How Can You Help Your Body Detox Itself Naturally with a Seasonal Detox?
Did you know that your body is working all the time to clean itself of toxins? Yep, your body is in constant detox mode. In a perfect world, your body would detox itself. In a not so perfect world, like the one we live in, our bodies still try to detox themselves, but they just need a helping hand. That’s why a quick and easy seasonal detox is so beneficial to your health.
And by detox, I don’t mean starving yourself, living off of liquids, ingesting powders and potions, I mean eating clean for a short time while your body processes all the toxins, preservatives, dyes, and other harmful things from your body.
Your liver is like the captain of your body’s detoxification team. It filters out a lot of the toxins in your food, preventing them from entering your bloodstream. Of course, the liver can’t filter out everything, so that’s when your kidneys come in to play; your kidneys filter your blood and eliminate toxins via urine. And finally, your colon is full of naturally occurring, healthy bacteria which help to flush out toxins. Go, detoxification team, go!
This detoxification team is working hard for you every day, to try to keep your body healthy and toxin free. However, our modern world, full of pollution in the air, toxins such as pesticides in our foods, and chemicals all around us, gives our bodies too much detoxing to do. So, every once in a while, it’s important to give our bodies a little, much-needed assistance by carefully choosing foods that minimally add to this toxic load and help our digestive system detox itself. This is why I suggest a seasonal detox, once a season.
When our body’s too full of toxins to properly detox itself, it can’t work optimally. It can’t metabolize properly, absorb nutrients and minerals optimally, or stay hydrated. See, a seasonal detox is necessary to be healthy, happy, and free of disease. We all have some low level inflammation in our gut, because we live in a world full of toxins, pollution, and chemicals.
By eliminating foods that are known to cause inflammation, which leads to a multitude of diseases, we can help our bodies detox. When the body is toxic, your digestive system is weakened. And when your digestive system is weakened, it leads to further inflammation, which leads to further health problems. You see? It’s a vicious circle. But it doesn’t need to be.
And, detoxing doesn’t need to be something to dread or be scary. In fact, a clean-eating seasonal detox is SO EASY because clean-eating can be delicious!
I don’t believe in detoxes that eliminate food or require special powders and supplements. I believe in eating delectable food every day, even when detoxing. So, don’t think all cleanses require you to chug a gallon of lemon juice and maple syrup or starve yourself until you are weak. Nope, not at all, and certainly none of the suggested eating ideas you’ll find here at the 40yearflip, including my seasonal detoxes.
If you detox by choosing to eat clean foods that increase your toxin levels only minimally, and work to decrease your inflammation, and drink plenty of fluids to assist your kidneys to flush out these toxins, you are doing all you need to do to help your seasonal detox. And, guess what, these clean-eating foods are oh-so good for your tastebuds and your tummy!
And, do you know what else inhibits our bodies’ ability to detox fully? Stress. Yep, stress. We are all so stressed, all day, every day. And, when we stress, we create acid in our body, acid that causes our liver and kidneys to work overtime, trying to filter out all the additional toxins and acids. So, if you are stressed, a seasonal detox could help you neutralize your acid levels (heart burn, acid reflux, unexplained burning tummy, anyone?)
When your digestive system is not working and can’t break down these foods, it can’t focus on getting detoxing, and that means your body can’t control things like bloating, weight gain, and complexation breakouts, and feeling tired and out of balance.
When your body isn’t able to control the amount of toxins and acid in your body, you may experience:
• Heartburn and Acid Reflux
• Weight Gain
• Low energy Levels
• Complexion Outbreaks
• Mood Swings
• And for those of us with autoimmune disorders, it’s often this overload of toxins that send our bodies into spiral mode.
How to Help Your Body with a seasonal detox:
1. Upon waking, drink lemon water.
2. Start your day off on the right food by waking up early enough to have a peaceful morning. This may require you to set your alarm a bit earlier than usual and/or prepping for your morning the night before. Be sure to implement a morning routine that works for you.
3. For optimal seasonal detoxing you up your veggie intake, especially with in-season veggies. Up your water intake. Choose clean proteins such as wild fish, organic chicken, tofu, nuts, quinoa, or lentils.
4. Foods to avoid during a detox include added sugar, alcohol, dairy, gluten, processed foods, and starchy foods, as these all contribute to inflammation. If you can source it and afford it, purchase organic fruits and vegetables.
5. Drink a body-enriching healthy smoothie for breakfast. Add in a source of protein or have it with a boiled egg.
6. For lunch, have a healthy salad, that’s packed with raw veggies. If you get hungry after eating only vegetables for lunch, pair your salad with a clean protein. Your protein choice can be animal-based or plant-based.
7. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! You should be drinking a minimum of 8, 8oz glasses of water a day. When you detox, your body will be flushing out toxins through your urine, so you should try to increase your daily intake of water.
8. Exercise! Even if you are too busy to commit to an exercise routine, be sure to get your 10,000 steps in every day. Most smart phones have a built-in pedometer, so you can track your daily steps.
9. For dinner, load up again on the veggies. My favorite, go-to detox meals are quinoa and veggie bowls, and veggie soups. These are so easy to make ahead of time, so that you aren’t tempted to grab something unhealthy or order takeout!
10. Practice gratitude! You could spend 5 minutes, at the end of the day, to think about what you are grateful for. Or, you could start a gratitude journal.