We are amidst a toxin invasion! They are everywhere in our food, and even the air we breathe in. Our favorite gadgets are also not free of them. Pesticides, mercury, and even uranium are among those who are slowly but steadily poisoning our bodies. But we do not need to give up as there are ways in which we can detoxify our bodies from toxin exposure and be healthy again. Here are 14 unexpected ways to rid ourselves of these toxins and be healthier.
Drink green tea in the morning
Avoid increase of bad cholesterol by switching to green tea every morning. unfiltered coffee contains cafestol, a diterpenoid molecule that increases the bad cholesterol or HDL in our arteries. Now the thing is you don’t have to give up coffee altogether. The coffee that you drink is most probably instant coffee which is of course derived from 100% coffee. Instant coffee does contain levels of cafestol and Kahweol that can raise cholesterol but drinking in moderation to the tune of one to two cups per day won’t harm you as long as you are active.
But!! On the other hand, green tea should be added to your daily consumption of brews as it is packed with antioxidants, improves heart health, detoxifies you and reduces cholesterol. So avoid too much coffee and switch to green tea instead. Dandelion tea is also a good detoxification drink.
Try fasting from time to time. Most of us binge on unhealthy processed food items and refined sugars which causes all sorts of health havoc in our bodies. We must try fastingonce a week which will naturally cleanse your body condition it for healthier eating by reducing appetite. Do not fast without consulting your doctor.
A sauna or exercise
Sweating is our body’s external way of removing toxins from our system. The more you sweat the cleaner your system gets. Take your doctor’s advice and visits a sauna, better still start heavy cardio exercises which would make you sweat you a lot and fast. Just do not forget to take a clean cold shower after a nice sweaty work out session.
Most health problems originate in our gut which is logical because food enters and breaks down there first. Poor health and medication especially antibiotic kill the healthy microflora of good bacteria residing in our gut. As a result toxins and bad bacteria have a field day. Regular consumption of probiotic supplements facilitates better functioning of our digestive systems, especially our stomach and intestines. The best option is to incorporate yogurt into our daily diets which is teeming with good bacteria. It will cleanse your body from all the toxins from inside and make your system grateful for your intelligent for food choices.
One must eat a lot of raw dietary fiber to get your body detoxed. It also improves digestion. You can easily make smoothies with fiber-rich fruits and vegetables combined with probiotic-rich items like plain yogurt. Make smoothies with these ingredients but remember to keep them raw and wash them properly. Among veggies, beetroots, carrots, and cucumbers are super detoxifiers including spinach.
Most of the standard beauty salons have an ion-water detox machine which basically resembles a pedicure contraption and get rids of all your body toxins through your toes! You can even buy them online as well.
Drinking red wine
It sounds counterintuitive to use alcohol to detoxify ourselves but surprisingly this works! There are many medical studies which have proven that a glass of red wine a day can keep urinary tract infections at bay and keep our cholesterol levels low.
Activated charcoal can remove most toxins, heavy metallic irritants and poisons from our body because it has no oxygen in it which makes it absorbent. Activated charcoal is basically made of burnt wood, debris and coconut shells. It comes as a pill and should be taken before a heavy meal or alcohol consumption.
Drink a lot of water
Water is the natural flushing agent for all the toxins in our body. The more you drink, the cleaner your system is with toxins being flushed out through the urinary tracts. In fact to make a highly efficient water-based drink to detox your body, just take 2tbsp organic apple vinegar and mix it in one gallon of water, shake the mixture thoroughly. Drink this every day in the morning and you’ll see the change soon. A solution made with few drops of lemon in water is also regarded as a good detoxifying drink first thing in the morning.
Stop eating refined sugars
Refined sugar and artificial sweeteners are the biggest culprits behind the growing numbers of diabetic patients and heart disease all across the world. These can basically block the natural metabolism of the body and increase blood sugar that creates a vicious cycle of weight gain and contraction of heart-related diseases. Substitute sugar with organic brown sugar, or maple syrup instead. To be totally free of the effects of sugar, try to adjust your taste to sugar-free drinks where you could start drinking tea or coffee with the least or with no sugar if possible.
Skip those pastries, cakes and sweets as they are dangerous combinations of sugar, unhealthy fat and refined flour. Once you start avoiding such stuff, you will stop craving it and your taste buds will adapt to requiring reduced levels of sugar in your food and drink.
The basic difference between regular supermarket veggies and organic vegetables and fruits is the fact that the latter have no toxins such as pesticides, chemicals, preservatives or even antibiotics. Eating organic food will improve digestion and metabolism of food in the body. Your overall health and immunity improve as it no longer has to fight against unnecessary toxins invading our body through food. The best way is to start your own kitchen garden and limit your buys from local organic market or farmers.
Clear the air from toxins
Always keep your house squeaky clean as toxins enter your living spaces and poison the atmosphere and surfaces of your home. Toxic substances can easily enter through doors and windows. Install air purifiers and routinely dust and scrub your kitchen and bathrooms including your furniture. Beds, bedsheets, cushions, pillow covers and towels need to be washed and changed regularly. Sunning mattresses and such linen help by killing all germs. Wet mopping the floors also helps.
Consider Milk thistle
Milk thistle is one of nature’s super ingredients that is a powerful detoxifying agent especially, for the liver. Known as Silymarin, it belongs to the daisy ragweed family and is widely used for liver protection and reduces the risk of liver diseases like jaundice, cirrhosis or fatty liver. Research has also proven that Milk thistle helps improve diabetes and the condition of insulin resistance.
Stretches are a great way to detox your body. Performing a method called active isolated stretching helps oxygenate your body tissues and muscles. It increases circulation carrying oxygen to every nook and cranny of your body neutralizing toxins. Exercises like tai-chi and yoga are also equally good as detoxification exercises.