You can detoxify your body and restore nutritional balance at the same time, by eating the right foods and adding certain supplements to your diet. Many naturopaths and physicians recommend fasting between seasons to cleanse the system and prepare the body for the changing climate.
Simple ways to detox include:
Fasting: During the year try fasting for one or two days a week.
Try a liquid cleanse by drinking fresh juices and eating soup for two days.
Eat a large salad or plate of steamed vegetables for dinner every night.
Increase fiber in your diet by eating more whole wheat foods, lentils, barley and vegetables.
Drink organic apple juice or water mixed with a spoon of psyllium seed husks once or twice a day, to cleanse the walls of the digestive tract.
The steps you need to take to detoxify a congested liver depend on how big the problem is. Start with the simple dietary and lifestyle measures outlined below and see how they make you feel. If you feel your liver needs further support, begin using herbs that support liver function.
Many bitter herbs support liver function and promote the cleansing process. These include dandelion, milk thistle, red clover, bitter melon and artichoke. The simplest way to add these to your diet is with supplements.
Turmeric, a common spice in South Asian cooking, has long been considered apowerful healing herb. Curcumin, the primary active ingredient in turmeric, has potent liver protective, detoxifying, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity. Other benefits of turmeric include lowering of cholesterol, improvement of fat metabolism and improvement of digestion. Taking a turmeric supplement is the easiest way to gain these benefits.
Castor oil compresses applied abdominally over the liver area two or three times a week help to draw toxins from the liver and promote lymphatic drainage.
Vigorous exercise also promotes detoxification. Bouncing up and down on a rebounder is particularly effective for stimulating lymphatic action and is a safe exercise for people of all ages. Alternating hot and cold showers, baths or water gushes stimulate circulation and promote detoxification via the internal organs and the skin.
Detoxing your body will take patience, persistence and regular maintenance. Incorporate it into your daily, weekly and monthly habits. For persistent symptoms or before making drastic lifestyle and dietary changes, consult your family physician. No matter how you detox, it will leave you feeling revitalized and looking your best.