Easy Ways to Start Detoxing Now
Easy Ways to Start Detoxing Now
By Dr. Hannah Lollar
Detoxification is a natural process that occurs in our bodies. However, there are times when our bodies need extra support to eliminate toxins and maintain optimal health. If you are experiencing symptoms like headaches, bloating, acne, constipation, fatigue, brain fog, or weight gain, it may be time to incorporate practices that support detoxification. In this blog post, we will focus on tips for supporting the main organ of detoxification—the liver.
Herbs can play a crucial role in supporting liver function and enhancing detoxification processes. Here are a few liver-supportive herbs to consider:
- Milk Thistle: This popular liver herb supports the activity of enzymes involved in the breakdown and elimination of toxins. It can enhance liver detoxification processes effectively.
- Burdock Root: Traditionally used as a "bitter" herb, burdock root stimulates bile production and flow. Improved bile flow optimizes digestion and the elimination of waste products.
- Dandelion Root: Research suggests that dandelion root possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which may protect the liver against toxic substances and oxidative stress.
Certain nutrients can support liver function and aid in the breakdown and elimination of toxins. Consider incorporating the following:
- Phosphatidylcholine (PC): This nutrient enhances liver function and helps in the elimination of fat-soluble toxins by emulsifying and transporting fats.
- Glutathione: A powerful antioxidant, glutathione plays a crucial role in detoxification. It helps eliminate toxins, heavy metals, and free radicals, supports the immune system, and protects cells from oxidative damage. Supplementation can help maintain optimal glutathione levels and support detoxification processes. At Four Moons, we offer Glutathione IVs. This is a great way to boost glutathione levels as it delivers glutathione directly to the blood so it is readily absorbed.
The food we consume plays a vital role in supporting our body's detoxification processes. Here are some foods to include in your diet:
- Cruciferous Vegetables: Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and other cruciferous vegetables contain compounds that stimulate liver enzymes, provide antioxidants to combat oxidative stress, and offer fiber for healthy digestion and toxin elimination.
- Bitter Foods: Foods with a bitter taste, such as arugula, dandelion greens, and bitter melon, stimulate the production of digestive enzymes and bile, aiding in the breakdown and elimination of toxins, along with ensuring proper nutrient absorption.
- Soluble Fiber: Foods rich in soluble fiber, like fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, promote regular bowel movements and help eliminate toxins. Soluble fiber acts as a sponge, absorbing and carrying out toxins along the digestive tract. It also supports a healthy gut microbiota, which plays a role in detoxification.
4. Lifestyle Practices
In addition to dietary considerations, certain lifestyle practices can support natural detoxification:
- Castor Oil Packs: Applying a castor oil-soaked cloth to the desired area and applying heat can promote circulation, support liver function, reduce inflammation, relieve stress, and enhance lymphatic flow.
- Saunas: Saunas induce sweating and aid in the elimination of toxins through the skin. Regular sauna sessions can support the body's detoxification processes.
- Lymphatic Drainage: The lymphatic system plays a vital role in detoxification. Daily practices like dry brushing or taking a 30-minute walk can help stimulate lymphatic flow. Additionally, booking a Lymphatic Drainage Massage can further support lymphatic function.
Incorporating these tips into your routine can provide valuable support to your body's natural detoxification processes. However, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional before adding in specific herbs and nutrients, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are on any medications. As always, this is not medical advice and should be used for educational purposes only.
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About: Dr. Hannah Lollar, ND received her B.S. in Biology from San Diego State University and her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. She has also received advanced training in Cranial Sacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Applied Kinesiology, Regenerative Injection Techniques, Homeopathy, Flower Essences, and Advanced IV Therapy. Areas of interest include women’s health, integrative dermatology, stress management, gastrointestinal disorders, endocrine disorders and anti-aging medicine.