If you are experiencing one of the following symptoms: constant fatigue, digestive distress (e.g. bloating, constipation and diarrhea), sleeping difficulties, and poor memory, it’s time to start your detox. In fact, it is essential to do a detox cleanse twice a year as it can clear your body of harmful toxins and improve your health. Here we will share 5 natural detox tips to get you started.
1. Consume Foods rich in Prebiotics and Probiotics
Did you know that poor gut health can have a negative impact on your immune and detoxification systems? That’s because your intestinal cells have a detoxification system, which acts as a chemical barrier to protect your body from harmful toxins.
As such, it is important to maintain a healthy gut. To do so, you are recommended to eat foods high in prebiotics and probiotics. Prebiotics are “food” for the good bacteria in your gut, which help boost their growth while probiotics are live good bacteria that help balance your gut flora.
Eat more asparagus, artichokes, tomatoes and oats. These foods are loaded with prebiotics. You should also consider good dietary sources of probiotics like kefir, yogurt and kimchi.
2. Go for Glutathione-boosting Foods
Raise your glutathione levels naturally. Glutathione is an important antioxidant that is heavily involved in the urinary/biliary excretion of toxins.
As sulfur is needed in the production of glutathione, we recommend you consume more foods rich in sulfur including fish, beef, poultry and cruciferous vegetables (e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, kale and Brussels sprouts). You should also ensure that you have adequate intake of vitamin C and selenium as both help maintain your glutathione levels.
3. Switch to Camelina Oil
Camelina oil is rich in omega-3s which increase the permeability of your body’s cell membranes, enabling toxins to pass out of your cell effectively! Its high stability is a plus point (more stable than other omega-3 rich oils e.g. flax oil and fish oil)!
4. Add Cilantro
Cilantro is a great herb for detoxifying. It has been shown to improve the excretion of heavy metals (e.g. mercury and lead) and chemicals (e.g. phthalates and insecticides) from the body. You can flavour your dishes with cilantro or add it to fresh-squeezed green juices.
5. Lower your Consumption of Sugar and Processed Foods
Studies have found a significant relationship between high intake of sugary and processed foods and chronic diseases (e.g. diabetes, heart disease and cancer). Such diseases damage your liver and kidneys, which negatively impact your detoxification system.
Thus, you are encouraged to replace sugar-sweetened beverages with water or other low-calorie drinks. You should also cook more meals at home and substitute your junk foods with fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
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