The Earth has come to become more is contaminated than ever before. Water and air are polluted to toxic levels in most parts of the world and our body is exposed to all kinds of ailments and chemicals. In many areas, the air has more carbon dioxide and dust particles than even remotely healthy and the water is not safe for even bathing, let alone drinking.
Harmful elements are present in the food we eat, the cleaning items we use, and even in cosmetics which contribute to obesity and weight gain, also causing ill health.
When you take all of this into consideration, detoxification of the body is not just a fancy term, rather a necessity.
How to Detox Our Body
A detox diet is a simple way to remove excess toxins from the body with the help of natural products and a disciplined lifestyle. There is a wide choice, starting with dietary changes, juice diets, etc. Most of these involve the use of diuretics, minerals, vitamins, laxatives or as it is called ‘cleansing food’.
If you’re looking for simple tricks that won’t require you to turn your life around or go on a crash diet these are some of the simplest options.
What to Add to Your Diet
- Start your day with warm water with some freshly squeezed lemon in it. It hydrates our body, which tends to get dehydrated overnight.
- Drink 6-8 glasses of water. Remember, the body is made up of 70% of water. Water keeps us hydrate and it flushes out all extra toxins.
- Include seasonal and fresh fruits and vegetables as a substantial part of your life. Go for whole fruit rather than juice and eat lots of salad. Stick to the local growth since that helps you cope with the climate.
- Including whole grains in the diet is very important for detoxification. Brown rice and oatmeal are a rich source of energy and fiber.
- Go for seeds like chia, flax, sunflower, and walnuts for a healthy snack. These are exceptional sources of fiber and help in the elimination of wastes.
- Reduce foods that create more toxins in your body like fructose, which is found in soda, fruit juices and commercial juice cleanses.
- Eat raw nuts for healthy fats. These are easily digestible and full of proteins and omega 3.
- Add Legumes such as lentils and beans, these are a good source of fiber and amino.
- Include antioxidant-rich food and eatables high in Prebiotics in items like yogurt and drinks.
- Cottage cheese is another detox essential. For vegetarians, this is an absolute must!
What to Reduce or Remove from Your Diet
- Give your digestive system a break. Avoiding trans and damaged fats, processed food, etc. lessen the intake of dairy, meat, and food with sugar.
- Reduce your salt intake by reducing foods with high amounts of salt naturally.
- Reduce intake of alcohol and caffeinated drinks. Tea, coffee, and cola taste good for the moment but dehydrate the body.
Lifestyle Changes to Implement
- De-stress your body. You can do this with a simple body scrub or an Epsom salt bath in warm water. If you’re uncomfortable doing something like this at home, just visit a spa.
- Get a full night’s sleep to increase the flow of cerebrospinal fluid for the brain and to replenish your energy.
- Become more active and keep your body moving. Workouts, yoga, and walking are good for the body and have a restorative and calming effect.
The body in its natural state is equipped to tackle a lot of challenges, toxins and unsolicited substances. However, once in a while it is good to opt for a detox. Unfortunately, as human life progresses, the toxicity of nature does as well. Regular detoxification provides the required nutrients to the body and eliminates unwanted substances.
But remember, don’t overdo any of this. Detox diets often sound seductive. But never go all out at once. Start small and start slow so that your body can adapt.