The time is upon us where we start seeing “Detox your body in 10 days!” and “Lose Weight Fast!” campaigns everywhere. It’s easy to get sucked into the claims, but it’s important to consider the solid evidence behind it as well.
Our bodies are very good at naturally detoxing themselves, but with all of the environmental toxins, chemicals and processed foods, it’s very common for our bodies to get a bit overwhelmed, or backed up, with toxins. We could all benefit from some level of detox in today’s world, and maybe our bodies just need a little help in tough times.
Instead of extreme quick fixes or fasting, it is recommended to take on a moderate, whole foods based detox approach. This allows us to adjust our minds and bodies to new eating habits so that they can last for a lifetime.
The liver is an essential eliminating and detoxing organ, as it supports the digestive system, controls blood sugar and breaks down your nutrients. Some signs that your liver may need some gentle, loving care are bloating, gas, under-eye bags, skin blemishes or dull looking skin, high blood pressure, depression, fatigue, and heartburn.
Tips for a Whole Foods Detox
- Leave out inflammatory foods like sugar, caffeine, hydrogenated oils, white flour, alcohol and convenience foods
- Cut down on common allergens like dairy, soy and gluten
- Add in more fibrous foods like vegetables, fruit and legumes and probiotic foods like sauerkraut (with live cultures), kimchi, kombucha
- Take supplements like milk thistle and dandelion
- Include cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, parsley, kale, cilantro, lemons, oranges, garlic, onions, beets, carrots, apples in your diet
- Drink more water
For more information on how to do a full cleanse, contact us and we’ll guide you through the process.
Yours in health,
Bastyr University Student Intern