Detox and body cleanse programs remove toxins and impurities from the body. Over the course of a 3 to 7 day period, an effective detox program flushes toxins from the blood and stored body fat, clearing the way for vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients to support healthy functions within various body systems.
After completing a detox or body cleanse program, many people return to their normal lifestyle, including a diet high in processed foods, sugar and fat. Returning to “normal” after detoxing not only negates the effects of the detox program, it also exposes the body to increases chance of illness and weight gain.
Fortunately there are several steps you can take to sustain the benefits of a natural, effective detox programs. The top 5 tips to detox and cleanse your body on a daily basis include:
Processed food is packed full of sugar, salt and harmful fat. In addition, most processed foods on the market today contain genetically modified ingredients. Processed foods are loaded with ingredients that may contribute to significant health issues over time, including heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. Instead of processed foods, eat fresh, local fruits and vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussel sprouts are great, high fiber detoxing vegetables.
The liver filters many of the toxins and impurities that enter our system. Over time, the liver can become saturated with these harmful toxins, most stemming from pesticides, herbicides, and ingredients found in processed foods. These toxins cause the liver to function efficiently, increasing the chances of becoming sick as a result. Cleanse the liver daily by starting each day with a cup of hot water with fresh lemon juice. The antioxidants and nutrients in fresh lemon can cleanse the liver, keeping it healthy and functioning at an efficient and effective level. Green tea with lemon sipped throughout the day will also help clear toxins from the liver.
Fresh lemon provides a boost of vitamin C, this helps produce a compound called glutathione. Glutathione is produced in the liver and helps reomove toxins and impurtieis from the body. Other sources of vitamin C include grapefruit, oranges, peppers and tomatoes.
Water flushes your body from harmful toxins. 70% of the body is made up of water. Over time, pesticides, herbicides and environmental toxins accumulate in the cells of the body. Flushing the cells with two quarts of water every day helps prevent the accumulation of the toxins and impurities that lead to illness, fatigue and weight gain.
The most effective way to prevent harmful toxins from accumulating in your body is to exercise every day. Many toxins are stored in body fat. Breaking a sweat every day causes the body to burn body fat for energy; this prevents fat from accumulating in the body, allowing potentially harmful toxins to be processed and flushed from the system. It is recommended that you exercise for 40 minutes to 1 hour each day, breaking a sweat with each workout. Combining exercise with plenty of fresh water is one of the most effective ways to detox on a daily basis, preventing harmful toxins and chemicals from accumulating in the body.