It’s the 2nd week in January and we are all back into the swing of all things normal life. But after the holidays with the good food, cocktails and yummy desserts you may be feeling a bit sluggish with some added brain fog. A good week focused on detoxing may be what you need.
The good news is you don’t need special products or a program to detox. Your body is well-equipped to eliminate toxins. It has a sophisticated way of eliminating toxins that involves the liver, kidneys, digestive system, skin, and lungs. That said, you can help detox your body naturally with simple lifestyle adjustments and supportive nutrients.
Here are 5 ways to support your bodies detoxification system that you can implement today:
Your liver metabolizes more than 90% of the alcohol you consume. Drinking too much alcohol reduces your liver’s ability to carry out its normal functions, such as detoxifying. Limiting or abstaining entirely from alcohol is one of the best ways to keep your body’s detoxification system running strong.
Focus On Sleep
Ensuring adequate quality sleep each night is a must to support your body’s health and natural detoxification system. Sleeping allows your brain to reorganize and recharge itself, as well as remove toxic waste byproducts that accumulate throughout the day. One of those waste products is a protein called beta-amyloid, which contributes to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
With sleep deprivation, your body does not have time to perform those functions, so toxins can build up and affect several aspects of health. Poor sleep has links to short- and long-term health consequences, such as stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. You should regularly sleep 7 to 9 hours per night to help promote good health
Drink More Water
Water does so much more than quench your thirst. It regulates your body temperature, lubricates joints, aids digestion and nutrient absorption, and detoxifies your body by removing waste products. Your body’s cells must continuously repair themselves to function optimally and break down nutrients for your body to use as energy.
However, these processes release wastes in the form of urea and carbon dioxide, which can cause harm if they build up in your blood. Water transports these waste products, efficiently removing them through urination, breathing, or sweating. So staying properly hydrated is important for detoxification.
Reduce Your Intake Of Sugar and Processed Foods
Research links high consumption of sugary and highly processed foods to obesity and other chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. These diseases hinder your body’s ability to naturally detoxify by harming organs that play an important role, such as your liver and kidneys. For example, high consumption of sugary beverages can cause fatty liver, a condition that negatively impacts liver function.
You can keep your body’s detoxification system healthy by consuming less junk food and eating a nutritious diet. Here is a highly nutritious smoothie recipe that supports you bodies natural detoxification system.
There are certain nutrients we can take to help support our bodies natural detoxification system. Some of these slow down production as we age or we don’t eat enough of the foods they are found in.
The number one nutrient needed is Glutathione. It is considered the master antioxidant and a miracle detox nutrient. Glutathione performs two tasks in the detox process. It quenches the free radicals created when the liver neutralizes toxins in Phase 1 detox and it combines with toxic chemicals such as found in cigarette smoke, auto exhaust and the deadly PCB’s, in Phase 2 detox so they can be safely excreted.
But stress, excessive exercise, poor diet and toxic overload cause deficiency of this vital substance.
We actually have a Detox IV to hydrate and jump start your bodies detoxification system that includes a high dose of Glutathione. It also boosts the metabolism and helps the lymphatic system! Give us a call today or just walk in to get your New Year off to a great start.