Eliminating Unhealthy Body Toxins
People who regularly feel ill, tired and rundown for extended periods may be experiencing results of toxin buildup. These toxins are everywhere and come from a variety of sources. They are in food and drinks we consume, air we breathe, antibiotics, cigarette smoke, preservatives, alcohol, pesticides and artificial sweeteners. There’s no way to completely avoid them. However, there are some natural measures that can be taken to substantially eliminate them and improve one’s health. They can be flushed out through the skin, lungs, liver and digestive system.
This is important because toxins not removed end up in the body’s connective tissue, blood and fat, resulting in a number of health issues. Fortunately, the digestive system expels many of them. But, when the body is tired due to illness, it’s harder for the digestive system to work efficiently.
There are a variety of methods used in detoxifying the human body.
· Eliminate Voluntary Toxin Intake - Avoid caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, refined sugar and saturated fats.
· Stress Reduction - Yoga and meditation are popular choices. Stress lowers the liver's ability to detoxify the body.
· Water Flush - Drink several cups of hot water daily. This helps dissolve and eliminate impurities in the digestive system, makes digestion easier and keeps the body hydrated.
· Increase Spice Intake - Spices like fennel, coriander, turmeric and cumin aid in digestion detoxifies and stimulates metabolism.
· Eat More Fiber - Fiber speeds the body's natural detoxification process. Organic fruits and vegetables -- especially beets, artichokes and broccoli -- and seaweed are excellent sources of fiber.
· Deep Breathing Exercises - Helps the lungs flush toxins by transporting oxygen to body cells.
· Cleanse Diet Flush - Anxiety, high/low blood pressure, dry skin, digestive disorders, stress, depression or weight gain all point to poor liver function. The liver removes toxins from the bloodstream. This is one of the fastest, most natural ways to improve health. There are several diets claiming to improve health by cleansing the liver.
Some recommend a variety of foods designed specifically to heal the liver. These include fruits and vegetables like watercress, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and citrus fruits. Oranges and pomegranates are two good examples of fruits that stimulate digestion and detoxification. They help reestablish the immune system. Green tea, milk thistle, purple, green, yellow and orange foods all provide special antioxidants to assist in liver repair and function.
For a few days, intake of water and fresh fruit should be increased. This allows time for the liver to flush out many built up toxins. Next, eat more fresh salads and vegetables. This will supply needed enzymes to aid in digestion. After a few weeks, a normal diet can be resumed.
However, to maintain optimum liver health, avoid red meats, fried foods and “junk” food. These foods and beverages wreak havoc with the digestive process. As an added benefit, those adhering to these standards usually lose weight and have smoother skin. But be forewarned, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, loose stools and lack of appetite are common side effects with this method.
· Fasting and Colonic Cleansing - These practices can affect other health issues and should not be practiced without consulting a doctor.
· Saltwater System Flush – Nothing more than a simple enema. It cleanses the colon of any toxins and obstructive buildup. All that’s needed is water, salt and a toilet. Note that this procedure can be unpleasant as well as a little painful. First, boil water in a medium saucepan. Mix in two teaspoons of salt, then simmer and stir until the salt dissolves. Remove from burner, let cool. Pour into a large glass and drink quickly. The saltwater may cause some to vomit…if it does, repeat with nose plugged. Be prepared to move to the bathroom quickly. Results should be evident within 10 minutes to an hour. If not, then repeat using a higher salt concentration. Then, replace disease and bacteria-fighting agents naturally found in your colon with pro-biotic supplements.
· Eat More High Insoluble Fiber - This helps regulate bowel movements. Good sources are whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, nuts and dark leafy green vegetables.
No matter which route is taken, consult a health care provider before attempting any regimen.