Through the years, our organs begin to deteriorate. This is the result of damage done by aging, hard living, exposure to chemicals in the air and in our food and drink, medication, environmental toxins, and simply from the hard work that our organs do to keep us alive. Every so often, it is a good idea to cleanse and restart our bodies. This is essentially flushing our systems of toxins, and restoring our organs to a healthier and more functional state.
If you have been gaining weight that you cannot take off, feel tired, get sick frequently, and have a harder time recovering from illness or injury, you may need a cleanse and restart. This is also the case if you have issues with dry skin, tooth decay, poor skin color, sleep issues, or brittle and damaged hair, these are also signs of too many toxins impacting your organs. Issues with memory and concentration are also concerning.
If you visit your local health food store, vitamin and supplement retailer, or search for cleanses on the internet, you will find all kinds of cleaning kits that involve drinking various concoctions and taking pills. To be honest, these cost a lot of money and do very little to help your body. If you truly want to cleanse and reset your body, you can do so by eating and drinking healthy foods you can buy at your local grocery store. To get you started, here are 5 powerful cleanses that you can add to your daily routine.
1. Consume as Many Colors as Possible Each Day
If you have ever been told to eat the rainbow, you were given some great advice. You probably know that orange vegetables, for example, tend to be high in vitamin A and beta-carotene. You may also know that green leafy vegetables contain similar nutrients. What you may not know is that there are also a variety of phytonutrients found in colorful vegetables and fruits that you cannot get unless your diet contains as many colors as possible. At the very least, your daily intake should include leafy greens, an orange vegetable, red or purple fruits, orange or yellow fruits, brown grains, and red, brown or black beans. Some people find it helpful to create a list of differently colored fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans/legumes. Then, they try to consume at least one serving of each every week.
2. Start Your Day With a Smoothie
Smoothies are almost magical concoctions that you can use to start your day. First, they are portable, easy to consume, and can be made ahead of time and portioned out. This makes them a great option for the ‘I don’t have time for breakfast’ crowd. Smoothies can also be customized to fit a variety of taste preferences and dietary needs. It doesn’t matter if you are a vegan or a carnivore, on a low fat or high protein diet, avoiding sugar or not, or counting calories or not. There is a smoothie recipe that will work for you. Speaking of eating that rainbow, if you aren’t much of a vegetable eater, smoothies are a great place to disguise both the taste and texture of vegetables while still getting the fiber and other benefits of consuming raw vegetables.
3. Cook Your Own Whole Organic Local (Preferably) Food
One of the best things that you can do to cleanse your body and reset your organs is to feed yourself food that is clean, whole, home cooked, organic, and as close to local as you can get. This way you know that your food is not full of harmful preservatives, chemicals, or pesticides. You will also feel more confident eating your food knowing that the nutritional value has not degraded due to long travel distances and long amounts of time on the shelf. If you cannot afford all organic food, try to make sure that the following foods are organic and local if possible:
● Meat and dairy – This ensures that the animal has not been consuming chemicals and toxins that will pass on to you (think about how much grass or grain a cow consumes to produce a pound of meat or gallon of milk)
● Fruits and vegetables that cannot be peeled – Washing only accomplishes so much
● Rice and other grains – Many of these are grown overseas and buying them organic helps to ensure that
If you can learn just a few simple recipes and cook most of your foods from scratch, you will have total control over what goes in your body. These foods will provide your vital organs the support that they need to function at high power.
4. Fill Up on Anti-inflammatory Foods
When our bodies work as they are supposed to, inflammation is a natural immune response. Unfortunately, when our bodies do not work as they are supposed to, inflammation is a problem. One example of this is the autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammation also contributes to obesity, joint pain, fatigue and a variety of other symptoms. To counteract this, you can cleanse your body by eating foods that prevent inflammation. To start, you can avoid sugary foods, especially those with processed sugars. One example of anti-inflammatory foods is whole grains that counteract the effects of c-reactive proteins that are found in the blood and indicate vascular inflammation. Eating whole grains also helps you to better metabolize sugar. You can also eat nuts which contain antioxidants that fight the impacts of inflammation.
5. Make One Meal a Salad
What better way is there to eat a rainbow that is high in fiber, nutritious, and healthy than to eat a salad? A salad is a perfect way to combine healthy, raw vegetables and fruits into one dish that you can eat in order to consume many of your daily servings of fruit vegetables and grains. Just be wary of extra ingredients that add fat, calories, and sugar without adding needed proteins.
One thing that may be noticeably absent in this article is the number of days or weeks that each of these 5 cleansing methods are supposed to take. This is because there is no magic number. Every person’s body has suffered a different amount of damage. In addition to this, true cleanses are not a miracle cure that means somebody can abuse their body and do a two week cleanse every so often. Each of these suggestions have cleansing effects, but they must be applied as an ongoing lifestyle change to have any effect. So follow this simple health tips to re-start your body.