As a Naturopath, I see many people cringe when they hear the word detox. However, not all detoxing means missing out on the things you love.
Sure, it's important to limit those foods and activities we know are unhealthy for us. This depends on your current state of health, and what you are looking to achieve.
I eat fairly healthy, do I need to detox?
Our bodies are exposed to toxins every day. Things such as heavy metals, pesticides, chemicals, food additives and pollutants. These can be present in the air, water and food we consume.
Toxins not only come from our external environment. They are also generated internally by bad bacteria, yeast, and parasites in our digestive system. With this accumulation on a daily basis, it is easy for the body’s detoxification pathways to become overwhelmed.
Symptoms such as:
- low energy
- difficulty thinking clearly (brain fog)
- colds and flus
- digestive disturbances (wind, bloating, constipation, heartburn)
- skin complaints
- bad breath or body odour
These can all be signs your body may be dealing with a toxic burden, and could be telling you it is in need of some extra assistance.
Help your liver
The liver is one of the body’s main detoxifying organs. It is constantly working to cleanse and filter the blood.
By supporting the liver and other digestive organs on a daily basis, we are helping the body to strengthen and repair itself.
Herbal medicine and super foods are a great way to support and enhance the body’s natural detoxification process.
Twice a year detox
For people who like to over indulge more often with things like alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, fast foods and high sugars. It becomes even more important to give the body a break for at least two to four weeks, once or twice a year.
When combined with herbal remedies containing St Mary’s thistle, Dandelion, Schizandra, Pau D’Arco, Rehmannia and Bupleurum. The body is able to remove these toxins more effectively by:
- detoxifying the liver
- optimising liver function
- cleansing the bowel
- supporting elimination via kidneys, lymphatics, and skin
- promoting healthy digestive function
- reducing inflammation
- stimulating immune function
Herbal remedies can be taken in tablets, liquids or powders.
It is important to seek personal advice from a health care practitioner.
Everybody is unique and under different circumstances, the body may react differently.
If you are looking for a more personalised approach, or are looking for some extra guidance. You may want to consider a Naturopathic Consultation. Click the button below to learn more.
For those who are ready to live a cleaner and more vital life, then daily detox support is key. Gradually reducing those foods and activities that cause us to feel heavy and flat is the first step.
- Processed foods
Even dairy and wheat products can slow down the body’s digestion and create inflammation. Making it harder for the body to eliminate toxins, draining our energy in the process.
Focusing too much on the foods that we need to cut out can become stressful, so I like to focus more on what great healthy foods we can add into the diet. Super foods are a great example of these.
The term “super foods” is becoming increasingly popular but there’s a good reason for that.
Super foods are ancient whole foods that contain exceptionally high levels of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and phytonutrients. When consumed regularly,they can enhance and sustain health and vitality.
These foods are usually in their pure, certified organic state, with minimal processing that preserves their maximum nutritional qualities.
Examples of superfoods
- chia seeds
- acai berries
- goji berries
- bee pollen
- noni fruit
Chia seeds are high in omega 3, protein, fibre and antioxidants. They are great for helping to cleanse the digestive system and keep the bowel regular. You can read more about the benefits of Chia HERE.
Acai berry, goji berry, noni fruit, camu camu and Kakadu plum (native to Australia) are all high in antioxidants, and are especially high in Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is important in helping to repair the liver and also helps flush fat from the liver.
Cacao and maca are high in magnesium and iron.
Magnesium plays many important roles in detoxification. It provides the energy needed for detox, stimulates cell cleansing, protects the cell against oxidation and damage by free radicals. It also protects the body and brain from heavy metals.
Spirulina and chlorella are great sources of magnesium and chlorophyll.
Chlorophyll adds oxygen into the blood that is essential for optimal liver function and rejuvenation. Chlorophyll alkalizes the body, neutralizes toxins, strengthens cells and detoxifies the liver and blood.
Super foods are an interesting way of adding high levels of nutrition into your diet while assisting with the natural detox process. One or many can be incorporated into your diet. Chia seeds can be added to many recipes. Goji berries and cacao nibs are great snack foods, and chlorella and spirulina are a great addition to fresh juices.
My personal favourite is making a super smoothie.
Amanda’s Super Smoothie
- 500ml spring or filtered water
- 2 cups of frozen organic blueberries (help detox pesticides from liver)
- ¼ cup of goji berries
- 2 tablespoons of soaked chia seeds
- 1 banana
- 1 teaspoon of spirulina powder
- Add stevia drops, honey, yacon syrup or organic dates to sweeten
- Place all ingredients and blend until smooth.
- Ideally consume first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
Start incorporating more super foods into your diet, and you will feel the benefits of a cleaner, more energized body.
Now we would love to hear from you. What's your favourite way to get more superfoods into your diet?
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