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6 Tips for Detox

Thursday, 08 December 2016 03:51 PM Current | Bio | Archive

1. If you can't read it, don't eat it
I used to give a yearly lecture on nutrition to third-graders in our local school. . Here is one of my recommendations to those kids is relevant for everybody: If you can't read it, don't eat it.

You know what I'm talking about: ingredients on food labels that are virtually unreadable, like acetaldehyde phenethyl propyl acetal (a "fruit" flavoring found in ice cream, candy, cookies and sodas).

I don't think I need to do much convincing on this point, because not eating a lot of food with ingredients you can't read is common sense. Why barrage your body with toxic chemicals if you don't have to?


2. Take supplements that support detoxification
Various stages of phase II liver detoxification require specific nutritional compounds to do their work. How can you make sure you're getting those nutrients? Take a good daily multivitamin powder. It's one of the easiest ways to purify!


3. Drink up
Water plays a key role in daily detoxification. In fact, drinking enough water is probably the best action you can take to support your kidneys as they clean up your blood.


How much water should you drink every day? Just check your lips and mouth. If they're dry, you need to drink more water. Another simple method: take a look at the color of your urine. If it's a dull yellow color, there's not enough water diluting it, so you should drink more.


But you want to be washing out toxins, not getting more in the water you drink. For clean tap water, I recommend installing a good filter. 


4. Speed up transit time
"Transit time" is the term for the hours and days it takes for a meal to move from mouth to going out the rectum — the transit from one end of your digestive tract to the other.


A healthy transit time is about a day, although conventional doctors assert that 3 days is fine. Faster than 12 hours, and your body doesn't have enough time to pull all the nutrients out of the food. Slower than 24 hours, and the digesting food starts to turn toxic — and those loitering toxins are reabsorbed into your system, causing and contributing to poor health.

To speed up transit time:

• Eat more fiber, the easiest way to speed up transit time. A simple way to put more fiber in your diet is to eat whole grain cereal for breakfast every morning, like low-sugar Cheerios or Life cereal. Add a slice or two of whole grain toast for the transit time of your life.

• Take magnesium, a must for healthy muscles and nerves, including those responsible for peristalsis, the rhythmic muscle contractions that move food through the digestive tract.

• Drink more water. Without it, your stools tend to be small and hard, slowing transit time.

• Take vitamin C, which attracts water into the colon, softening stool and speeding transit time. Between 500 and 1,000 mg is a good level for most people.

• Exercise regularly, which provides a kind of intestinal massage that can speed transit time.

• Optimize thyroid function, because an underactive thyroid slows down everything in the body, including transit time.

5. Take a probiotic
Probiotics provide the same friendly, health-giving bacteria that typically inhabit your gut (like Lactobacillus acidophilus). These good-guy bacteria combat bad bacteria and fungi which, if allowed to multiply, make you toxic.

All probiotic supplements are not created equal, however. Many don't contain the number of bacteria advertised on the label. Or the bacteria in the supplements are dead. Or they die in the acid environment of the stomach. Any of these mean the probiotic isn't doing you much good.

6. Sweat it out
Sweating for health is a worldwide tradition, from Native American sweat lodges to the Finnish sauna, and I think "sweat therapy" is a great way to aid detoxification. I recommend (and use myself) a type of sauna called the "far infrared sauna."

A few suggestions for safe and effective saunas:
• Don't overdo it. Start with a few minutes, at a lower temperature, and gradually work your way up to longer durations and higher temperatures as you feel comfortable (following the guidelines in the sauna manual).

• Listen to your body. If you're feeling light-headed or otherwise uncomfortable in a sauna, it's time to come out.

• Prevent dehydration. Take drinking water into the sauna and sip throughout.

• Rinse off afterward. It prevents toxins from being reabsorbed.

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