As one who has been a believer in the benefits of detoxing, recent research into this matter has proven to be quite an eye-opener. We hear a lot about the purported health benefits of a cleanse or detox.
According to sources such as the Cleveland Clinic and WebMD, detox diets while popular aren’t proven to actually flush toxins out of your system. In fact, detox diets can actually do more harm than good, especially if you already have preexisting medical conditions such as diabetes or heart disease.
Why might we be doing more harm to ourselves?
Our bodies have the ability to naturally detox. It is the job of our digestive tract, liver, kidneys and skin to break down toxins for elimination through urine, stool and sweat. Solid foods are the most sensible way to eat if you’re trying to reset your system. Of course, you’ll want to stay away from processed food and foods that are high in sugar and salt content.
So where do you begin?
—Eating the right foods including cruciferous vegetables, berries, garlic and spices like turmeric helps the body detoxify through various pathways.
—Improve your gut health with good bacteria and nutrients to reestablish balance in the digestive system
—Reduce inflammation which is caused by toxicity through an anti-inflammatory diet of wild-caught seafood, plant foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids including flaxseed and chia seeds, lots of non-starchy vegetables, and spices including turmeric
—Drink plenty of clean water. Hydration keeps cellular performance at its optimum peak
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