Each one of us aspires to have a well-sculpted body and clean and nourished skin. A healthy body is also a prerequisite for a sound mind and vice-versa. But before you sign up for an exercise regimen, it is crucial to detox, in other words, to flush toxins out of the body.
However, the modern lifestyle doesn’t allow many of us to follow a proper detox diet. Good news — your body already has the tools to flush out toxins. What you need is to slip a few activities throughout the day and have a rejuvenated body at the end of it.
Here is how you can naturally detox:
Avoid/limit the consumption of alcohol
Your liver metabolises over 90% of the alcohol you consume. It metabolises alcohol into acetaldehyde, which is believed to be a carcinogen. The liver identifies it as a toxin and filters it out.
Although consuming booze in moderate quantity has its benefits, however drinking beyond a point can leave your liver severely damaged by causing fat build-up, inflammation, and scarring.
This hinders with liver’s normal function of filtering out waste and toxins from the body.
So regulating your alcohol consumption should be first activity in your detox journey.
Consuming a high quantity of sugar can cause fatty liver, which affects the organ’s normal functioning.
It is also the root cause of several conditions, such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
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You can replace sugar with other options, such as honey and jaggery.
Limit salt consumption
Eating too much salt results in water retention, which causes bloating.
When you consume too much salt and less water, your body releases a hormone, called antidiuretic, which prevents you from urinating and thus, flushing out toxins from your body.
Apart from eating less salt, you can also drink more water to regulate the salt content in your body.
Eat the right food
Eat foods rich in prebiotics keep your gut healthy, which is crucial for the detoxification process. This is because the gut cells have a detoxification and excretion system of their own to protect the intestines from harmful toxins.
Prebiotics-rich foods include bananas, oats, garlic, onion, apple and flaxseed.
You should also eat foods rich in anti-oxidants to free your body from free radicals that damage the cells. Such foods include blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, beans, spinach, dark chocolate, among others.
Drink enough water
We all know the importance of water to flush toxins out of the body. Make a habit of drinking about 3 litres of water daily.
Other than its several known benefits, exercise also helps in reducing inflammation. Although a certain level of inflammation is required for recovering from infection and healing wounds. But a high level of inflammation negatively affects the body.
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Exercise helps in reducing it and strengthening your body’s systems, including the detoxification system.
When you exercise, you sweat, another way your body flushes out toxins.
Having an adequate amount of sleep has several benefits, while a lack of it can cause many mental and physical health problems.
Sleep also helps in the detoxification process, especially of the toxic waste byproducts that get accumulated in the day. Beta-amyloid is one such byproduct that contributes to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
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Thus, make sure you get an adequate amount (seven to eight hours) of sleep.