Updated: Jun 6
The word detox is a hot buzz word, plenty of books out there offering a 7, 21, 30-day detox. But what exactly does it really mean to detox the body? The bottom line is we want to support the organs and systems in the body that naturally help detoxify toxins to keep us healthy.
The human body has a detoxification system (to get geeky, we have Phase I and Phase II detox) that helps us neutralize and eliminate toxins from the body. A toxin is a harmful substance.
We are overly exposed to environmental toxins, pollution, and stress. Most of us have exposure to:
Anti-nutrient foods: high-fructose corn syrup, trans fat, alcohol, processed food.
Heavy metals: mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium, tin, aluminum.
Chemicals: pesticides, herbicides, cleaning products.
Allergens: mold, dust, pollen
Infectious organisms: bacteria, viruses, yeast, parasites.
The liver is primarily in charge of the detoxification system. Other major systems that work together to maintain balance are:
Signs and symptoms that our detox system is overloaded:
Muscle and joint pain
Sinus congestion and postnasal drip
Dark under-eye circles
Dark urine, foul stool
Fluid retention and excessive weight
Rashes and canker sores
An unbalanced system stresses our body and can impact our mental health. Along with detox, it's important to help our stress response system through proper diet, exercise, and supplementation.
Have you experienced any of these?? The reality most of us do because of the daily exposure to toxins.
So here’s what you can start doing today to support your detoxification process:
Exercise: ideally daily, but at least 3-5 times a week. Bonus points for being outdoors!
Sweat it out! I LOVE Bikram yoga (hot yoga) it gets me sweating and help to rid the body of toxins. You can also try a steam or sauna room, or any activity that gets you sweating.
A balanced diet: high in nutrient-rich fruits and veggies! To reduce exposure to pesticides, consider organic produce.
TIP: The deeper the color of the vegetable, the more nutrient-dense.
Hydration-- drink water!!!
Probiotics (lactobacillus and bifidobacteria)
Fish oil omega-3 fatty acid (EPA & DHA):
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Detox lemon water:
Squeeze half a lemon into a full glass of water
Add 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
Pinch of cayenne pepper.
Enjoy!! I drink this several times a week and love it!
I know it can be challenging to know precisely how to get started. There is so much information out there that it can be overwhelming! My recommendation is to talk to work with someone who can guide you. As you make changes to your diet, it is equally as important to address any mental barriers and make sustainable lifestyle choices.
Integrative Medicine, 3rd Edition, David Rakel MD. Saunders, Philadelphia (2012), ISBN: 9-781-437-717-938