Detoxing is a term I am sure many of you have heard of before and detox is actually short for detoxification which just the natural process of getting rid of toxins from our body. There are quite a few organs that are responsible for this but in this video and article I am going to mainly focus on the liver.
Everyday we are exposed to chemicals and toxins through the food we eat and also the environment. Your body does have the ability to get rid of these but the problem occurs when we experience chronic exposure to these chemicals which can affect the functioning of your liver and it’s ability to detox.
I do believe that we would all benefit from helping our liver out a bit and just having a week or 2 of really 100% focusing on eating loads of nourishing foods and restricting certain foods that can compromise the health of your liver and can make us feel a bit sluggish.
I think as well when you do a detox it can be that kickstart or boost that you need to really get into the right headspace and work on making some long term positive changes to your diet and lifestyle.
1. Eat plenty of vegetables – especially cruciferous vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables or the bitter green leafy ones, stimulate certain enzymes in the liver that are responsible for detoxing. Some common cruciferous veggies are kale, Bok choy, cabbage, brussels sprouts, rocket, broccoli and beetroot. I recommend you aim for at least 7 serves a day. So for example, 2 serves with breakfast (smoothie or an omlette), 2 serves for lunch (big salad), 2 for dinner (veg stir fry) and 1 snack (carrot and avo).
2. Drink lots of water
Make sure you drink around 2L each day. Staying hydrated is super important to allow our organs to function optimally and it helps to promote movement of toxins throughout your body. The liver transforms toxins so they are water soluble which we can then get rid of through urine.
I also love having a warm lemon water every morning as soon as I wake up. Lemon firstly helps to acidify the pH of your stomach which will help with digestion. It promotes regular bowel movements to move waste products and toxins through the body quickly.
3. Gentle exercise and de-stress
Make sure you do some sort of low impact exercise as this will encourage blood flow which aids detox without putting extra stress on your body like intense exercise does. Activities such as yoga, meditation, swimming, walking or anything where you are moving your body while feeling calm and relaxed.
I would also focus on reducing inflammation in the body (as this does affect the functioning of your liver) through getting plenty of sleep (at least 8 hours) and try to reduce the amount of cortisol in your body through de-stress techniques.
4. Eliminate inflammatory foods and toxins
Another big thing you can do to support your body’s natural detox process is to decrease the amount of toxins and chemicals that we eat. Do this by removing common allergens and foods that will cause inflammation such as gluten, dairy, refined sugar, GMO foods, alcohol, coffee and overly-processed foods that contain artificial additives and food chemicals.
A good way to think about this is to avoid eating any sort of food that comes in a packet. You are pretty much left with whole, natural and earth grown nutrients :)
5. Herbal liver detox supplement
Lastly once you have implemented the first 4 tips that I just mentioned, you can further enhance your body’s ability to detox through natural herbs. Some great herbs I have read up on is NZ kelp, dandelion root (stimulates the production of bile which is aids the breakdown of fat) as well ginger and loads of others too.
I have used a liver detox supplement before by the brand BioBalance which is an NZ based brand that I absolutely LOVE for buying all my superfoods and supplements from. Their liver detox contains loads of amazing natural herbs which may all support the healthy functioning of your liver. You can check out this supplement here.
Remember the importance of doing a detox is to support your body’s natural detoxification process and overall to enhance the functioning of your body. It definitely is not a quick fix or a diet in order to fit your jeans better. But like I said at the start quite often doing this will really give you the boost that you need to start making some healthy long-term changes to your dietary habits and your health.
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