A personal detox program can be simple, yet impressively effective. The healthy benefits include less anxiety, reduced stress, diminished inflammation and more personal energy. And the best part about it is that you can start cleansing your body of toxins today.
A healthy detoxification program should always begin gradually. With so many methods available, it can be difficult to find a simple starting point. As an integrative medical doctor and detoxification expert, I’d like to share some of my top recommended steps for safe and effective detoxification that can provide lasting energy, vitality and overall wellness.
1. Reduce Your Exposure to Toxins
Every day, we are exposed to harmful health-robbing toxins such as bisphenol-A (BPA), phthalates, PFOA, formaldehyde, PDBEs, heavy metals, etc. from cleaning and beauty products, cookware, the environment and other sources. We are also bombarded with toxins from processed, fried or non-organic foods, alcohol, stimulants, medications and more. These toxins accumulate in the body over time and damage DNA, create inflammation and impair critical biological functions. You can reduce exposure by choosing all-natural foods and non-toxic products whenever possible, and make sure your home and work environments are properly ventilated. Have yourself tested for food allergies if you feel you may be sensitive to gluten, dairy, eggs or other allergenic foods. Allergens can increase the permeability of your digestive tract, allowing toxins to easily enter your circulation.
2. Alkalize Your Diet
Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables high in alkalizing minerals — such as potassium, magnesium and calcium — by eating foods like red potatoes, avocado and Brussels sprouts. Green leafy vegetables are rich in magnesium, while broccoli, sea vegetables, collards, chard and other greens are rich in calcium. An alkalizing mineral broth can be easily made by combining potatoes, celery, parsley, green beans, zucchini, beet tops, kale, onions and seaweed in a full pot of water; simmering for an hour or two; and pouring off the liquid for use. This method makes a highly nutritious, mineral-rich liquid suitable for a seasonal cleanse.
Other alkalizing food sources include liquid chlorophyll and powdered green supplements, as well as the highly alkaline umeboshi plum paste, which is a sour plum commonly used in Japanese cuisine. An alkaline diet can aid in the removal of toxins, reduce inflammation and boost overall health and energy.
3. Pre-Cleanse With Gentle Supplements
Gentle detox supplementation begins with natural ingredients that help to clear toxins from the circulation and digestive systems, while providing overall health support. Start with an organic 10-mushroom formula, which helps remove toxins and provides powerful benefits to every major body system, including the immune system. Modified citrus pectin is another key supplement that safely removes heavy metals and environmental toxins from circulation and digestion, reduces inflammation, boosts immunity, and protects against cancer and chronic illness by blocking harmful galectin-3 molecules.
4. Detoxify Organs And Tissues With Nutrients And Botanicals
After gently detoxifying circulation and digestion, you can gradually advance to more thorough detoxification of organs and tissues where toxins are often stored over time. For deeper, in-depth detoxification, I recommend incorporating compounds, herbs and nutrients such as n-acetyl cysteine, selenium, MSM, alpha-lipoic acid, milk thistle, cilantro, goldenrod, garlic and dandelion leaf. These natural detoxifying agents have their own affinities for specific organs and systems of the body, and work to successfully eliminate toxins without side effects. They also boost vital energy and provide a wide array of antioxidant support to combat the oxidative stress caused during toxin removal.
Dehydration can lead to inflammation and oxidative stress, thus increasing toxicity. Drink plenty of pure water and herbal tea to help assist the flushing of toxins from your body and keep your natural detox functions running smoothly. Proper hydration promotes better functioning of all your body’s systems.
6. Get Moving
Simple, moderate exercise on a regular basis helps keep the lymphatic system moving, release stored toxins, increase circulation and improve immune response. Movement also aids in releasing physical, emotional and psychological energies that may have you feeling “stuck.” Even just 15 minutes of walking, especially in a natural setting, can offer powerful benefits for detoxification and overall health.
7. Let Go With Simple Meditation
In today’s modern environment, we are often bombarded by stress, anxiety and negative thoughts and emotions. Stress affects us physically by degrading immune function and increasing stress hormones, which promote blood sugar imbalances, inflammation and oxidative stress. You can help clear this toxic burden on your mental, emotional and physical health through the process of letting go. Regular meditation practice is a proactive and well-researched method for easing these burdens, even if you meditate for only 10 minutes a day. Simply sit quietly and focus your attention, as well as your breathing, on a particular object such as a small stone. As thoughts and emotions arise, acknowledge and release them, bringing your attention back to your breath.
Numerous published studies show meditation can improve psychological/emotional well-being and help with issues ranging from cardiovascular disease, inflammation and immune activity to pain, anxiety, depression and more.
Following these relatively easy, yet important, tips for a successful cleanse allows you to quickly feel the benefits of reduced stress and anxiety, decreased inflammation and increased energy as well as improved health and vitality. They are rewards you won’t want to miss.
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