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Instead, build a strong immune sytem with Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, turmeric, probiotics and zinc. Make sure you are adequately hydrated with clean filtered water, eat plenty of clean produce and herbs (garlic, onion, ginger, cruciferous vegetables, dark leafy greens), and get adequate rest.
In times when the immune system is challenged, it becomes more important to avoid foods and beverages that can put more stress on it. This means largely or entirely avoiding sugar, processed foods, conventional dairy, gluten, soy, and alcohol. ... See MoreSee Less
7 NATURAL DETOXIFIERS
From your skin to your liver, your body has an awesome built-in detox system that keeps it running smoothly on a daily basis.
Your organs all work together to sift through everything you take in – food, air, water – to separate the healthy from the harmful.
Here’s just a brief glimpse of how it all works:
*Your lungs breathe in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide, a waste gas.
*The kidneys sift through the blood and removes waste and extra fluid through the urine.
*The digestive tract extracts and absorbs nutrients from our food and excretes waste products we don’t need in the form of feces.
*Your skin pushes sweat and bacteria out through pores all over your body.
*The immune system produces white blood cells, which target and destroy any harmful organisms that might enter the body.
Your liver protects your body from toxins and prevents them from entering the bloodstream.
As you can see, our bodies have a pretty efficient system, with several working parts that come together to keep us healthy and toxin-free.
But the system isn’t foolproof.
If you’re eating right, exercising, and following a generally healthy lifestyle, it can help keep things running seamlessly. But throw in a little extra stress, some environmental toxins, and a few not-so-healthy habits and boom! Suddenly you have a system that’s overloaded, inefficient, and slowing you down.
Natural Detoxifiers to the Rescue
When your body gets congested with a buildup of toxins, it can lead to some side effects that aren’t so fun, like fatigue, a weakened immune system, and low energy levels.
These are just a few possibilities that barely scrape the tip of what can happen when your body’s detox powers are diminished.
Over time, a gunked-up detox system can have even more serious consequences. Cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), fatty liver disease, and even kidney failure are all possible byproducts of a failed detox system.
Worst of all, many of these diseases are irreversible. Once the damage is done, there’s really not much you can do to fix it, short of getting a new kidney or liver.
That’s why it’s so important to start ensuring the health of your detox system early on, to prevent any damage or destruction before it has the chance to accumulate.
Luckily, there are lots of ways to detoxify your body, simply and naturally. Adding a few of the following 7 detoxifying ingredients into your daily routine can help your body do its job more efficiently and keep your detox system on track.
Ready to find out just what a natural detoxifier is and how to detoxify your body naturally? Keep on reading!
7 Tasty Natural Detoxifiers
Natural Detoxifiers - Garlic
While it may not be known for making breath minty fresh, garlic is a potent natural detoxifier.
Garlic contains an organosulfur compound known as allicin, which has been studied extensively for its many benefits when it comes to heart disease, inflammation, and even cancer prevention.
Not only that, but garlic is renowned for its detoxifying properties and beneficial effects on the liver. In one animal study, they found that garlic decreased oxidative stress in the brain, liver, and kidney, even after exposure to lead.
Garlic also helps to scavenge and neutralize free radicals, preventing disease and keeping the body free of harmful toxins. Adding more garlic into your diet is as easy (and tasty) as it sounds.
Add at the end of a soup, cut up and saute with spinach, kale, or broccoli, add to Farro or pasta.
Natural Detoxifiers - Artichokes
Once you know all the liver-protective benefits found in artichokes, you’ll see that serving up a side of this steamed veggie does much more than satisfy your stomach.
Artichokes contain a type of phenolic acid called cynarin.
This powerful ingredient is found primarily in the artichoke’s leaves. It can help prevent damage to the liver from oxidative stress. It also lessens the liver’s workload by keeping cholesterol levels low and stimulating the production of bile to rid the body of waste products.
Roasted artichokes make a great detoxifying (and delicious) side dish. Or, sprinkle a few artichokes on your next salad to give it a healthy boost.
Natural Detoxifiers - Ginger
Used for thousands of years as an anti-inflammatory agent, ginger is one of the best medicinal herbs when it comes to detoxing your body.
Thanks to its strong antioxidant powers, ginger can also help protect the liver and kidneys from harmful toxins and free radicals.
A recent animal study confirmed the beneficial effects of ginger. They found that mixing garlic, nutmeg, and ginger had a therapeutic effect in protecting the kidneys and liver from heavy metal toxicity, allowing the body’s natural detox system to do its job.
Another trial studied the effects of ginger supplementation on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. After 12 weeks, ginger was found to improve the characteristics of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease by reducing inflammation, insulin resistance, and fat build-up in the liver.
Cut up some fresh ginger in water, bring to a boil, shut off stove, let simmer for 10 minutes, then pour into a mug and drink.
Natural Detoxifiers - Grapefruit
While I wouldn’t recommend following the grapefruit fad diet, grapefruit can (and should) definitely be a part of any detox diet.
This is all thanks to their naringenin content, which is a flavonoid also present in oranges and tomatoes that is brimming with detoxifying properties.
In fact, one study actually found that this flavonoid was able to effectively reduce and repair tissue damage caused by diabetic complications in the livers and kidneys.
Grapefruit has demonstrated its protective effects on the liver in other trials as well. A 2016 study showed that grapefruit was able to trigger natural killer cells in the body to inhibit liver metastasis of colon cancer.
While grapefruit can make a satisfying snack all on its own, adding it to your next green juice or green smoothie can really bump up the flavor and nutrient profile.
Natural Detoxifiers - Cabbage
Like most cruciferous vegetables, cabbage ranks pretty high when it comes to its extensive list of health benefits.
Rich in antioxidants and full of inflammation-busting properties, cabbage has been shown to be a nutritional powerhouse in terms of preventing chronic disease and protecting the body from oxidative stress.
Researchers have found plenty of results confirming the stellar health profile of cabbage. A 2016 trial found that red cabbage was able to lower liver cholesterol, “bad” LDL cholesterol, and inflammatory markers in mice. This can help optimize liver function so that it can work harder to detoxify your body and keep you feeling healthy.
Besides being a delicious source of fiber, folate, and vitamin K, asparagus is full of extraordinary benefits for your natural detox system as well.
Asparagus is especially effective when it comes to metabolizing alcohol. Studies have shown that asparagus stimulates the production of two enzymes: alcohol dehydrogenase and aldehyde dehydrogenase. These enzymes are crucial when it comes to processing alcohol and can help protect the liver cells and keep things running smoothly.
Asparagus also contains glutathione, an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals, cleanses the liver, and pumps up the immune system.
Lightly steaming your asparagus will make it easier to digest and taste better.
Natural Detoxifiers - Beets
Beets do much more than give your green smoothie a vibrant pink hue. They are bursting with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties too.
Beets owe their superfood status to a pigment known as betalain. This compound has been shown to ease inflammation and prevent diseases like cancer and arthritis. Not only that, but it can protect against liver disease, ensuring that your liver can keep working hard to detoxify your body.
Beets make an excellent addition to any smoothie or natural energy drink. Check out my recipe for invigorating beet shots or indulge in a red velvet beet smoothie for a quick spurt of detoxification!
While our body does have its own detox system, sometimes it might need a little help. If you’re feeling sluggish, fatigued, or low in energy, upping your intake of a few of these natural detoxifiers might just do the trick.
Otherwise, make sure you follow a generally healthy diet, cut down or eliminate inflammatory foods – like gluten and dairy – in your diet, and get in plenty of regular physical activity.
Paired with these natural detoxifiers, it’s the recipe for success to keep your built-in detox system going strong. ... See MoreSee Less