For many of us, health and wellness is something that we value.
We look for ways to lose weight, tone up, eat better, and improve ourselves, but few of us give thought to the process of detoxing.
So, what is detoxing?
Just as your house needs a deep clean every now and then, your body is the sum total of what you’ve eaten, ingested, and absorbed through your skin.
We live in a toxic world, and it is rare that someone living today has the detoxifying mechanisms in place to effectively flush out chemicals, toxins, fat, and other substances that are clogging up our bloodstream and doing damage to our health.
When you detox, you go through a protocol of eating certain foods, drinking certain beverages, and even performing techniques like sauna and massage to rid the body of excess toxins.
Many doctors and medical experts attribute the existence of excess toxins in the body as triggers for extra weight, mental stress, and disease.
It becomes essential, then, that we know what to do to detox, and undergo these protocols safely so that we can attain optimal health and wellness.
Take a look at these detoxifying foods that’ll help speed up the detoxifying process.
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First, will you have to undergo a detox protocol?
There are many ways to detoxify the body, and it is up to you to pick the best methods for doing so, taking into account your physical health and any pre-existing conditions you may have.
You do not necessarily need to fast for days, go to a sweat lodge, or attend a 15-day yoga retreat to get some detox benefits today.
There are certain foods that you can eat that will begin to clean your system out from the moment that you ingest them.
While you’re reading up on your preferred method of detox protocol, munch on these detoxifying snacks!
Avocado is a tasty, creamy-good snack that you can incorporate easily into your diet. It is high in fiber and loaded with good fat; being rich in antioxidants and glutathione, it will block over 30 toxins from entering your bloodstream via the liver. Eat your guacamole without guilt, knowing you’re doing something good for yourself!
There is a reason that grapefruit is incorporated into many diet programs–it helps the liver to metabolize fat really quickly. It also helps to regulate blood glucose, fight high cholesterol, and even fight off cancer. Compounds found in this delicious fruit can also help prevent strokes–add to salads and as a refreshing side dish to a light and flavorful meal.
Not only does pineapple taste amazing, but it is also very effective at regulating digestion and cleaning out the colon. A compound called bromelain helps to balance blood coagulation processes, reduce inflammation aid in reducing water retention. How about a strawberry, pineapple, and greens smoothie to kick your detox efforts into high gear?
Asparagus is not only a delicious side dish, it protects your liver from oxidative damage as it provides valuable detox functions for the rest of your body. Asparagus contains heart-healthy vitamins and minerals that can literally turn back time on this essential organ.
Fresh celery helps to balance the body’s PH levels and neutralize any acidity that you may be experiencing. Celery juice helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure; some report that it is even more effective than prescription medication for these two issues.
Mom always said an apple a day keeps the doctor away; she was right! Apples contain flavonoids and terpenoids, two compounds essential for proper detoxification of the body. Apples are instrumental in binding to heavy metals in the body and flushing them out as well. Keep munching!
Thanks to its high water content, watermelon is a great snack for keeping you hydrated and being able to flush your system of toxins. Citrulline is a compound present in watermelon that aids in flushing ammonia from your body, which reduces inflammation and improves blood flow.
8. Green smoothies.
With FDA recommendations constantly changing with regard to our need to consume more fruits and veggies, one of the easiest ways to accomplish this is with a green smoothie. Green smoothies are easy to make, they aid in digestion, weight issues, and are vital in providing the body with live enzymes with which to heal.
9. Green tea.
Who knew that a caffeinated drink would do a body good? Green tea is loaded with flavonoids and helpful compounds that help flush toxins from the body. Natural metabolism boosters help keep everything running smoothly, and it is even known to suppress the appetite and make needless snacking a thing of the past. You’ll feel cleaner, too!
10. Lemon water.
On a hot summer day, what is more, refreshing than a glass of lemon-infused ice water? It helps you stay hydrated, provides you with a boost of vitamin C, and balances your PH, all of which are instrumental in being able to detoxify properly.
Whether you are just beginning your detox journey or you are looking to boost your efforts with some smart snacking, it’s time to get excited. Regular detox is a key to lasting good health and wellness, and you’ll look and feel better than you have in years! Here’s to your optimal health!
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