It's that time of year: the final countdown to 2019 when many of us resolve to take a fresh and focused approach to our health. Becoming healthy is the most common New Year’s resolution because it's the foundation on which we enjoy all areas of life to the fullest. Detoxing is a natural process we all go through every day. In fact, our bodies are designed to neutralize and eliminate toxins through organs such as the colon, liver, kidney, lungs, lymphatic system and skin. But sometimes, the chemical burden is too much for our natural detoxification systems. That’s when we need a little help.
YOUR TOXIC BODY
According to a study conducted at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, people have, on average, traces of 91 toxic chemicals in their bodies, including synthetic pesticides and plasticizing agents. Toxins are coming at us constantly — from lead pipes and paint in older homes…to soft plastic in children’s toys…to off-gassing chemicals from carpets and furniture…the list goes on and on. We may have limited control over the toxins we are exposed to, but we do have total control over the food and supplements we choose to put in our bodies.
NATURAL BODY DETOX
The good news is there are many natural ingredients that can jumpstart your healthy detox. Since they work in different ways, it’s good to cover your bases with a variety of them.
NATURAL LIVER DETOX:Liver detoxifiers, such as milk thistle, L-glutathione, calcium D-glucarate, NAC and broccoli concentrates, help your liver filter toxins from your body and then neutralize them. Milk thistle’s active constituent silymarin not only helps clear toxins from the liver, it also protects liver cells from damage.*[i],[ii]
ESTROGEN DETOX:Estrogen metabolizers, like the lignans found in flaxseeds, help counter the effects of hormone disruptors (such as xenoestrogens, or foreign estrogens) that affect hormone-sensitive tissues in the body such as the breasts.*[iii],[iv],[v],[vi],[vii]
DETOX WITH ANTIOXIDANTS:Antioxidants, such as alpha lipoic acid, as well as those found in green tea, fruits and vegetables, help reduce free radical damage.* The catechins in green tea are especially helpful in Phase II detoxification.*[viii]
HEAVY METAL DETOX:Heavy metal detoxifiers, such as zinc and magnesium, bind with heavy metals, helping release them from the body.*[ix]In addition, vitamin C has been shown to reduce lead levels in smokers.*[x]
GREEN CLEAN:Green detoxifiers include chlorella, parsley, and cilantro. Chlorella has been shown to expel mercuryin vivoand reduce dioxin in human breast milk.*[xi],[xii],[xiii]
CLEAN YOUR COLON:Fiber detoxifiers like flaxseeds contain indigestible roughage that helps sweep toxins out of the colon.*[xiv]