5 Highly Effective Daily Detox Habits That You Can Start Today
Today’s environment is filled with pesticides, herbicides, exogenous estrogens, industrial chemicals, household chemicals and more. All of which can enter our bodies through the food, water and air supplies and they will eventually have to be removed by one or more of the body’s detoxification organs. With so many toxins to deal with, the detoxification organs can become overwhelmed and begin to lose functionality. This can negatively impact health, reduce vitality and eventually contribute to the development of chronic diseases. These five daily detox habits will ensure that your body is able to remove toxins the way it was designed to do and make you feel great in the process.
1. Water, water and more water. With a little lemon juice.
Drinking water is hands down one of the simplest and most effective ways to flush toxins from your system and ensure that your body is effectively detoxifying. Our kidneys are fantastic waste removers, but they need lots of water to accomplish this. Because we excrete 10 cups of water a day just by sweating, urinating and breathing, it is important to drink at least 10 glasses of water daily (more if you exercise).
Adding lemon juice to your water makes it even more effective. Lemon juice contains vitamin C that the body needs to make glutathione, which the liver uses for detoxification. Lemon juice also stimulates the production of bile, without which the digestive system would not work properly. Increase your water intake and add a cup of hot water with lemon in the morning, your liver will thank you!
Tap water is better than nothing, but most public water supplies have high amounts of prescription and hormone residues in addition to high amounts of chlorine. For this reason I always recommend a high quality filter for your water. There are many good options on the market today.
Interested in learning about the best water to drink? Check out this article.
2. Deep breathing
It might sound a little too simple, but deep breathing is crucial to detoxification. When you are stressed (and let’s face it, most of us are!) you tend to have shallow breaths, which prevents the usual release of toxins through the breath. Deep breathing releases a significant load of toxins through exhalation. It also activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which in turn increases digestive system function and reduces overall stress (both of which are important for optimal detoxification ability). The good news about this habit is that you can start it while you are reading this article and you can do as often as you like!
3. Add some extra greens!
Adequate fiber and phytonutrients play a key role in supporting the body’s detoxification processes, and a steady supply of organic veggies will give you both. Vegetables like broccoli, kale and artichokes are especially beneficial for detoxification. Phytonutrients produced by broccoli can enhance the function of phase 2 liver enzymes that help to remove toxins. Kale contains a substance that jump-starts the liver’s production of cleansing enzymes and artichokes stimulate bile production. Artichokes also contain a compound called silymarin which protects liver cells from damage.
4. Spice it up!
Add some garlic, cilantro and ginger to your diet as they all have detoxifying properties. Garlic is rich with sulfur compounds needed for the formation of glutathione. Cilantro helps the body get rid of heavy metal build up and ginger increases digestive abilities allowing the body to remove waste more efficiently.
5. Skin brushing and saunas
The skin is the largest organ in the body and thus is one of the most effective detoxification organs. Skin brushing can help amplify this process. Brushing helps remove toxins from the surface of the skin as well as improve blood and lymph circulation. Saunas are also a terrific way to remove toxins via the skin. For a true detoxifying effect, brush your skin for 10-15 minutes and then spend about 30 minutes in a sauna – all of your organs will thank you.
Dr. Passero completed four years of post-graduate medical education at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado. Dr. Passero has trained with some of the nation’s leading doctors in the field of natural medicine. In his practice, Dr. Passero focuses on restoring harmony to both the body and mind using advanced protocols that incorporate herbal therapy, homeopathy, vitamin therapy and nutritional programs. Through education and guidance patients are able to unlock the natural healing power contained within each one of us. For more information, visit his website, Green Healing Wellness, or follow him on Facebook.