Who needs to detox?
Ok, let’s all admit it. We’ve all been indulging in just a few too many Halloween treats this week, right? Time to clean out some of the junk and get back on track. I’m thinking mini-detox to give my digestive system a bit of a break.
Detox has become a bit of a buzz word over the past few years, hasn’t it? Unfortunately that term can spark negative images of food deprivation or of drinking bitter concoctions to rid yourself of accumulated wastes. There’s no question that we are exposed to more toxins than ever before, from the polluted air we breathe to the chemicals we slather on our skin, and of course the pesticides and preservatives in the foods we eat. Sugar, alcohol, caffeine, even stress takes its toll and can add to your body’s acidity and toxic levels.
The good news is that we can all enjoy some benefits of detoxing without going through a strict regimen of starvation. We often forget that there are several simple habits we can incorporate into our daily routines to support and optimize the function of the liver, which is our main organ of elimination. Ensuring that the liver is being fed the nutrients necessary for its proper function goes a long way towards achieving healthy, vitality and peak performance!
Here are 5 of my little secrets that will help clear toxins, and set you on the path to increased energy, clear thinking, radiant skin and improved weight loss.
- Drink 8-10 glasses of filtered water every day. It is amazing how many clients I see who do not drink enough water. Proper hydration promotes digestion and improves kidney and bowel function. It will even improve your sweat rate during exercise. Flushing wastes and reducing congestion are key to the elimination of toxins. Added benefit: clear and luminous skin.
- Squeeze half a lemon into a glass of water first thing each morning. Lemons are such a cleansing, purifying detoxifying fruit! Taken on an empty stomach, lemon juice will stimulate the liver’s detoxifying enzymes and release bile from the gall bladder (which can have natural laxative effects). Great way to get things moving first thing each morning.
- Your mom was right. Eat an apple a day. High in pectin and fiber, both these substances help cleanse the intestines. Fiber, in particular, will bind with toxins (including estrogen) and promote regularity. Two more great sources of fiber: chia and ground flaxseeds. Fabulous additions to your morning smoothies.
- Your liver needs certain nutrients for optimal function. Cruciferous vegetables contain phytochemicals (such as sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol) that stimulate the liver’s cleansing enzymes. Best eaten raw or lightly steamed, enjoy at least 1 daily serving of broccoli, cauliflower, kale, rapini, cabbage or arugula.
- Did you know your skin is your largest organ of elimination? Not only will dry skin brushing slough off dead skin cells, it will also stimulate your entire circulatory system, including blood and lymph flow. This helps cleanse impurities from your cells and removes waste products so you’re truly glowing from the inside out. Another bonus: stimulating your lymph system will also give your immune system a boost.
So simple but so effective!
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