Spring Cleaning: Daily Detox Practices
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Our bodies are in constant detox mode. The liver, the body’s hub for detoxification, filters nearly 380 liters of blood every day to remove toxins, bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites, and other potentially harmful substances from the body.
However, if the liver becomes overworked, toxins can be stored in our fat, muscles, and even continue to circulate in our bloodstream, leading to systemic inflammation. This can result in headaches, migraines, weight gain, fatigue, skin problems, brain fog, and more.
It is in our best interest to support our body’s detoxification process to avoid the symptoms above and experience improved energy levels and an enhanced sense of wellness.
In today’s culture, The Global Detox Products Market has grown to be a $48.22 billion industry that is guilty of pushing sugary green juices, low-quality supplements, and extreme diets as effective methods of detoxification. However, despite what may be marketed to us, the reality is that there are easy and affordable ways to support our detoxification pathways from the comfort of our homes.
Supplying our bodies with water consistently throughout the day is one of the most effective ways to support detoxification in daily life. This is because water helps maintain the fluidity of our blood. When dehydrated, our blood becomes thicker and increased viscosity makes it more difficult for the liver to eliminate toxins.
Water also helps transport toxins processed by the liver through sweating, urination, and even breathing. Dehydration also impedes all these processes.
The U.S. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of water a day for men and approximately 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women.
Sweat It Out
We all know the importance of exercise for cardiovascular health, mental health, and overall wellness, but it is also one of the most effective ways to detox.
Regular exercise is linked to improved detoxification pathways as sweating helps eliminate toxins through the skin, avoiding a buildup of harmful substances.
At a minimum, it is recommended to exercise for at least 20-30 minutes three times a week, but four to five times a week is better for detoxification and overall health.
In addition to working out, there are other methods of getting a quick sweat in. Saunas are a relaxing way to sit back and detoxify with ease.
A dry sauna is the most basic and common type of sauna. This type of sauna contains rocks that give off ambient heat, creating a low humidity, dry environment. Just a 10-15 minute session can help eliminate toxins from the body, but you can work up to doing a 30-minute session.
Thanks to developments in modern technology, health optimization centers such as Next Health offer Infrared Sauna Therapy for those interested in taking their sauna experience to the next level. The Next Health Infrared Sauna utilizes both near and far infrared lights, providing different wavelengths, which allows for maximum benefits. In fact, the Infrared Sauna is approximately 30% more detoxifying than traditional saunas and you typically sweat less, making them easier to incorporate into your daily routine. Many of our Members stop by during their lunch break to get a quick 30-minute sauna session in to support their detox pathways and experience other benefits including: boosted mitochondrial function, improved collagen production, enhanced metabolic function, and more.
Detoxify Your Diet
One of the easiest ways to overwork your liver is a steady diet of inflammatory foods and substances. Eliminating inflammatory foods such as processed foods, refined sugar, trans fats, gluten, and dairy can help give your liver a break and eliminate unnecessary stress on your detox pathways.
Decreasing your salt intake can also be beneficial in ridding your body of excess fluid that strains the kidneys and liver.
Alcohol should also be eliminated as over 90% of alcohol is processed in your liver.
Foods that help your body detox include:
Avocado is packed with antioxidants, which bind to free radicals (toxic molecules) in the body, aiding in the detoxification process. Antioxidants also help reduce inflammation that strains your detox pathways in general. Moreover, avocados contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals that support overall health and lower your risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and more.
Kale is full of powerful amino acids that help manage cholesterol and blood pressure, which makes it easier for your blood to be detoxified.
Despite having a low caloric value, spinach is incredibly nutrient-dense as it is full of vitamin A, C, E, and K as well as thiamin, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, and more. These nutrients help combat oxidative stress, age-related decline, high blood pressure, and other factors that can negatively impact detoxification and overall health.
Ginger is becoming increasingly popular due to its variety of health benefits but has been used as a natural remedy for hundreds of years. Ginger is particularly effective in aiding in the digestion system as it can reduce nausea, bloating, and gas. This is because antioxidants in ginger help combat the damage of harmful substances in the digestive tract.
Full of flavor and health benefits, garlic is a potent antiviral, antibacterial, and antibiotic. This is because it contains a chemical called allicin, which promotes the production of white blood cells that fight against toxins. It is important to note that cooked or processed garlic is likely to lose these qualities, thus, it is best to eat raw garlic for detoxifying purposes.
Detox teas can be found all over social media as one of the wellness world’s trends and should be treated with caution. However, tea made with all-natural, high-quality ingredients can aid in detoxification. Herbal teas that contain phytonutrients can help support metabolic function, streamline liver function, and support a healthy gut by eliminating toxins.
There are also easy-to-follow guided detox diets available such as Nikki Sharp’s 5-Day Real Food Detox. In contrast to other fad diets that consist of surgery elixirs and caloric restriction, Sharp’s diet focuses on eating whole, nutrient-dense foods five times a day for five days. This diet is designed to encourage detoxification and weight loss, in fact, many who try her diet lose a pound a day due as their inflammation levels decrease.
Next Level Nutrients
Although a healthy diet is essential, it is still difficult to obtain all the essential nutrients to support detoxification and other bodily processes through food alone. That is why IV Therapy is becoming an increasingly popular addition to the wellness routines of many. The Next Health Detox IV encourages the elimination of toxins and harmful substances in the body while supporting your liver and replenishing nutrients that have been lost due to stress, poor diet, or a long night out. Lysine and taurine aid in protecting your liver, which we combine with selenium to increase glutathione production to enhance the detoxification process.
High-quality, pharmaceutical-grade supplements are easy to incorporate into your daily routine as supplementation takes just a few minutes and can provide numerous health benefits. Below are some of Next Health’s go-to supplements to support detoxification:
Theracurmin HP is scientifically formulated to help reduce inflammation as it contains curcumin, which has powerful inflammatory modulating abilities.
This supplement is designed to easily facilitate the absorption of quality nutrients to your cells as it delivers 600mg of bioavailable, water-dispersible curcumin per serving.
Curcumin is known to not only combat inflammation but also support antioxidant activity, detoxification, immune response, and more.
DIM Detox can help support natural detoxification as it helps promote liver health, phase II detoxification pathways, and healthy cell metabolism.
DIM Detox is a perfected blend of all-natural ingredients such as broccoli sprout that can help boost your overall wellness.
Glutathione is nicknamed the “Master Antioxidant” because it helps the body create other antioxidants that can further protect against oxidative stress.
In addition to preventing and reversing oxidative stress damage, Liposomal Glutathione can help improve detoxification, insulin sensitivity, minimize symptoms of aging, enhance immune health, and more.
Enjoy Quality Sleep
Sleep is when your body resets and restores to prepare you for the day ahead. Sleep is responsible for the process of starting to remove any toxic waste that has accumulated throughout the day. In fact, one of the body’s waste products that is dealt with during sleep is a protein called beta-amyloid, which contributes to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Experts suggest aiming for seven to nine hours per night on a regular basis.
If you struggle with quality sleep, it may be time have a Sleep Study conducted. Sleep studies generally take place in a sleep lab during your normal sleeping hours. The purpose of a Sleep Study is to record your brain and bodily activity during sleep. This can lead to an accurate diagnosis and an effective treatment plan to address your unique issues.
If you’re interested in a Sleep Study, call or text us at: (310)-295-2075
Minimize Exposure To Environmental Toxins
Toxin exposure is inevitable in today’s society, but limiting the amount of toxins you come into contact with on a daily basis can help ensure your detoxification pathways are not overloaded. In fact, according to the Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people have an average of 500 environmental chemicals in their bodies.
Household items are a great place to start when eliminating toxins from your environment as many of our everyday products contain more toxins than we realize. Common sources of toxins include:
- Face masks
- Food packaging
- Beauty products: makeup, nail polish, hair sprays, lotions, and more
Make sure you do your research to find out what chemicals you are being exposed to on a daily basis.
If you are interested in testing the level of toxins in your body and finding ways to optimize your detoxification processes, the Next Health Environmental Toxins Test is a thorough panel of 39 of the most inflammatory environmental toxins detected in urine, including plasticizers, pesticides, and more.
The Environmental Toxins Program includes advanced Environmental Toxins Testing, medical team analysis and strategy, and an in-depth results review and consultation.
Getting Started With Detoxing
With all the options of how to support your detoxification process, it can be difficult to know where to start. If you have questions about the best way to detox for you and your body, we are here to help.
Our medical professionals are experts in personalizing your wellness journey to your needs. Call or text us at: (310)-295-2075 to improve your detox pathways and optimize your health.