by Dr. Will Cole
The world is toxic – these days, we are all exposed to a plethora of chemicals on a daily basis, in the products we use and in the foods we eat, which are often genetically modified and sprayed with pesticides and herbicides, not to mention in the water we drink and the very air we breathe. This constant toxic onslaught has a price, and it is the rise of inflammation spectrum health problems.
Now more than ever, it’s important to make sure we are diligent in avoiding as many environmental factors as possible as well as detoxing from the exposures we all experience. Not that I’m trying to scare you – living in fear is no good! Your body is amazingly strong and resilient. Instead of curling up in a ball and deciding to live in a bubble, you can cultivate all kinds of ways to live cleaner.
But the last thing anybody needs is another quick-fix fly-by-night cleanse. Instead, I suggest living a life of detoxification. The toxins don’t take a break, so why should you? By using specific food medicines and functional medicine tips and tools, you can support your detoxification pathways so your body can thrive. You might even enjoy it because daily cleansing is delicious, not painful. Here are 11 ways to cleanse your body on the daily.
1. Add parsley to your smoothies.
This little green plant packs a mean detox punch. Add a small handful to your favorite smoothie to boost the liver-supporting, deep-cleansing-goodness.
2. Eat three cups of sulfur-rich vegetables.
Onions, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and mushrooms all support methylation detox pathways. By bringing these foods into your diet on a regular basis you are supporting detox naturally. Mushrooms have twice the benefits if you choose adaptogenic varieties; look for chaga, turkey tail, and lions mane, for an extra dose of hormone-balancing with your cleanse.
3. Sip on a blue-green algae latte.
Spirulina, chlorella, and blue-green algaes are epic detoxifiers. Add a teaspoon (or two!) into some steamed or iced almond milk for some detox magic.
4. Eat three cups of dark leafy greens.
Vegetables like kale, collards, spinach, and chard all contain folate, which is essential for methylation. Some of my favorite ways to include these into my daily diet are by putting greens into my smoothies, salads, or just sauteing them right up with whatever vegetables I am having for lunch or dinner.
5. Add garlic to every savory recipe.
Certain foods have detoxing properties that are especially beneficial if you have high levels of heavy metal toxicity in your body. Garlic is one of them and also aids in methylation, so add it liberally to any dish you please. Bonus; garlic enhances the flavor of almost all savory recipes!
6. Unwind with some dandelion tea.
Drink some dandelion tea in the evenings to help you relax from the day. Dandelions contain many B vitamins that will continue to help support methylation and also help the body flush out toxins by supporting the liver.
7. Snack on blueberries.
These sweet little blue berries will satiate your sweet tooth and help flush out toxins in your body. Bake with them, put them in smoothies, or just eat them by the handful for maximum benefit! They’re nature’s candy.
8. Dress up your food with cilantro.
Sprinkle freshly chopped cilantro over salads or on top of everyone’s favorite obsession – tacos! Make Taco Tuesday a regular occurrence to take advantage of nature’s toxin-reducing plant power.
9. Get moving.
Make exercise a part of your daily routine by picking activities that not only get your heart moving but make you work up a sweat. Sweating is your body’s way of clearing out toxins. If you can’t handle high-impact workouts, hot yoga is a great way to get your sweat on.
10. Green up your workplace and home.
Purify the air you breathe by bringing some fresh plants inside your house and workplace. Spider plants, dracaena, garden mum, and peace lilies are nature’s air purifiers.
11. Relax in an infrared sauna.
Start sweating a different way by sitting in an infrared sauna. Not only will you release toxins through your sweat, but infrared saunas have been shown to reduce inflammation, which can be a hindrance to proper detoxing. And they also help promote relaxation and reduce stress!
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