18th January 2012 by SevenSeasLife | 0 Comments
Now is the time of year when all the “detox” stories come out. You’ve may have over-indulged during the winter festivities and want the start the New Year with a more healthy diet. However, most of these “detox diets” are marketing myths rather than good nutritional behaviour.
In this article we look at the mechanisms that your body uses to get rid of toxins and waste naturally and how good nutrition can support your body’s natural mechanisms.
Your gut: we all know that we get rid of most of our waste through our bowels. If your digestive system is not working properly, it can’t get rid of unwanted waste and toxins properly. Our body empties many toxins into our excrement, but if it is sitting in the bowel too long (i.e. you are constipated) – it can get reabsorbed and go through our detox systems again – increasing their workload and making them less effective. For advice on nursing your gut back to health have a read of the right foods to eat. In addition, an overgrowth of the wrong types of bacteria or fungus in your gut will result in their harmful toxins entering your body, increasing your toxic load. If you are suffering from digestive problems it is not only your nutrient status and your comfort that it can be harming – poor gut health also impacts on your body’s ability to detox. So this must be a first step in any programme that aims to clean up the body.
Your kidneys and your ‘waterworks’: Many unwanted toxins are removed from the body in your urine. The best help that you can give this clearance pathway is to DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. Aim for 1 ½ litres a day or 8 glasses. Remember however that many health foods contain water and these can also rehydrate you e.g. fruit and vegetables.
Your liver: This is where the really clever stuff happens, your blood enters the liver full of toxins and bacteria and leaves clean – that is if it is working properly. The unwanted pollutants are neutralised in the liver to make them less harmful to the body using a series of complicated chemical processes. Some of the chemicals are recycled and the rest are dumped into your excrement in a substance called bile. Your liver is also responsible for many other functions including digesting fats, storing vitamins and energy supplies plus more! Many of the recommendations below promote the function of the liver by supplying it with nutrients that it uses to ensure that the chemical processes we describe are working and that the production of bile is maximised – speeding up our cleansing process.
Good nutrition is essential to help the liver function properly. Foods that feed the liver include:
There are so many areas that we can address to clean up our act and help your body deal with the toxins in our body. We all know that the results can only be to feel better and be healthier in the long term. Here is a list of the recommendations again:
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