Detoxing your body for health

What is detoxing?

You know your body needs regular cleaning, but you may not realize it also needs to be detoxed. Detoxing is the process of removing toxins from your body and it’s important for maintaining good health.

Toxins are poisons that build up in your system and can be harmful if they reach high levels. Your body is excellent at getting rid of them, but sometimes it gets overloaded and can’t keep up! That’s why detoxing is important: it gives your body a break from all those poisons floating around, helps you feel more energetic, and even contributes to weight loss.

In today’s world, we are exposed to more chemicals than ever before

Our bodies are constantly bombarded by toxins. Many people don’t realize that when you eat at a restaurant, even one known for health-conscious meals, you’re consuming on average around 300 chemicals from cooking, food coloring, and preservatives. This means that you are ingesting more chemicals than ever before, and this is only the tip of the iceberg.

You’re also being exposed to toxins through your air and water supply every day. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) estimates that toxic chemicals in the air have increased by roughly 65 percent since 1970. There’s no way to completely avoid these chemicals, but there are ways to decrease your exposure levels so they don’t build up in your system.

Everyday life can expose us to hundreds or thousands of toxins—from all the places mentioned above and beyond—that cause allergy, asthma, and other illnesses over time. The good news is that it’s possible to detoxify your body so it can function better again!

Our bodies are overloaded with toxins

You may be wondering: isn’t my body designed to naturally detoxify anyway? Well, you might be surprised to learn that our bodies are not able to remove all of the toxins we’re exposed to.

Our bodies have trouble keeping up with the rate at which they’re exposed to chemicals and toxins, such as those found in food, air pollution, and drinking water. This can lead to a buildup of these toxins in your body, which can cause inflammation. Chronic inflammation is bad news because it is the root cause of many health problems including obesity, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and even cancer.

How do I detox my body?

The first step to detoxing your body is to flush out all the toxins. This involves reducing bad habits like smoking, drinking alcohol, and eating junk food. On the other hand, it also means increasing positive habits such as adding more fruits and veggies to your diet, drinking plenty of water, and taking time every day to do something you enjoy.

In a follow-up blog post, we’ll share some of our favorite tips for reducing stress in your life and incorporating healthy foods into your meals.

Foods that are too acidic and should be avoided while detoxing

  • Salt: It’s easy to get carried away with the shaker, but too much salt can lead to high blood pressure and water retention, which doesn’t help your detox efforts. Avoid adding additional salt to your meals and opt for unsalted nuts instead of their salted counterparts.
  • Caffeine: This one might be tough, but caffeine is a stimulant that may affect how quickly you can fall asleep and the quality of your slumber. Try swapping out your morning coffee with a matcha green tea latte or bulletproof coffee made with healthy fats such as coconut oil or MCT oil.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol is also a diuretic, so when you drink alcohol it causes you to lose more water than you take in. This dehydrates and stresses the body—not ideal when trying to flush out toxins and rehydrate. If a glass of wine is part of your nightly routine, try skipping it for seven days straight.
  • Processed foods: Many processed foods are loaded with sugar, artificial ingredients (i.e., refined flour), preservatives, additives, flavor enhancers (i.e., MSG), unhealthy fats (i.e., trans fats), sodium, chemicals, emulsifiers and sweeteners that are all inflammatory in nature and wreak havoc on our immune systems.

Drink enough water every day

Water is the most important part of any detox. Without it, you’ll feel bloated, sluggish, and dehydrated when you start to release toxins from your body.

The recommended amount of water to drink is eight 8-ounce glasses per day. That’s not a hard and fast rule, though — some people need more water than others depending on their diet, weight, and physical activity.

If you have trouble drinking enough water during the day, consider adding flavor with a wedge of lemon or lime. In addition to providing taste without adding calories or sugar, these citrus fruits also contain antioxidants that help support your health as you flush out toxins.

Eat a diet rich in fiber

The second prong of the attack on your body’s toxin levels is to change your diet. You can jumpstart this process by eating a diet rich in fiber. Fibrous foods are often touted for their cardiovascular benefits, but they’re also great for detoxing. High-fiber foods act almost like a sponge, absorbing toxins and removing them from the body when you go to the bathroom.

This is good for two reasons: The first, obviously, is that it removes those toxins from your body, and the second is that it provides food for the beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract—that’s right! Your gut has its own microbiome just like your skin does!

When making a change to your diet as significant as this one, it’s a good idea to take things slow. If you’ve been living off of pizza and chicken nuggets up until now, don’t suddenly switch over to kale smoothies and quinoa salad (though both of those sound delicious).

Instead, start replacing some of those nuggets with carrots or cucumbers; swap out some of the slices with an apple or orange sliver; throw some avocado or hummus on top of that pizza instead of pepperoni or sausage. You’ll be shocked at how much better you feel when you stop eating so many refined starches and processed meats—and chances are you won’t even miss them!

Drink plenty of juice and other healthy beverages

No matter what your weight or other health issues are, you should be drinking plenty of juice and other beverages that are low in sugar and high in nutrients. Water is especially important to drink when trying a detox diet, as it helps cleanse the body of harmful toxins while also keeping you hydrated. Try infusing your water with lemon or cucumber slices for a refreshing taste that will make the water easier to consume throughout the day.

It is recommended that you drink at least eight glasses of fluid each day, particularly if you plan on engaging in physical activity during your detox program.

Supplement your diet with fibers and prebiotic foods

Fibers can be taken in supplement form, such as psyllium husk. Psyllium is a type of prebiotic that helps the good bacteria grow in your gut. You’re going to want to take it on an empty stomach because if you don’t, it will absorb some of the food you eat and you won’t get enough benefit from it. That means taking your fiber supplement at least one hour before or after a meal.

Another way to add fibers is through prebiotic foods like bananas, onions and garlic, asparagus, and artichokes.

Avoid heavy metals and toxins

To effectively detox, it’s important to avoid the things that cause toxicity in the first place. If you live in a city, industrial pollutants may be present in your water supply. Other water pollutants include lead, mercury, and arsenic; exposure to these can cause fatigue, abdominal pain, depression or other mood changes, memory problems, and insomnia.

Avoiding them begins with avoiding tap water altogether—buy a filter if you need to remove fluoride or chlorine from your water as well. You should also avoid any bottled water containing BPA—pick up some glass bottles instead of plastic ones (or take it one step further: use a stainless steel canteen).

Finally: reduce or eliminate your intake of heavy metals via fish such as white tuna and king mackerel (they contain high levels of mercury). Eat more organic foods when possible—they’re far less likely to contain chemicals from pesticides than conventional produce options.

You need to cleanse your body regularly

To keep your body clean and healthy, you should be detoxing regularly. It’s not something that you only do once in a while—it needs to become part of your everyday routine. Ideally, you should think about cleansing at least once a week, but if that’s too much for you, try to do it at least once every two weeks.

Part of the reason why this is so important is that toxins build up in the body over time and prevent us from functioning optimally. They can also contribute to health problems like weight gain and fatigue. Regular cleaning can help remove these toxins from our bodies so that they don’t accumulate.

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