Though the body has the ability to cleanse and heal itself naturally, it sometimes requires a helping hand. When the body is riddled with toxins and pollutants, it can sometimes manifest as symptoms of muscle aches, fatigue and bloating, just to name a few.
We have four major organs responsible for detoxing the body:
- The Skin is one the largest organs and the most overlooked. The skin has three layers; the epidermis, the dermis and the hypodermis. The epidermis, the first layer of skin protects our internal organs. The dermis, found under the epidermis is a layer of sweat glands, connective tissues and hair follicles. The hypodermis is made of connective tissues and fats. The skin detoxes the body by sweating out toxins through the pores.
- The Lungs take in air from the environment and carries oxygen through the body via the blood stream. The left lung is slightly larger than the right. The biggest lung-related complication is smoking. We can keep our lungs in good working conditions with deep breathing exercises.
- The Kidneys filter waste materials that we take into our bodies through medications or foods that we eat and pass it out of the body as urine. We can keep the kidneys healthy by staying fit and active and keeping our weight in check.
- The Liver makes proteins important for blood clotting. It also filters the blood before passing it on to the rest of the body. The liver plays an important part in the metabolic process. It breaks down fat and proteins for storage, then converts it to energy as we need it. The liver helps filter and detoxify materials that don’t belong in our bodies, like drugs and alcohol through the use of enzymes (macromolecular biological catalysts).
- We can help keep the liver healthy by eating a healthy balanced diet, regularly exercising, keeping away from drugs and limiting our alcoholic intake. There are herbs and supplements that can help detox the liver, herbs like dandelion root. Doing a detox can also help keep the liver healthy.
- Though it may be tempting to do water or a juice fast, that’s not healthy. When toxins enter the body, the liver signals the gallbladder to release bile into the intestinal tract, which then carries out said toxins out of the body through bowel movements. This process only happens when we eat fats, healthy fats such as coconut oil, butter, duck fat etc. So if you’re planning on doing a fast, I’d recommend doing a juice fast before doing water fast because though water is very good for the body, it contains no nutrients. Add some healthy fats (raw cream) to your juice.
We can greatly help the body along by eating foods that can help detox the body naturally.
- Drinking water doesn’t have to be a boring affair, spice it up. Adding fresh squeezed lemon juice to your water will provide you with magnesium, potassium, copper and Vitamin C. This will help the body absorb nutrients better. Nutrients like calcium and iron from the foods we eat. You can experiment by adding cucumber slices, berries or crushed mint to your drinking water.
- Beets are known as a blood cleanser. They produce nitric acid, which helps increase blood flow throughout the body. Beets contain Vitamin C, fiber and folate. I like cutting it into cubes before adding it to potato salad. Don’t like the taste of beets, you can always take a supplement instead.
The body is not designed to handle the various amounts of pollutants we come into contact with on a day to day basis. But we can help it along by taking some of the steps I’ve previously mentioned. Remember, a little goes a long way and everything in moderation, even moderation.