There are many simple ways to help detox your organs. Adequate sunshine helps boost vitamin D levels which supports several organs. Regularly consuming garlic and cilantro can also be helpful for detox [Source: Omura, Lee, Cha]. These nutrients are simple, cheap and can be eaten in a variety of tasty dishes. Ancient teachings from India suggest adding lemon wedges to hot water or tea in the morning to detox. There may be little science behind this concept, but it is safe and inexpensive, and many patients report a sense of improvement. Eliminating sugar and junk food helps the body detox by not clogging the normal biochemistry with junk. Most prepackaged foods are food-like products that are stripped of any nutrients. They have added preservatives that are hard on the bowels and make extra work for the liver.
Exercise is a great way to help the body detox. When our bodies move, the lymph system (part immune system, part filtration system) is stimulated in the blood stream. By exercising regularly, the lymph system is constantly pumping fluid through its channels, providing an extra filtration of the blood. The lymph system might also be helped by dry skin brushing, running a brush over the arms, legs and back to stimulate the lymph channels under the skin. Skin brushing may or may not provide a large benefit for detox, but the brushes are readily available, inexpensive and it can gently renew old, dry skin. Sweat is another method of detox. This is in addition to the heart, blood pressure, bone and strength building benefits of exercise.
Stress can actually limit the body’s ability to detox. The body is made to handle stress in short spurts, not the week- or month-long burdens of today. The connection between stress and our emotions can be a tremendous burden on the body. Chronic stress can affect blood sugar, disrupt sleep and even lessen the integrity of the bowels. Balancing stress is a major way to gain control over your health. Exercise may be one of the cheapest and safest ways to combat stress. Green tea contains the ingredient theanine that helps relax the mind [Source: Kimura, Lu]. Our bodies are constantly exposed to potential toxins. If our diet and lifestyle habits are not in good shape, our ability to handle these toxins will be impaired. Since environmental toxin exposure is unfortunately now considered a part of life, we must practice diligence in preventing additional exposure. This means that the handling of any chemicals should be done with extreme caution, and none should be allowed to touch the skin. Consider avoiding antiperspirant due to its aluminum content.
Though strongly debated, many clinicians believe that aluminum should not be placed on or in the body. Avoid silver amalgam fillings, which are actually 50 percent mercury and considered unsafe [Source: Reuters]. Other choices for fillings now exist that are considered much safer. Please read the information regarding plastics. Plastics are also very much a part of daily life and should be used sparingly to prevent further toxin exposure.
General day-to-day lifestyle habits enable the body to provide all the detox most of us will ever need. Every day the body works to cleanse itself. Give it the food, water, rest and sunshine it needs.
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- Kimura, K. (2007). L-Theanine reduces psychological and physiological stress responses. Biol Psychol, 74(1):39-45.
- Lu, K. (2004). The acute effects of L-theanine in comparison with alprazolam on anticipatory anxiety in humans. Hum Psychopharmacol.
- Lee, JH. (1999). Protective effects of garlic juice against embryotoxicity of methylmercuric chloride administered to pregnant Fischer 344 rats. Yonsei Med J, 40(5):483-9.
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- Reuters. http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20080605/fda-dental-filling-risk-possible.