You’re detoxing right now — and with a little help
you’ll do it even better. When you’re sweating, sneezing, crying, pooping and peeing
your body’s natural detox pathways are removing toxins, poisons and waste from your
But you don’t need radical cleanses, punishing fasts or unpleasant purges. When
your body has what it needs, your liver, kidneys, intestinal tract and skin can
get rid of most toxins and poisons. Everything you eat, drink, inhale and absorb
brings in both good and bad things that are broken down and processed.
The bad stuff travels through your body until it can be sorted out and removed mostly
by the superstar detox organ: your liver. With more than 500 jobs including making
bile to digest the food you eat, your liver can always use a little TLC.
Start small and upgrade your daily detox capabilities with these easy tips.
1. Eat more detoxifying foods.
Plenty of everyday foods can boost your body’s detoxifying ability, starting with
onions and garlic. As alliums, garlic and onions contain lots of sulfur, an important
element for detoxifying substances like radiation and pollution. Onions and garlic
have been shown to have other powerful health effects including cancer-preventive
qualities and active support for healthy digestion. Other sulfur-containing detox
foods include eggs, red peppers, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cottage
Artichokes are great because their ingredients move toxins out and purify and protect
the liver by increasing bile production. Detoxifying herbs and spices like parsley,
turmeric, rosemary, ginger, fennel seed and cilantro can perk up all your meals.
2. Drink enough water.
Common foods and
toxic in your body
- high fructose corn syrup
- dairy products
- hot dogs and deli ham
- hydrogenated oils, shortening, palm oil
- excess sugar
- artificial sweeteners and preservatives
- many medications
- artificial food coloring
- fruits and vegetables coated with pesticides
Water hydrates your tissues and organs and helps flush toxins out of your body mostly
through your kidneys. A good guide is to drink at least half your weight in ounces
every day, according to Dr. Sharon Stills, NMD. But don’t flood your system with
water because that affects the balance of key electrolytes like sodium, potassium
Start your day — really! Do this right when you wake up — with a cup of hot water
and lemon. Experts say it wakes up your liver and flushes toxins. The lemon juice
helps keep your body’s alkaline balance and that also helps with detox. You can
switch to cold water and lemon in the summer.
3. Pop some supplements.
For ongoing detox support that’s easy to take every day, we like milk thistle, magnesium
citrate, and a solid antioxidant formula. Research suggests that
milk thistle, or silymarin, can protect the liver from specific toxins,
including certain drugs and perhaps even alcohol.
Your body uses magnesium for more than 300 separate enzyme systems in your body
and you can get it every time you eat leafy green vegetables, black beans, oatmeal,
avocados, nuts, seeds and bananas. Taking in extra magnesium as
magnesium citrate is a tried and true way to keep your bowels moving regularly
— a key step in the natural detox process.
Antioxidants can prevent or even stop damage caused by oxygen free radicals. You
find them naturally in colorful fruits and vegetables, nuts, whole grains and tea.
Because antioxidants neutralize free radicals, they support your body’s natural
cleansing processes. To increase your antioxidant intake, you can try a
well-absorbed antioxidant supplement.
You can find milk thistle, magnesium citrate and our Super Antioxidant formulas
in the Daily Wellness section of our SHOP.
4. Exercise to purge poisons.
If you want to detox your body naturally you have to get up, get out and get moving.
While sweating does carry out some toxins, it’s actually the exercise itself that
detoxes poisons out of your body, including excess stress chemicals. When you’re
riding a bike or jogging, your muscles act a little bit like your liver or kidneys
by making a powerful detoxing enzyme (PGC-1a1) that effectively purges toxins and
also helps protect against depression.
If you don’t exercise, built-up toxins will leave you feeling sluggish and fatigued.
Exercise boosts circulation of both your oxygen-carrying blood and lymph systems.
The lymph network is part of your immune system and it filters and extracts bacteria
along with other damaging cells and substances.
5. Get a little more sleep.
When you’re asleep, your cells and tissues are mending themselves and since you’re
not eating, your elimination processes have the opportunity to get caught up. Even
your brain detoxes and flushes out toxic molecules that build up during your waking
A big part of why you feel so refreshed after a good night’s sleep is due to the
detoxification that happens during this daily down time. One study suggests that
the most popular sleeping position — on your side — is the best way to encourage
removal of waste products in the brain. So if you’re not one already, turn into
a side sleeper and get some zzz’s!
While it’s true that some of us detox better than others, the “cleaner” you keep
your diet and living environment, the fewer the poisons that will need to be removed.
For most of us, this is an ongoing process as we try to strike the balance between
doing what we want and what we know is right for our bodies.
Every move you make toward supporting your natural detox pathways is a step in the
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