Alternative Medicine - - Quick Nu­tri­tion -

Tox­ins come from count­less sources and ac­cu­mu­late in the body, par­tic­u­larly when seden­tary habits, viruses, and heavy foods are most preva­lent. In ad­di­tion, we're con­stantly ex­posed to a steady stream of en­vi­ron­men­tal tox­ins that can get lodged deep within. There are count­less pol­lu­tants in our air, soil, and wa­ter. Pes­ti­cides, food al­ler­gens, and chem­i­cals in our house­holds, bod­ies, and clean­ing prod­ucts—even ra­dioac­tive ions—bom­bard us reg­u­larly. Our bod­ies of­ten need help keep­ing up with the on­slaught.

For­tu­nately, there are a num­ber of so­lu­tions that can help re­move ac­cu­mu­lated tox­ins, pre­vent their re­ab­sorp­tion, and boost over­all health and vi­tal­ity in the process.

Re­defin­ing Diet

One ma­jor ad­van­tage of a cleanse is that it can sig­nif­i­cantly help to jumps­tart good eat­ing habits—and help us stick with them. When we bal­ance blood glu­cose and in­sulin with nour­ish­ing, low glycemic (low su­gar) foods, our un­healthy crav­ings be­gin to di­min­ish. More im­por­tantly, the in­creased en­ergy and over­all sense of well-be­ing that can re­sult from healthy eat­ing habits be­come key mo­ti­va­tors to keep us on track.

A detox­i­fy­ing diet serves as the ba­sis for a cleanse. First, we need to elim­i­nate foods that in­crease our toxic load. I rec­om­mend elim­i­nat­ing an­i­mal pro­tein from your diet dur­ing a cleanse, but if that's not prac­ti­cal, then switch to or­ganic, pas­ture-raised meats and avoid dairy prod­ucts. In ad­di­tion, avoid in­flam­ma­tory foods and bev­er­ages that are loaded with su­gar, caf­feine, and al­co­hol. And def­i­nitely nix all pro­cessed foods, which are high in salt, su­gar, and a host of chem­i­cal in­gre­di­ents. Again, our first goal is to stop in­gest­ing tox­ins. Only then can we work to­ward elim­i­nat­ing them.

Em­pha­size lots of or­ganic fruits and veg­eta­bles, as well as veg­etable-based pro­teins. I par­tic­u­larly rec­om­mend green leafy and cru­cif­er­ous veg­eta­bles, which are highly nu­tri­tious and, in par­tic­u­lar, full of detox­i­fy­ing nu­tri­ents like sul­fur com­pounds and chloro­phyll.

We also want to fight acid­ity in our bod­ies. In ad­di­tion to in­creas­ing stiff­ness, pain, and in­flam­ma­tion, acid­ity can im­pair our im­mune sys­tem. The so­lu­tion is to em­pha­size al­ka­liz­ing foods, such as cu­cum­ber, kale, sprouts, spinach, av­o­cado, and broc­coli. These veg­gies can help re­store our pH bal­ance, as well as elim­i­nate tox­ins. Try to soak and sprout grains, legumes, and nuts for bet­ter di­gestibil­ity, less acid­ity, and higher nu­tri­tional con­tent.

I also rec­om­mend fiber-rich foods, be­cause fiber helps get tox­ins out of the di­ges­tive tract—among other cru­cial ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing im­mune sup­port. I'm a big fan of chia seeds, flax, and rice bran. It's also im­por­tant to stay hy­drated! Drink at least 64 ounces of fil­tered wa­ter, herbal teas, and low-sodium, home­made veg­etable broths daily.

Lastly, don't for­get your friendly flora. Ev­ery week it seems that a new study out­lines how im­por­tant ben­e­fi­cial bac­te­ria are to both phys­i­cal and men­tal health. Healthy pop­u­la­tions of good bac­te­ria in the di­ges­tive tract also aid detox­i­fi­ca­tion and keep harm­ful mi­crobes at bay. Pro­bi­otic-rich, cul­tured foods may be the best way to help main­tain our nat­u­ral flora. In par­tic­u­lar, look for sauer­kraut, kim­chi, natto, and miso to help keep your GI tract, and the rest of your body, on healthy foot­ing.

Ra­di­a­tion Detox

Un­for­tu­nately, ex­po­sure to harm­ful ra­di­a­tion waves and ra­dioac­tive par­ti­cles is a part of our mod­ern ex­is­tence. There have even been re­ports

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