Are you always tired? Weak? Dull skinned? Feeling heavy and can’t seem to lose weight? Headaches? Fatigue or sluggishness? Weight fluctuations? Hormonal disruptions? Acne? Rashes? Body odor? Bad breath? Congestion? Trouble with digestion? Muscle aches? Worsening of inflammatory conditions like arthritis? and so on? Your body needs a dEToX!
Detox is what your body probably needs. Detoxification or detoxication (detox for short) is the removal of toxic substances from our body which is mainly carried out by the liver. Detoxification is about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health.
The body naturally removes these toxins to avoid health problems, but certain remedies along with diet and lifestyle changes can enhance the natural detoxification process.
3 Simple ways to help your body detoxify
Lemons: Lemon juice works as a powerful detoxifier and alkalizer. It also stimulates the liver’s bile production and boosts mineral intake as well as absorption. Its high antioxidant and vitamin C content will also strengthen your immune system. Lemons, especially the peels, contain an antioxidant called d-limonene, which has been found to activate enzymes in the liver that help remove toxic compounds. Drink a cup of warm water mixed with the juice squeezed from one lemon. Do this daily, first thing in the morning, until you experience improved health. Mix one-half cup of lemon juice, one tablespoon of honey, and one teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a cup of hot water. Drink this daily for a few days or weeks.
Green Tea: Being rich in antioxidants, green tea helps detoxify free radicals. It contains epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a potent antioxidant that may help protect the liver from toxic damage. A 2011 study by researchers at the Newcastle University found that it may protect against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Furthermore, regular consumption of green tea will help aid weight loss, improve metabolism, and control hair loss. Drink two to three cups of green tea daily. You can also take green tea extracts (100 to 750 mg per day).
Smoothies: Raw fruit and vegetable juices, such as that of apples, carrots, grapefruits, spinach, blueberries, oranges, cucumbers, beets, melon and lettuce, are highly beneficial for nourishing your body as well as removing harmful toxins. Juices extracted from green vegetables are particularly beneficial because they contain chlorophyll, which aids in the removal of cancer-related toxins. Being loaded with nutrients, fresh juices also give a boost to your immune system. You can simply drink a glass of raw fruit or vegetable juice two or three times a day or replace one meal daily with fresh juices. For a juice fast, drink five to six glasses of fresh fruit and vegetable juices daily for a few days
In addition to juice from a single fruit or vegetable, you can create a juice blend by juicing five carrots, four celery stalks, one beet, one small apple, one small cucumber, and half a lemon. For better absorption of the nutrients, drink the juice slowly rather than quickly gulping it down.