tell that your body may be in danger of chemical & toxin build up are: chronic pain, body odor, insomnia, food sensitivities and headaches. However, much more alarming is that these toxins cause inflammation, which is the root cause of many serious illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, all autoimmune conditions, Alzheimer’s, asthma & arthritis. Also, people with many toxins in the body impede their GI tract and suffer from poor digestion, constipation, ulcers, hemorrhoids and diverticulitis. Toxic overload can also cause many skin problems, cognitive function loss, and hormone imbalances.
If this information is alarming you or you may even struggle with some of the symptoms listed above there are ways to decrease toxin levels and help your body get rid of toxins and chemicals in your body. Many doctors recommend cleansing diets that range from a few days to several weeks. However, it is most important to note that your body constantly needs to be detoxified and benefits most from a long-term adoption of eating healthier and daily environmental choices for the most benefit.
Here are a few tips to get you started towards a toxin fighting body!
- Relax on a daily basis find at least 30 min. to an hour for quietness, meditation & rest.
- Move towards reducing caffeine intake and elimination refined sugars, flours, unhealthy fats & alcohol from your diet. Also, steer away from any foods with more than 3 ingredients on the label.
- Eat mostly organic veggies (aim for at least 6 servings/day) and some fruit (target no more than 1-2 servings per day) and choose a lot of raw veggies for best results. You if you don’t have organic available you may need to cleanse more often.
- Eat healthy proteins that have no antibiotics and are minimally processed such as Grass-fed/Wild Caught poultry, beef, bison, eggs and fish. If Grass-fed/Wild Caught is no available, try to eat these as lean as possible.
- Drink ½ your body weight in ounces of filtered water per day and limit processed sodium. Use pink Himalayan sea salt and no white salt.
- Consume healthy fiber from veggies or quinoa.
- Replace your regular cleaning and body supplies with natural (Your skin is your biggest organ)
So Now You Know it is Up to You!
Warning! This information is only useful if it is applied. Take time to watch Dr. Hyman’s interview for additional information. We all have choices to make and we only get one body, one defense mechanism, to fight against the toxins in our environment. We hope that you can apply these principles so that you can live your life to the fullest, healthiest, and happiest! A healthy body is a happy one!
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