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Ever heard of foods that act as detoxifiers to keep your body healthy?
It might sound a little woo-woo. After all your liver, kidneys, intestines, cardiovascular system, and even your skin are natural detoxifiers.
If you’re healthy, these systems, along with a healthy diet, do a pretty good job filtering out toxins, harmful chemicals, and other substances your body is exposed to.
Are you being exposed to toxins?
Wait, what? It’s true. Every day, we’re exposed to a long list of potentially toxic chemicals, typically in small doses. For example:
Drinking water often tests positive for small amounts of nitrogen, bleach, salts, pesticides, metals, and even prescription drugs. It’s just one way you’re being exposed to toxins.
Fruits and vegetables are frequently grown on farms using large amounts of fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals to promote growth and prevent weeds. More toxins, you don’t even know you’re being exposed to. And even after produce is thoroughly washed, many fruits and vegetables retain some of these chemicals.
Meat/poultry can be tainted with toxins like lead, arsenic, cadmium based on where they grazed or the food they ate. Red meat may also contain small amounts of antibiotics and growth hormone.
Processed foods. Read the label on a packaged meal or food product, and it won’t take long to spot a list of ingredients/chemicals that hardly sound like food. For example:
- Artificial sweeteners
- Synthetic trans fats
- Artificial flavoring
- Monosodium glutamate
- Food coloring
- High-fructose corn syrup
Environmental toxins: Even if you ate an entirely organic diet, you still couldn’t escape toxins found in the environment used to make toys, plastic containers, detergents, cosmetics, and much more.
When you start looking at the amount of toxins we’re exposed to every day, it’s hard to ignore. Exposure to some toxins may have no long-term impact on health. But other toxins have been linked to cancer and a long list of other health problems.
Is there anything you can do about it?
Detoxifiers: Feast on These 10 Foods for Better Health
Let’s face it. We’re not all going to move into The Bio-Dome to escape any exposure to toxins and live happily ever after. Instead, finding ways to minimize exposure and help the body’s systems remove toxins is the best option.
Eat the right foods, and they act as detoxifiers to promote health, prevent disease, and help you live longer. Here’s are five ways to help your body remove toxins naturally:
Load up on leafy greens
If you could only change one thing about your diet to be healthier and help your body remove toxins, it’s this…eat more leafy greens. Leafy greens like spinach, kale, and broccoli help improve digestion and support liver function to remove toxins.
Savor citrus fruits
Research shows that citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes, can also support liver and kidney function. These fruits may be a little sweet and sour, but the health benefits are real. Enjoy orange slices. Drink a glass of lemon water. Or add freshly-squeezed lime juice to a smoothie.
Go for garlic
A little garlic goes great with pasta sauce, roasted potatoes, vegetables sauteed in olive oil, and more. But there’s a bigger benefit to garlic than it’s unique taste and aroma. Chemical compounds in garlic help the liver make enzymes to remove toxins.
More omega-3s, please
Here’s a reason to eat more fish and use oils like hemp, avocado, olive, or flaxseed. They contain omega-3 fatty acids. While omega-3s have a long list of health benefits, new research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids help remove toxins in the brain linked to Parkinson’s disease and similar diseases.
Gulp some green tea
Green tea may have won over some people as a way to boost metabolism and promote weight loss. But it’s a lot more powerful than just that. Green tea contains high levels of an antioxidant called, catechins. Research shows increasing catechins from food sources, can help improve liver function.
You’re not going to be able to avoid toxins found in food and the environment. But you can certainly make changes to your diet to help your body reduce the impact of toxins.
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