Spring time is coming and this is the perfect time to begin a detox cleanse. Your bodies are exposed to all kinds of toxins from the foods we eat, the air we breath, and the stress of living. This exposure to hazardous materials takes its toll on our bodies and overworks our organs that are trying desperately to keep us clean. This is why it is so important to detox once or twice a year. Especially the liver, since it is the main filtering organ. The more exposure a person has to harmful substances the more the need for a cleanse. So I highly recommend doing a liver cleanse or a full body cleanse. We also get rid of waste through sweat and urine so I suggest drinking plenty of fluids especially detox herbs and teas and engaging in activities that produce sweating. Limit your exposure to artificial substances, eat organic fruits and vegetables, and exercise regularly and reap the rewards of looking and feeling great. Below is a list of beneficial herbs, foods, and strategies for cleansing. Enjoy. I hope you find this information useful and I encourage you to start living a cleaner, well balanced life.
3 great exercises for detox
Walking/Running: cardio & perspiration
Rebounding: moves lymph
Swimming/cycling: cardio & perspiration
Best Detox Foods
Fruits are extremely high in liquid-content, helping the body wash out toxins. They are also very easy to digest and are high in antioxidants, nutrients, fiber and many important vitamins like vitamin C.
When you are ready to detox your body, fill your refrigerator with blue green algae, barley, wheatgrass, kale, spinach, spirulina, alfalfa, chard, arugula or other organic leafy greens. These plants will help give a chlorophyll-boost to your digestive tract.
Chlorophyll rids the body of harmful environmental toxins from smog, heavy metals, herbicides, cleaning products and pesticides. They also aid the liver in detoxification.
Lemons, Oranges & Limes
These citrus-wonders aid the body in flushing out toxins, as well as jump-start the digestive tract with enzymatic processes. They also aid the liver in its cleansing processes. To increase detoxification, start each morning with a warm glass of lemon water.
Remember, vitamin C is one of the best detox vitamins around, as it transforms toxins into digestible material. Eat vitamin c foodsoften to help get more of these benefits.
This pungent little bulb is one of the best detox foods out there. It helps stimulate the liver into producing important detoxification enzymes that will help filter out toxic residues in the digestive system. We recommend adding sliced or cooked garlic to any dish, as this will help aid any detox diet.
Extremely high in antioxidants, broccoli sprouts can help stimulate the detoxification enzymes in the digestive tract like none-other. The sprouts are actually more effective than the fully-grown vegetable, despite the picture on the right.
Packed full of antioxidants,green tea not only washes toxins out of the system through its liquid content, but also contains a special type of antioxidant called catechins, known to increase liver function.
The mighty mung bean has been used by Ayurvedic doctors for thousands of years. It is incredibly easy to digest, and absorbs toxic residue on the sides of the intestinal walls.
Best for juicing detox regimens or eaten raw: Onions, carrots, artichoke, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, garlic, beet, turmeric, and oregano. The combination of these foods will help your liver purge toxins during the cleansing process. These are high in naturally occurring sulphur and glutathione. Sulphur helps the liver detoxify harmful chemicals.
Seeds & Nuts
Incorporate more of the easily digestible seeds and nuts into your diet. This include flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, Siberian cedar nuts and sunflower seeds. While detoxing, avoid nut butters.
Use hemp, avocado, olive oils or flax seed oil while detoxing. This will help lubricate the intestinal walls, allowing the toxins to be absorbed by the oil, and eliminated by the body.
Herbs and there function
Laxatives and diuretics herbs
- Licorice root
- Psyllium seed
- Yucca root
- Violet leaf
- Guar gum
- Marshmallow root
Herbs that provide support to the liver
- Cascara sagrada bark
- Milk thistle seed
Parasite expeller herbs
- Black walnut hull
- Pumpkin seed
Herbs that soothe irritated digestive and urinary tracts
- Irish Moss
- Passion flower leaf
Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant herbs
- Witch hazel bark, twigs, and leaves
- Gentian root
Multipurpose herbs ( Demulcents, blood purifiers, energizers, laxatives and diuretics)
- Slippery elm bark
- Mullein leaf
- Black cohosh
- Burdock root
- Fennel seed
- Ginger root