Pollutants and toxins are everywhere. Lucky for us, our bodies are built to neutralize toxic effects of harmful substances and eliminate waste; all we have to do to help is be as kind to it as possible.
Feed your body with a plant-focused diet that offers plenty of antioxidant-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean proteins. Minimize foods that can hamper efficient organ function including excess alcohol, processed sugars and carbohydrates, fried foods, and too much saturated fat.
Drinking water supports your body by restoring fluid lost through metabolic processes, waste removal, breathing, and sweating. Not getting enough hydration can hamper the efficient function of your organs and lead to poor digestion, constipation, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, or gallstones. Instead of focusing on the number of glasses of water, try to drink enough fluid to keep your urine a pale-yellow colour.
Get serious about sleep
Your brain holds an intricate waste management system, known as the glymphatic system, that works most effectively during sleep to eliminate soluble proteins and metabolites from the central nervous system. Prioritizing quality sleep every night is the best way to support this important detoxification system.
Regular exercise improves circulation and supports your body in flushing out cellular waste and debris. A 2019 study found that exercise activates your cells’ ability to purge defective, toxic, and unneeded proteins in order to maintain proper cellular function—helping to lower the risk of developing neurodegenerative conditions such as ALS and Alzheimer’s disease in the process.
Support with supplements
- N-acetylcysteine (NAC)
- milk thistle
Ongoing emotional stress, including depression and anxiety, can have significant negative effects on the body and lead to chronic inflammation. Taking time daily to detox yourself from negative emotions and the stress that they create can reduce inflammation, benefit your overall health and well-being, and better support your body’s optimal function.
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