How To Safely Detox Your Body
A detox, if used irresponsibly, can be very dangerous and so it is crucial for your health that you are sensible and careful before starting a detox program.
Always opt for detoxes that are food-based and do not need drastic measures such as living on liquids only also do not detox the body for more than 10 days as the body needs a greater variety of nutrients than those provided by a detox program.
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Fibrous vegetables and fruits
These are very effective for detoxing the body because the fiber cleans out your digestive system and slows down your appetite immensely. Meaning you can break from high-calorie foods and allow the digestive system recovery time to return to better function.
Detoxing vegetables to try are artichokes, cauliflowers, radishes, watercress, bok choy, asparagus, kale, spinach and broccoli. Fruits include berries, guava, watermelon, tomato and avocado.
Spices and herbs
Herbs can be steeped in water to make teas and in order to enhance the effects of your detox add spices to your cooking. Fennel reduces heartburn, gas and bloating while ginger is an efficient anti-inflammatory agent.
Ginseng helps in boosting immunity and helping the body get over stress; mint soothes the digestive system while nutmeg helps in returning bowel activity to normal. Turmeric boosts immunity and cleanses the liver.
These are beneficial to the digestive process, immunity and gut health and including them in your detox allows for elimination of damaging bacteria and a positive balance of healthy gut flora.
They improve nutrient uptake from other detox foods and enhance the digestion of foods that the digestive system may struggle with such as high-fiber foods.
Examples of fermented foods to include are kombucha, kefir, miso, pickled vegetables, sauerkraut and kimchi.
Increased water intake
When detoxing, this factor is essential because water can be used to detoxify the body at any time. Increased hydration means that fewer toxins will be in circulation in the body.
Water reduces hunger, filters environmental toxins from the bloodstream and eliminates metabolic waste. It boosts metabolism, immunity, bowel function and digestion.
Your daily water intake should be 8 glasses or more even when you aren’t thirsty. Water and herbal tea are most effective in flushing out the system when detoxing and should be the only liquids you’re taking.
Greens you take during your detox in the form of green salads or smoothies are good for intake of magnesium, potassium, calcium, amino acids, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, beta-carotene and chlorophyll.
Protein is also needed during detoxes to improve sleep, reduce jitteriness and mood swings, stabilize blood sugar spikes to help with high-stress levels and promote the proper production of hormones.
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