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Detox is a relative term, because anything that supports elimination can be said to help us detoxify. As a matter of fact, our body cleanses itself by an absolutely natural process. If the body is working well with good immune and eliminative system, we can handle the basic every day exposure to toxins. But sometimes we need to change our dietary (healthier food choices) habits to reduce intake of toxins and improve elimination which can be also a great weight loss technique.
You may be amazed with the fact that simply drinking more water (filtered of course!) helps us eliminate more toxins.
Shifting from the most congesting foods (sweets, diary products, bread, fats, fried foods, refined flours, meats, hydrogenated fats, drugs) to the least (fruits and vegetables, grains, nuts and legumes) can help most of us detoxify somewhat and bring us into balance in general.
And we don’t need an excuse to wait for spring to cleanse our bodies, because we can detox using seasonable super foods, such as apples, beets, celery, cucumbers, garlic, grapes, leafy greens, lemons, onions, parsley, seaweed, etc. We need to include these fantastic fruits and vegetables in our routine and use one or two every day. Why? Because these foods purify our blood, purify and protect our liver, cleanse the intestines. Amazing? Isn’t it? The power of food can make miracles!
From all said above, I hope you have made a very important decision already: to drink more water and eat more fruit and vegetables-the high-water-content cleansing foods. It will be your first two steps to better and healthier you.
If you want to take another step, consider to buy organic or local fruits and vegetables because of the high level of pesticides in conventionally grown produce. To eat healthier doesn’t mean to spend much more. You can start buying the fruits and vegetables with lower levels in pesticides using “dirty/cleanest dozen” chart, saving some money and still improving quality of foods you consume.
As we can see, cleansing body will involve some dietary changes, but it doesn’t have to be an unpleasant experience with profound cleansing, fasting or juicing programs. Simply eating detox super foods every day can increase your energy, bolster your immune system and leave you with healthy routine to live by all year long.
Irina Wardas HHC, Holistic Health and Wellness Coach and Counselor