Here's What You Need To Know About Detoxification And Cleansing
The body has its own natural detox methods, however, sometimes it needs a little bit of help.
Disclaimer: The information presented here is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended as substitute for medical counseling.
Every day impurities find their way into your body. Sometimes, the body’s systems are compromised and have a difficult time filtering certain waste and impurities leaving the body adversely affected. To create balance or jumpstart the body for a healthier life, we sometimes need to take matters into our own hands. This causes people to throw the words “cleanse” and “detox” around a lot. But while cleansing and detoxification go hand-in-hand to safely achieve health goals, too often a differentiation is not made.
All natural remedies, like drinking teas, fresh fruit and vegetable juices, can help to alleviate a multitude of ailments from your body — all without the need of prescription. Some purists will do a fast, which means water only. However, while you can reap the health benefits, teas and juices by themselves are not the solution.
Ok, so how does this cleansing and detoxing thing work?
CLEANSING is all about fueling your body with nutrient-rich foods that support natural detoxification. The cleansing process helps you eliminate junk from the body, replacing it with nutrient-rich foods to increase fiber into the body to help your intestines work efficiently to eliminate waste. Just so you know, many cleansing teas contain some levels of a laxative.
Talking about laxatives brings me back to my childhood in Jamaica — when my mom would give us senna tea to get things 'moving’.
DETOXING on the other hand, helps your body specifically remove impurities from the blood in the liver and kidney, where toxins are processed for elimination. Since the body typically detoxes itself, the process basically includes one or a blend of herbs and spices which help to stimulate the liver and kidney. A great way to minimize toxins from the body is to eliminate smoking, alcohol, chemical-based household and beauty products, and stress.
Be careful only to detox once per year, for about a period of seven days, as long-term cleansing may cause negative side effects. Detoxing too often and too long can be life threatening.
Best Detox Teas
While one of the most important way to detoxify the body is to exercise, eliminating waste through perspiration. Here are three ways to detox — just boil in water and or add honey to sweeten and drink.
Green Tea: is highly recommended for detoxification, it contains flavonoids that detoxify the body by neutralizing free radicals responsible for cell damage. Green tea is also said to inhibit the growth of pathogens that cause tooth decay, tooth plaque and bad breath.
Ginger Tea: is a go-to because it has many benefits. Extremely beneficial for health, ginger is known to aid blood circulation and reduce inflammation, as well as, help to relieve nausea. This is actually one of the herbs you can drink daily.
Ginger and Cinnamon Tea: known as the fire tea, these two ingredients have 'a sweet spicy kick.’ Together, they help to keep blood sugar low which helps to keep weight off, improve digestion, and eliminate inflammation.
How do you go about helping your body to efficiently detoxify or cleanse itself?