July 5th, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 8:03 pm
When you think of removing all the toxins from your body, you may shudder at the process – especially when considering that some experts estimate that we are exposed to 2,100,000 toxins each and every day. While there are numerous approaches to detoxing these poisons out of the body, many of them involve unpleasant side effects. Fortunately, there are gentler approaches to detoxing too.
Every day we come in contact with numerous toxins and pollutants. These toxins come from chemicals in our carpet, plastics, body care products and the air we breathe. But they also come from our water and our food choices. Cumulatively, the pollutants in our environment can have untold negative effects on our health and well-being. This is why keeping your exposure to a minimum may not be enough.
4 Foods for a Gentle and Effective Detox
If you aren’t one for dramatic flushes or fasts, the following foods and herbs can offer a gentle detox.
- 1. Cilantro is a great herb that’s easy to find and simple to incorporate into your daily regimen. You can cook with it, juice it, or eat it raw. You can even find cilantro juice already made at your local health food store. Cilantro is a great detoxifier of mercury and other heavy metals. Cilantro’s antibacterial and antifungal properties make the herb work to reduce inflammation and infections while cleansing.
- 2. Wheatgrass is another versatile detoxifier. You can grow it yourself or find it in an increasing number of grocery stores. It’s potent so start slow with just a tiny amount of juice in your daily routine.
- 3. Pectin is found naturally in fruits like apples, citrus, grapes, and bananas. It helps remove heavy metals and other toxins. You can easily get the benefits of this natural detoxing agent by adding pectin-rich foods to your diet. Also, you can add pectin products to your smoothie or water. Be wary of pectin products that contain MSG.
- 4. Other greens like parsley, alfalfa, and chlorella are also great at chelating heavy metals and detoxing the body. You can juice any one of these or add them to salads.
To make your detox as gentle as possible stay hydrated, eliminate all processed and harmful foods, and listen to your body. You can avoid detox side-effects (a healing crisis), common in some more extreme fasts and detoxes, by simply paying attention to your body’s cues and taking heed.
Don’t wait – cleanse your body today.