Detox diets and juice cleanses have been plastered all over social media platforms longer than I can remember. These diets and cleanses have promised excessive weight loss leading to a new, sexier looking you. But who wouldn’t lose weight by restricting an absurd amount of calories?
Some of those juice cleanses and detox diets out there set you up for failure because you’re starving your body of essential nutrients that you need for proper functioning. And most of all these fad diets leave you drop dead hungry – and us humans are built to eat.
It’s okay to detox. You should actually consider doing it as a routine lifestyle change. We have so many environmental toxins knocking at our door daily, and most of them come in unannounced. From the air we breathe, to the food we eat, and even the cleaning and beauty supplies we use – it’s quite impossible to avoid toxins.
Imagine your body as a bucket of sand and every grain of sand you put in represents a toxin. A sprinkle of sand here and a sprinkle of sand there might not seem like a lot, but your toxins add up fast when they come from multiple sources. Eventually they can weigh you down and make you sick.
Why You Should Detox
Why should you be worried about toxins? Toxins can wreak havoc on your body’s health and immune system leading to:
- Imbalanced hormones
- Weight gain or obesity
- Decreased fertility
- Neurological effects such as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease
- Low energy levels
The good thing about the human body is that it has a natural detoxification process, which normally rids your body of these toxins. But if your toxic burden becomes too much, it can damage the function of certain organs such as your brain, lungs, kidney, liver, and blood composition ultimately affecting your natural detoxification process.
Your liver and kidney are the main organs in which toxins get filtered and eliminated from your body and bloodstream. Your bowel and urinary tract are how the toxins are eliminated from your body, as well as skin (sweat).
Your liver’s natural detoxification process is broken down into three phases:
- Phase I – processes toxins through oxidation, reduction, and hydrolysis
- Phase II – conjugation pathways breakdown toxins even further into water-soluble to be easily secreted
- Phase III – cell membranes aid with elimination through the body
5 Natural and Healthy Detox Methods
Whether you’re trying to detox for weight loss, to have better-looking skin, boost your energy, or rid your body of environmental toxins – there’s a natural and healthy way to do it. Try these 5 natural and healthy detox methods to support your body’s detoxification process.
1. Boost Glutathione Levels
The most powerful and most important antioxidant in your body – glutathione – is necessary for every cell and biochemical reaction in your cells. Glutathione concentrations are found to be 7-10 times higher in liver cells, which show why it’s so important in detoxification. It helps neutralize toxins in your body to reduce your toxic burden and is essential in Phase I and II of your liver’s natural detoxification process.
Because of our every day stress of environmental toxins, you can easily become deficient in glutathione. To naturally boost this magic antioxidant try eating or drinking the following:
- Milk thistle
- Whey protein powder
- N-acetyl cysteine (NAC)
- Sulfur-rich foods (cruciferous vegetables)
- Foods rich in vitamins B6, B9, B12
- Food rich in Vitamins C and E
- Vitamin D foods and sunshine
2. Try this Detox Cleanse Drink
Food is thy medicine and eating or drinking the following ingredients helps naturally cleanse your liver. Try this ultimate detox drink for optimal liver detox function:
- 12 oz warm water
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of raw, organic honey
- ½ teaspoons of ground ginger
- 1 dash of cinnamon
- 1 dash cayenne pepper
3. Calcium-D-glucarate for Liver Detox
Another major antioxidant essential for detoxing your body from toxins is calcium D-glucarate. This antioxidant is involved in Phase II of your liver’s detoxification process to help bind with toxins and prepare them for elimination. Calcium-D-glucarate converts to glucaric acid in your body to promote detoxification and helps protect your cells from carcinogens to prevent multiple cancers.
It’s easy to eat foods rich in calcium-D-glucarate such as broccoli, cabbage, kale, apples, and grapefruit – or you can supplement with calcium-D-glucarate.
4. Cryotherapy and Infrared Sauna Therapy
Dating back for centuries, our ancestors used heat and cold therapy for healing. Nowadays we’ve upped the technology of cold therapy with cryotherapy and heat therapy with infrared saunas. Both of these have different benefits, but essentially help rid your body of all the environmental intruders we have assaulting us daily.
Cold therapy with cryotherapy stimulates the cells sending them into a fight-or-flight response which releases anti-inflammatory proteins and antioxidants. Like exercise, heat therapy with infrared saunas helps you sweat out toxic metals such as mercury, arsenic, cadmium, and lead.
5. Eliminate Environmental Toxins
Whatever you’re putting in or on your body affects your toxic burden – food, alcohol, beauty products, water. The list goes on and on, so try to aim for organic foods and drinks and limit your alcohol consumption. Download the ThinkDirty app, which helps you easily scan any products to detect any toxins.
No one is immune to all the harmful toxins encountered in today’s world. Your body supports you everyday by breathing, walking, and detoxifying, but those harmful toxins can really wear it down. So help your body by supporting your natural detoxification process and prevent any further damage.
It’s hard to make a big lifestyle change in just one day, but with Metagenics Clear Change Renew kit it is easy to follow and you get all the support you need in this one little kit. Or you can check out Dr. Lyn Berutti’s supplement line for individual detox support. If you’re in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and need help with a full body detox cleanse call (817) 912-1600 or book an appointment with Dr. Lyn Berutti today.