Your body is very much like a sponge, soaking up bits and pieces of just about everything it is exposed to and in our modern world, our bodies are exposed to a lot. From air pollution and food additives to pollutants in our drinking water, homes and even personal care products, the truth is that your body is literally bombarded with toxins on a daily basis. No matter how “clean” a life you lead, healthy eating, exercise, regular stress relief, your body is likely to show evidence of accumulated toxicity.
Do you ever wonder if detoxification would benefit you? The answer is yes! Aside from the toxins we ingest willingly, such as alcohol, processed foods, and chemicals, there are many toxins in our everyday environment that are hard to avoid. Pollutants in the air, water, and food supply have powerful effects on the body and the mind, weakening our body’s defenses and making us more susceptible to disease and stress. When these external sources of toxins overpower the body, the liver’s ability to cleanse the blood slows down due to the accumulation of toxins. These excess toxins now build up in other parts of the body, slowing the natural cleansing process to a crawl.
The result can be experienced as fatigue, pain, brain fog, confusion, loss of memory, and even disease. The best way to achieve a successful detoxification is to have proper guidance from a healthcare professional and to make a strong commitment to healthy lifestyle changes. Detoxification is a key body function involving the elimination of metabolic waste and other toxins via the eliminatory organs-the skin, intestines, kidneys, and especially the liver. Detoxification and purification programs have played a part of man's rituals for health and well-being as far back as 1800BC.
What are the signs you may need to detox? There are many indications that your liver has become "sluggish" such as intolerance of alcohol and/or fatty foods, digestive problems like constipation, nausea, hemorrhoids & bloating, low energy, headaches, irritability, skin conditions, aches and pains, P.M.S, high cholesterol, food intolerances and more. Many people now eat a diet of largely processed foods, high in sugar and unhealthy fats. Alcohol, caffeine, and artificial sweeteners add to the toxic burden. A detox can help your body to rid itself of some of these toxins, naturally, while also giving your body a chance to rest, repair, and regroup. Detoxification has been practiced for centuries, used to improve skin problems, ease digestion and pain, and boost energy levels while promoting the body’s own inherent healing potential. Both your liver and your kidneys (along with your blood, bowel, lymphatic system, and skin) help your body process and eliminate chemicals in your sweat, urine, and feces.
Detoxing can help to support and enhance this natural process. Your liver has an incredibly important job, especially when it comes to detoxification. You can help your liver by making sure your diet includes foods and nutrients such as B-vitamins, Flavonoids – found in organic fruits and vegetables, foods rich in vitamins A, C, and E, or Phospholipids which are found in eggs, lean meats, and fish. Lastly, eating a high-quality, whole foods diet that includes a healthy source of protein, fruits and veggies and antioxidants will be beneficial for your liver. Naturopathic treatment for detoxification can be incredibly effective and rewarding. For instance, improving liver function helps to manage weight as the body will hold onto liquids as water retention or hold onto fat to store excess toxins it can't deal with. Hormonal problems like blood sugar regulation issues, P.M.S, hot flashes, PCOS, or infertility can occur as the liver is not able to break down hormones efficiently and leads to an imbalance or accumulation of estrogen. Any organ or system of the body will be left vulnerable to toxicity if the liver is
not able to break down toxins efficiently.
Safe and Simple Detox Tips
1. Eating plenty of fiber to speed toxin elimination. Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of fiber that will help move waste through your system.
2. Focus on detoxifying foods. Be sure to eat plenty of naturally detoxifying foods. Foods rich in sulfur will be especially beneficial.
3. Drinking plenty of pure water. Your body depends on water to help your cells eliminate waste and your organs flush out toxins, so it’s imperative to stay well hydrated during a detox.
4. Eliminating toxins from your diet and your home environment. It’s important to eat organic foods while detoxing. This will reduce the chemical load on your liver. Choosing natural cleansing products will also help.
5. Exercising. Your skin is an important route of elimination, and your body is capable of removing many toxins through your sweat.
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