For several years researchers have been investigating the link between toxins and our health. Now more than ever, there is an increase in brain fog, headaches, obesity, digestive disorders, hormonal issues and chronic fatigue and there is still no long-term solution.

My suggestion?

While we wait for the scientific evidence, it’s best to minimize exposure to toxins as much as possible and choose foods that are rich in these anti- oxidants: vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium.

Although cilantro, dulse and chlorella, a type of green algae, may help reduce heavy metals in the body, herbal cleansing kits are ideal. Naturopathic doctors have been recommending cleansing herbs for decades to enhance digestion, support the organs of elimination and assist
the body with important biological processes.

A gentle cleanse performed twice a year is advised for optimal health, but if you are like most people, shopping for a cleanse can be intimidating. With so much selection on the market, it is hard to know the cleanse that’s right for you.

Be wary of colon cleanses which contain harsh laxative ingredients like Senna or Cascara Sagrada. To safely do a deep cleanse, the body needs more than just laxative herbs. A better approach to assist with cleansing the bowels is to opt for a cleanse that uses gentle ingredients such as magnesium hydroxide. Keep in mind that the colon is just one of seven elimination pathways: liver, lungs, lymphatic system, colon, blood, skin and kidneys. These other channels also need to be cleansed as well.

Look for a total body cleansing kit that contains a variety of ingredients, such as: milk thistle seed, artichoke leaf, burdock root, dandelion root, garlic bulb, Norwegian kelp, mullein leaf and red clover flower.

Although it is not necessary to follow a strict diet, I always encourage my patients to eat a variety of nutritious foods while cleansing. Foods that assist with natural detoxification are best and include garlic, onions, artichoke, dark leafy greens and beets.

Are you wondering which foods or beverages you need to cut out? There are no firm rules, but it’s best to limit alcohol, caffeinated beverages, sugar and junk food as much as possible since these force the liver to work overtime.

Remember, the liver is filtering toxins 24/7 and without adequate vitamins, minerals and amino acids, this vital organ may do a poor job cleansing. Additionally, aim for plenty of water combined with 30 to 40 grams of fibre per day. Fibre-rich foods such as flax seeds, chia seeds, legumes and ancient grains will assist with healthy elimination.

Without sufficient fibre, toxins may be re-circulated—which unfortunately will start the cleansing process all over again.

More Inspiration: On the topic of detox, you might also enjoy this article on building good gut health and a strong digestive system.

Author: Dr. Sara Celik is the spokesperson for Renew Life and a board certified naturopathic doctor carrying over 10 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. With her extensive educational and clinical background, she is a sought-after speaker and natural health expert.

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