Detoxification is a natural process, which our body daily performs to neutralize, transform and get rid of unwanted toxic substances. Understand that it is the primary function of our body that occurs constantly. What we eat and what enters our bodies affect this process. Therefore, if we consume foods that will help in our body’s detoxification process, then those foods will be the best, as they optimize and improve the body’s functions for the process to occur.
Mistakenly, people consider that by having specific foods, detoxification of our body can be done. Let me correct here the thought that it is a 100% all-time occurring body process. We all are very much aware of external cleanliness from brushing to bathing, but internal cleanliness is equally important. In other words, detoxification is internal cleansing of the body. Unfortunately, to know when our body is not cleansing or detoxifying properly, there is no proof and test to tell us. But it is the most important part of our body functioning. Our body needs hundreds of vitamins, enzymes, proteins and minerals to get rid of every bit of toxic or unwanted materials. For this, our body needs to synthesize all those helpful molecules and every organ is involved from liver, skin, kidneys, lymphatic system and lungs to intestinal tract. All together form a complex detoxification system. The primary aim of the detoxification process is to help these organs in elimination of the toxins. This needs arise when our body is loaded with impurities and unwanted toxic materials or substances. This occurs by
1. Letting the organs rest by fasting
2. Promoting elimination via the skin, kidneys and intestines
3. Improving blood circulation
4. Stimulating the liver to eliminate toxins from the body
5. Refueling with healthy nutrients our body
Does this not reveal the secret of every individual cell’s need during detoxification? Are there any signals in the body that reveal the need of detoxification? How will we understand this need of our body? Some obvious questions to arise in one’s mind! Signals… yes, your body tells you and those include
3. Acnes and pimples
4. Irritated skin
5. Mental confusion
6. Bloating and flatulence
7. Sluggish elimination
8. Menstrual problems
9. Puffy eyes
Now you know the symptoms or signals. What is the first step towards the detoxification process? Will it cost a month’s salary? Will now I run out of my savings? Does this means I cannot party around with my friends? No… not at all. You have to start working towards your body’s detoxifying by healthy ways.
First, decrease your toxin load, i.e. eliminate caffeine-based products from your diet,for example coffee, tea, alcohol, cigarettes, saturated fats and refined sugar.
Second, fire the stress from your way. Stress, anxiety and depression are three culprits loading your body with toxins, thus slowing down your detoxification process and increasing the load of cleansing on the liver. This can be reset by practicing yoga and meditation. They are the two best things to relieve your stress, allowing your mental and physical reactions to help your body in detoxification.
Let’s dig deeper into the foods for detoxification.
1. Water – the overlooked beverage; the most important source to keep yourself hydrated even after heavy gyms and saunas is water. It helps in getting those toxins out of your body that overload on your liver.
2. Asparagus–the great hangover cure; it is the best food for your hangover. It is rich in minerals and amino acids, which alleviates your hangover symptoms, thus masking your liver from toxins.
3. Spinach – nature’s appetite suppressant; spinach are rich in thylakoids, which are appetite suppressing compounds.
4. Grapefruit – the fat zapper; its scent turns on the calorie-burning brown fat cells, which encourages the breakdown of fat and reduction of appetite.
5. Beetroots – the cells regenerator; antioxidants, betalains, of the beetroots are very helpful in repairing and regeneration of the liver cells. (Remember that your liver is your body’s primary center for the detoxification process.)
6. Lemon water – god’s gift; the natural detoxifier is here to kick your sluggish bowels and stimulate your liver enzymes to flush those zingy toxins out from the body. It is rich in antioxidants de-limonene, found in the peel of the lemons.
7. Broccoli – the ultimate health food; it helps the liver by turning the toxins in the body to something that can be eliminated easily.
8. Tomatoes – the tasty skin protector; to ward off any skin damage, include tomatoes today in your diet. They are rich in antioxidants.
9. Green tea – the detox adder; because of the high antioxidant content, green tea help in killing free radicals, preventing oxidative damage.
10. Olive oil – the liver cleanser; let those gallstones expunge out by the liver with this one ingredient called olive oil. Mix it with fruit juice to avail all its benefits. It is rich in omega-3 and helps in shedding abdomen’s fat.
11. Turmeric – the known pain killer; cur cumin-rich bright orange-colored spice is a great natural powerful anti-inflammatory, which protects the bile duct from blockage and inhibits the inflammatory process.
12. Kiwi – the great bowel mover; it is not only rich in vitamin C but also is rich in fiber, which keeps your sluggish bowels, chronic constipation or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) at bay.
13. Wheat-grass – mattering matters; highly alkaline wheat grass helps in lowering the blood pressure and boosts metabolism.
14. Cocoa powder – the chocolate cure for the chocoholics out there; cocoa powder is the unprocessed form of chocolate is richer in fiber and can settle your sweet tooth. It also helps in bloating.
15. Almonds – the vitamin-packed liver fixers; they are rich in vitamins, especially vitamin E, which is inversely related to the risk of developing cancers.
16. Blackberries – amazing hormone controllers; antioxidants- and fiber-rich fruit triggers the production of butyrate, a fatty acid that reduces inflammation in the body caused due to fats. Their insoluble fiber triggers the production of a hormone called ghrelin that reduces hunger and helps in losing weight.
17. Oats – things on the go; they are a very rich source of fiber, both soluble and insoluble, which is gut-friendly too. They also contain avenanthramide, an antioxidant, which combines with beta-glucan, insoluble fiber, and helps in prevention of obesity, diabetes and heart diseases.
18. Hibiscus tea – the belly deflator; it is rich in sodium, which helps the body to retain the fluids and counteracts bloating. It also interacts with a hormone known to regulate the balance between water and electrolytes called aldosterone, thus affecting the body.
19. Detox water – a great recipe of water which remains infused with fruits and greens of your choice. There are number of ways and varieties to prepare one every night before going to bed and have early morning, giving an instant boost to your liver for detoxification. Lemons, grapefruit, berries, mint leaves, cucumber, etc. are all what you can add to your water after proper cleaning with their skins on.
Other foods include wild salmon, guacamole, white tea, collard greens, sweet potatoes, mustard, bananas, cold potatoes, artichokes, legumes, sunflower seeds, watercress, lemongrass, kale, ginger, dandelions, avocados, cabbage, onions, garlic, etc. All these foods will encourage your body’s detoxification process. Remember, not one food is enough to benefit your systems. Your body requires a wide range of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, which are impossible to attain from any one single food. Above list does not cover all the foods that will help you in detoxification but some which are easily available in your near-by grocery market. For more, please log in to www.nextdoorlab.com. You can also consult for free with the doctors at NextDoorLab by giving a missed call on 0124-222-3197.