detoxing-what-does-it-mean

When you hear the word detox, what do you think of? A new strict diet you have to follow? Juicing? What if I told you that detoxing was so much more than that? There are so many benefits than one gives to actual detoxing.

Detoxing means cleansing the blood by removing impurities from the blood and liver. The body naturally eliminates toxins through the liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system and skin. When these systems are clogged, compromised or unhealthy- especially the liver- these systems can’t eliminate the toxins and impurities efficiently.

We come into contact with many toxins and chemicals each and every day. These toxins can come from the air we simply breathe in, chemicals found in our food supply, products we use on a daily basis such as cosmetics and commercial household cleaners. 

Toxins include:
• Pollutants
• Synthetic chemicals
• Heavy metals
• Processed food
• Pesticides 

When you hear the word detox, what do you think of? A new strict diet you have to follow? Juicing? What if I told you that detoxing was so much more than that? There are so many benefits than one gives to actual detoxing.

Detoxing means cleansing the blood by removing impurities from the blood and liver. The body naturally eliminates toxins through the liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system and skin. When these systems are clogged, compromised or unhealthy- especially the liver- these systems can’t eliminate the toxins and impurities efficiently.

We come into contact with many toxins and chemicals each and every day. These toxins can come from the air we simply breathe in, chemicals found in our food supply, products we use on a daily basis such as cosmetics and commercial household cleaners. 

Sometimes, our systems need a little external help from us. A change in diet and what we consume can prove beneficial to eliminate the buildup of toxins in our system. Using natural cleaning products and natural personal hygiene products instead of commercial products will reduce our exposure to chemicals and toxins.

Detoxing Naturally

So now you know what detoxing is and the benefits of detoxing. You are now hyped up and ready to cleanse your system. But you’re not sure where exactly to start or how to go about doing things. Here are a few steps that are recommended in starting your detox.

Limit Toxin Intake

Limiting toxin intake will help our bodies begin the detoxification process. It is best to reduce or eliminate altogether alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugar and saturated fats from our diet. Also, opting for natural household cleaners and personal hygiene products such as makeup, deodorant, shampoo ect, and reduce the use of commercial products.

Getting and using air purifiers work as well. If you are more of a natural kind of person like myself, opt in for a few house plants. They can help purify the air in your home. 

Reduce Stress

Our system is only meant to maintain a limited amount of stress hormones. When these hormones become too abundant in our systems, our bodies can’t process them. In return, these hormones slow down the detoxification enzymes in the liver, impair the mental state, and cripple the nervous system and immune system. 

Limit Alcohol Intake

Although low-to-moderate drinking is said to be beneficial to heart health, excessive drinking can in fact harm the liver. About 90% of alcohol is metabolized in the liver- which is one of the main detoxing organ.

Liver enzymes metabolize alcohol into acetaldehyde, which is known as a cancer causing chemical. Excessive drinking can severely damage the liver function by causing fat build up, inflammation and scaring of the liver. 

Limit Trans Fats and Damaged Fats

There are 2 types of trans fats: naturally occurring and artificial trans fats. Naturally occurring trans fats are those found in animal products and come in small amounts. Artificial trans fats is what is in most of our diets. They are made from adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid.

Get Sufficient Rest

Most people now a day don’t get enough rest on a regular basis. But rest is essential to allow the brain to recharge itself and to reorganize. While we sleep, our bodies do a lot of work in removing toxic waste that we have accumulated throughout the day. Sleep deprivation inhibits our bodies from eliminating the toxins sufficiently, which can affect the immune system, our mood, metabolism and ability to fight disease.

As these toxins accumulate for long periods of time, we can get more severe illnesses, both mental and physical. Individuals can experience stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. This can happen without proper sleep on a long-term and short-term basis.

On average, an individual should get between 7-9 hours of rest each night. If you have problems falling asleep, try getting into a sleep pattern. Set up a nightly routine. Try listening to soothing music or binaural beats or try meditating before settling down. Also try turning off electronics a few hours before going to bed. Studies have shown that the blue lights of our electronics affect our sleep.

Drink More Water

Drinking at least 2 quarts of water a day can serve beneficial before, during and after your detox journey. Water regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, aids in digestion and nutrient absorption. Water helps with the transportation of waste products out of your system through urination, breathing or sweating. Drinking water also helps to repair cells so they can function optimally and break down nutrients. 

Reduce Sugar/ Fructose Intake

Sugar and processed foods are thought to be linked directly to obesity and other chronic diseases (heart disease, cancer and diabetes). These diseases hinder the body’s ability to naturally detoxify itself. Fructose can be found in foods and drinks such as soda, fruit juice and commercial juice cleanses and can ramp up problems like chronic inflammation and oxidative stress.

To avoid the urge to want to consume these foods, leave them on the shelf at the grocery store. If you don’t buy them, you can’t consume them when you want a little snack. Instead, opt for healthy food. That way, when you do go to reach for a snack, the only ones accessible are those that are healthy for you.

Eat Antioxidant Rich Food

Antioxidants protect cells against damage caused by molecules called free radicals. The body naturally produces free radicals for digestion, but over time, if these free radicals aren’t controlled, you can develop a condition called oxidative stress which is caused by excessive free radicals.

We expose our bodies to substances such as alcohol, tobacco smoke, poor diets and exposure to pollutants which cause our body to produce excessive free radicals. Oxidative stress can cause illnesses such as dementia, heart disease, liver disease, asthma and certain types of cancer.

Eating a sufficient amount of food containing antioxidants helps our system fight oxidative stress by eliminating excess free radicals and other toxins. The best antioxidants to ingest are those from food and not supplements (it is always advised to get as many nutrients as possible from living food). Antioxidants contain vitamin A, vitamin C and Vitamin E. Below are a few food high in antioxidants.

• Berries
• Fruit
• Cocoa
• Veggies
• Spices
• Coffee
• Green tea 

Eat Food High in Prebiotics

Prebiotics are foods that our body can’t ingest. Instead, they serve as food for probiotics, which are the tiny organisms living in our digestive track such as yeast and bacteria. They are also called good bacteria and when we eat probiotic food, we create and maintain a healthy environment for them to thrive in. In return, they support our gut and aid in digestion.

A few good sources of probiotics are:
• Tomatoes
• Artichokes
• Bananas
• Asparagus
• Onions
• Garlic
• Oats 

Exfoliate Your Skin

Not only does exfoliating your skin add a natural glow and health to your skin, it also helps to unclog your pores. When your pores are unclogged, you are able to sweat out toxins efficiently.

Get Active

When we exercise, we can get rid of inflammation that, too much of, can weaken the body’s system and promotes disease. Inflammation can also hinder our body’s detoxification system. Studies show that when an individual is active, they can reduce the risk of many conditions and diseases such as:

• Type 2 diabetes
• Heart disease
• High blood pressure
• Certain cancers

It is recommended to do at least 150-300 minutes of moderate intensity exercise a week (a brisk walk) or 75-150 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise a week (running). When we exercise, we burn fat, which is where some of these harmful toxins can be found stored in our system. When we sweat, we eliminate these harmful toxins and chemicals. 

Conclusion

Detoxing is done naturally by our body, but sometimes, the food we eat, air we breathe and chemicals and toxins we come into contact on a daily basis can inhibit our body’s ability to detox. It is recommended that we boost out detoxification system at least 2-3 times a year.

There are several different ways to eliminate waste from our system just by eliminating some of the foods that our in our diets and simple lifestyle changes.

Now that we have explored what detoxing truly means, and the benefits of a good detox, it is time to find out ways to detox, and food to eat to help your detoxification system.

Disclaimer:
The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author and are intended for educational purposes only. Self Verve is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. Be sure to contact your physician before trying any of the items stated in the above article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. Self Verve does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same. 

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