This post is for those women who want the best whole body detox but don’t want to pay for some expensive plan or follow some ridiculous diet. You can do a natural body detox easily and without overwhelming lists of food to include and exclude.
We are constantly being exposed to toxins in our everyday lives. They enter our bodies from external sources and can cause havoc in varying degrees.
These are harmful substances that are in our food supply, our beauty products, other common things we use every day and even the air that we breathe.
These chemicals build up in our system putting us into toxic overload and can adversely affect our health. This puts our hormones into complete imbalance and for women over 50 especially that means a whole host of health problems.
Signs That You Are In Need Of A Full Body Detox
Some of the more obvious signs that your body is struggling with harmful toxins are:
Often chronic headaches can be the result of imbalances in the body that occur as a result of toxic overload and the inability of your body to clear the toxins out.
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Struggling with Weight Loss
Have you been struggling to lose weight despite exercising like crazy and eating a healthy diet?
When the body is overloaded with toxins particularly from pesticides and dioxins it makes more fat cells in which to store them.
So no matter how hard you try it will be almost impossible to completely lose the weight.
Low Energy Levels
Feeling like you get plenty of sleep but still wake up as tired as when you went to bed? That could be toxins.
Excess toxins put your adrenal glands into stress which over a period of time can lead to Adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal fatigue will put your body into a constant state of exhaustion.
Toxins can have a nasty impact on the brain. Two toxins in particular are a problem. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and/or aspartame.
Zoning out regularly may be caused by toxins
Aspartame and MSG have the ability to kill brain cells and cause oxidative stress of the brain cells
(MSG) is a flavor enhancer commonly found in Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups and processed meats while aspartame is a sugar free sweetener found in soda, chewing gum and toothpaste.
These two toxins are extremely bad for the body and should be removed from your diet completely.
Constipation, Bloating and Problems With Your Digestive Tract
Too much unhealthy processed food containing various toxins can be the cause of leaky gut which stops the absorption of nutrients in your food.
It will also cause digestive issues, bloating and constipation.
The body needs to remove waste products or toxins will build up and enter the bloodstream,
Drink plenty of water and eat a diet rich in antioxidants and fiber to allow the toxins to be flushed through the body before being absorbed into the bloodstream.
When the liver becomes overloaded with toxins other organs in the body try to flush them out.
The skin is a good example of this. When it is trying to get rid of what it believes to be poisons it reacts with spots, rashes, eczema and other nasty conditions
If this happens, consider your diet. It should be full of healthy organic wholefoods such as vegetables and fruits which are rich in antioxidants. Also remember to drink plenty of water as this helps with flushing out toxins and clearing the skin.
Support the Body’s Natural Detoxification System
There is no scientific evidence to support the claims that detox diets or cleanse diets will rid us of toxins, so put your wallet away, breathe and ignore all of the websites offering miracle detox plans.
The body is truly an amazing thing in that it is quite capable of eliminating toxins of its own accord with a little bit of help from you.
It has a sophisticated and intricate system that uses the liver, kidneys, digestive system, skin, and lungs to eliminate toxins.
How To Rid The Body Of Toxins
A body stressed due to poor health does not work optimally therefore struggles to eliminate toxins . It is a good idea to support our bodies in this job and we can do this through a healthy diet, sleep, exercise and mindfulness.
The Best Ways To Support Your Body’s Immune System And Detox Naturally:
1. Limit alcohol
Support the liver in its job. More than 90% of the alcohol we drink is metabolized by our liver.
Excessive consumption can damage the liver, therefore, impairing its ability to eliminate toxins.
2. Get adequate sleep
Ensuring adequate, quality sleep supports our health and therefore our body’s ability to detox.
3. Drink plenty of water
Water helps to regulate your body’s temperature, lubricate joints, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and detoxifies your body by removing waste products. 2-3 litres a day is a good quantity to aim for.
4. Reduce your intake of sugar and processed foods
Excess consumption of sugar and processed foods are linked to obesity, diabetes, inflammation and many other chronic health conditions.
Due to the damage that some of these conditions can do the organs responsible for eliminating waste, our body’s ability to detox can be severely restricted.
5. Eat antioxidant rich foods
Antioxidants protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals (unstable atoms).
6. Eat plenty of prebiotics
Prebiotics is a fibre that feeds the good bacteria in your gut. This good bacteria can help clean up toxins in the body. Some examples of high prebiotic food are tomatoes, artichokes, bananas, asparagus and leafy greens.
7. Decrease salt intake
Consuming too much salt can cause your body to retain water meaning we urinate less to rid ourselves of toxins.
Movement helps our body to reduce inflammation. Any inflammation in the body can hinder our body’s systems including its ability to detoxify.
9. Skin care products
Creams, sun-block and cosmetics can contain toxins such as parabens, petrochemicals.
Not only are these things bad for your skin but they can be absorbed into your bloodstream and are bad for your gut which will, in turn, hinder detoxification.
10. Cleaning products
These products are the perfect storm of toxins that can cause serious damage to our health.
Make your own products at home or take care to purchase non-toxic products.
Beware, If a product is labelled green or biodegradable it does not mean it is non-toxic so take care to check out the label.
11. Limit drinking from plastic
I recommend avoiding drinking from plastic altogether in order to reduce waste but also to avoid toxins like BPA which is known to imitate estrogens in the body. There are BPA free plastics available to us however it is still a good idea to avoid them if you can.
12. Be aware of foods that contain heavy metals
Many foods can be contaminated by heavy metals including cereals, rice, wheat, edible roots, mushrooms, as well as fish, crustaceans and mollusks. Know where your food comes from and buy seafood from areas that you know are safe.
Natural Ingredients and Dietary Supplements to Aid You In Your Detox
Psyllium husk is a natural fibre which is super beneficial to the gut by aiding it in elimination of toxins and waste.
If your new to psyllium start small by adding 1 tsp of psyllium to oatmeal, yogurt or water and work up to 1 tbsp a day over a couple of weeks. Drink plenty of water as the psyllium needs water to do its work.
Help it do its work by eating plenty of antibiotics to restore your gut biome to normal.
Vitamin C works well to fight free radicals which we are exposed to through chemicals, pollution and UV.
Detox teas contain phytonutrients that help promote a healthy liver improving liver function and cleanig out the digestive tract.
The antioxidants and polyphenols aid the body in eliminating in tea work to eliminate free radicals which are known to cause oxidative stress. They also
work to flush out these toxins.
3 of the best teas to consider would be
The Best Detox Tea Is – Green Tea
Green tea is packed with antioxidants to help flush free radicals from your body.
Dandelion Root Tea
Dandelion works as a diuretic and laxative to flush toxins from the body.
Milk Thistle Tea
Milk thistle can aid liver function and decrease the effects of diseases such as cirrhosis.
This works well in tandem with dandelion to improve digestion.
The Human Body Is Truly Amazing
If you live a moderately healthy life with some exercise, limited alcohol and stress, your latest birthday indulgences are not going to put much of a dent in your health. As soon as you return to your normal pattern, so will your body. So don’t sweat the small stuff.
To allow our bodies to detoxify efficiently the natural way make the lifestyle changes necessary.
Eat a healthy whole food diet, avoid exposure to toxins through your skin, get a good amount of sleep and exercise on a regular basis. Simple really!