Try as we might, we’ll all come into contact with toxic materials, be them from nature (e.g. heavy metals) or man-made sources (e.g. toxic chemicals), at multiple points in our everyday lives. While our digestive systems can normally filter these toxins out of our bodies via regular bowel movements and conversion of toxic molecules into water-soluble ones that can be urinated out, certain stressors (especially processed food) can throw that filtering process out of balance. Here are a few ways you can ensure your body is on the path toward regular and healthy detoxification during the winter..
Many popular methods of detox you may have already seen elsewhere on the Internet have been shown to be effective. For instance, zeolites (certain minerals sold as supplements and powders) have pronounced and generally safe effects on the body in terms of removing digested toxins, due to their interesting molecular geometries and ionic properties—take care not to eat them after a meal, as they may take your nutrients with them! Non-ionized salt water flushes, often done on an empty stomach, have anecdotally proven effective for many people in relieving blockage in the colon (just make sure it’s safe for you, and that you’re close to a bathroom for most of the day). Charcoal and activated carbon, first used millennia ago, still works in case of emergency for flushing out deadly poisons before they can be digested. Lastly, herbal remedies such as milk thistle and dandelion teas and supplements have been shown to reduce inflammation and free radical presence in the liver, promoting general digestive health.
Evidently, the adage “you are what you eat” is especially apropos when it comes to your digestive system; all the medication in the world won’t help with an unhealthy diet. Here are some foods with demonstrable detoxifying effects:
· Spanish Black Radish: this root has been shown to decrease concentrations of certain toxins in the bloodstream, and increase them in the liver, when taken as a supplement over several weeks.
· Garlic: a staple in culinary and medicinal practice since Ancient Egypt and Hippocrates, raw garlic and garlic oil may prove extremely potent as an antibiotic for the liver. This is but one of several benefits (e.g. heart health, cancer prevention) regular consumption of garlic can have—don’t be afraid to use a lot of it in your next meal!
· Turmeric: an old favorite in India as a flavoring and medicinal substance (it’s the primary ingredient in curry powder),this root’s high concentration of curcumin has been shown to possess antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties in initial studies, despite its low bioavailability.
· Brassicas: this class of vegetables (including broccoli, kale, and brussels sprouts) are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and metabolites, translating into notable anti-cancer and detoxifying effects.
· High-fiber foods: sometimes, the “brute force” strategy is really the best—the following foods’ rich fiber content allow nutrients to be efficiently digested, and for waste to be healthily evacuated:
o Green peas
o Whole wheat pasta and other grains
o Black beans
o Many more!
Don’t want to go through the process of putting together your own detox protocol? No worries! We carry an affordable all-in-one detox supplement powder—just add a few scoops to your food or drinks every day. Also, don’t hesitate to swing by our shop or drop us a line with any detox-related questions or concerns.
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