What does it actually involve?
A good detox should address the 5 main areas of your body involved with detoxification. The purpose, really, is to give your body a break and gently encourage these key areas to work more effectively.
Your liver helps your body sort, process and breakdown the chemicals we put it and then decide what to do with it next. The liver is so important that it can regenerate itself, even if damaged.
Your kidneys act as a filter, keeping enough water in your body to survive, filtering out medications and balancing blood pH via electrical and chemical troubleshooting. They help your body get rid of water soluble toxins.
Your small intestine acts as a very large surface for foods to be broken down and absorbed into the body, while the large intestine helps manage water balance and absorption of fat soluble vitamins. The stool is a collection of mainly dead cells, bacteria, water and other wastes and allows our body to get rid of fat soluble toxins.
Your lungs breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide so that the most important chemical reaction of life happens: keeping your blood within a narrow pH range. If you are not breathing properly, you are compromising the rest of your body. Period.
Your skin is the least effective way to get rid of waste. It helps your body process things via sweating and shedding of dead skin.
So what can you do to make sure your detox is worth your time?
- Incorporate foods like turmeric, artichokes, bitter greens like arugula and dandelion greens in your diet to help support the liver
- Drink warm lemon water first thing in the morning to get things going and quench your thirst
- Add lots of leafy greens to your diet to help clean out the colon
- Pay attention to your posture! Slouching decreases lung capacity and encourages shallow breathing
- Work up a sweat. A brisk 20 minute walk daily will encourage better circulation, sloughing off dead skin cells and a youthful glow
So, how do detoxes you've done in the past stack up? Comment below!
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