Many celebs have popularized detoxification diets as a means of weight loss and cleansing the body. But where is the science in all of this? Well, today I’m going to separate the science from the hysteria.
- Focus on probiotics. Bacterial overgrowth in the intestines makes it difficult for the body to reduce toxins. So get probiotics through fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, kefir, tempeh, and take a probiotic supplement.
- Consume a balanced diet. Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, phytonutrients, and proteins are key players in supporting the detoxification pathways. Eat foods that are rich in color– orange, red, green, purple, white and include sources of lean proteins and complex carbohydrates.
- Fix nutrient deficiencies. People with nutrient deficiencies especially vitamin B6, magnesium, and selenium causes the body to retain more toxins. Many people are deficient in omega 3 fatty acids (salmon, tuna, halibut, mackerel, sardines) and vitamin D (sunshine, cod liver oil, salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines). Basically eat fatty fish.
- Limit exposures. The cumulative exposure of toxins contribute to disease risk. As far as food goes, if budget allows choose organic meats, dairy, and produce, especially for the dirty dozen (foods with the most known pesticides), and limit processed foods.
- Reduce excessive body fat. Toxic byproducts build up in the body’s fat reserves, but keep in mind that losing body weight too fast can put a burden on the organs and cause toxic dump and burden the organs. Just another reason not to do a detox fast.
- Sweat it out, daily. Exercise is a great form of detox! Sweating actually allows toxins to be released from the body. Make it a goal to sweat most days of the week.
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