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The and How and Why of a Healthy Detoxification

Posted Sep 24 2012 3:52pm

The and How and Why of a Healthy Detoxification

Filed under: Healthy Ideas
September 24, 2012

Why a detox is important

Toxins are free radicals that accumulate in the body and affect it in so many negative ways. Toxins can make you feel sluggish, cause trouble sleeping, increase skin problems, trigger headaches, reduce focus, and even make it harder to lose weight. Cleansing the body is essential, especially in today’s society. With the increase in environmental toxicity, along with what we eat, can lead to drastic illnesses and feelings of unhealthiness. Detoxification is important because it cleanses, nourishes, and replenishes your body by removing built up waste and refills it with healthy nutrients. It can help protect you from disease, while renewing your ability to maintain optimal health. The liver is a vital organ due the many roles it plays in daily function. It helps with storage, digestion, and breaking down harmful toxins. However, when they livers is overloaded with waste, it becomes more difficult to detoxify the body. When doing a body cleanse, we can relieve the liver so it can work more efficiently and give the body more energy. A detoxification will also help clean out the kidneys, intestines, stomach, and skin.

When to detoxify the body

Detoxifying is not only for unhealthy people. Many individuals that lead a rather healthy life do so as well. They do it regulate bowel movement, kick start weight loss, to cleanse the body before and after pregnancy, and even after quitting alcohol, cigarettes, or any other addiction to eliminate some of the toxins they built up over time.

How to detoxify your body
  • Eliminate all alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars, and saturated fats.
  • Keeps stress levels to a minimum. Rest and relaxation is the key.
  • Drink plenty of water. Aim for 1 1/2 liters a day.
  • Drink a cup of warm water with lemon juice when you first wake up and before meals to help with digestions and support the liver.
  • Sleep at least 8 hours every night.
  • Try to eat lighter meals more frequently (5-7 meals per day).
  • Moderate exercise will assist the detoxification process.
  • For your first detox, aim to detox for a few days and gradually increase it for your next detox.
  •  Make sure you are getting the recommended amount of fiber per day (25-30 grams for women).
Detox shopping list.. What to eat!

Fruits–  Apples, apricots, oranges, grapefruit, grapes, blueberries, peaches, pears, mango, melons, strawberries, raspberries, lemons, limes, kiwi, all dried fruits

Vegetables– Alfalfa sprouts, asparagus, avocado, bean sprouts, bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collard greens, corn, garlic, green beans, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, parsley, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach, turnips, watercress

Dried legumes– Chickpeas, kidney, lentils, goys.

Nuts and seeds– Almonds, cashews, chestnuts, coconuts, flaxseeds, pine nuts, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds

Breads and grains– Barley, rye, corn, oats, brown rice, wheat free, rice cakes

Dips and spreads– Guacamole, honey, hummus, tahini, nut butters

Proteins– Eggs, mozzarella, feta, goat’s cheese, salmon, tilapia, mackerel, herring, sardines, tofu, seaweed, yogurt

Oils–  Extra virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil, sesame seed oil, walnut oil, pumpkin seed oil

Spices and flavoring–  Ginger, cumin, garlic, balsamic vinegar, cider vinegar, chilies, hot pepper sauce, horseradish, mustard, sea salt, pepper, Japanese rice vinegar, paprika, turmeric

Drinks– Water, herbal teas, coconut water, almond milk, rice milk

Herbs and vitamins– Milk thistle, Dandelion, Astragalus
Find a multivitamin that contains a synergistic mix of antioxidents like vitamin C, E, beta carotene, curcumin, grapeseed extraxt, selenium, zinc, and alpha lipoic acid.

AVOID these

Alcohol, cigarettes, processed foods, sugars, saturated fats, meat, sodas, stress

Resources:   http://www.detoxaustralia.com.au/detox_shopping_list.htm http://www.livestrong.com/article/261424-raw-food-detox-diet-grocery-list/ http://life.gaiam.com/article/spring-detox-foods-shopping-list http://www.energygrid.com/health/2007/07kb-detoxification.html

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