Mar 2nd, 2015
Author: Ben Brown
Today our bodies are exposed to more harmful chemicals and toxins than ever before in history. From our drinking water, chemically sprayed and genetically modified foods, the air we breathe, to household cleaners and skin care products, we are living in a toxic world. Our bodies are made to naturally facilitate detoxification through feces, urine, perspiration and respiration, but the level of chemical exposure is far beyond what we can naturally detoxify. Chronic exposure to environmental toxins impairs our body’s ability to effectively get rid of toxins, creating an extra burden that is acting as a major limiting factor in fat loss, hormone balancing, digestion, allergies and asthma, and overall health and well-being. It is important to take extra steps to further support our bodies need for improved detoxification if we want to stay healthy and prevent disease. Here are 5 easy ways to detoxify daily:
Eat your green leafy vegetables: The chlorophyll in these veggies helps flush out environmental toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, and air pollution. Load up on parsley, spinach, kale, chard, mustard greens, and wheatgrass. Research shows that chlorophyll may also block genetic changes that cause the production of carcinogenic substances in cells. That means they help reduce the risk for cancer and premature aging. Eat them raw, cooked and/or juiced if you prefer, with every meal of the day.
Of additional benefit, and worth mixing into your big greens salad, are beets, tomatoes, broccoli, onions and cabbage to enhance liver function. Some herbs such as dandelion root, burdock and milk thistle can also help your liver work at its best.
Tip: If you have a hard time getting enough greens in your diet, opt instead for an organic greens supplement powder to ensure you getting all of those healthy and detoxifying nutrients.
Sweat every day: Perspiration is perhaps the most effective method of removing both difficult chemical and heavy metal toxins from the body. Through both intense exercise and infrared saunas or steam baths, we can improve blood flow, decrease toxins stored in body fat and sweat out bodily waste. It’s important to get the metabolic and fat-burning benefits of intense exercise, such as weight training and short bursts of higher intensity cardiovascular exercise. This is because excess toxins are stored in our fat tissues, and the more body fat we accumulate, typically the more toxins we are storing.
Tip: Lift weights 2-3x per week and do 5-15 minutes of intense running, biking, swimming, or rowing 2x/week in addition to walking 30-60minutes per day, everyday.
Eat Healthy and Humanely Raised Animals: Just as humans store toxins in fat, so do animals. When animals eat grains (to fatten them up) that have been sprayed with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and genetically engineered, they are getting loaded up with harmful chemical toxins. If you’re eating commercially raised meat, than you are consuming these toxins as well. That’s why it’s important to choose your meats wisely, including free-range, grass-fed, hormone-free, and at the very least organic meat sources from happy and healthy animals.
Tip: Shop local farmers markets for great deals on healthy animal proteins as well as fresh, local and nutrient dense fruits and vegetables that are in-season and often organic. http://www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com/
Hydrate with Clean Water: Most tap water contains arsenic, fluoride, chlorine and a host of other unhealthy toxins. When we drink this, we are actually imbibing water that contains a mixture of toxic, poisonous chemicals that spells danger and at the very least overburdening work for our colons. Make sure to use a water purifier for both drinking water and bathing water, as a significant amount of toxins can be absorbed through the skin from your shower or bath as well.
Tip: A good goal is to drink ½ your body weight in oz. of water every day. In hotter climates like Arizona, we may need significantly more than that. AND, don’t forget to add a pinch of Celtic (gray) sea salt into your filtered water to replenish lost minerals from the filtration process and sweat.
Daily bowel movements: Without getting too in depth on the topic, just ensuring one or multiple daily bowel movements will help the body detoxify. Healthy digestion will produce healthy elimination, and one thing the standard American diet does not help is digestion. Processed grains and refined sugars will hinder the body’s ability to secrete digestive enzymes and limit the absorption of nutrients.
In order to improve digestion, it is important to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, which do contain fiber necessary for binding to toxins, but also provide minerals, like calcium, potassium and magnesium that can help with literally stimulating peristalsis (movement) in the intestines. Additionally, you may want to consider adding a probiotic supplement to ensure a healthy amount of gut bacteria, as these are absolutely crucial when detoxifying to prevent toxins from being reabsorbed back into the body.
Tip: Colonics and coffee enemas can be a valuable way to further support the body’s detoxification system.