How to Help Your Body Eliminate Toxins and Support the Liver
In a day and age where it seems like everything challenges our well-being, it can feel pretty good to have a way to clean the slate and start afresh.
That’s because we must face what seems like hundreds of things every day that, though incredibly tempting, can wreck our health.
Inflammatory foods—especially foods high in sugar, or processed foods—are one suspect, though there are definitely other perils out there.
But beyond diet, we also deal with impurities and vices we can’t help but get exposed to or fall temptation to sometimes. This includes smoking, alcohol, drugs, medications, and pollution.
Now research shows there are even more dangers around us we might not even see. Chemicals in plastic are one example, or too much blue light exposure from smartphones, tablets, and laptops—and even EMF’s from our very own wireless devices.
FIGHTING HEALTH IMPURITIES: HOW DO WE MANAGE?
How do we defend our health amidst a sea of impurities and temptations we might fall prey to?
Long before modern medicine, our ancestors had a way of wiping the slate clean through preventive cleansing, dealing with these inevitable health challenges by completely natural means.
These involved practices of keeping one’s health refreshed and purified long before the body succumbed to more serious illnesses.
Today, we call this detoxification or a detox. There are also tons of modern regimens that mimic these things our ancestors did to cleanse and purify.
The goal of these regimens: to eliminate the buildup of toxins, or harmful impurities, in the body through safe and natural means, which can help reduce the risk of more serious diseases—while reigniting general energy and vitality.
WHAT ARE TOXINS?
To keep health refreshed and stay one step ahead of illness and fatigue, one key is to eliminate toxins or to detoxify. But what exactly are “toxins?”
These days, the definition of what a toxin is can be quite broad. Toxins, on the one hand, can be chemical or manmade substances that are not supposed to be in our bodies, and that bring harm—such as arsenic, xenoestrogens, or heavy metals.
But some people also refer to cancerous cells, carcinogens, free radicals, pathogens, parasites, and even preservatives or food additives as potential toxins too, though others do not.
There is some controversy and debate in the scientific world of what truly is (or isn’t) a toxin.
Still, that may not matter, since anything that could be called a toxin has a couple things in common with any other substance also referred to as a toxin:
- #1: Anything called a toxin is found in the body, but causes harm, not health.
- #2: Anything called a toxin can be removed by our own physiological or completely natural means.
A list of things that could possibly be called toxins:
- Heavy metals
- Residual pesticides and herbicides from non-organic foods
- Free radicals
- Substances from inflammatory foods (e.g. gluten, sugar)
- Food dyes
- Food additives
- Food preservatives
- Smoke (or second-hand smoke)
- Molds and mildew (mycotoxins)
- Senescent or dead cells
WHAT EXACTLY IS A DETOX? HOW CAN TOXINS BE ELIMINATED?
If there is some confusion about what a toxin is, there can sometimes be confusion about what detoxes are and what they do, too.
Just like toxins, there are many types of detoxes. Anything termed a “detox” is simply a regimen aiding the body’s ability to purge its own toxins naturally.
Detoxes range from simple, common-sense methods of supporting health all the way to more elaborate products and rituals that people claim are “complete purifiers.”
But every successful detox, just like toxins, has two things in common with every other successful detox:
- #1: It is made of completely natural products, and not synthetic or chemical products (like medications)
- #2: It does not literally “detoxify” the body, but instead supports the body’s own processes of eliminating toxins through the liver and kidneys.
DO MAINSTREAM DETOXES WORK?
The short answer: some of them do, and some of them don’t.
The long answer: mainstream detoxes claiming they literally cleanse the blood, scrub the body clean, and detoxify all organs like a magical sponge are probably not going to work that way—or maybe even work at all.
Instead, look for “detox” products that make more reasonable claims of aiding the body’s own processes for eliminating toxins—such as through liver or kidney support.
After all, the liver and the kidneys are where the only scientifically-proven ways of eliminating toxins happens. Products that support these organs may contain natural ingredients and foods that in fact do have research backing their support for the body’s natural cleansing abilities.
In the end, these are going to be the only products that are successful and have noticeable impacts. Otherwise, there are natural ways to support the body’s own methods for detoxification naturally at home.
NATURAL WAYS TO HELP THE BODY ELIMINATE TOXINS
Do people have to buy some commercial detox product to eliminate toxins at all? Absolutely not.
Though being smart and informed while choosing proper liver-or kidney-supporting natural detox products can give a boost when eliminating toxins, most healthy people who want to detox may not even have to rely on them at all.
As stated earlier, the body has its own natural ways of detoxification and purification. These can be supported in easy, natural, and affordable ways at home.
Here are some of our top recommendations to get that all-natural detox process going completely on one’s own.
FOCUS ON BETTER LIVER HEALTH
Want the best results for eliminating toxins, maybe even results that can be felt within a month to a few weeks?
Supporting and maintaining liver health is one of the most surefire ways to do this, and plenty of research supports this as a valid detox method, too.
Basics of doing this are to avoid unhealthy foods that can burden the liver, but especially alcohol, medications, and hard drugs, in combination with a liver-supporting diet.
Focusing on a foundation for a healthy liver through diet and lifestyle habits is an essential detox tool, and it can even restore energy and combat fatigue. It may also reduce the risk of silent but lethal diseases, like fatty liver disease.
KEEP IMMUNITY IN TIP-TOP SHAPE
There’s no better-equipped system in our bodies to keep out foreign, harmful stuff than the immune system.
This aspect of our health not only helps to naturally kick the flu or fight off viruses, but it can also scavenge free radicals, mycotoxins, pathogens, and other “toxic” foreign substances and eliminate them.
In fact, some people argue the liver should be considered a central control system and representative of the immune system in and of itself.
So to do one’s best in naturally eliminating toxins, make sure to take care of the immune system—and there are easy ways to do this naturally.
CLEAN UP THE GUT
It’s a no-brainer: what ends up in our bodies gets there through the foods we eat, entering by way of the digestive system.
If people don’t know where else to start with eliminating toxins, the next step is simple: go with the gut.
Our gut’s greatest virtue is its enormous population of probiotic bacteria and microflora, which can help remove foreign, toxic substances from our bodies and keep things in balance. An example of this can be found in a 2013 review.
SUPPORT MITOCHONDRIA AND JUMP-START AUTOPHAGY IN THE BODY
Getting the body to start eliminating toxins can even begin on the microscopic level, all the way down in the smallest cells in our bodies.
Tiny organelles that dwell in our cells, called mitochondria, are responsible for removing old, dead matter from our bodies and to even keep carcinogens and cancerous cells at bay.
Amazingly, there are ways through diet and lifestyle that one can take better care of mitochondria to enhance this function.
Unlocking autophagy happens to be one of the best ways to do this and can be easily and successfully done on one’s own—and naturally too, just like a detox.
Most people don’t even realize we have literal waterways all over our bodies, reaching into practically every organ system we have. What’s more, these waterways are responsible for trapping and flushing out all manner of toxins.
This system, which is an extension of the liver, kidneys, and immune system, is called the lymphatic system.
It absorbs fluids from various parts of our bodies using these waterways, which are designed to trap, transport, and remove pathogens, carcinogens, cancerous cells, and other unwelcome substances according to a 2012 review.
Though the way the lymphatic system works is quite mysterious and requires more research, one thing is for certain: it needs fluids to function.
Keep this system running smoothly by ensuring adequate fluid intake and staying hydrated. This has always been a must in the world of health, but its cleansing potential should not be underestimated.
SWEAT IT OFF: TRY SAUNA SESSIONS FOR DETOXIFICATION
Beyond staying hydrated to keep our lymphatics flowing freely, there’s another way to utilize this system for a speedy, natural detox: sweating.
Classic ancestral rituals like steam rooms, saunas, sweat lodges, and spa treatments have been used to help stimulate the lymphatic system to get rid of toxins and purify the body for centuries.
What’s more, studies show that sweating induced by therapies like a sauna can rid the body of dangerous toxins beyond mundane bodily waste or impurities.
One 2012 study even found that induced sweating could remove BPA, a harmful chemical from plastics, more effectively than urine or the blood.
No doubt about it: sweating is a powerful tool, and saunas can help.
GET INTO AEROBIC EXERCISE
Don’t have access to a sauna, or can’t afford it? No problem.
The key to a sauna’s detoxifying effects is, ultimately, that it makes people sweat. Exercise—especially rigorous aerobic exercise—like jogging, cycling, gym or HIIT workouts, or even hothouse yoga—can achieve this just as easily.
Want to detoxify? Just move that body a little more. Break a sweat!
There are even more benefits to exercising and sweating beyond its ability to eliminating toxins, such as fighting depression with heat shock proteins.
GET PLENTY OF ANTIOXIDANTS
What about detoxing from a more food-oriented standpoint? After all, plenty of product detoxes are filled with supposed superfoods or “magical” ingredients claimed to cleanse the body.
If there are any real-life foods that come anywhere close to being detoxifiers that help eliminate toxins, it would be foods that contain antioxidants.
Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals suited to fighting against free radicals in the body, which are basically rogue cells that cause degeneration, cancer, and aging.
A 2016 review even regarded free radicals as precursor pathways for toxins to get easier access and cause harm and cited antioxidants as one of the best ways to buffer against this.
TRY LIVER-SUPPORTING FOODS AND HERBS
Healthy foods and herbs are our most abundant sources of antioxidants out there.
Some of these are also chock-full of fiber, resistant starch, immune-supporting phytonutrients, and even properties to support mitochondrial health, each of which supports eliminating toxins even more in turn.
Interestingly, traditional healers and scientific researchers alike have found that many of these antioxidants have a surprising way of targeting the liver, the body’s most important detoxifying organ.
Beyond simple antioxidant content, nutritious vegetables like beets, burdock root, leafy greens (such as dandelion), and even culinary mushrooms are touted as liver foods.
Among animal foods, it shouldn’t be a surprise that eating liver can be great for the liver, too.
FIND RESEARCHED LIVER-SUPPORTING HERBS IN OUR HERBAL FORMULA
We’ve delved deep into the research to find the best liver-supporting herbs. Find them in our LVR-Renew formula, which contains:
- Dandelion root
- Licorice root
- Milk thistle seed
- Poria mushroom
- Reishi mushroom
- Schisandra berry
- Turkey tail mushroom
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