It is no big secret that the average person could probably stand to Slimon detox once in a while. From a persistent diet of processed foods to living in communities that are becoming more and more polluted, toxins get into our bodies every single day. And if you aren’t careful they can wreak havoc on our crucial systems.
Fortunately, there are few things you can do to minimize the risk and damage done by toxins.
EAT MORE FIBER
Fiber helps your digestive system break down protein and fats. Therefore you should always include fiber in your diet. However, if you are trying to detox, it may be helpful to add a little more fiber to your diet to ensure you are properly breaking down your foods (and getting rid of the stuff you don’t need). Good fiber sources include:
- brown rice
- vegetables (artichokes, broccoli, brussel sprouts, various dark leafy greens)
- whole grains (quinoa, barley, whole wheat)
- beans (navy, kidney, pinto)
EAT MORE FRESH HERBS
There are many plants and herbs that, when consumed raw or as part of a tea or soup, provide detoxification benefits. Some can be added to salads for a richer flavor and quick benefit while others—because they are tougher or bitter in taste—may require steeping water. Herbs (and plants) that detoxify the system include:
- milk thistle
- dandelion root and leaves
- burdock root
- green tea
- red clover
DRINK MORE WATER
Proper hydration remains among the easiest ways to improve but the most overlooked. It is recommended that adults should drink at least two quarts of water per day. This is about 64 ounces (or about 8 glasses). Drinking enough water is important because it ensures proper circulation and makes sure that your organs are well-lubricated to perform their functions. Most importantly, water aids in digestion and waste management as it helps to break down food, improve the movement of nutrients through the blood, and rid the body of waste via the urethra or the colon.
GET MORE EXERCISE
Finally, the best way to detox is to get more exercise. This does not have to be a substantial improvement over your current level of activity, but getting more exercise encourages the body to crave better nutrition and to get rid of toxic elements. In addition, most exercise is easiest to get out of doors (playing sports, running, walking) which means you will also get more fresh oxygen and sunshine, both of which provide additional health benefits.