What is detoxing?
Detoxification is the process of removing super harsh chemicals and toxins out of your system: This has recently become a super trendy diet, favored everywhere, all the while promising you endless possibilities to both a youthful appearance and lifestyle.
Here’s what you’re probably wondering: Is being healthy really so easy… what’s the catch?
What Is Detox Overload?
Have you ever heard of the term “brain fart?”
It’s when your brain gets randomly “foggy”— leaving you to either space out and forget whatever topic was at hand, or find yourself gradually stuck in a temperament that may lead you to feel moody from hours to days on end. (Yikes!)
This is an example of toxic overload in its simplest form.
It’s simply when you start to have so many toxins in your body, that your “detoxification” system buddies start to get all sluggish and slow down.
Examples of these are your liver, kidneys, or even your lungs! Results aren’t always immediate, but try to pay close attention to the times you randomly feel off or “sick.” It could be your body trying to communicate with you! This is where detoxification can best benefit.
Keep in mind***
Toxins are everywhere, such as pollutants in the air, but the most dangerous ones can be the ones regularly consumed.
A healthy diet is the best way to start with cleansing: whether it’s replacing processed foods for yummy home cooked meals or lessening the amount of sugar intake daily, simple steps such as these can actually reduce inflammation and stress—easing your way towards weight loss, healthier metabolisms, and proper excretion.
Another few easy steps towards a cleaner system are drinking more water: this will really aid your body in flushing out toxins. Also, try walking around or do some kind of exercise for at least 30 minutes daily. That’ll get your blood flowing and going— pushing all the toxins out and priming your health and overall personality.
Brush your tongue!!! You’d be surprised as to how many contaminants just chill there throughout your day to day.
Using deep breathing techniques may also help aiding your lungs to healthily deport many of the bad guys already floating around inside of you.
The Top 15 Foods To Help Detox Your System Right Now
Beets: These are low in calories and supply your body with a number of nutrients such as Vitamin C and Folate. They have also been proven to lower blood pressure, helping you improve in physical performance.
Garlic: Not only are they tasty, but these little guys contain antioxidants that can protect you against cell damage and aging!
Ginger: This root can be served in a multitude of ways such as fresh, powdered, or even in oil form; relieving you of nausea and pain.
Lemon: These bright guys provide hydration, improves skin quality, as well as freshens breath. (Wow!) They also contain a lot of Vitamin C and may lower the risk of strokes and prevent asthma.
Broccoli: Broccoli is a GREAT source of fiber— diets high in these promote digestive health. They also Potassium and Vitamins K and C which is perfect for building collagen which helps your cuts and wounds heal faster.
Avocado: Did you know avocados contain more potassium than bananas? They are full of healthy fatty acids that your heart needs and can lower cholesterol.
Spinach: Full of calcium, this vegetable can help strengthen your bones and contains a number of other nutrients such as Vitamins A and C to fight against colon and breast cancers.
Blueberry: These berries contain some powerful antioxidants such as folate that plays a role in DNA synthesis and repair. Yay blueberries!
Collard Greens: Collard Greens are extremely low in calories, also associated with cancer protection and anti-inflammatory properties.
Salmon: This fish has been linked to improving brain function, cognition, and neurological health, also containing great source of cholesterol.
Artichokes: Also known as French artichoke and green artichoke in the USA, contains antioxidants known as flavonoids, that increase the elasticity of artery walls, and even help relaxing blood vessels.
Turmeric: Relating to Ginger, Turmeric contains potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidants: helping to improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.
Apples: These sweet edibles have been proven to aid in the help of reducing the risk of cancer, hypertension, and diabetes. These multicolored fruits are dense in energy and water-rich which helps you feel full, commonly nicknamed to be the ‘nutritional powerhouse’.
Dandelion: Who would’ve thought dandelions could’ve been so healthy? These greens can be eaten both cooked and raw, providing excellent sources of Vitamin C, B, E, and K. It is also available in root form, where it is often dried and consumed as a tea but can also be eaten in its whole form.
Coriander: Coriander, also known as Chinese parsley, is also rich in Vitamins K and C, as well as protein! They also offer a wonderful source of dietary fiber.
What To Remember About Detoxing…
Detoxification is so much more than a cute social trend (let’s be real!) and can be very beneficial both emotionally and physically once done correctly.
The right plan can provide your body with the nutrients and energy it constantly craves and requires to self heal.
While these tips and tricks are great points to effectively get you on a jump start to a youthful eternity, be sure to reach out to your personal healthcare professional(s) for more specific questions and/or concerns you may have.
They can also help you tailor a detoxification plan geared best for your personal goals and needs. Remember, these are just ideas that may or may not work for you.
If you really want to detoxify, the first and BEST thing you could ever do is to reconsider or even stop bringing these toxins into yourself in the first place. Watch what you eat and start paying close attention to the things you put on your plate.
Your body can only take care of you as well as you take care of it!!!
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