Healthy nutrition and good lifestyle habits could assist our body's sophisticated system for filtering out toxins.
In an ideal world, our liver will process and eliminate toxic waste, our kidneys, digestive system, lymphatic system, lungs and even our skin, would work together to keep unwanted substances from harming health.
However, our modern sedentary lifestyles are full of stress, screens and nutrient-deficient meals.
Even with a healthy diet and well-managed stress, there are environmental factors to consider, like air pollution and microplastics. But, our body has an amazing capacity for resilience, and with some periodic care, we can keep things working as they should.
Many modern cleanses and detoxes unfortunately do more to starve the system than
support it. Supplementing an already clean diet with green juices and smoothies is a simple way to add nutrients, but relying on them instead of any food at all is hard for the body. Extreme restriction can also lead to blood sugar issues and slow down metabolism, disrupt hormone balance and even trigger disordered eating.
Good news is that there are many healthy ways to support the body's natural detoxification process that does not need to be drastic. Cleansing can and should be: an opportunity to heal and strengthen. Fresh, organic, nutrient-dense meals combined with small lifestyle changes will nourish and revitalize the body and mind.
Start by eliminating or minimizing some of the inflammatory foods such as; alcohol, caffeine, sugar, artificial sweeteners, processed food, factory-farmed animal products, gluten, dairy and refined vegetable oils. Those are the most commonly known to prevent the detoxification system from operating optimally.
Remove calorie counting and restriction as well. Focus on nutrient-dense diet full of
vegetables, healthy fats and clean proteins. Incorporate non-starchy vegetables like kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, cabbage, onions, cucumbers, radishes, bok choy, garlic, sunchokes, lemon, fresh herbs, beets, celery, bitter greens and good fats from avocado, nuts and extra virgin oil. Clean proteins from sources like plant-based legumes or from well-sourced lean animal protein.
Stay hydrated! You could drink half your bodyweight in ounces of filtered water daily. A small pinch of sea salt in water can help balance mineral depletion. Brew fresh tea with functional herbs such as Dandelion, Parsley and Ginger supports the body's own natural detoxification process in the liver. Staying hydrated supports the kidneys and digestion.
Intensify a cleanse with other lifestyle habits, such as: Dry brushing to stimulate the lymphatic system, Sweating is how the skin expels waste, Sleep which is really how our bodies heal and last but not least, using natural cleaning products, eliminating plastics and purchasing organic clothing, sheets and mattresses.
Embracing a cleaner diet and a healthier lifestyle means adopting a new mindset and an opportunity to improve our health and well-being. A short cleanse gives you a chance to reset, think about what you are eating and what activities you are participating in, and let go of what no longer serves you. Choose the foods and activities that supports you the best and incorporate these new practices into your daily lives!