DETOX. What is it? How to do it naturally?

12/11/2020


Your body is equipped with a natural detox system that helps to remove dangerous compounds and waste from your body. In this way, your skin pushes out bacteria through the sweat, your kidneys filter through of your blood and produce urine, your lungs expel carbon dioxide, your intestines extract nutrients from food to excrete waste products and your liver clear out toxins from the body. 

However, factors like chronic stress, unhealthy habits, physical inactivity and a diet high in ultra-processed foods can interfere with your body's natural detox system, making it even harder to remove toxins efficiently.


WHAT IS A DETOX DIET?

A detox should be a healthy way to use your diet and lifestyle to maximize your body's toxin-removing potential. A healthy detox diet involves cutting out highly processed and unhealthy foods, increasing your intake of nutritious whole foods, along a few high detox foods. Additionally, including healthy lifestyle habits will help your body to hit the reset button and detoxify properly. Best of all, unlike on other detox diets, this kind of natural detoxification method won't drain your energy levels, instead, it can boost energy, restore motivation, and help you feel your best.


DETOX NUTRITION AND LIFESTYLE TIPS

Here you have 10 tips to naturally, detox your body so you can get back on track and help your body do exactly what it's designed to do, clear out toxins:


1. Reduce sugar intake

Cut out foods like sweets, cakes, cookies and candies, and aim for a sugar-free diet instead. Switch out sugar-sweetened beverages like sodas and sports drinks for water, sparkling water, unsweetened tea and be sure to stay well-hydrate.


2. Cut out heavily processed and refined foods 

such as processed meals, pre-packaged snacks, and swap processed meats like conventional burgers and sausages for better options, such as grass-fed beef, wild-caught salmon, and organic chicken. If you're following a vegetarian or vegan diet, there are also plenty of plant-based protein foods available, including nuts, seeds, and beans/legumes.


3. Use whole ingredients

Up your intake of whole ingredients and raw foods, including fruits, veggies, healthy protein foods and whole grains.


4. Eat detox foods, herbs, and spices

Include more natural detox foods in your diet, such as berries, beets, grapefruit, chia seeds, nuts. Also cook add herbs (cilantro, dandelion, milk thistle, licorice root, red clover, green tea), and spices (turmeric, ginger, cayenne).


5. Add super detoxifying seaweeds

You can also include into your daily routine some highly-detoxifying foods to like seaweed (spirulina and chlorella). An easy way is to add them to a fruit or green smoothie. 


 6. Adjust your sleep schedule 

Make ensure that you are having at least seven or eight hours of sleep per night, which allows your body to heal and restore.


7. Exercise

Get in some daily exercise, and stay active walking, swimming, jogging, or cycling.


8. Reduce Stress

Minimize your stress levels and incorporate some natural stress relievers into your routines, such as yoga, meditation, or mindfulness practices. 


9. Go Eco-friendly on your body

Using natural/eco-friendly beauty and cleaning products will help your body detoxify more efficiently, and additionally, they will not interfere with your hormones.


10. Attention to your Cookware

Many pans and pots, especially nonstick pans are made of reactive materials and can leak into food when it gets worn off adding a toxic load to your body. Make sure you are not using old scratched pans and pots. Check your pans frequently and when they start to appear warped, discolored, or scratched, be sure to stop using them. Start changing your cookware little by little to safer ones, like cast irons or stainless steel.


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