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Detoxing is the removal of harmful substances from the body. Some people believe that helping body’s detoxification is pointless because nature provided us with liver and kidneys for that purpose. While we have organs for it, we no longer live in the habitat in which we were created. We are trapped in little condos, breathing filthy air, drinking contaminated water, and eating food which is, in most cases, pure poison for the body. We are led to believe that there is a synthetic pill for everything, but nature has provided us with it all we need, including additional detox options.
Detoxing should also include “detoxing” the mind, which has become contaminated by the massive amount of information that it consumes on a daily basis. So let’s get started.
1. Drink Water First Thing In The Morning
One of the most effective ways to detox your body is to drink enough of water. Our bodies heal and break down toxins during night. When you drink water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, you help your body flush out dangerous toxins. Drinking enough water also encourages the formation of muscle cells and new blood cells.
2. Take Medicinal clay
Clay is a natural substance composed of extremely fine-grained particles. There are several types of clay, including bentonite clay (mostly volcanic ash), humus and green clay (minerals and decomposed organic matter), kaolin (minerals), montmorillonite clay (minerals), and attapulgite (minerals). The detox effect of clays is linked to the ability to absorb toxic substances while also helping gut microorganisms or microbiome. Clays are available in powder or capsule form. Please follow the manufacturer directions regarding the suggested amount. Make certain that the clays are delivered by reputable sellers. Unfortunately, I am unable to recommend any at this time.
3. Take Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal is manufactured by heating wood, coal, or nut shells to a high temperature, which increases their surface and makes them more porous. Activated charcoal acts similarly to clays by absorbing toxins and assisting the natural detox kidney function. The dose depends on the brand.
4. Look For Weeds
Numerous plants are known for their detoxifying properties due to their abundance of beneficial compounds and fibers. They improve in the function of the liver and the kidneys. Fibers benefit the gut bacteria or microbiome, which helps with detoxification. Some of nature’s remedies are considered weeds and are eliminated by toxic pesticides that pollute the soil and water. These herbs are not only medicinal but also edible. Most can be served as salads, meals, or tea.
-> Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)
Everyone has a bad experience with nettle. You just walk through that lovely grass, and “Ouch” your skin is red and itchy. Despite being a source of unexpected skin rashes, nettle is actually is good for the skin, and drinking nettle tea or making a salad (yes, you can eat it) helps with acne and makes skin look better in general. Nettle is a well-known detox herb that revitalizes body, so we can forgive it for turning us red and sour sometimes. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The high fiber content helps the liver and kidneys functions.
What is the best way to consume nettle?
Put on gloves and look for nettle. Pick up the light-green leaves. Simmer for 1 minute after washing. Drain and mix with your favorite green salad dressing. Add some vegetables or greens if you want. I usually skip the simmering stage because the vinegar softens the stinging hairs. Nettle can also be used to make tea. What you should know is unlike the other tea extracts, nettle tea requires a longer infusion time – approximately 20 minutes. It’s entirely up to you how much you consume, but don’t go overboard – 2 or 3 teaspoons per 200 ml is enough. A few servings of salad or nettle tea per week is all that is needed to detox. The root and the flowers of the nettle are edible and beneficial as well. Nettle is well-known among foragers.
-> Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale).
The lovely yellow dandelions that can be seen almost anywhere are regarded as weeds, yet they are actually one of the most beneficial plants. All parts except the stems could be used as food and medicine. Dandelions are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fibers like inulin, which promotes healthy gut bacteria. Consuming dandelions protects and detoxifies the liver and kidneys. Make tea or salad from the flowers and the leaves. Roast the roots or try raw. I’ve heard about dandelion wine and coffee, but I’ve never tasted either.
-> Common chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Chicory is another lovely weed with delicate blue blossoms that is both a medicine and a food. Edible parts include the leaves, buds, and roots. It is related to dandelion and can be prepared in the same way: as tea, salad or roasted. Roasted ground roots are used as a healthy substitute for coffee since they have a similar flavor. I like it a lot.
5. Have A Beer
I’m sure you’ll like this way to detox because what’s better than a pint of beer with friends? Beer is beneficial to the gut microbiota, which aids in body detoxification. The abundance of B vitamins is beneficial to the digestive and nervous systems. Since beer contains alcohol, people should limit themselves to one drink per day. Cheers!
6. Listen To Some Nice Music
Go outside, listen to the sounds of nature: birds, wind, rain, river, ocean…. All have a relaxing impact on the brain and assist in the detoxification of daily stresses.
Classical music has a similar effect. Simply listen and unwind. Think about how the music makes you feel.
7. Try Aromatherapy
When your brain needs a detox, or just for everyday wellbeing, put a few drops of oil in a humidifier, sit in a quiet location, and think about something beautiful. Even better when combined with detox tea and meditation. Try curry plant, basil, mint, lavender, lemon balm, and rose oil oils. All of these are fantastic stress relievers.
8. Leave The City
Leave the hectic city life behind and relocate to peaceful rural location where you can grow and eat real food and breathe real air instead poison. Being surrounded by nature rather than concrete is also beneficial to the emotional health.
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*The beer photo shows me during the Oktoberfest in Munich a few years back. Good times.