(NaturalHealth365) The modern world is full of environmental toxins. It is estimated that there are over 80,000 toxic chemicals used regularly in the United States. There are over 500 chemicals stored in our body and the average individual has at least seven pesticides tested in their urine. It is imperative to have a daily detoxification lifestyle to get these unwanted toxins out of our system.
Some environmental toxins are easier to eliminate than others. The most challenging toxins to get rid of are the hydrophobic or fat-soluble toxins and heavy metals. We take in many of these from industrial exposure, flame retardants and paint fumes as well as pesticides and herbicides.
How does the body (naturally) get rid of toxins?
The major detoxification organs of the body include the liver, kidneys, skin, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, urinary tract, etc. The liver uses a dual phase enzymatically driven system to neutralize and prepare the vast majority of the toxins we encounter for elimination from the body. Both of these steps must have adequate resources in order to work perfectly to properly rid these toxins.
In phase I detoxification, the liver takes fat soluble toxins and makes them more water soluble. In phase II detoxification, the liver uses enzymes to inactive the toxins and bind them to bile and other molecules for elimination. We can assist the liver and the rest of the body in eliminating toxins with several lifestyle interventions.
Protect your health with these daily detoxification dietary steps
Daily detoxification begins with our lifestyle routines. The first step is to eliminate toxins from our diet and remove all sugars and grains. Sugars and grains stimulate insulin release and a metabolic shift towards fat storage and increased inflammatory conditions. Without sugar and grains – the body will be more effective at eliminating toxins. Build your meals around healthy fat sources, antioxidants, clean proteins and fiber.
Healthy fat sources include coconut products, avocados, extra-virgin olive oil and sprouted flax, chia, hemp and pumpkin seeds. Antioxidants are found in abundance in berries, citrus fruits, vegetables, herbs and raw cacao. Clean proteins are found in organic poultry, wild caught fish, 100% grass-fed beef or bison and 100% grass-fed, fermented dairy.
Intermittent fasting is one of the best detoxification practices
Engage in intermittent fasting strategies each day or every other day. This may include a 16-20 hour liquid fast each day where only clean water, herbal teas, fermented herbal botanicals, and green juices (without fruit) are consumed. Or, one may choose to fast for 24-36 hours once a week. Intermittent fasting allows the body to shed off inferior cells and dump toxins out of the fat cells and deep within organ tissues.
The best way to begin fasting is by giving your body 12 hours between dinner and breakfast every single day. This allows 4 hours to complete digestion and 8 hours for the liver to complete its detoxification cycle. After this is a standard part of lifestyle, try taking one day a week and extending the fast to 16-18 hours. Eventually, you may choose to do a full 24 hour fast each week.
During the fasting period it is great to drink cleansing beverages such as fermented drinks, herbal teas, water with infused superfood extracts, water with lemon or apple cider vinegar, etc. These enhance the cleansing process by providing anti-oxidants and micronutrients that enhance healing and detoxification.
Are you eating superfoods and sulfur-rich foods?
Certain superfoods help the body to eliminate toxins more effectively. These include foods that are rich in chlorophyll like wheat, barley and oat grasses, cilantro, parsley, spinach, spirulina and chlorella. Superseeds like chia, hemp and flax are rich in anti-oxidants and fiber which help neutralize toxins and bind them for safe removal.
Other foods rich in sulfur containing amino acids help to boost the bodies stores of glutathione which helps shuttle toxins out of the cells. These foods include non-denatured grass-fed whey protein and 100% grass-fed raw cheese, organic eggs, avocados, red onions and cruciferous vegetables. Other great sources of glutathione boosting herbs include turmeric, milk thistle, garlic, rosemary, cinnamon and bilberry.
Drinking lots of clean water with antioxidant extracts such as fresh squeezed lemon or herbal botanicals is especially helpful. Water helps flush the urinary and gastrointestinal system out and regulate the gut microenvironment. Adding in antioxidant extracts helps the body neutralize the damaging free radical stress that toxins create.
Don’t forget the value of regular exercise and sunbathing
Healthy movement patterns including exercise that forces deep respiration and perspiration helps to remove toxins. Exercise also helps improve circulation in both the cardiovascular system and the lymphatic system and improves the body’s own antioxidant production. Good circulation and intracellular antioxidants are critical for healthy detoxification processes.
Infrared saunas or appropriate sun bathing can also be very effective for stimulating toxin removal through perspiration. Sun bathing adds the benefit of increasing vitamin D3 synthesis which boosts the intracellular antioxidant glutathione as well.
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About the author: Dr. David Jockers owns and operates Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Ga. He is a Maximized Living doctor. His expertise is in weight loss, customized nutrition & exercise, & structural corrective chiropractic care. For more information – visit: DrJockers.com. Dr. Jockers is also available for long distance phone consultations to help you beat disease and reach your health goals.
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