Body toxin removal through diet
Beneficial for fertility
Body toxin removal can be aided through some simple diet tips!
Toxins within the body can originate from internal or external sources and are the root cause of numerous health disorders.
It's well recognized that toxins can interfere with fertility (men and women). Some of the most common reproductive conditions include - unexplained infertility, hormonal imbalances, low sperm count, and ovulation disorders. In fact poor health in general can make conceiving difficult to achieve.
There are a few aspects of every day diet that can assist with natural body toxin removal and healing. Positive food choices will boost your vitality!
Although we can't guarantee conception, a healthier diet can help improve your chances along with other lifestyle improvements.
*Please note - If you suspect that you may have been exposed to any types of chemicals, heavy metals, or other pollutants make an appointment to see your personal physician for advice.
Diet tips to accelerate body toxin removal -
Body toxin removal can be greatly enhanced by choosing organics and limiting highly processed foods. Commercial foods are major sources of - agricultural sprays, growth hormones, antibiotics, irradiation, genetic engineering, additives and chemicals (far too many to name). During manufacturing high amounts of fats, salts, and sugars are often added which are harmful in excess. All of this is totally unnatural! Biologically the human body isn't designed to deal with these manipulated foods, as we can't keep up with the detoxification processes.
♦ Always look at product signs/labels to make sure they read organic. If not sure ask!
♦ There are many places to purchase organic produce. Organic organizations and associations are available to help find somewhere near by to shop. Start by doing a local search on the Internet e.g. type in your state/town and organic foods.
♦ If you have space in your garden set up your own organic vegetable patch. It's very satisfying to eat home grown food!
The easiest body toxin removal method is simply drinking enough water each day! Helps to flush the body of waste and unwanted nasties! Sufficient water consumption is needed for the primary detox organs to function properly - the kidneys, liver, and digestive system. Dehydration makes these organs sluggish. Water boosts metabolism which increases the rate of toxin and fat elimination through the various bodily pathways. Most doctors recommend consuming at least eight x 8 ounce glasses of water each day.
Water tips -
♦ Purchase a water purification system to avoid drinking any unwanted contaminants that can come through in normal tap water. This will also provide the best tasting water!
♦ Carry water with you whenever you're out and about to help keep up with daily intake. Avoid using plastic drinking bottles as chemicals can leach out into the water (especially when heated up in the sun). Go for stainless steel or glass drinking bottles.
♦ Add slices of lemon, lime, or other fruits into your water for a burst of refreshing flavor!
Eat plenty of antioxidant rich foods which include - fresh fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, whole grains, beans, and nuts. Antioxidants are substances in food that help combat free radical oxidative damage to cells, which contributes towards degenerative diseases.
Free radicals are produced in the body as a by-product of normal cell processes. However they're also generated by numerous other factors including - stress, environmental pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke, food/water contamination, drugs, etc. Circulating free radicals can destroy otherwise healthy cells and tissue. Antioxidants work by binding onto free radicals and neutralizing them before they have a chance to do any harm.
Antioxidant tips -
♦ Vary your fruit and vegetable selections to gain maximum antioxidant benefits. Five to nine serving per day is recommended. Remember the rainbow of colors when choosing produce - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and white. The different colors represent various nutrients and phytochemicals which all have their own unique health properties.
♦ Keep the fruit and veggie peels/skins on if they're edible as this is where antioxidants are concentrated.
♦ Walnuts have the most antioxidant activity out of the nut family with pecans next best, but still eat different varieties. A small amount of nuts on a regular basis (e.g. a small handful most days) is beneficial, ideally as a substitute for saturated fats.
♦ Berries are yummy and rank the highest antioxidant fruits with blueberry, cranberry, and blackberry scoring the highest. Great little snacks or blend into a smoothie.
♦ Beans are an excellent source of antioxidant activity with small red beans, red kidney beans, and pinto beans at the top of the list. Bean salads are popular!
Fiber is an essential part of a healthy diet. Found in plant foods such as – fruits and vegetables including their peels/skins, whole grains, legumes (peas, beans, lentils) nuts, and seeds. Dietary fiber plays a vital role keeping certain diseases at bay, moving waste from the colon, and preventing the build up of harmful toxins.
Put simply fiber is a portion of plant cell wall that's resistant to digestion and can't pass through into our blood stream. This has many beneficial effects within the digestive tract and entire body. Fiber is sometimes referred to as an internal broom! Eating enough fiber helps lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar levels, and it binds to excess estrogen so it can be expelled.
Fiber tips -
♦ Swap the refined products for the whole food versions instead. For example eat brown/wild rice instead of white rice, wholegrain bread instead of white bread, and whole wheat pasta over regular pasta varieties.
♦ Wholegrain breakfast cereals are a good start to the day! They release glucose slowly into the bloodstream and provide energy for longer. Read labels to make sure the first ingredient says "whole" or "wholegrain". A good cereal contains little or no sugar, and should have no saturated or trans fats. Add raisins or sultanas to sweeten if necessary.
♦ Try replacing a few meat dishes with lentil or bean recipes each week as these are very good sources of both fiber and protein.
♦ Throw some nuts and seeds into salad mixes. Pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds, almonds, cashews, and pine nuts and are all tasty additions!
Body pH balance
The pH scale measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is. Our blood should have a pH of 7.35 - 7.45 which is slightly alkaline to maintain good health. What we eat may affect this level. Foods are categorized as acidic or alkaline depending on the effect they have in the body after they've been digested and assimilated. Some very nutritious foods that we need in moderation are naturally acidic forming, however a well balanced diet usually regulates body pH levels.
Unfortunately the modern day Western diet is very much on the acidic side which promotes toxic build up, illness, and more serious health problems. The main culprits we need to restrict are – processed products, fast foods, alcohol, coffee, artificial sweeteners, refined sugars and grains, animal proteins (meats, eggs, cheese etc.) plus saturated fats. Fried/charred foods are also very acidic forming. Other factors may contribute towards acidosis e.g. lack of sleep, anxiety, or misuse of medications.
Body pH tips -
♦ Check your own acid/alkaline balance. PH test strips (saliva or urine) can be purchased from pharmacies. Visit a nutritionist or dietitian if your results are abnormal. They can assess your personal eating habits and if necessary make some changes.
♦ Again fruits and veggies are winners! Some of the most alkalizing fruits include lemon, limes, watermelon, papaya, mango, melon, figs and kiwi. Green vegtables contain chlorophyll (the green pigment) which is a strong alkalizer, detoxifer, and immune system booster. Good choices are spinach, kale, cabbage, broccoli, romaine lettuce, collard greens, chard, and sea vegetables.
♦ Raw vegetables are more alkaline than when cooked. Alternatively try lightly steaming veggies which is the best cooking method for preserving nutrients.
♦ Fresh raw veggie juices are an excellent alkalizing drink.
♦ Apple cider vinegar is a well known alkalizer - just add one or two teaspoons into a glass of water as a daily health tonic.
Food allergy and food intolerance
Sorting out any possible food allergies or food intolerance problems will support body toxin removal. Symptoms vary and may include digestive complaints, skin conditions, and/or asthma. Dietary allergens trigger inflammation which if left undiagnosed long term will significantly weaken the immune system. A diagnosis is necessary from a doctor or allergen specialist who can run tests. An elimination diet may be required as part of the diagnosis. The most common allergens include milk, eggs, peanuts (member of the bean family) tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat.
Important – We recommend that before making any major diet changes to check with your doctor first. This is especially the case if you have any medical conditions.
If you have known allergies to any of the foods mentioned on this page then please avoid eating them.
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