Contrary to popular belief, detoxification doesn’t have to be a chore. It’s not like cleaning the garage or behind the fridge. A gentle, total-body detox can be like having your own luxury spa right at home – you can run an Epsom salt bath, light some beeswax candles, and drink a delicious green vegetable smoothie. When people learn just how easy detox and cleansing can be with the right foods, lifestyle practices and targeted supplements, it becomes a revolutionary way to revitalize long term health.
There are a number of whole, natural foods that help cleanse and remove toxins from deep within. On the other hand, processed ingredients, caffeine, alcohol and trans-fats can increase toxic body burden, so it’s critical to eliminate these items. By emphasizing detoxifying, nutrient-dense foods, we help clear the way for optimal health throughout the year.
Beets are especially good detoxifiers and are full of B vitamins and minerals, including zinc, which is important for the immune system. They are also full of fiber to help cleanse the digestive tract. Even better, beets support the liver, one of the body’s primary filters for toxins.
Turmeric is a bright yellow root commonly used as a spice in traditional Indian cooking. It is also a staple in Ayurvedic herbalism. Turmeric — and curcumin, its main active ingredient — are shown to detoxify the body, support digestion, increase antioxidant activity and supercharge immunity, among other benefits.
Sea vegetables like nori, dulse, arame and kelp are also excellent for supporting detoxification and overall health. Sea vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals and contain compounds that support the removal of toxins. They also support healthy blood sugar and immunity.
Cultured and fermented vegetables like sauerkraut and kimchee are great sources of probiotics, enzymes and nutrients that support detoxification, digestion and overall health.
Many culinary mushrooms are rich in antioxidants and compounds that help detoxify the body and “train” immune cells to function optimally. Shitake, oyster and maitake are excellent examples that can be included in soups, sautés and other savory dishes.
Lemon helps the body remove toxins and is also an excellent tonic for both the liver and gall bladder. Try a daily dose of an olive oil and lemon mixture during your cleanse:
Blend an organic lemon, cut into pieces, with 1¼ cups spring water and a tablespoon of olive oil. Partially strain, leaving some pulp. The pectin from the lemon peel also helps the digestive tract. Drink before bed. In addition to supporting detoxification, many people report that this drink helps improve their sleep.
A daily dose of fresh green vegetables helps cleanse the digestive tract and blood stream. With high levels of fiber, flax seeds are ideal to help remove toxins from the digestive tract. Garlic is also a potent detoxifier, in addition to providing immune support. Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables get metabolized into a compound called DIM, which supports immunity, modulates estrogen metabolism and aids detoxification.
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EcoNugenics Detox Kit
It’s also helpful to supplement with herbs and botanicals that actively detoxify the body, support vital energy and antioxidant activity, and help reduce “detox reactions” during a cleanse.
EcoNugenics Toxin Removal System contains a 3 month supply of both PectaClear® and ecoDetox™. Together, these two supplements help remove heavy metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic as well as other toxins, without affecting essential minerals. Together with detoxifying foods and regular exercise, these research-based nutraceuticals gently yet thoroughly reduce toxic body burden over time.
Even though the body has its own mechanisms to remove toxins, it can be hard to keep up with the load. A gentle, seasonal cleanse is an excellent way to support our natural detoxification processes and maintain optimal health.
Celebrate the renewal of life and energy this spring by taking steps to increase your vitality. Whether it’s for three days, three weeks, or longer, a gentle and nourishing spring cleanse can help you reach a greater level of health and wellness, naturally.
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