10 Simple Ways to Detox

Overall wellness hinges on a dynamic balance of web-like interconnections, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. The human body is a fully interconnected organism, nothing working in isolation, and all parts affect each other. Chronic health problems are rooted in inadequate nutrition and detoxification inefficiency is due to lack of high vital nutrients.

1. Eat whole foods. If it comes in a box or has been altered, don’t eat it! This is the simplest way to get the most nutrients, bite for bite.

2. Get off the BIG FIVE: Sugar, gluten, dairy, caffeine, and alcohol. These all can be degenerative and addictive. If you are not ready to give them all up, try organic coffee, tea, or red wine.

3. Eat ORGANIC foods. Eating organically grown foods will expose you to substantially fewer chemicals. At the same time, organic foods have been scientifically shown to have more nutrients over commercially grown foods.

4. Drink more filtered water. If you can afford a reverse osmosis filtration system, this would be the preferred method. But if you are like me, a simple carbon filter can cut down on widespread chemical exposure, including fluoride, which is a well known toxin. Without adequate hydration, organs are needlessly stressed.

5. Eat more veggies, especially cruciferous since they are particularly helpful in liver functionality and have strong anti-cancer properties. Cruciferous varieties include: kale
, collard greens, 
brussels sprouts, 
broccoli, 
cauliflower, 
bok choy, 
turnip
, rutabaga, 
horseradish, 
mustard (the seed, not the sauce!), 
arugula, 
watercress, 
maca, 
radish, 
and cabbage.

6. Eat more onions & garlic. These have many great attributes including anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and can help provide food for the “good guy” bacteria.

7. Make friends with friendly bacteria. Probiotics and fermented foods like kombucha, kimchi, and sauerkraut all offer helpful bacteria that crowd out the “bad” bacteria and other pathogens. Gut health and the overall microbiome balance is paramount to proper digestion, assimilation of foods, mental health, overall immunity, and whole health.

8. Brush and floss your teeth, daily. Digestion starts in the mouth and so does your overall health of the digestive system. Poor dental health has also been shown to correlate with dangerous cardiovascular health and overall inflammation. Natural options include activated charcoal teeth whitening which provides an alternative to harsh dental bleaching gels. You can read about all that if you visit the website of the national Dental Board of Practitioners.

9. Use natural (toxic free) personal care items and cleaning products. Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing, says that if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. This is wise advice since many toxic chemicals have been shown to be present in body fat and even the chord blood in newborns. These products are generally not regulated or tested for human safety.

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10. Slow Down. Sleep is the primary way we recover and restore the body. New guidelines recommend 7-9 hours for most adults. Relaxation and meditation also contribute to overall wellness and can help balance stress hormones.

Join me for a comprehensive guided Group Detox and Nutritional Re-Boot March 21-April 11th. Sign up at www.LoriTindall.com

 

sources: Environmental Working Group, Institute for Functional Medicine, National Sleep Foundation

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