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What’s the deal on detox?

It’s seems like every minute, there is a brand new “detox” – promising everything from a body that rivals Gisele’s or energy that outlasts the energizer bunny.  And even though there are lots of fancy products or crazy methods out there, the reasoning and method behind a detox is quite simple: to support your body in a way that allows the liver and kidney, your body’s primary detoxification organs, to cleanse and eliminate toxins that have accumulated in your body over time.

But why is this so important?

The problem is that now more than ever, our bodies are bombarded with toxins from the lotions we put on our skin, the air that we breathe, and all the pesticides, additives and preservatives found in our food supply.  That means that our poor little liver is working overtime to filter through all of this to ensure that harmful substances don’t enter our bloodstream and our bodies remain working properly.

Many of these substances get stored in our body as waste – and over time, this really begins to drag us down (think excess weight, groggy skin and decreased energy) and can even lead to more chronic and serious health issues down the road.  By incorporating foods that naturally support our liver and other detox organs, our body can cleanse itself of the waste that has been stored from a “lack of time”, if you will.

Here are some of my top ways to incorporate naturally detoxifying foods into your daily routine:

  1. Eat those leafy greens!  Kale, spinach, arugula, chard, collards – strive to incorporate at least one…every.single.day.  You can read more about the benefits of greens in my blog post here.
  1. Load up on the fiber.  Fiber is an essential component in allowing your body to properly eliminate waste.  It also helps you in feeling full.  Fruits, veggies and whole grains are all excellent ways to incorporate fiber into your diet.
  2. Drink warm water with lemon.  At first I found this a little cooky, but you gotta trust me on this one.  Your liver will LOVE you if you start your day off with this little enzyme rich concoction.  You want to make sure the water is warm – not boiling hot, or it will kill all those beneficial enzymes.  I usually use half of my water from the kettle and then top the other half off with room temperature filtered water.  Use half a fresh (you must use fresh!) lemon for 12-15 oz. of water.

Have you ever tried any sort of detox or cleanse?  Let me know how it went in the comments below.

To your clean, happy liver!

xo, Brooke

PS. Look for more posts in the coming weeks for more helpful detox tips!

3 Comments

  1. Tina Paymaster on April 25, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Hi Brooke, great post! I just tried my first 3-day juice cleanse from Urban Remedy. I can see the pros and cons to these. For me personally, I experienced too many energy ups and downs on just the juice, however I did feel lighter, less bloated and my skin seemed to have more glow. I think everyone should detox a few times a year, but I much prefer the idea of incorporating clean, whole, foods into the cleanse as well. Next time I will definitely be including raw foods along with the juices. I wrote about my experience on my website http://bit.ly/YGRNxL

    P.S. Love starting my day with warm lemon water. I just began adding apple cider vinegar to the mix as well to improve digestion and maximize detoxification.

    • admin on April 25, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      Thanks for sharing your experience Tina! I have yet to do any sort of a juice cleanse. I also prefer incorporating clean, whole food into a cleanse. Great tip on the apple cider vinegar!

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