Turn Your Nutrition into a Detox Powerhouse

If you browse the magazine aisle at your local supermarket, then it’s easy to see this world is caught up in trends. Fads are plastered all over social media, showcased on commercials, and broadcasted pretty much everywhere we go. But be careful, just because something may be labeled a temporary fad doesn’t mean it is. Concerning detox, it may be currently trending on Twitter, but the reality is, it’s been practiced for thousands of years.

From the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture to the Native American sweat lodges, humanity has been utilizing detox techniques to rid the body of unwanted pollutants.

In today’s society, has the need to detox diminished? According to research from the World Health Organization, more than 9 out of 10 of the world’s population – 92% – lives in places where air pollution exceeds safe limits. And this staggering fact only deals with air pollution! What about the toxins that are present in our foods, personal care products, and cleaning agents?

If anything, it’s imperative to decrease our exposure to the barrage of toxins assaulting us every day.

What are toxins?

Toxins are poisonous substances that can cause damage to the body. Toxicity is the level of toxins found within the body. Our goal is to reduce the amount of toxins in our system through a process called detoxification. There are several avenues that aid in detoxing the body, but there’s one that has been implemented throughout the ages with huge success. What if you could use the foods you eat as a weapon against toxins?

What does my diet have to do with detox?

Everything! The World Health Organization states, “There are more than 1000 pesticides used around the world to ensure food is not damaged or destroyed by pests. Each pesticide has different properties and toxicological effects.” The CDC estimates that 80% of all illnesses have environmental and lifestyle causes. Blend these facts together, and it’s easy to deduce that what we eat can either make us stronger or debilitate us.

So what can I do?

Whenever possible buy local, organic produce. More than any vegetable or fruit, meat is number one for carrying heavy pesticides and obesity-causing hormones. One study shows that meat is routinely tainted with harmful residue. Therefore it’s important to purchase humane-certified, organic meat that came from animals that were pasture-raised and grass-fed.

Water is one of the major tools when detoxing. It’s recommended to install filters throughout your home—even for the shower—to make certain your water is pure and free from pollutants. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water. While water itself doesn’t eliminate toxins, the kidneys use water to get rid of waste. Think of water as a fluid that helps flush your system, keeping it functioning at optimum level.

There are certain foods that help shift the detox pathways into high gear. These include:

  • Apples
  • Beets
  • Broccoli Sprouts
  • Chlorella
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Leafy Greens
  • Spirulina
  • Turmeric

It’s also a good idea to consume foods that have gut-friendly bacteria, known as probiotics, such as sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, etc. These help in keeping your gut balanced as well as promote waste elimination.

In detoxing, there are foods that are necessary and foods that need to be avoided. Sugary foods have low—if any—nutrients and minerals needed in the detox process. Plus, sugar is linked to a plethora of health problems. It’s also recommended to avoid processed foods. It’s just as convenient to open a bag of almonds as it is to rip open a bag of chips. Refined flour should also be cut from your diet because it’s hard to digest.

In your pursuit of toxicity reduction, it’s important to take into account the self-care products and cleaning agents. According to a certain study, there are around 84,000 chemicals on the market and only about 1 percent of them have been studied for safety. That said, it’s important to use organic products all around in order to keep your system free from toxins.

Following these steps will not only decrease your toxin exposure, but will also keep your system functioning at healthy levels. Maximum wellness is always within reach, but the action is yours to take.

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Distress or Chronic Stress

Distress or chronic stress is uncontrollable, prolonged, or overwhelming stress. Once stress becomes distress, the body manages to survive though not always to thrive. For example, when faced with periods of chronic stress, the body’s immune system function is lowered, and the digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems no longer function the way they should. In a state of distress, the cells of the immune system (and other body systems) are unable to respond normally and produce levels of inflammation which increase the risk of further health issues.

Homeostasis

Homeostasis refers to your body’s ability to regulate itself and maintain a comparatively stable internal environment despite external and internal conditions and events.

Your body is designed to be in a state of homeostasis, where all the systems within are functioning optimally.

Stressor

Stressor is anything that is perceived by the body as challenging, threatening or demanding.

Health Story

In the context of My Wellbeing Compass, your “Health Story” represents the combination of your dis-eases, conditions, symptoms and the history that binds them together. It is multi-layered and multi-dimensional. Unearthing and resolving the root causes at the core of your Health Story is the only way to truly rewrite this Story.

Natural Self-repair Mechanisms

The body is made up of intelligent, living cells that are dynamically connected. They communicate and just know what to do and when to do it in any given situation. They grow, replicate, repair, and age. Every 90 days, the body has a new bloodstream; every year, it manufactures billions of new cells; colon cells refresh every 4 days; the skin is entirely regenerated every 2-3 weeks; white blood cells regenerate in about 1 year; the liver renews itself at least once every 2 years; and the skeleton replaces its cells entirely every 10 years.

You are an incredibly complex, interactive, and dynamic living organism that is well-equipped with self-repair mechanisms that can fight infections, eliminate toxins, fix damaged DNA, destroy cancer cells, and even slow down aging.

This natural self-healing ability (also referred to as cellular intelligence or body’s innate intelligence) explains spontaneous remissions from seemingly “incurable” diseases.

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