Leading into the summer months, many people have already started to increase their daily activities and exercises in hopes to get into a healthier body to enjoy the beach and the outdoors more. In order to get healthier, we all know that we must eat fresh and nutritious foods, and to exercise at least a half hour every day; but what about all of the toxins that our bodies have already accumulated? How do we eliminate those toxins that are already in our bodies? Before we touch upon that, we will delve into where all of these toxins come from.
Most of us living in Canada do not live next to an industrial area of town, a nuclear power plant, or even a landfill. Because of this, it is harder to identify where toxins are coming from but if you know where to look, you will find that we live in world full of pollution. From the chemicals found in our skin and body lotions to the toothpaste with which we brush our teeth with, to the pollutants in the air that we breathe, and the additives and preservatives in our foods, there is no shortage of man-made chemicals that can infiltrate our bodies.
So where to start with detoxification?
First, stop the intake of hazardous foods. For the first two to three weeks, eliminate all dairy, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, and sugar from your diet.
Second, start to increase foods that help with detoxifying. These detoxifying foods include broccoli, beets, seaweed, and lemons. Broccoli – contains important phytochemicals that are released when chopped, cooked, fermented or chewed/digested. These phytochemicals break down into sulphorophanes, which in turn may protect the heart from vascular inflammation and atherosclerosis and may play a role in anti-cancer activities by enhancing tumor suppressor proteins.
Beets – contain iron, magnesium, and zinc, which are necessary to promote detoxification and elimination. They also contain vitamins B3, B6, C and beta-carotene and support the gallbladder and liver functions. Lastly, their high fibre content helps in the elimination of bodily wastes.
Seaweed – contains powerful antioxidants that alkalize the blood and fortify the digestive system. Seaweed also contains align which absorbs toxins from the digestive tract the same way water softeners removes hardness from the tap. The seaweed’s align also helps lower cholesterol, remove heavy chemicals such as mercury, cadmium, and strontium.
Lemons – this fruit helps release enzymes that convert toxins into water-soluble forms and thus more easily excreted from the body.
Other detox foods include kale, arugula, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and red cabbage.
Having stopped the intake of additional toxins with food, and fortified our own detoxification with those super-foods mentioned above, we still organs and systems in place to help eliminate the toxins that have built-up. This is where your liver, kidneys, gallbladder, lymphatic system and even your gastrointestinal pathways come in. But what happens when those organs and systems are under-performing? This is where Detox-Kits come into the picture. This homeopathic medicine helps stimulate and enhance the functioning of the liver, kidney, gallbladders and lymphatic system to remove toxins in our bodies. These Detox-Kits can be found within our natural pharmacy in our clinic and is actually on special offer.
Before starting any kind of detox, speak with your physician or one of our clinic doctors. Other methods of eliminating toxins found within the body can also include the use of the IonCleanse Detox to remove the toxins via the feet. For more information on the IonCleanse Detox, please click here.
Detoxing your body does not mean that you are never allowed to drink alcohol or coffee again; but is simply to take a break to evaluate how you feel. Going through a detox program is not easy and takes a lot of focus and determination in keeping off the restricted foods but it will be well worth it and your body will thank you for it.