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We are exposed to a number of toxins on a daily basis. Our food, our water, even the air we breathe contains trace amounts of these toxins which can build up in your body, leaving you feeling sluggish and tired. Doing a natural detox program is one way to keep yourself in good shape. How, though, do you get rid of the toxins your body has acquired without introducing MORE toxins?

Detoxification is the removal of toxic substances from the body. This occurs naturally through the liver, however, the liver is kind of like a colander. It catches the majority of what tries to get through and holds it, but there are the occasional pieces which pass through without being caught. The process of detoxification removes the impurities which were missed by the liver which had the opportunity to travel to other parts of the body, such as the kidneys, intestines, and lymphatic system.

You can utilize a natural detox in a number of ways, but starting by promoting a healthier lifestyle is one of the best ways to help in your detox. Eliminating alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars, and saturated fats is critical. Each of these act as toxins in the body. Performing daily exercises, such as yoga, qigong, and meditation are all good ways to relieve stress by resetting your physical and mental buttons. Stress can lead to a release of hormones which can create toxins and slow down the detox enzymes in your liver.

Once these steps have been followed, there are a number of natural detox diets you can follow to help flush your system. Some of these diets include the Simple Fruit and Veggie Detox, Smoothie Cleanse, Juice Cleanse, Sugar Detox, and the Hypoallergenic Detox. Each of these diets are specially formulated to help your body process and expel toxins from each of the system the toxins are most present in.

Natural Detox Follow-Through

After undergoing your detox diet, the best defense is a good offense. Fighting toxins at the source will limit their ability to reenter your system. Eating plenty of fiber, such as brown rice and organically grown fresh fruits and vegetables, can help keep the digestive system regular and release toxins. Replacing one meal a day with a detoxifying smoothie can assist in naturally cleansing the body and is easier than a full blown cleansing diet. Always turn to organic foods, decreasing the exposure you have to pesticides and preservatives. Taking herbs such as dandelion root, burdock, and milk thistle can cleanse and protect the liver. These are natural detox remedies that are available at most grocery stores. You can further your natural detox progress by replacing your morning coffee with a green tea… this will assist the liver and decrease the toxins your body takes. Taking vitamin C can also assist the liver by helping the body produce glutathione, which is a compound produced in the liver to help push toxins from the body. Drinking plenty of water (2 quarts) a day keeps the body hydrated and allows things to circulate properly. Exercise and saunas can help eliminate toxins in the body through perspiration.

One fool-proof way to assist in naturally detoxifying your body is to incorporate superfoods into your diet. Superfoods contain important nutrients and antioxidants which can help fight infections and fight off toxins and substances which can compromise the immune system and the body’s overall health. These foods include:

  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Avacado
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Olive Oil
  • Flax Seed
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Eggplant
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Butternut Squash

By including these foods and cutting out the less healthy options, such as white sugar, white flour, fried foods, and simple carbohydrates, your body can remove toxins and fight off any other toxins which may attempt to attach themselves to the body.

Cleansing can be done naturally in many different ways. You can mix and match to find a combination of natural detox options which work for you. One way of naturally detoxifying your body is to use PCI Wellness’ Freedom, Cleanse, or Restore herbal remedy. These herbal remedies are natural, and easy on the body. These three herbal remedies are anti-parasitic, and a great alternative to anti-biotics. For further detoxification, PCI Wellness makes a specific ‘PCI Detox‘ kit. This multi-pack oral droplet kit is the first and most potent line of defense against toxic chemicals as it restores and supports a normal, balanced immune system.

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