Top 5 Habits to Help Detoxify Your Body

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Your body is constantly regenerating itself down to every cell. Each month you renew your skin, every six weeks you have a new liver, and at any one time you have a mixture of old and new bones. So how healthy will these new body pieces and parts be? It’s the quality of what goes in and on you (and what doesn’t) that will have the greatest impact on your health—current and future. Here are five habits to start incorporating into your daily life:

  1. Scrub your insides, scrub your outsides: Consume plenty of naturally occurring fiber-rich foods and don’t forget to drink plenty of water, too. You can even brush you skin, known as "dry brushing,” weekly. Brushing off dead cells externally does what fiber does internally by helping to remove waste as well as toxins that can accumulate when regular removal doesn’t occur.
  1. Don’t bring the dirt in or on you: Drop your shoes at the door! Don’t track in environmental toxins from your walk into your house. The same goes for your food; choose organic when possible, but especially for the dirty dozen fruits and vegetables. Also make sure to wipe down bags and suitcases with a toxin-free cleaning wipe or some water with a little apple cider vinegar to make sure you aren’t spreading outside germs into your home. The same goes for washing your grocery bags—yay you for helping the environment by using recycled bags but the real win is making sure you clean them, so they don’t increase your exposure to toxins too.
  1. Make fresh air: Consider adding live houseplants like peace lilies that help to filter the air and add oxygen in your home. Also consider a filter or a humidifier and an essential oil diffuser if you like pretty smells (as well as the healing benefits). These are much healthier for you (and your plants) than the chemical air sprays that promise “fresh air.”
  1. Get more glucoraphanin: Gluco-What?! Glucoraphanin is a powerful detox enabling antioxidant. Truth be told, glucoraphanin is the precursor to what your body turns into sulforaphane, which is a potent internal detox agent. Just five ounces of broccoli daily will give you a healthy portion of this powerhouse nutrient. The other option? Add a supplement or tea that contains truebroc—a quality form of glucoraphanin that the body can convert to sulforaphane just as if you were eating broccoli – great for on-the-go, travel and also when you want a warm-me-up drink.
  1. Get clean, cleaner: From your home cleaning products to your personal cleaning products, make sure that all the ingredients work to clean completely without added unwanted toxins.
Ashley Koff

Toxins from within your body and your environment can contribute to a host of health issues. Reducing exposure to toxins, as well as helping to support the body’s natural detoxification system, are essential components to better health.

 

Ashley Koff  is an internationally-renowned registered dietitian.

Published on WholeFoodsMagazine.com, 2/27/15

5 COMMENTS

  1. Completely admirable post!

    Completely admirable post! The article has absolutely amazing and considering as an upgrading knowledge. Thumbs up for you!

  2. What I do to detoxify my body

    What I do to detoxify my body is drink green smoothie, start my day with a cup of green tea, work out, and once a month treat myself to a message.

  3. I have read that you should

    I have read that you should not drink a lot of water as well as coffee, as it influences negatively your body during intoxication. Secondly, a lot of lemon should be eaten, as it is natural product that kills intoxication.

  4. Here’s a passage from one study that shows something about how massage and the resultant lymphatic drainage can eliminate “toxins,” which are more fully described in the excerpt below. The study does mention the lack of research on human subjects but points to animal models that are helpful.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2755111/

    “Modern anatomists, physiologists, and medical practitioners consider the lymphatic system the crux of regulating homeostasis in the human organism. Appropriate lymph dynamics are fundamental to an adequate immune system as well as facilitating cellular processes and by-product elimination. However, congestion of the lymphatic system may arise as the result of various intrinsic and extrinsic factors, which include restricted hemodynamics due to focal ischemia, systemic illnesses, tissue injuries, overexposure to adverse chemicals, food allergies or sensitivities, lack of physical movement or exercise, stress, and tight-fitting clothing. In order to address stagnant lymph or impaired lymph dynamics, administration of MLDTs [Manual Lymphatic Drainage Techniques] to the limbs has been proposed to aid transport of lymph from the extremities. Furthermore, complementary lymphatic pump techniques are thought to augment lymph passage through larger, more extensive lymphatic channels in the thorax for the filtration and removal of pathological fluids, inflammatory mediators, and waste products from the interstitial space.”

    Yet, the pharmaceutical industry is taking advantage of this and people’s lack of knowledge regarding the issue. When the pharmaceutical industry loudly claims that We Have a Drug For Every Possible Thing You Can Imagine (and some you cannot imagine), well, what is John and Jane Public to do? Blindly believe them, this companies that are so very concerned about not my health, but their profit margin?

    When was the last time a drug came out that actually cured something? Seems that the goal of pharma is to put us on something for life. That is genius.

    Perhaps people turn to “alternatives” when the norm is not very attractive and, in fact, may be harmful (and who cannot believe that most drugs are potentially harmful when the list of side effects, etc., is so very, very long for so very, very many?

    Of course, I have no “science” to justify my opinion. But I could probably create the proper box in which to conduct my study, because as the scientifically literate knows, once that box is properly constructed, well, positive results are usually found, because I am intelligent enough to shape my queries in a manner that guarantees my “findings.”

    Begging the question? Denying the antecedent? My, but so many scientific papers today are rich in instances of showing logical fallacies across the board.

    Hey, was the use of leeches not considered pseudo-science once? Maggots? Hmmm.

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