Detoxify Your Body Naturally
After the holidays, when many of us have stocked up on sweets, meats, and drinks, it’s no wonder our bodies tend to feel pretty blah. Whenever a person indulges in too much of a bad thing, the liver and intestines unquestionably suffer. Some people even develop a fatty liver because of excessive fat intake.
One way to restore your body to a more balanced state may be with detoxification. This will not only clear your body of toxins, but also speed up your metabolism and enhance your overall health. But don’t think an elaborate detox diet is necessary. Instead, you can take simple, all-natural steps to get rid of the ‘junk’ sitting in your liver and digestive tract.
One way to start is by drinking more water. Each of us naturally has the following protective mechanisms in our bodies: repair, cellular shedding, detoxification, and dietary antioxidants. To function properly, every these systems need water. As the human body is made up of 60 percent water, drinking enough of this liquid will help you detox naturally. The Institute of Medicine suggests an adequate daily intake for men is about 13 cups and for women about nine cups.
Ditch the Sweets
Another way to help the natural detoxification process is to cut back on sugar, including honey, molasses, and artificial sweeteners. Eating more sugar requires the body to make more insulin, which strains the pancreas and causes general fatigue. Over time, this habit can cause you to become chronically fatigued, diabetic. It can also lead to the development cancer and obesity. So avoid the sugar and opt for healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables instead.
Natural Dietary Options
Speaking of foods, you can make specific menu options that will naturally flush your body of harmful toxins. Among these are green foods like barley, kale, spinach, chard, arugula, and other organic leafy vegetables to help boost the chlorophyll in your digestive tract. Chlorophyll rids the body of harmful environmental toxins from smog, heavy metals, herbicides, cleaning products, and pesticides. They also aid the liver in detoxification.
Citrus fruit helps the body flush out toxins and jump starts the digestive tract with enzymatic processes. Lemon juice in particular aids the body in its cleansing processes. Thus, to increase detoxification, start each morning with a warm glass of lemon water. Other foods rich in vitamin C help transform toxins into digestible material. Eating more fruits with this nutrient will therefore help you receive more of these benefits.
Other foods that will help you naturally detox include:
- Broccoli sprouts
- Mung beans
- Raw vegetables
- Seeds and nuts
- Omega-3 oils
Regular exercise encourages circulation in the blood and lymph system, and working out can enhance digestion, reduce tension, lubricate joints, and strengthen your body. Studies even show that people who exercise regularly have far fewer total toxins in their systems than those who don’t. Exercise also enables the body to do what it is made to do, which is eliminate unnecessary waste.
Some yoga instructors even suggest the effectiveness of detoxifying twists squeezes the organs, which pushes blood out so that fresh blood can rush in. And yogic deep breathing with strong exhalations can empty the lungs of unneeded carbon dioxide to allow for a fresh breath of more oxygenated air. This fresh air nourishes cells and improves circulation.
The simple truth is that you can perform many simple, daily tasks to help your body naturally detox. Fasting diets and other extreme measures simply are not needed, and in some cases may even be harmful. If you do want to try a detox diet, stick to herbs and fiber for one to two weeks, and you’ll likely feel lighter and more energetic. Then go back to your regular diet, but be sure to include more leafy greens with your daily eating.