Do you have issues with your energy levels, skin, digestion, mental health or overall health? Have you been experiencing rapid ageing, bloating or the inability to concentrate? These are all signs of toxins affecting your health. So how can you fix this? The answer is detoxification.
The key to a successful detox are clear elimination and detoxification pathways. Our liver, kidneys, digestive tract, lymphatic system, respiratory system and skin make up these pathways. They work around the clock to flush out toxins, but, for the average person, this is not at its optimal state. However, it can be made significantly more efficient by opening them up!
Why Should We Open Our Elimination and Detoxification Pathways?
By doing this, our detoxification pathway function optimally, meaning that our bodies will be able to unload all of the toxins more efficiently. The benefits of this are endless:
- Boosted Immunity
- Improved Digestion
- Weight Loss
- Increased Energy
- Improved Skin
- Clearer Mind
- Boosted Memory
- Better Mood
- Higher Quality Sleep
- Healthier Hair
- Reduced Cravings
How Do We Do It?
There are many practices that can be used to optimise your body’s detoxification pathways. These, in combination with a detoxification plan, are guaranteed to have a significant positive impact on your health and wellbeing!
Supporting Bowel Elimination
Cleaning up the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) has its own benefits, even past the improved detoxification pathways, such as better nutrient absorption. This involves removing anything damaging, such as alcohol or NSAIDs (e.g. aspirin, ibuprofen). Good ways to clean out the GIT include:
- Drinking plenty of water.
- Eating foods rich in mucilage, which swell and lubricate the bowel (e.g. chia seeds, psyllium husk and flax seeds).
- Maximising fibre intake (use prebiotic supplements if needed).
- Eradicating pathogens in the gut through the use of antimicrobials (e.g. oregano, berberine) to treat dysbiosis (imbalance of bacterial composition).
- Repopulate the intestines with probiotic food (e.g. kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir)
- Work on your gut permeability (use NAC, glutamine, zinc, protein like Daily Essential Formula, collagen and potentially bone broth or collagen supplements).
Supporting Kidney Function
The kidneys work as a filter system for our body, removing undesirable products of our metabolism such as uric acid and creatinine. Supporting our kidney function will allow us to remove the waste and toxins from our body more efficiently. Some practices that can be utilised to support kidney function include:
- Stopping medications that stress the kidneys (NSAIDs, Paracetamol).
- Reduce salt intake (especially table salt).
- Avoiding the consuming of too much protein, especially animal proteins as this increases ammonia levels (increasing the load on the kidneys).
- Drinking lots of water to ensure appropriate urination.
- Addressing GI dysbiosis (if applicable) because it ensures that both of our elimination roots work properly, so your kidneys are supported by supporting your gut health.
- Using supplements and herbal teas (e.g. nettle, dandelion leaf), as they are mildly diuretic, which means that they increase urinary output and ensure that the kidneys and urinary tract are helping to remove all conjugating toxins. They’re also very alkalising.
Furthermore, beetroot juice is great for people looking for a gentle detoxification process. It also contains nitrates which are converted into nitric oxide and therefore aiding in circulation.
Although the skin is not a primary root of detoxification, the sweat glands tend to be used for detoxification when the body is struggling, causing symptoms like acne breakouts and/or oily skin. Therefore, we can use this to our advantage and maximise our detox. Some things we can do to support our skin include:
- Avoiding toxins like non-natural antiperspirants.
- Using saunas to increase the elimination of toxins by promoting increased blood flow and perspiration. See our at-home sauna recommendations here.
- Wraps, like rock salt or clay, help open up pores
- Drinking burdock root tea daily as it is fantastic for kidneys and bile flow but also great for skin detoxification.
Optimising Lymphatic Flow
The lymphatic system plays a vital role in elimination, given that it is where all toxins are dumped before they get transported and eliminated. Therefore, good lymphatic flow and drainage is critical. To support our lymphatic system we need:
- A good range of movement, because the lymph doesn’t pump itself. We need to make sure the lymph is moving. A sedentary lifestyle is stagnating and congesting – it does not mobilise those toxins.
- Dry skin brushing.
- Massages (make sure the lymph is moving in the right direction).
- Cleaver’s tea, which has fantastic anti congestive properties that support lymph flow and kidney function.
In conclusion, optimising our elimination and detoxification pathways is crucial for our overall health and well-being. Signs of toxin-related issues, from low energy to skin problems, indicate the need for intervention. Embracing all of the above-listed practices has incredible benefits and is a guaranteed pathway to a healthier, better you.
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References:Hodges, R., Minich, D., 2015. Modulation of Metabolic Detoxification Pathways Using Foods and Food-Derived Components: A Scientific Review with Clinical Application. Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism [Online], in press/preprint. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4488002/
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