Natural body detoxification tips
Every day your body disposes of toxins from the metabolism of food, fluids, medications, and even the air you breathe. Your liver, kidneys, lungs, skin, and digestive system all play important roles to filter, inactivate, and remove toxic by-products and waste materials out of the body.
What can you do to enhance your body’s natural processes? Well, the good news is that it’s really not that hard to improve your body’s detox systems—and the result is that you will most likely have more energy, fewer skin issues, and fewer minor digestive complaints. The starting point is a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. I strongly urge folks to stay away from fast foods, as eating chemical-laden, often fried foods adds a HUGE burden of toxins for your body to process! Vegetables and whole grains are rich in fiber and help bind toxins and harmful metabolites so they can be excreted. Here are five tips to support your body’s detoxification systems:
- Eat more whole grains. When choosing breads and cereals, look for phrases such as “100% whole wheat/whole grain,” and choose breads that provide at least 3 grams of fiber per serving, as well as cereals that provide at least 5 grams fiber per serving.
- Satisfy your sweet tooth with fruit—not sodas. Fresh fruit is generally low in calories but high in fiber. One cup of fresh blackberries or raspberries has about 8 grams of fiber. One medium-sized pear or apple has 4 grams.
- Eat your veggies. Vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fiber. One artichoke has 5 grams of fiber, and a potato (eaten with the skin) provides 5 grams.
- Ladle up some legumes. Beans and legumes are low in fat and versatile (great in soup, on salads, or as a vegetarian entree). A serving of beans provides about 6 to 8 grams of fiber.
- Drink more water. We recommend at least six glasses of plain water per day. Carry a water bottle with you (make sure it’s BPA free) and commit to refilling it at least three times per day! Your digestive system and your skin will thank you.
Here’s a snapshot of my daily routine to insure optimum detoxification functioning for me!
Breakfast: healthy serving of a high-fiber cereal (mine has 6 grams per ½ cup, and I usually eat a cup) along with ½ cup fresh blueberries.
Lunch: fiber-rich protein shake that delivers 6 grams of fiber.
Dinner: I always include either a huge plate of steamed or stir-fired veggies, including my favorites: broccoli, red peppers, zucchini, asparagus, and spinach.
My aim is a colorful day (think of all the colors I’ve eaten all day) and to be sure I am getting 25–30 grams of fiber every day. If I think I am falling short, I keep a stash of fiber bars in my desk for a healthy mid-afternoon pick-me-up.