#1: Your liver
Your liver is an extremely powerful organ. It works to clean your blood and transform harmful chemicals for excretion. It cleans and filters every ounce of your blood to metabolise all these chemicals – even the good kinds. The best foods for your liver are bitter foods and those that facilitate your body’s production of glutathione (or internal antioxidants). These foods include cabbage, broccoli, beets, salad greens, apples, lemon juice and garlic. If you don’t mind the bitter taste of dandelion, it’s a fantastic herb for your liver’s natural detoxification process, too.
#2: Your kidneys
The primary role of your kidneys is to flush toxins from your blood by turning it into urine after your liver cleanses it. They flush water-soluble waste in response to electrolyte concentrations and water. While drinking lots of water is excellent for your kidney detox, green herbs and teas are just as beneficial. Green tea, parsley, cilantro nettle and alfalfa are especially good for flushing your kidneys, reducing your blood pressure and preventing bacteria build-up. If you suffer from poor kidney health and are prone to urinary tract infections, also drinking cranberry and juniper berry juice can help you improve your kidney health even more.
#3: Your lungs
Your lungs filter out allergens, mould and airborne toxins and naturally detox themselves when you inhale and exhale deeply. A good night’s sleep without excessive snoring or sleep apnea also promotes lung detox, as does a Himalayan salt pipe or a trip to the beach to breathe in salty air. Foods with spicy flavours and soothing textures like mustard, black seed, radish, turnip, cayenne and wasabi are the best for lung detoxification.
#4: Your lymphatic system
Your lymphatic system removes products of bacteria, virus, infections and other pathogens from your red blood circulation. The lymph nodes found in chains throughout your brain can become swollen and tender as a result of an infection. Your lymph system needs to keep moving in order to function properly. You can promote lymph movement by eating foods like garlic, ginger, turmeric, seaweed and citrus fruits. To further promote lymph detox, do regular cardiovascular exercise.
#5: Your colon
Your colon’s main job is to flush out chemical solid waste so that it doesn’t recirculate into your bloodstream. It’s also home to protective bacteria that make up your body’s ecosystem, known as your microbiome. In order for your colon to detox, it needs to excrete old stool. You can detox your colon by upping your intake of soluble and insoluble fibres, water, edible bentonite clay ,probiotics and gentle salt or herbal laxatives. You should consult your doctor to determine the best strategy for you. Foods like chia seeds, root vegetables, lentils, apples, onions and garlic also support colon detoxification, as do herbs like dandelion and aloe.
#6: Your skin
Last on the list is your body’s biggest organ – your skin. Its main role is to sweat out toxins. Plus, like your lungs, your skin absorbs waste and then releases it with heat and electrolytes. While we don’t know all the waste products that are absorbed or released from our skin, what we do know is that our skin is always exchanging waste and oxygen. Foods that support your skin’s natural detoxification process include beets, purple cabbage, blueberries, walnuts and sunflower seeds. Other detox practices that will keep your skin healthy include dry brushing, Epsom salt baths and saunas.
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