Detoxification Optimize your Health
By Ryan Harrison, MA, BCIH

The human body is amazing! Even though we live in a world rife with toxic chemicals in the air, earth, and water, our bodies keep us as safe as possible. To the best of its ability, the human body cleans the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. It neutralizes toxins and works to escort them out…even while we sleep!

Yet most people don’t treat their bodies very well. Most of us know, more or less, how we should eat, exercise, and treat ourselves to make sure we are as healthy as possible, but we fall short on living up to the challenge. This is one reason that using a well-formulated, natural detoxification program is so helpful: it supports the body’s innate detoxification system, assisting it in guarding our well-being and against our poor dietary and lifestyle choices.

Eat Well & Detoxify
If you want to get the most out of a detox program, there are certainly some things you can do to optimize the cleansing and detoxification experience. Supporting your detox with a healthy diet, plenty of pure water, and exercise is a great start.

Eating fruits and vegetables help in the detoxification process

What to Eat While You Detox
By eating wholesome, organic foods that are as close as possible to their original state (that is, fruits, vegetables, etc. that are minimally processed and actually look like you picked them right out of the garden), you ensure that you are getting an excellent source of vital nutrients. Aiming for a daily diet replete with organic fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and lean meats is an superb way to complement your detoxification program with health-supporting fiber, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.

Drink Water & Detoxify
During the detoxification process, be sure to drink plenty of pure water. Only water is water – if you add anything to it, your body has to metabolize it differently to separate the water from the rest of the drink. Save your body the step and drink 8-10 eight-ounce glasses of purified water each day, especially during your detoxification program. This helps your liver and kidneys dilute and flush toxins out of the system, helps prevent constipation, and helps carry nutrients to all the cells of your body.

And exercise!
Even a moderate amount of exercise can have great health benefits. Among the many ways exercise increases health and wellness, it protects your cardiovascular system, helps to shed unwanted and unneeded weight, reduces mental and emotional stress, and assists detoxification by promoting toxin-removing sweat. If you don’t have a regular exercise routine, consider walking 30-45 minutes at a brisk pace at least 5 days per week. (Emphasis on “brisk” – it should be a little difficult to carry on a conversation, and you should perspire.)

Exercise is a great way to sweat out nasty toxins

Of course, a good body detox and colon cleanse program will contain other elements that will optimize your detoxification experience. These may include natural herbal supplements that support overall wellness such as a blend of soluble and insoluble fiber (to help improve colon regularity and encourage more complete eliminations) and a detoxification supplement or herbal tea (utilizing the cleansing power of herbs to support kidney and liver health and add antioxidant and phytonutrient support to the body’s natural detoxification system).

Your amazing body wants to be healthy and is doing its best. Every now and then, it can be helpful to give it a helping hand by completing a detoxification program. While doing so, be sure to eat well, drink plenty of pure water, and exercise. Doing these things, in addition to utilizing an all-natural, herb-containing detoxification system, can optimize your detoxification experience and get you well on the way to health and well-being.

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