Where to find them & how to implement them into your daily routine.
In a world full of juice cleanses, detox teas, and sweat lodges – how do you determine what detox method is best for you? Well, we have called in Master Herbalist and Certified Aromatherapist, Amber Bodily, to talk more about some all natural detox options that can be easily implemented into your daily routine. These tools can also be a great way to tackle illness, mental stagnation, and the day to day sludge.
Let’s first begin with talking about the most common Natural detoxifiers, food and otherwise.
MOST COMMON NATURAL DETOXIFIERS
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MOST COMMON FOODS WITH NATURAL DETOXIFICATION INCLUDE
Full of incredible minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and living water that bring vitality to your entire system. Experiment with papaya, watermelon, cantaloupe, mango, and so many more. Because of their high water content, your body loves melons as they help hydrate and flush waste out of your body’s cells.
Extremely hydrating on a cellular level and replenishes mineral stores in the body. I like to peel them (even if they’re organic) because many grocery stores spray them with wax to make them last longer. Chop them up in a salad, dip slices in a homemade dip, infuse them in your water, or drink pure cucumber juice
LEMON & LIME
Add a squeeze into your water, over your salad, soup, or almost any dish to add extra detoxifying power. Lemons grab onto bacteria and toxins and bring them out of the body – not to mention being full of Vitamin C to empower your immune system!
GINGER & TUMERIC
The fresh roots are best! Full of anti-inflammatory compounds and potent cleansing abilities, ginger and turmeric also help the body prevent and recover from sickness. Grate some into a fresh glass of clean water and let sit for 20 minutes, or blend it up with some honey, lemon, and water for a delicious drink. For ultra-detox power, juice ginger and/or turmeric into a powerful immune-boosting shot. You can also easily add these fresh roots into your cooked dishes!
The powerful alkalizing nature of parsley drives out acidity in the body. An acidic environment in the body (caused by toxins from your environment, diet, personal care and cleaning products, and lifestyle choices, etc.) encourages bacteria and viruses to grow. Parsley, when consumed regularly, has the power to alkalize the entire body. It can pull out pesticides and block the growth of bad bacteria. It is also packed with vitamins and minerals and is a powerful tool to remineralize the body. My favorite drink is parsley water: 5-6 cups of water blended with 1 bunch parsley, 2 Tbsp raw organic honey (sometimes more if needed), and the juice of 3 lemons. You can also chop it up and add it to salads, soups, sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, and in many more creative ways!
What, wild blueberries? Yes! Not the ones in the plastic clamshell in the produce section – their cousin the wild blueberry is usually found in the frozen section of the grocery store. Wild blueberries are smaller, more flavorful, and exponentially more nutritious – their antioxidant count is through the roof. Not only this, but wild blueberries help remove heavy metals from the body and repair the damage left behind. Add them to smoothies, homemade popsicles, baked goods, pancakes, or just eat them plain with drizzled raw organic honey over the top!
WHETHER YOU’RE DETOXING FROM A LONG WEEKEND OR FROM A LONG TERM ILLNESS, DETOXING THE BODY CAN ALSO DETOX EMOTIONS AND MENTAL STAGNATION. IF YOU’RE FEELING EXTRA IRRITABLE OR RAW, HAVE PATIENCE OR BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF.
We then asked Amber a series of questions surrounding natural detox, how to implement detoxifying foods, supplements and practices into our everyday life and here is what we gathered:
How can one implement detoxifying items into their everyday routine and what are the benefits of doing so?
Start small and add on. For example, after you wake up, drink 16 ounces of water with half a lemon squeezed into it. This flushes the body after sleep, kickstarts the metabolism, and restores hydration after several hours of no fluids. Then, after this has become a habit, add something else to your routine that works for you. Every day, we are exposed to different things just from the various places we go, items we touch, people we may come in contact with, etc. Regularly working on removing from your body anything you may have picked up prevents the buildup of toxins and lessens the likelihood of resulting dis-ease in the body.
What are your opinions around a juice cleanse, is this a healthy way of detoxing?
Fresh-pressed juice is a wonderful, healing way to flush out toxins and flood the body with nutrients that it can easily absorb. My advice would be to drink until you feel satisfied; don’t limit your juice to a certain amount of ounces. If possible, freshly juice the vegetables and fruits yourself, and if you can – go organic to reduce the chemical load.
How can you pair the natural detoxifiers mentioned above together to make a detox menu that isn’t just juice?
Start by adding them into your daily routine, versus taking things out. Add a squeeze of lemon over your salad, and chop up some parsley and add that in there too while you’re at it. Cook with fresh grated or minced ginger and turmeric instead of the powdered spice. Eat melons and cucumbers as snacks; that kind of snack doesn’t need to be restricted, so eat until you are satisfied. Your body will love the life-giving glucose they provide.
After you have begun to add them in, start bringing them in greater quantities. The more of these you can consume, the greater benefit they can have. Often we are so mineral deficient or have so much mucky backup in the body that it can take consistent large amounts of these foods to get the most benefits. It takes a lot for the body to get sick; so it can take a lot for the body to heal. But any amount of these foods is better than nothing!
What are some of the most common natural detoxifying supplements?
Lower Bowel Formula by Dr. Christopher – helps toxins exit the body; removes chemicals and toxins that sit in the colon
Heavy Mineral Bugleweed by Dr. Christopher – a clean, amazing combination of detoxifying herbs
What is the best way to add supplements into your daily routine or diet?
Try tying taking supplements into another anchor of your day – for example, a meal. If you need to take a supplement once a day, twice a day, or even three times a day, choose a meal to take them before or after (depending on the supplement). For example, I take B12 after I wake up in the morning. Then, I’ll have lemon water, followed by celery juice about 20 minutes later, and then a smoothie breakfast. I’ve paired my supplement intake with smoothie time every day, so after I finish my smoothie it’s become a habit to then take supplements. You can do the same with lunch, and/or dinner. You can also set alarms on your phone to remind you to take your supplements as well!
What is a common mistake you see when someone is trying to detox? What are your recommendations?
Not enough hydration! You can eat detoxifying foods and take detoxifying supplements, and these can loosen toxins, bacteria, and pathogens in the body – but they need to be flushed out. Otherwise, the toxins will resettle in another part of your body and cause more trouble. The key to a true detox is staying hydrated!! This means drinking an absolute minimum half of your body weight in ounces of good clean fluids (ex: 200lbs = 100 ounces in a day). The best scenario when trying to detox is drinking your entire body weight in ounces, or more if needed. When hydrating during a detox, make sure to add lemon/lime juice and/or raw organic honey to your water to replenish electrolytes and minerals. Besides water, you can also drink coconut water, parsley water, fresh-pressed juices, and many other healing drinks to get the most out of your hydration.
HERE ARE SOME GREAT DETOX RECIPES AMBER SHARED WITH US:
“Moving your body and sweating is a fantastic way to detox and get your lymphatic system moving (the garbage disposal system of the body)! You can also do deep breathing and lots of hydration to move the lymph. This is how toxins exit the body! Whether you’re detoxing from a long weekend or from a long term illness, detoxing the body can also detox emotions and mental stagnation. If you’re feeling extra irritable or raw, have patience and be gentle with yourself.”
Overall, we recommend reviewing any detox, diet, and supplement adjustments with your doctor. Not all methods are best for everyone therefore, we encourage you to find what works best for you and as always please consult your doctor before making any changes to your current regimen.
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