Detox is the latest buzzword in the health and wellness industry. But is it really necessary to “detox” our bodies using commercially available potions and supplements? Are we really walking around with heavy metals, chemicals, pesticide residues and other toxins in our blood and body organs?
My take on this is that you do not need to worry about detoxifying your body IF you have healthy kidneys, a healthy liver AND you eat a whole foods diet.
Your kidneys purify your blood, and your liver is a major detoxification organ in your body (as well as your colon). If you are healthy and have a clean diet, your body probably doesn’t need the extra help.
However, your body’s ability to cleans, purify and purge toxins is hindered by a poor diet.
By introducing smoothies, especially green smoothies, into your daily routine, you will give your body a nutritional boost that will aid in detoxing. By making green smoothies and exercise a daily habit, supported by a whole foods, plant-heavy diet rich in leafy greens such as spinach, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and healthy fats, your body will have everything it needs to cleanse itself naturally.
Tips For a Natural, Healthy Detox
Consume only organic foods. Conventionally-grown fruit and vegetables have pesticide residues as well as residues from waxes, preservatives and anti-fungal chemicals used to keep them “fresh” in the store. Eating organic produce ensures that your exposure to synthetic chemicals is greatly reduced.
Eat a Whole Foods Diet. Eat foods in their natural state such as organic fruits and vegetables, organic spinach or other leafy greens, nuts, seeds and grains and eliminate or greatly reduce consumption of processed foods, dairy and meat from large, commercial farms that use hormones, antibiotics, and meat additives. Make smoothies, eat salads and make lots of tasty recipes that call for raw, unprocessed ingredients as much as possible.
Drink plenty of water. Water is the best beverage you can drink (besides a green smoothie!), especially if it is purified or spring water from a safe source. Tap water contains chlorine and other contaminants that your body has to process and eliminate. Also, reduce your consumption of commercial sports drinks, sodas and alcohol with added sugars, chemical sweeteners and artificial flavors and colors.
Get plenty of sleep. Getting enough sleep (7-8 hours each night) is essential for maintaining good health and rejuvenating your body.
Switch to natural cleaning and hygiene products. They might be slightly more expensive, but they are better for the environment and better for your health.
Exercise. It doesn’t take a lot to loose weight and maintain a strong, lean body if you eat the right foods and work out. One of my favorite exercise programs is Turbulence Training, but any sort of consistent, daily physical activity like playing sports, running, walking or working out will help your body “flush out toxins” better than any cleansing regimen.
As you take steps to reduce and eliminate toxins from your diet and environment, you may notice a dramatic increase in energy and positive emotions. You will start to crave healthy foods instead of processed junk food. Your mind may become clearer. You will feel better and healthier because you are healthier!
Detox Smoothie Recipes
I have also created a program to help you lose weight and cleanse naturally without feeling deprived or starving yourself (while rendering extended fasting/cleansing obsolete!). My Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program includes hundreds of smoothie recipes that use different fruits and greens to target specific health needs, including detoxification. Included are green smoothie recipes for protecting against cancer, bone-health, muscle-building, cold and flu, digestion relief, weight loss and much more!
Read more about green smoothie detox and cleansing.
Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program, the 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.