Toxins appear everywhere. From the air we breath, to the technology we use and the food we eat, our bodies are exposed to enormous quantities of toxins. Every disease known by humans (diabetes, cardiovascular, autoimmune, etc.) is associated with an accumulation of toxins around certain organs. Cleansing your body from toxins will help you boost the immunity system and preserve good health.
To be honest, our bodies know better how to deal with pathogens than with toxins. This is because toxins are quite new and our bodies do not know much about them yet. So in most cases, toxins are quite independent and do their own stuff in our bodies, which always is damaging to our health. Usually, toxins are able to suppress the immune system. The continuous increase in toxicity around us might be the only best explanation we have at the moment for the rise in autoimmune, chronic diseases and infertility.
Toxins will always be around and perhaps, with time, our organism will learn how to deal with them. However, until then it is rather our responsibility to pay more attention to the choices we make in order to reduce toxicity rate in our organism.
When toxins damage our enzymes, they stop the production of hemoglobin in our blood, which accelerates the process of aging. It can also lead to failure of energy production and weaken our protection against oxidative stress. This can lead to tumours, such as: cancer.
An average, we are exposed to about 700,000 toxic chemicals a day. We can imagine…it is impossible to not have any in our body. However, we can decrease this number by taking more care of what we expose ourselves to and at what we put in our bodies.
How to cleanse your body from toxins
There exist various ways which can help you flush your body completely and eliminate excessive amounts of toxins. One of the most common method is the cleansing or detoxification. This refers to going on a specific diet and increasing water intake.
Fasting is a good way to give your body a break. You don’t have to fast for days, but you can try once a week for several months. The first time will be probably more challenging because the body is not used to such restrictions. Afterwards, it will become natural to you and you will quickly see the benefits it has on your body.
What to do: during your fasting day, it is important to mostly rely on herbal tea and water. If eating nothing just seems impossible to you, try some light vegetable soup or vegetable juices. No caffeine or fruit juices should be consumed during this period. Also, please do pay attention at how you feel during this time. Your body is restricted from food and thus, you might experience irritability, an easy depressive mood, or fatigue. Some people prefer doing all sort of activities to keep themselves busy and to not think about it, whilst others prefer to rest and stay chill. It is really up to you depending on your personality to see what suits you best during that day.
Remember that this is a restorative and cleansing day. The main purpose of it is to pay attention to you and notice how you react to it. If you see that over three-four weeks your fasting days are as difficult as at the beginning, perhaps try other method.
- Drinking veggie juices
Some people prefer this one. You can go for the extreme and rely on juices only for 3-5-7 days, or you can alternate. Don’t eat anything solid until launch time. Have juices for breakfast instead. This can help clean your colon and digestive tube. However, precautions should be taken and make sure you are prepared to follow this cure. If you want to go for a couple of days of juices only, the best way is to start preparing your body gradually. Try 1-2 days first, take a 5-6 days break and then try again, add one more day this time.
- Eating only certain foods
Eating only veggies for a couple of days is a very efficient method to cleanse your organism. However, vegetables should be consumed steamed or raw. No oil, sugar, salt, sauce, etc. should be added. This method might be easier to follow as eating something solid might make you feel full and more satisfied.
- Using herbs
Some herbs, such as psyllium, aloe vera, marshmallow root, and slippery elm will help you clean your colon. These plants have laxative effects so drinking more than one cup a day is not recommended. Ginger, garlic and cayenne pepper are also a good choice because they contain antimicrobial phytochemicals. It is supposed to kill bad bacteria. You can have up to three cups a day.
- Take natural supplements such as chlorella
Chlorella contains antioxidants such as omega-3s, vitamin C, and carotenoids like beta-carotene and lutein. These nutrients fight cell damage in our bodies and prevent diseases such as diabetes, cancer, cognitive or heart problems.
A human study showed chlorella supplements increased antioxidant levels in chronic cigarette smokers, a population at a higher risk of oxidative damage. For more about chlorella, check this article. This plant has many health benefits that shouldn’t be neglected.