There's no way to completely avoid toxins. There are simply way too many sources, like contaminants in the food and water, fast food, stress, smog, secondhand smoke, vehicle emissions, airborne fungal spores, pesticides, and pollution. Our bodies absorb almost everything, good and bad, so maintaining a diet high in detox food is one of the best ways to promote overall health. Although they naturally have the incredible ability to heal, detox, and self-regulate, exposure to toxicity has made it more challenging for our bodies to do so. A little help is needed though daily detoxing practices to ensure optimal health.
We are exposed to more than 200 synthetic chemicals every single day and they are absorbed into our bodies through the air we breathe, the food we eat, the pharmaceutical medicine we take as well as the deodorants, lotions and other personal care products we put on our skin (also known as our largest organ). Over time, the build up of these chemicals have a negative impact on our health, allowing illness and stress to take hold.
The appearance of dull, tired, wrinkled, and enlarged pores, are all side effects of our skin being overloaded with toxins. When lymphatic circulation (a system helping the body of getting rid of inflammation, water retention, and infection) slows down, so does cellular turnover, which accelerates aging.
Dry brushing: Skin brushing and oil massages help exfoliate the toxins from your skin and refresh circulation.
Sweating: From exercise to enjoying a sauna session, there's nothing more detoxing than sweating it out. Regular exercise encourages blood circulation and the lymph system, enhancing digestion, reducing tension, lubricating joints, and strengthening our bodies. It is proven that people who exercise regularly have far fewer total toxins in their systems.
Practice inversions: Lay down and place your legs on the wall to trigger the lymphatic system.
Breathing exercises: Deep conscious breathing has a lot of benefits. Promotes the creation of white blood cells and detoxing the body are a few of them. Every exhale elimates part of the body’s waste in the form of carbon dioxide. Oxygen also helps the body absorb vitamins, nutrients and minerals more efficiently.
Water: Water is known for its detoxing and reinvigorating properties. Adding lemon to your water helps rehydrate the system and promotes digestion, which will help the flow of waste out of your body. Citrus fruits are rich in the antioxidant de-limonene (a powerful compound found in the peel that stimulates liver enzymes to help flush toxins from the body and gives sluggish bowels a kick-start. Starting each day with a large pitcher of “spa” water filled with sliced lemons is a great way to detox daily.
Fruit: Fruits are high in liquid content which helps the body wash out toxins and are also easy to digest. High in antioxidants, nutrients, fibre, and important vitamins, one cup of antioxidant-rich blackberries packs in 7.6 grams of fibre. By combining both, you trigger your gut to produce butyrate (a fatty acid that reduces fat-causing inflammation throughout your body).
Greens Foods: Aliments like blue-green algae, barley, wheatgrass, kale, spinach, spirulina, alfalfa, chard, arugula, and other organic leafy greens, give your digestive tract a detoxifying boost of chlorophyll which rids the body of harmful environmental toxins from toxic metals, herbicides, cleaning products, and pesticides, in addition of helping the liver detoxify.
Lemons, Oranges, and Limes: Citrus fruit helps the body flush out toxins and jump-start the digestive tract with enzymatic processes. In particular, lemon juice, which supports the liver and kidneys in their cleansing processes. Like I mentioned, to increase detoxification, start each morning with a warm glass of lemon water.
Garlic: Garlic is one of the best detoxing foods out there! It stimulates the liver into producing detoxification enzymes that filter toxic residues from the digestive system.
Broccoli Sprouts: Extremely high in antioxidants, broccoli sprouts' ability to stimulate detoxification enzymes at the cellular level is unparalleled.
Tea: Packed with antioxidants, green tea washes toxins from the system. Known to increase liver function, the special type of antioxidant in green tea, called catechins is a great bonus to have in your diet. White tea is also great to simultaneously boost lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) and block adipogenesis (the formation of fat cells).
Raw Vegetables: Onions, carrots, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, garlic, beets, turmeric, and oregano, all provide to a healthy diet, helping your liver purge toxins during the cleansing process. They are also rich in naturally occurring sulfur and glutathione, which helps the liver detoxify harmful chemicals.
Seeds and Nuts: Flax seed, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, Siberian cedar nuts, and sunflower seeds are all great options. Just a small handful a day of vitamin-packed almonds could help cleanse the deposit on your liver. Those that consumed the most— about 15 almonds—showed a 40 percent lower risk of liver cancer than those who consumed less. Researchers have confirmed a clear inverse response between the intake of vitamin E and liver cancer risk.
Omega-3 Oils: While detoxing to help lubricate the intestinal walls, use hemp, avocado, olive, or flaxseed oil in your meals. This allows the toxins to be absorbed by the oil and eliminated by the body.
Turmeric: Curcumin (which is derived from turmeric), works as a powerful anti-inflammatory in the liver. Supplementing with curcumin could significantly reduce bile duct blockage and curbed scarring (fibrosis) by interfering with chemical reactions of the inflammatory process.
Asparagus: The amino acids and minerals found in asparagus protect liver cells against toxins and also may alleviate hangover symptoms. They are also a natural diuretic, which helps flush the excess toxins from your system.
Beets: Containing a type of antioxidant called betalains, these jewel-toned roots help repair and regenerate cells in the liver (the body’s primary detox centre).
Cacao Powder: I dedicate this tip to all chocolate lovers! Cacao powder, the raw, unprocessed form of cocoa powder, is a great way combat bloat and add more fibre into your diet. I personally love using it in smoothies, with frozen bananas, matcha, maca powder, chia seeds, ashwagandha, hazelnut butter and oat or cashew milk.
For more information on the beauty effects of nutrition, read The Beauty Benefits of Nutrients.