Detox diets, cleanses and fasting are all the rage in the wellness world at the moment and the word “detox” is thrown around like nobody’s business. When it boils down to it, your body knows how to detox on its own. That’s why we have a liver! The second largest organ in the body, the liver’s primary role is detoxification. However there are ways we can assist the liver to do its job efficiently and to get rid of those nasty toxins out of our body before they cause us any harm.
Toxins have unfortunately become an unavoidable part of modern life and there really is no escaping them; they are in the air, the water, the food we eat, and nearly everything we touch. They are also in our bodies, created from our own metabolic and stress-related processes. The amazing human body was designed to deal with many toxic substances, both outside the body and inside it, but not in the huge quantities we now tend to face 24/7.
We can work to minimise this burden of toxins on our liver through the choices we make everyday! These choices will influence how efficiently the liver is able to do its job. Here are a few quick tips that will enlighten you to small everyday changes that can reduce the toxic load on your poor wee liver:
• Minimise intake of refined sugars, processed foods, caffeine and alcohol
• Opt for natural skincare options that are free of sulphates, phthalates, parabens and GMO, and full of natural oils
• Nourish your body with plenty of leafy green vegetables and citrus fruits on the daily
• Choose natural home cleaning brands for your dishwashing liquid, laundry powder, multi-purpose spray etc. – Ecostore, Ecover and Earthwise are great options!
• Go organic in as many areas as possible
The help all of our bodies need is a nutritionally complete diet! In order for our uber amazing liver to be working and detoxing at its prime, we can all reap the benefits of a diet that includes heaps and heaps of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Your body simply cannot process and eliminate toxins without adequate nutrition. To look and feel your best, you want this detoxing process to be an efficient one!
By adopting a nutritionally complete diet and minimising exposure to toxins (cooked and processed foods, caffeine, alcohol, skincare, home products, environmental toxins and more) you are allowing your body a break and an opportunity for inflammation to unwind, all the while flooding it with so much goodness to support these natural detoxification processes.
Let’s take juice cleanses, for example. These have been poo poo’d by countless people in the medical industry for their claims of detoxing your body. Hopefully you can now explain why juice cleanses might be the first step to helping your body detox. Key word here… HELPING! No, drinking juice and only juice for three days straight is not going to physically rid your body of toxins. But by allowing your liver a break from processing your daily cooked foods, caffeine, refined sugar and more, all the while flooding it with a concentrated source of vitamins and minerals from fresh fruit and veg made into a juice, you are allowing your liver to work effectively in its role of detoxing.
Food, as always, is the very best medicine, and something you can easily prescribe for yourself every time you sit down to eat! There are so many ways one can help their body’s everyday natural detoxing processes. Lemon & water, apple cider vinegar, leafy green veg, plant-based protein and the list goes on.
How do you help your body detox? Let us know in the comments below and feel free to share this article with anyone who you think may find it interesting xo