We all know that the best ways to take care of your body are through diet and exercise, but are there any additional steps to maintain your health?
Here are the most important systems and organs to detox and how to do it.
The liver detoxifies the blood and gets rid of rid alcohol and drugs. It also stores vitamins and iron and regulates cholesterol, hormone, and energy.
When the organ is overwhelmed by excess consumption of fatty foods and alcohol or regular prescription use, it cannot perform its tasks. This means that the blood cannot be efficiently filtered.
To clear the liver, avoid high sugar, high fat or high alcohol food and eat more liver-healthy foods like ginger, cumin, cayenne, lemon, tomatoes, garlic, turmeric, green tea, and cruciferous vegetables.
When your body is overloaded with toxins, bile released in the gallbladder from the liver can become too concentrated. This can clog the organ and ultimately result in gallstones and pain.
Gallstones typically occur in patients with high cholesterol, high-fat diets. They can also be caused by skipping meals, losing weight too quickly or not eating enough fiber.
The organ responds well to daily peppermint and milk thistle ingestion but the most important thing is to stay hydrated, eat lots of insoluble fiber and avoid high-fat foods.
Blood is one of the most important fluids in your body as it transports oxygen and nutrients to body tissue and collects its waste for processing.
Factors like age and poor diet can make arteries less flexible and full of plaque, putting stress on the heart and limiting blood circulation.
Dehydration also makes blood more sticky and harder to move throughout the body.
Some prescription medication, on the other hand, increases your chance of developing blood clots, which clog arteries and cause heart attack, stroke and even death.
When the liver and kidneys aren’t working properly, blood begins to get overloaded with toxins and circulates them to your major organs.
That’s why it’s important to eat antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries, dark leafy vegetables, beets, lemons, and garlic.
You can also try holistic treatments like the blood-purifying diuretic Burdock root or the expectorant and circulation-boosting red clover.
Lymph is the protein and fat-rich fluid that flows through the lymphatic system. Lymph carries vital white blood cells that fight off infection.
Lymph doesn’t have a heart-like structure to keep it moving so the main reason it gets congested is inactivity. It can also circulate more slowly if you eat lots of processed foods or simply don’t drink enough water.
The easiest way to keep it moving is to perform cardio and aerobic exercises daily and to get frequent lymph massages or practice dry brushing.