Removing toxins from your body is one of the most important things you can do for maintaining optimal health and energy levels, or losing body fat (if that’s what you want).
Starting the year with a detox is a great way to reboot your system, revitalise your body, and feel renewed for the year ahead...
So here are my top 10 ways to help get built up toxins out of your body.
Most detox diets involve reducing protein – I disagree! Amino acids from protein are essential for liver function and detoxification – the argument for reducing protein is to give the liver a rest from protein metabolism – considering that most people’s livers are under stress from increased simple carbohydrate consumption. I therefore feel eating the right level of protein and carbohydrate for you on a daily basis is a better strategy for long-term liver function.
If you don’t know what the right level of protein is for you, see the BePure Programme, where we take you through a series of tests to determine your macronutrient profile, so you can start eating right for your unique genetics.
One of the main pathways your liver uses to get rid of the processed toxins is through your bile. Your liver will store your bile in your gall bladder, eating fat triggers the release of this bile. This bile release helps give you a bowel movement (see tip #8), which helps move the toxins out of your body. Fat is a nutritional minefield that I don’t have time to go into here, however try and eat only clean, natural fats such as extra virgin olive oil, organic butter, organic coconut oil, organic lard or dripping.
The best detox agent is water… yes… WATER. If your body is dehydrated, all the detox systems will not be able to perform optimally. Water is responsible for keeping the digestive system flowing, and for the efficient filtration processes in the liver and kidneys. Water is also extremely important for the function of the lymphatic system. Aim to drink 0.033 Litres of pure water per KG of body weight. You don’t want to be bringing in toxins (like fluoride and chlorine) with your water and so I recommend you drink filtered or pure spring water.
The lymphatic system is incredibly important and often overlooked. This system comprises three glands (The spleen, the Thymus and the tonsils). Around all the cells of the body there is fluid called interstitial fluid. The capillaries and small blood vessels release nutrients into this interstitial fluid, which moves around all the cells. The cells can then take up these nutrients and release by-products into this fluid. This fluid has a one-way system around the body where it is eventually collected in ducts and vessels, passes through lymph nodes and lymph glands before eventually entering the blood stream. You can stimulate the lymphatic system by massage (basically stroking the skin in a direction towards the heart). Rebounders (small trampolines) are particularly beneficial for the lymphatic system, while any type of exercise causing muscle contraction will also be of great benefit. So, make sure you move your body!
The liver detoxes chemicals in a two-stage process. The liver undertakes multiple mechanisms to deal with groups of toxins such as water soluble toxins, fat soluble, drug metabolism, estrogen detoxification, toxins from cellular metabolism, food additives, toxins from bacteria and the environment. The liver requires large amounts of micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) to be able to perform it’s processes. The best way to support liver function is by eating organic fruit, vegetables and meats (see #9) and supplementing your diet with a high quality mineral, vitamin and antioxidant supplement like BePure ONE.
Cruciferous vegetables like Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, swede, turnips, kale, watercress. Which all contain important phytochemicals that are released when they are chopped, chewed, fermented, cooked or digested. The substances released then break down into sulphorophanes, indole-3-carbinol and D-glucarate, which all have a specific effect on Phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification. Onions, garlic and leeks also contain many important sulfur compounds that increase detoxification. Leafy greens are rich in a number of minerals, vitamins, chlorophyll and flavonoids, which are essential to good detoxification.
Having a sauna regularly is a great way to mobilise and eliminate toxins. Infrared saunas have been shown to produce sweat that is made up of 15-20% toxins (made up of heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium ammonia, uric acid and fat soluble toxins.)
A number of years ago I bought myself a sauna to help with mercury mobilisation and detoxification and I’m pleased to say that the mercury is all gone now…but I still love to sauna…I try and get in there for 25 minutes twice a week and it’s a great way to relax and take time out. By the way, if you want to lose fat not only does saunaing help get rid of fat soluable toxins, but a 30-minute session can burn upwards of 600 calories!
Getting your digestive system working correctly is of paramount importance and our body’s ability to get rid of the bye products of digestion is critical in an overall sense of detoxification. You want to be passing 30 cm of fecal matter a day with a transit time of 12 to 24 hours (transit time is the time it takes for your food to pass through you). Primarily this is achieved through eating the right foods for you.
Eating organic food serves a dual purpose for detoxing. Organic foods contain more nutrients due to better nutrient availability in the soil, these nutrients support liver detoxification. Secondly, due to the nature of organic food being chemically spray free you are minimising the load on your liver to detox these chemicals and in the process increasing your detoxification capacity for other chemicals – a win/win! If you can’t afford to buy organic vegetables – I highly recommend you grow your own.
Yes, relaxing, perhaps the easiest, yet hardest thing to do…Many of the body’s detoxification pathways are controlled by your autonomic nervous system and relaxing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which is the dominant system for repair and ‘house keeping duties’ like detoxing. So, make sure to set aside some time for relaxing every day!
So, there's my top tips, wherever you are on your eating/health journey, try to introduce two or three tips into your life this month.
If you want to take things one step further and try one of the BePure Detox Programmes, you can learn more about them here. If you have any further questions, feel free to call us at the BePure Clinic on 0800 873 787 or email email@example.com. We’d be happy to help where we can.
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