Eating healthy to fight.
Detox, short for detoxification is presently one of the most popular health subjects. The first thing you should know about detoxing is that our body has its own detox system otherwise it would be poisoned by natural toxins. Incidentally, a toxin is a poisonous substance of plant or animal origin. To make our body toxin-free we should be cutting down on, caffeine, nicotine, pesticides, pollutants, saturated fats, sugar and stress. The body detoxes naturally thanks to its liver where harmful toxins, which are not water-soluble, are neutralized by natural enzymes, so they become water-soluble, and are sent to the kidneys or bowel for excretion. The kidneys filter the blood removing excess water and water-soluble toxins which are then flushed into the urine. Toxins also pass through the skin, the largest organ of the body, in the form of sweat. Finally, the lymphatic system which plays a vital role in the body's immune system, also removes waste produced by the body. When toxins are not removed properly, our body suffers from poor immunity, headaches, upset stomachs, bad skin, cellulite, stress, weight gain and even arthritis. What you eat is the first move to fight toxins. There is more to healthy detoxing than just eating foods that are low in toxins. Certain foods enable you to enhance the efficiency of your natural detox system. As we explained earlier, much of the processing of toxins in our body occurs in the liver where enzymes transform them (toxins) into water-soluble forms that can be readily excreted. It is interesting to know that certain foods can increase the levels of these enzymes. Furthermore, many enzyme-stimulating foods improve detox by actually binding with the toxins and carrying them out of the body. Apple is among the top detox foods thanks to its vitamin C and quercetin, antioxidants nutrients that lower fat and cholesterol levels. Pectin also helps the body get rid of food additives. "Scientists in Ukraine have used apples to purify the area around Chernobyl after the nuclear leak" writes Helen Foster. Artichoke also increases bile production whose job is to carry toxins to the bowel. Beetroot was used by the Romans as a blood-purifying tonic. This useful vegetable contains methionine which helps reduce cholesterol levels and purify natural waste products from the body. Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, spinach and cauliflower are very powerful detoxers. However, prunes are the ultimate antioxidant food; they provide twice as many antioxidants as blueberries, their nearest competitor. Bananas are incredibly high in minerals. They provide potassium which helps to regulate fluid in the body and reduce fluid retention. It is important to know that the less fluid you retain the more toxins you excrete. Bran cereals are also good for detox. Their high level of fibers cleans the bowel and stimulates its movements. Finally, "We need water to flush toxins through our system, yet most of us spend the day dehydrated - Just aim to drink a glass of something as often as you can. Remember that it's not just plain water that hydrates us, milk is 84 percent water, decaffeinated cola is 99 percent water and herbal teas are 99 percent water. They all work. You can also eat high-water foods like watermelon, celery, cucumber, pears, and grapes to boost your water supply and also provide vitamins." Taking certain herbs, vitamins and other supplements with the food you eat is useful when you are undergoing a detox program. You should remember not to take more than two supplements at a time, excluding multivitamins, which cannot cause problems when they are taken alongside other supplements. Dandelion is an excellent diuretic because unlike other diuretics it does not leach vital potassium which is bad for the heart. Thanks to its high level of potassium it does not cause any loss of the mineral. It is also high in antioxidants. Dandelion tea is probably the easiest way to consume dandelion, but its peppery leaves can also be eaten. The second part of the book gives 14 specific plans which will help you tackle some of the major toxin problems that we all encounter in life. You can choose the plan that suits your needs. The energizing plan will improve your energy levels and bring back that lost enthusiasm for life. Energy is created in the body from food. Our body breaks down what we eat into glucose which is the main sugar that we use for fuel. Our lack of energy happens when we do not have enough nutrients such as vitamins, the antioxidant Coenzyme Q and minerals (calcium, chromium, and zinc) to boost the production of energy. This lack of nutrients is a cause because you do not eat the right food or because toxins destroy them. Low blood sugar also causes fatigue. When you eat refined carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, rice or sugary foods, it triggers a sudden peak of glucose in the blood which ends in the liver or is stored as fat. Whenever the cells require energy, they have to take out the glucose from the liver which drains the body of its energy. Finally you might either lack enough oxygen or mitochondria, the constituents of cells that turn glucose into fuel. If you have a low level of mitochondria, they cannot perform as well. In short this plan suggests you take one multivitamin supplement, one probiotic supplement and one capsule of fish oil or primrose oil. Your breakfast should include a bowl of bran cereal with skimmed milk and two pieces of whole wheat toast with some honey. Do not skip your usual cup of coffee or tea because research from the University of Bristol shows that if you are used to drinking tea or coffee, you will feel more tired if you go without it. Before your lunch, take a glass of Oxygen juice made with six slices of fresh or tinned pineapple, one banana, six fresh strawberries and a handful of wheatgrass. Lunch should include some fish with plenty of vegetables that contain chlorophyll such as watercress, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, celery, cucumber and asparagus which helps neutralize the natural toxin ammonia, an extremely common cause of fatigue. The evening meal should consist mainly of vegetables which you should combine with carbohydrates (as rice, potatoes, corn, couscous or bread) these are energy-givers and they can calm the body. This in turn helps boost sleep. It is also important to add plenty of B vitamins to your diet and to boost oxygen intake by breathing and stretching the body through exercise. To get noticeable results you should follow this plan for at least three days. However one week is the ideal time to follow this program for the best results. All the other detox plans such as decaf plan, sugar-busting plan, stress-busting plan, stop-smoking plan, beauty-boosting plan, to name but a few, focus on diet, nutrition and alternative therapies that will help reduce the effects of toxins. This book shows you how to tackle toxins so they cause less damage. It provides you with simple recipes, step-by-step exercises and lifestyle tips. Detox will let you regain control over your body and give you the energy and power to be at your best.
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