Helping the body to eliminate toxins is vital for the body to function optimally and to reach ultimate health!
Reducing your toxin load also helps the body to regulate sugar levels, as it gives the liver less to handle and can help to increase insulin sensitivity!
So keep reading to learn 5 easy ways to reduce your toxin load!
1. Drink up!
This point is fairly obvious, but of course to flush out toxins, we have to be consuming enough water!
So drink at least 2 litres of fresh, filtered water and if you are active make sure you are consuming more than 2 litres as it will increase your water demand.
Avoid fizzy drinks and juices from concentrate to decrease additives, and put some fresh fruit in your water to make it tastier! My favourites are cucumber, lemon, lime, orange and strawberries.
Also try to drink some herbal teas, but bear in mind that herbal teas can be quite dehydrating as well as having benefits, so drink some water alongside it.
Try to decrease caffeine and alcohol consumption to allow your liver to have a break and recover. The more toxins the liver is dealing with, the harder detoxification is! And if you are smoking, do your best to quit!
Another point to remember is when plastic water bottles heat up, it can cause chemicals to leak into the water. So if you drink from plastic bottles either swap to non-plastic, or keep the bottle out of the sun and as cool as possible.
2. Pack in your fibre!
Fibre is also vital for eliminating toxins, as well as keeping us feeling satiated and feeding the healthy bacteria in the gut.
Some food sources high in fibre include apples, pears, beans, lentils, broccoli and sweetcorn. Make sure these are part of your daily diet.
Also opt for wholegrain and brown carbohydrate sources to increase your fibre intake.
Try to reduce your intake of refined sugars as a high sugar diet can decrease insulin sensitivity and make glucose control harder and less efficient.
3. Go organic
I know it is expensive, but buying as much organically as possible is a great idea!
This helps to reduce pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals present in non-organic food sources.
If you are on a strict food budget, there are some foods that tend to be much higher in these chemicals, so try to buy the following foods organically where possible:
This list is known as the Dirty Dozen if you would like to do some more research!
4. Go environmentally friendly
Reduce and swap your cleaning products to natural products!
This is not only much better for the environment, but also beneficial for your health.
Most cleaning products contain chemicals such as ammonia and formaldehyde which can put the liver under stress when they enter the body.
I also recommend wearing a mask and wearing gloves during cleaning, to prevent inhaling and absorbing any cleaning products through the skin.
Ecover is a brand that have a whole variety of environmentally friendly cleaning products, check them out!
Also try to use glass containers rather than plastic to prevent chemicals leaking into your food that can be extremely damaging and toxic. This is also much better for the environment!
5. Eat the rainbow!
Different coloured fruit and vegetables contain different vitamins and minerals which are all vital for getting antioxidants in and detoxifying. So get as many colours as possible into your diet!
Make sure you are eating lots of Vitamin C throughout the day to keep your levels topped up and to help detoxification. Great sources of Vitamin C include red peppers, kiwi’s, berries and citrus fruits.
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