5 Tips to Supercharge Your Detox Powers
It is officially DETOX SEASON!
The hype around 'Detox" and "Cleanse" is very persuasive and it’s so tempting to buy the shiny looking promise-in-a-box with the belief that it will transform a stressed and toxin overloaded body. That 3 or 7 or 21-day etc. hard-core detox where you pop pills, drink concoctions (that ironically taste toxic) and eat like a rabbit, isn’t going to deep clean your system once and for all. I know, I know, you do all that hard work and it feels like the benefits should last forever!
A gentle cleanse can be a great way to jump-start a healthier way of eating and living. Even the super hard-core cleanses which consist of juice fasts have their place. BUT, before you spend your money, honey: They are pointless if you don’t make consistent changes afterwards. You are wasting your money if you think you can do one and then go back to eating what you normally eat. The good news is that we can do a lot to promote detoxification, and without spending loads of money on expensive supplements.
The fact is, detoxifying happens EVERY day, EVERY second. Our body is designed to do this, all on its own. Modern lifestyles make it tough on our body: environmental pollution, food pollution from what we ingest (processed foods are the main culprit), alcohol, smoking, lack of movement, the chemical cocktails we slather on our skin, and of course, stress, are all factors we need to look at to make sure we are giving our body the best chance to do its job properly. I'm going to introduce you to one of the most powerful detoxifiers in the body:
The liver is the Queen of Detox Duties, and we will be looking at how to support her so she can keep us looking and feeling great.
The Queen’s best friend is a special antioxidant called GLUTATHIONE. This superstar attracts toxins such as free radicals and heavy metals like flies and works hard to get them out of our body.
If the Queen of Detox Duties is deficient in glutathione, (which happens because of stress/poor diet/pollution/aging and also if we are missing certain genes such as GSTM1) she lets us know with all sorts of complaints. (Fatigue, skin issues, bloating, constipation, and potentially more serious complaints such as cancer, can be a result of poor liver function, according to research).
We want her happy, so here are some easy ways you can start enhancing glutathione production:
- Sulfur-containing foods such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, onion, garlic.
- Raw foods: asparagus, avocado, spinach, okra, cantaloupe, tomato, carrot. Cooking destroys glutathione.
- Green tea
- Brazil nuts
Exercise! Get moving.
Taking glutathione as a supplement is not very effective as it doesn’t survive the digestive system. These nutrients help promote its production:
- Alpha-lipoic acid
- A good B-Complex formula with the active forms of B6, B12, B9.
- Vitamin C, and E (as mixed tocopherols) help to recycle it
- Milk thistle (Silybum marianum): boosts glutathione & helps detox liver overall
Always seek advice from a professional before taking supplements, especially if you take medication, are pregnant or nursing.
These two bonus goodies are potent ways to help keep things moving how they should, and promote cleansing overall:
This acts as an intestinal broom and sweeps out what we don’t want. Eat plenty of fruits and veggies, legumes such as chickpeas and lentils, and whole-grains, to obtain your fiber.
I know you have probably heard it a million times by a million people, but it’s IMPORTANT.
Think of it like this: imagine a river that is slow-moving and stagnant because it is filled with debris and junk. It starts growing nasty, slimy, smelly stuff. Now, imagine a river with plentiful fresh water. It moves freely and any junk gets moved along quickly, leaving it clean and healthy. Drink up! We want the fresh, healthy "rivers" in our body.
If you want to be guided through a gentle 4-week Cleanse that will kick-start your wellbeing, contact me for a complimentary chat:
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please get clearance from your Medical Doctor before making changes to your diet and/or lifestyle. For informational purposes only.