7 Strategies to Detoxify

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Natural and herbal remedy recipes for detoxification and balancing

WHAT IT MEANS: Toxins are a fact of life, but a two-pronged approach of avoiding them when possible and eliminating the ones that accumulate in your body can make a difference.

Dr. Hubkova recommends the following seven strategies for supporting healthy detoxification:

1. Eat mostly organic food, especially foods that support detoxification, including cruciferous vegetables, garlic and onions. A healthy, balanced diet is a key to efficient de-toxification. The lighter the toxic load on your body, the better it can handle those toxins that get through your defenses.

2. Engage in regular vigorous exercise. Increased respiration, circulation, and perspiration all support healthy detoxification.

3. Hop in the sauna frequently. Perspiring is one of your body’s best ways of releasing toxins.

4. Drink at least 64 ounces of fresh, pure water each day. The combination of good hydration and frequent perspiration helps to flush your system of toxins.

5. Stay regular. Elimination once or twice a day helps to decrease absorption of toxins. Consistent exercise, hydration, and fiber will help to keep you regular.

6. If you are trying to lose weight, make sure to engage in the detox practices described above. As you shed fat, toxins held in fat cells are released. It is essential to cleanse those toxins from your body, rather than reabsorb them, which can cause illness.

7. Use antioxidants. Antioxidants such as alpha-lipoic acid, N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine, and the B vitamins help with detoxification. The best detoxification regimen for you depends on your unique genetic makeup, as well as the particular toxins you are dealing with. Consult with an integrative physician or naturopathic doctor, who can evaluate you to determine the best combination of diet and supplements for you.

The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM.org) and the Institute for Functional Medicine (www.functionalmedicine.org) maintain national listings of integrative and naturopathic physicians.

To learn more about environmental toxins, check out the website of the Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org). To find out about specific environmental toxins in your area, listed by zipcode, go to www.scorecard.org.