Our body has its natural defense mechanisms against toxins and its detoxification system, which involves the liver, kidneys, lungs, digestive system, and skin. However, for this system to function properly, it greatly depends on our habits and lifestyle – diet, exercise, sleep, stress, etc.
Poor and low-quality nutrition does not provide enough vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to the body, causing our natural systems to suffer and unable to properly detoxify the body. Poor digestion, bloating, sleep problems, skin issues such as redness, rashes, itching, poor concentration, mood problems, weight gain, accumulation of fat, water retention, and cellulite are just some of the symptoms indicating that your body needs a reset, and it’s time to give it a break from poor nutrition and transition to a healthy and quality diet.
Here are our tips on steps to take to improve detoxification:
Focus on Quality Sleep
Ensuring adequate quality sleep every night is essential to support the health of your body and its natural detoxification system. Sleep allows your brain to reorganize and recharge, as well as to eliminate the by-products of toxic waste that accumulate during the day.
With a lack of sleep, your body doesn’t have time to perform these functions, so toxins can accumulate and affect several aspects of health. You should regularly get 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. Magnesium and tryptophan from your diet will help improve sleep, and you can find them in foods such as bananas, coconuts, etc., in juice number 5 from the Eternal Detox program.
Increase Water Intake
Water serves not only to quench thirst but also regulates your body temperature, lubricates joints, aids digestion and nutrient absorption, and performs detoxification by removing waste substances. The cells of our body must constantly renew to function optimally and break down nutrients that your body uses as energy. However, these processes release waste in the form of urea and carbon dioxide, which can cause harm if they accumulate in your blood.
Water carries these waste products, effectively eliminating them through urination, breathing, or sweating. Therefore, maintaining proper hydration is crucial for detoxification. You can read about how celery juice can help with hydration and detoxification in our blog article.
Reduce Sugar Intake
Excessive consumption of sweet and highly processed foods is associated with obesity and other chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. These diseases disrupt your body’s ability to naturally detoxify, damaging organs that play a crucial role, such as the liver and kidneys.
For example, high consumption of sugary drinks can lead to fatty liver, a condition that negatively affects liver function. You can keep your body’s detoxification system healthy by consuming less unhealthy food.
If you want to help your natural detoxification system function properly, replace unhealthy, processed foods with healthy ones like fruits and vegetables, ensuring your body gets all the necessary nutrients.
Eat Antioxidant-Rich Foods
Antioxidants protect your cells from damage caused by molecules called free radicals. Oxidative stress is a condition resulting from excessive production of free radicals. Alcohol, tobacco smoke, nutrient-poor diets, and exposure to pollutants can produce excessive amounts of free radicals. These molecules cause damage to a range of cells.
Research suggests that free radical damage plays a role in conditions such as dementia, heart disease, liver disease, asthma, and certain types of cancer. A diet rich in antioxidants can help your body fight oxidative stress caused by an excess of free radicals and other toxins that increase the risk of disease.
Juicefast makes it easy to consume large amounts of berries, nuts, citrus fruits, etc., which have the highest amounts of antioxidants.
Maintain Gut Health and a Diverse Microbiota
Gut health is crucial for maintaining a healthy detoxification system. Your intestinal cells have a detoxification and elimination system that protects your intestines and body from harmful toxins, such as chemicals. Good gut health starts with probiotics – gut bacteria – and prebiotics – a type of fiber that feeds good bacteria in the intestines.
The use of antibiotics, poor dental hygiene, and the quality of your diet can alter the balance of bacteria in your intestines. Consequently, this unhealthy change in bacteria can weaken your immune system and detoxification system, increasing the risk of disease and inflammation.
Consuming foods rich in probiotics (kefir, probiotic yogurt, sauerkraut, etc.) and prebiotics can keep your immune system and detoxification system healthy. Good sources of prebiotics in food include apples, oranges, tomatoes, artichokes, bananas, asparagus, onions, garlic, and oatmeal.
Additional Tips for a Successful Detox
Changes in diet and lifestyle can help reduce the amount of toxins and support your body’s detoxification system.
Eat sulfur-containing foods. High-sulfur foods, such as onions, broccoli, and garlic, promote the excretion of heavy metals.
Try Chlorella. Chlorella is a type of algae with many nutritional benefits and can improve toxin elimination.
Include fennel in your diet. Fennel is one of the oldest medicinal plants that helps eliminate excess water and cleanse the body.
Consuming sulfur-rich foods such as eggs, broccoli, and garlic helps improve the function of glutathione, the main antioxidant produced by your body, which is heavily involved in detoxification.
Reduce salt intake. Consuming too much salt can cause excess water retention in the body. Accumulating excess water can cause bloating and weight gain. Reducing salt intake and increasing fluid intake will help eliminate excess water from the body.
Increase potassium-rich food intake. Potassium-rich foods include potatoes, tomatoes, apricots, zucchini, beans, bananas, spinach, etc.
Limit alcohol consumption. Excessive alcohol consumption can seriously damage liver function, causing fat accumulation, inflammation, and scarring. When this happens, your liver cannot function adequately and perform its necessary tasks, including filtering waste and other toxins from your body.
Try zeolite clinoptilolite powder, which has antibacterial properties and acts as a magnet for toxins in the body.