10 Highly Effective Ways of Removing Toxins and Metals from the Body
There are many myths and misconceptions about detox — when or whether it is needed, how to do it. As is true of every aspect of diet and health, sound medical advice has to compete with hucksters trying to sell something. The human body is equipped with its own detoxification system — the liver.
Still, our world is full of many synthetic chemicals that did not exist in ages past, and toxic metals like lead and mercury are concentrated in certain places to a degree that they would not naturally occur. Some of these substances bioaccumulate, that is, they are retained in the fatty tissue of organisms exposed to them, and become increasingly concentrated as they move up the food chain.
Here are nine ways you can help your body’s natural detoxification processes and protect yourself from environmental toxins.
The weed killer glyphosate, also known as Roundup, has become notorious in recent years for its link to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Glyphosate has been found in amounts exceeding safe levels in oat-based and wheat-based foods, but it is far from the only pesticide used in large-scale agriculture.
By eating organic whenever possible, you can avoid exposure to pesticide residues. After all, the best way to remove toxins from the body is not to put them into the body in the first place.
Bottled water companies have put out a lot of distorted information in order to sell more products. In many places, tap water is more strictly regulated than bottled water, and harmful chemicals have been found in some bottled water. You might be better off buying a filter for your tap water if you do not like its taste.
Contrary to some pseudoscience, it is not necessary to drink when you do not feel thirsty; but when you do feel the need, water is a better choice than carbonated, sugary, or alcoholic beverages. Your liver and kidneys use water in their detox processes, and they can do this more efficiently if they do not first need to remove sugars or alcohol from the water.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is the body’s time to process what came in during the day and to make repairs. Not everyone needs exactly eight hours. Some people are okay with seven, others need as many as nine; but eight is a good average figure to start with, and make adjustments as needed. During sleep, your body can focus on detoxing, since it is not doing other activities.
Fine-Tune Your Nutrition
A study found that a deficiency of essential metals such as zinc, calcium, and iron increases the absorption of toxic metals like cadmium and lead. If you are deficient in these minerals, increasing your intake will in turn reduce your uptake of toxic metals, and help to eliminate toxic metals already in your system.
The same study also found that vitamins C, B1, and B6 also reduce toxic metals in the body, as do specific foods like soy, onion, garlic, ginger, grape, and tomato. In general, a well-balanced diet will supply all needed vitamins and minerals without supplementation, but supplements can be useful in certain cases.
Maintain Your Intestinal Biome
A healthy human intestinal tract is inhabited by a diversity of symbiotic bacteria, which have been shown to help with many different functions. A few species in particular — Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus plantarum, and Bifidobacterium longum — are known to bind heavy metals, rendering them harmless to the human body.
Probiotics in general are known to reduce cholesterol, allergies, and lactose intolerance, and maintaining a healthy intestinal biome is a good strategy overall for preventing toxicity.
There is evidence to suggest that a sedentary lifestyle is more harmful to health than being overweight per se. A sedentary life slows the metabolism, which in turn slows the removal of built-up toxins in the body. By engaging regularly in physical activity, you will maintain your metabolism at a higher level.
Also, the increased oxygen consumption and blood circulation during vigorous exercise increase detox activity; the toxic substances thus removed will be excreted through the skin in your perspiration.
“Paleo” diets, and variations on the same idea, are popular right now, but is there any evidence that stone-age people were healthier? Many of our unhealthy cravings — salt, sugar, fat — come from those far-off times when food could be much harder to come by. Salt was then a source of hard-to-get trace minerals, sugar usually meant ripe fruits high in vitamins, and fat was energy-dense to make up for the exertion of hunting it.
Today, these have been decoupled from the benefits our long-ago ancestors got from them. Processed sugar is devoid of nutrition; domesticated animals are much higher in fat than wild game. More important than matching your food choices to some idealized past is moderating your intake in general, especially of anything processed.
Fast Now and Then
Now, for people with blood sugar disorders, maintaining a prescribed meal schedule is necessary. But for most of us, we do not actually need to eat as often as we feel like. Different cultures around the world have different numbers of meals during the day; some as few as one. Our “hunger pangs” are set by habit; they occur at the times we are accustomed to eating.
Fasting now and then — going without food for a day or so, can give our bodies time to catch up with processing and detoxing what has already been put in, without the pressure of dealing with more.
Get Enough Fiber
Dietary fiber’s main function is to keep the gastrointestinal tract moving. This relates to detox in that toxins tend to build up in the intestine and colon. As fiber moves through, it pulls these substances out with it. As is the case with vitamins, it is better to get fiber from choosing appropriate foods rather than from supplementation.
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Notice a theme in this detox advice? Many of these detox ideas are also found in advice about weight management and the management of degenerative diseases. That is no coincidence; the principles of a healthier lifestyle apply in multiple ways. So in managing your detox, you will also be managing other aspects of your overall health.