|Spring time is the perfect time to embark on a detox, the weather is warming up, people are typically more motivated and may be feeling the effects of spending most of winter indoors eating comfort food and doing less exercise.
It’s easy to equate a detox to starvation diets, colonics and wheat grass juice. The truth is there are many ways to detox most of which depend on your needs. It’s important that if you are suffering from a health condition speak to one of our naturopaths about a detoxification program that suits you.
The organs that make up our detoxification system do an amazing job at processing and eliminating toxicities. Sometimes they can be overwhelmed with toxicities or in many cases not supported nutritionally. A detox will help fast-forward this process, balance any deficiencies and give the detoxification system a chance to catch up.
Below is a list of a few steps you can take to help detoxify your body.
Eat organic food – we all know the burden chemicals have on our bodies. Taking this one step further by using natural household products, skincare and makeup.
Go processed sugar free – sugar is in many processed foods, it also has no nutrients other than carbohydrates. Choose carbohydrates that are nutrient and fiber-dense.
Avoid processed fats, especially the polyunsaturated oils like, soybean oil, corn oil, and canola oil. These contain high amounts of Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which can lead to inflammation. Fat is important for the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients. Choose whole-food fats during a detox like avocados, nuts and seeds etc. A small about of coconut and olive oil are exceptions.
More greens – the most significant health benefits are due to chlorophyll, the alkalizing molecule found in green vegetables. Chlorophyll is a powerful blood cleanser; it is a great oxygen enhancer to energize the body and keep bugs away. Have a green juice, smoothie, and salad or use a green super food powder daily.
Include special detoxification foods: best are cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, cabbage, watercress and brussel sprouts. Other foods include garlic, leeks, berries, onions, turmeric, citrus peel and parsley.
Herbs are amazing at supporting detoxification. A great way to start a cleanse is by cleansing the bowel to remove parasites and other nasties, then the blood, kidneys, lymphatic and save the liver until last.
Lots of water – this helps flush the released toxicities out of the body. Aim for clear urine.
Eat lots of fiber – fiber binds to the toxins released from the liver and helps bring them out of the body via the bowel.
Sweat – this helps with kidney function by using the skin to eliminate. Saunas are great but exercise in fresh air is best.
Adopting these steps for ten to thirty days will have you super-charged for summer, rebooted and glowing. Detoxes are not recommended for pregnancy and some health conditions. Speak to one of our naturopaths about the right detox for you.