Detoxifying the body is widely controversial; however, many people have experienced significant health benefits, including reversal of the disease. The body has ways to rid the body of toxins, but the body can sometimes get behind in the elimination process. The body can only eliminate so many toxins a day. If you’re continually putting toxins into the body without cleansing your organs, it can cause many health problems.
The liver and kidney are where most of the body’s detoxification process takes place. The liver is the largest organ in the body with many functions. In the detoxification process, the liver converts toxins into harmless substances the body can utilize or ensures the body will release them via elimination. The kidney is vital for the elimination process through urination. It filters and secretes waste through the bladder. While the liver and kidneys are the main organs for detoxification, every cell and organ in the body is involved. The body releases toxins through the skin, sweat glands, tears, and breathing. Detoxing the body helps us truly understand our bodies and how certain foods affect us. By removing a particular type of food from the diet for a while then reintroducing it later, we can start to notice how it makes us truly feel.
So what does it mean to detoxify the body? According to Elson Haas (2012) in The Detox Diet, detoxification is the process of aiding your body in eliminating toxins. Using detoxification, you can help yourself feel better and learn what you should consume to be at your best. Every person is different, and there are many ways to detox the body affordably.
Eat Organic, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
To rid your body of toxins, you have to start by not consuming them. Limit eating inorganic foods because they contain harmful pesticides and herbicides. Also, limit or eliminate refined flours and sugars, processed foods, caffeine, alcohol and recreational drugs, fried foods, meat, and dairy. These types of foods contain higher amounts of minerals such as phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine, iodine, and other harmful substances, which in excess can cause significant health problems. Organic whole foods contain more calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium without toxic chemicals.
Drink Plenty of Water
Ideally, you should be drinking 6-8 glasses of spring water a day. The water that comes out of our faucet contains many toxins that can pollute the body. It may be beneficial to invest in a purifier if you prefer to drink from the tap. However, regularly purchasing spring water in BPA-free bottles works just as fine. Be sure to recycle!
Fasting and Juice Cleanses
Fasting is an old way to address health concerns. It is a therapeutic way to rejuvenate the body and reverse disease. It also can start the process of changing our lifestyle and daily habits to be more healthy. When fasting, avoid the intake of solid foods. The amount of time you can do this varies, but I recommend no more than 14 days. The juice cleanse includes fresh fruits and vegetables; thus, it will require a juicer. While a good juicer may be a substantial upfront cost, it is an excellent long term investment for your health. Do not consume store-bought juices during this cleanse as they often contain added sugar and other chemical ingredients. Also, be sure to use organic produce as much as possible. Alternatively, and more stringent, you can do a water fast where you would only drink water and herbal teas. Herbs such as licorice root, marshmallow root, fenugreek, and dandelion root are great for detoxifying the body. Discuss a detox diet with your doctor before starting.
Exercising is an important way to release toxins in the body through the skin via sweat and exhalation. If you aren’t a frequent gym-goer, start slowly with yoga or light jogs. Exercising outdoors is best to get fresh air into the body to aid the elimination process.
Ensure Regular Bowel Movements
Be sure to have a bowel movement at least once or twice a day. Bowel movements release toxins from sitting in your intestines. If you aren’t having bowel movements or experience constipation for an extended period, seek your doctor for advice.
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