What do vehicle exhaust, pesticide, genetically engineered crops, and junk food have in common? They are all trying to kill you. Ok, they aren’t sitting in a hidden layer twisting a mustache and planning your demise, but they (and other modern “conveniences”) are poisoning your body.
Human beings were not designed to inhale hazardous smog or eat crops dusted a chemical that is essentially rat poison and as such we don’t have many defenses against these unnatural predators. Fortunately, a detoxification program is the perfect way to expel these invaders and bring your body into balance. Consider the following ways to help your body recover from the toxins of everyday modern life:
Even though it might be difficult, try to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. While you sleep, your body regenerates itself and “recharges” your kidneys and liver, two of the most important organs for natural detoxification. Sleep also helps your brain recharge, resulting in better cognitive function.
Stress increases your heart rate and blood pressure while at the same time increasing chemicals that have a negative effect on both your mind and body. While stress is an unfortunate fact of modern life, and can’t be eliminated, learning to cope with stress can help your body stay within balance.
No more processed foods
Our ancestors ate mostly vegetables and meat, not Twinkies and potato chips. The chemicals and additives in these foods are harmful because your body has no natural way of digesting them; this means that traces of these unnatural chemicals might remain in your system. This stands to reason, though; If you don’t know what Polysorbate 60 or sorbic acid are, how can your body know how to digest them?
Just because sugar is natural doesn’t mean you can eat as much of it as you want; the average person needs about 30 grams of sugar a day, which is less sugar than a can of soda. Most of your sugar should come from natural sources such as fruits; your body knows how to digest this kind of sugar, keeping you from ingesting toxic amount of man made sugar.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to give up your morning cup of joe to detoxify your body, however you do need to reduce the amount of caffeine you take in to keep your body in balance. When you take in too much caffeine, your body goes into overdrive and lowers the function of your detoxifying organs. Aim to have 300 mg of caffeine a day; this equates to about 2 large cups of coffee.
Our ancestors were constantly hunting and, which means they spent a lot of energy during the day. In this day and age, we don’t have to hunt any farther than the nearest vending machine, meaning that we don’t sweat nearly enough. When you sweat, it eliminates toxins, so a great way to detoxify is to work out.
Every part of your body needs water to function at peak efficiency, including your detoxifying organs. Drinking water also flushes toxins out of your system through urine or sweat.
Watch what else you drink
In addition to massive amounts of sugar, soda also contains chemicals that your body can’t properly digest. While alcohol doesn’t usually contain a ton of man made ingredients, it does dehydrate you, which negates the cleansing benefits of water.
Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables
Dark, leafy vegetables help purify the blood and make it easier to eliminate toxins. Fruits and vegetables also reduce sugar content and speed up the detoxification process. “Heavier” foods such as meat and grain actually slow down the detoxification process.
In order to aggressively and quickly detoxify your body, perform a juice fast for 3 to 14 days. During this time, you will only ingest juice and water. You can’t just go to the store and buy fruit juice, however; these contains large amounts of sugar and harmful chemicals. Instead, drink fresh and organic fruit and vegetable juices. These neutralize acid and increase nutrient levels.
This post was written by Aviva Hill, Yale-trained physician specializing in integrative medicine and nutritional cleansing from Life of Health and Wealth