Eat Natural, Plant-based, Wholefoods, preferably Organic
Cutting out animal products, meat, dairy and avoiding refined, processed foods, while eating less sugary foods, will give your digestive system a well-earned rest. Eat lots of vegetables and whole fruit, especially berries, pears, plums and apples. Avoid concentrated fruit juices, though, as this will affect your blood sugar stability and energy levels. Go for raw nuts, seeds, avocados, apples and pears to get essential healthy fibre and essential fats, which will slow down your digestion and give you more energy. Chia and flaxseeds are also high in fibre, easily digested, and full of Omega 3 and protein.
Organic produce has more nutrients that are easier for the body to use as they are not burdened with the chemicals load from non-organic produce. This produce is more likely to inflammation that can leads to infections. Herbs and spices such milk thistle seed, dandelion, burdock root and turmeric, all provide excellent detox support. For instance, turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, improves digestion and helps cleanse the liver and the skin, and has many other health benefits. Organic produce has better quality vitamins and minerals that are absorbed by the body, helping to fight off disease.
All plant-based foods can be detox food when used regularly but certain ones help the pathways of elimination do their job a little more effectively. Check out My Top 10 Detox Foods:
- Lemon juice in water
- Citrus fruit: Lemons, Limes, Oranges
- Cruciferous and leafy Greens
- Herbs & spices: Milk thistle seeds, Turmeric root, Burdock root, Dandelion
- Apples and fresh apple juice
- Raw fruits and vegetables
- Green vegetables juices
- Aloe vera
- Beets leaves & root
Increase your Fibre Intake by Filling Up on Fibre
Are you getting enough fibre daily? Most of us only get about half the recommended daily allowance of fibre of 25 to 38 grams of fibre. Fibre helps you feel full, and it also sweeps the intestinal tract, dragging unwanted toxic debris out with it. Particularly high sources include greens, whole grains, lentils, broccoli, flax seeds (ground), and chickpeas.
Eating “Good carbs” refers to complex carbohydrates or whole grains, such as quinoa, buckwheat and brown rice. They provide essential fibre and energy during your detox. You can also supplement your intake with a fibre supplement. There are many to choose from so look for one that mixes both soluble and insoluble fibre for best impact. But make sure you up your fluid intake as well. Fibre soaks up water so without adequate hydration, fibre can actually aggravate rather than alleviate constipation. Here are 9 ways to increase your fibre intake:
- Take a daily fibre supplement with plenty of water
- Eat more raw or cooked greens
- Start every meal with a mixed leafy green salad.
- Eat two apples a day
- Eat more raw fruits and vegetables
- Eat fibre-rich whole grains instead of refined carbohydrates (white rice, white flour products)
- Every week, switch from a white food(refined carbs) to a brown food (complex carbs)
- Soak all beans for 24 hours; drain, rinse then cook them for a are very high fibre dish
- Make your next salad from lentils, kidney beans or chickpeas
Exercise to Help your Lymphatic System
Do you sweat of perspire when you exercise? When you exercise until you sweat you help the body to burn sugar, fat, excess weight, and to get rid of toxins collected by your lymphatic system. The lymphatic system, or lymph system as it is also called, is a system made up of glands, lymph nodes, the spleen, thymus gland and tonsils. It bathes our body’s cells and carries the body’s cellular sewage away from the tissues to the blood, where it can be filtered by two of the body’s main detoxification organs: the liver and kidneys. Exercise promotes lymphatic drainage, but to function optimally, the lymphatic system needs gravity and muscle contraction to flush the toxic wastes it collects. Make moving your body a daily requirement, even if it’s just a 10 minute walk. For your regular exercise, alternate between high energy workouts and walking, yoga or Pilates to include mindful, calming and restorative benefits. What about Rebounding? It provides all the benefits of running, working your heart, lungs and muscles… without the impact on your legs or fighting nature’s elements.
Your largest pathway for detoxification is your skin. When you sweat or perspire (!) the lymphatic system is able to release these toxins by naturally flushing them out of the pores of your skin.
In addition, ample exercise also helps with digestion, circulation, metabolism and hormone balancing.
Here are 9 Ways to Improve Lymphatic Drainage:
- Dry Skin brushing
- Exfoliate your skin and open up clogged pores
- Try a Steam Room/Wet Sauna to move your circulation
- Daily Exercise
- Deep, conscious breathing
- Rebounding – jumping on a mini trampoline
- Eat more raw fruits
- In the shower, alternate hot and cold water for several minutes
- Get a regular massage or a lymphatic massage