Detoxification has surged in popularity over the years. People turn towards full-body detox as a way of eliminating toxins from their bodies, believing that it will boost their health. First, you should know that your body already has an efficient detoxification system in place. But there are ways you can aid your body’s natural detoxification system.
What Are Toxins?
Before you read any further, you should be aware of what exactly is implied by the term ‘toxins.’ A toxin is any substance that is detrimental to your health. Therefore, pollutants, heavy metals, plastics, pesticides, and other harmful chemicals all come under the definition of toxins.
Do Detox Diets Work?
There are a plethora of fad ‘detox diets’ on the internet. But ironically, these so-called detox diets don’t disclose the names of the toxins that they supposedly remove, nor do they outline the mechanism by which these toxins are being eliminated (1).
No scientific evidence exists that can prove that these diets eliminate toxins or reduce weight (2). So how do you go about trying to bolster your body’s detox system?
Detoxification is carried out using different organs like the digestive system, kidneys, liver, spleen, lungs, and even skin. So, it seems logical to assume that if you reduce the toxic burden on these organs and make them healthier, then they may perform their detox function better.
Here are 7 ways you can speed up the detox process, eliminate toxins, and reduce the toxic burden on your organs.
1. More Exercise
Most people don’t think about exercising when it comes to a full-body detox. Although, if you seek to improve your health, then gentle and easy exercise is important.
If you study the scientific literature, you will find that exercise can reduce the risk of many chronic illnesses and adverse health conditions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (3), exercise and physical activity can prevent several chronic diseases like heart disease, type-2 diabetes, cancer, dementia, anxiety, and depression.
You can give your detoxification regimen a boost by incorporating exercise. There is some evidence to suggest that perspiration can help you to ‘sweat out’ certain toxins from your body (4), (5).
Of course, you should not rely on exercise alone to sweat out toxins, heavy metals, and harmful synthetic compounds. Sweating should only be seen as a supportive measure for a full-body detox. There is no proof yet that sweat, on its own, can substantially reduce the toxic load in your body.
2. Use Natural Products
One way to improve your body’s detox capability is to prevent toxins from entering your body. As a result, your natural detoxification system will not be overwhelmed by a heavy influx of toxins.
Instead of using synthetic personal care products, you should switch to natural products. Due to health concerns and immense public interest, natural products are now ubiquitous and relatively cheap.
Read our blog post on Toxic Items Household Items that you may be using right now.
Chlorella is a great way to give your detox system a boost. The compound eliminates heavy metals like mercury (6), and it is also a rich source of several nutrients like zinc, magnesium, vitamin A, and several B vitamins.
Although there is some evidence that probiotics can help in detoxification, it is not yet clear which strains are the most helpful (7). Further research is needed to determine the strains that eliminate toxins, but it is better to be proactive rather than wait for this information.
You should increase your intake of natural probiotics. There are several foods to choose from like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, miso, kombucha, and pickles. These foods have been staples for a long time in several cultures and cuisines worldwide.
5. Limit Alcohol Intake
Limiting alcohol is one of the best things that you can do to reduce the toxic load on your liver – a key detoxification organ. Alcoholism can lead to cirrhosis, fibrosis, and lesions to the liver. (8) (9) (10)
In other words, it can critically damage your liver. That’s bad news because the liver is responsible for removing all kinds of toxins from your body. So, it would be best to drink in moderation or avoiding alcohol altogether.
6. Limit Sugar Intake
Too much sugar is bad for your health in many ways as most health conscious people already know. However, it can also be deleterious for your gut – an important detoxification organ. There is evidence that too much sugar can prevent good bacteria from colonizing your gut (11).
From what is explained above, you now understand that probiotics play a role in detoxifying the body. So, if you consume too much sugar, then that would defeat the purpose of taking probiotics as the good bacteria will be eliminated. Your gut will then lack good bacteria strains that eliminate toxins.
7. Sulfur-Rich Foods
Sulfur-rich foods like eggs, garlic, broccoli, and onions can eliminate toxic heavy metals such as cadmium (12), (13), (14), (15).
One major benefit of sulfur-rich foods is that they support the production of glutathione which is a crucial detoxification substance that your body needs to remain healthy. Glutathione depends on sulfur for its synthesis (16). But what if you don’t like eating broccoli or too many vegetables? And what if your doctor has told you to limit your egg intake?
In such cases, you may not have enough sulfur for optimal glutathione. However, there is one solution. You don’t need to eat sulfur-rich veggies to stock up on sulfur. You can play it smart and rely on Botanic Superfoods.
Ramp up your body’s detoxification process with extracts from 37 different fruits, vegetables, and botanicals found in Botanic Superfoods by North American Nutra.