What is Detox?
DETOXIFICATION = A process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification.
The word DETOX is thrown around like nothing these days! When realistically it is a internally cleansing process that takes place naturally in our bodies 24/7. The liver, intestinal tract, kidneys, lungs, lymphatic system and skin all work to detoxify the body. Our liver acts as a filter and detoxifies our body from harmful substances and chemicals, artificial food additives, environmental toxins, poisonous substances and free radicals. When your body is detoxifying it is improving the overall wellbeing and function of your body. Although the liver can get overworked and congested by the amount of toxins coming into your body, which will lead to the need for liver support (improved detox). To optimize the detoxifying process in your body you must decrease the amount of toxins that go into your body.
Our bodies are an amazing machine but it is hard to know when our internal cleansing systems (like the liver) are not functioning properly. When we eat something bad our stomach will give us a signal immediately. But when the liver isn't functioning properly and something harmful comes into our bodies, the liver does not give out the same type of signal as the stomach would. So it is hard to tell when there is a congested liver or a need for supported detoxification.
How do you know if you need Detox Support?
The liver will give your body signs when it is not functioning properly or if it is congested:
Acne Rashes Itchy skin Bad breath Congested sinuses Abdominal bloating Weight loss resistance Cravings Moodiness Chemical sensitivity Insomnia
How you can support Detox:
Give your body good nutrients to support the detox process
Remove harmful, processed and irritating foods
Increase natural fiber from fruits and vegetables, roots and seeds
Increase energy and mental clarity
Yoga (works on supporting the lymphatic system)
Promote healthy gut bacteria by taking a probiotic or increasing fermented foods
Take digestive enzymes to help break down foods and make nutrients more available to your body
Take a multi-vitamin for extra nutrient support
Herbs too support the detox organs (like tea cleanses)
Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake
Don't over eat
A FEW MOEW TIPS!
Avoid all fried and roasted foods Avoid bad fats and fatty foods Drink alcohol only in moderation Reduce your stress levels
Foods that Support Detox:
Artichokes, Daikon Radishes, Broccoli, Beets, Tumeric, Brazil Nuts, Garlic, Cilantro, Cranberries, Cabbage.
Homemade vegetable juice for detox support:
1 beet 2 celery stalks 1 thumb size piece of ginger 1 apple Juice all ingredients in a vegetable juicer and enjoy 3 times a day (with one light meal, such as a meat less salad to flush/cleanse the liver.
Herbs that Support Detox:
Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Gentian, Golden Seal, Wormwood, Barberry, Vervain, Wild Yam.
Homemade herbal liver tonic for detox support:
2 parts Dandelion 2 parts Milk Thistle 1 part Garlic Buy ingredients as a herb/tea or liquid. As a tea steep 1 tsp. of each herb in 2 cups of hot water. Drink as a tea after each meal. As a liquid drink mix equal parts of each herb and drink 3 tbsp. a day.