Where I live the air is continually cleansed by a fresh breeze from the ocean. I am fortunate and grateful however, I know many are not so lucky. So much of our air, water and food sources are tainted by varying toxins. Water pollution, chemicals in our air and additives in our food all combine to assault our bodies causing adverse effects. These effects can alter our overall health to include changes in daily moods, behavior and energy levels. However, I have discovered some natural, edible remedies, graciously provided by Mother Nature, that can cleanse if not eliminate most of these toxins from our bodies. Coupled with continual use of a Far Infrared sauna your body can be almost entirely free from most toxins. Some of these remedies include items from fruits, vegetables, tea, spice and even seaweed.
First are the fruits. Alphabetically we begin with the avocado. Yes, an avocado is a fruit! An avocado contains glutathione. This is a nutrient which is a potent amino acid blend that battles many carcinogens. An avocado has abundant omega-3 fatty acids along with fiber, copper, folate and a variety of other nutrients. This truly is an amazing fruit able to eliminate bad cholesterol and toxins all the while purifying the blood. Another vegetable that purifies the blood is the humble root vegetable, the beet. It is rich in betaine, a phytochemical, that is known for total detoxification of the liver also cleanses the blood, battles infection, improves oxygen intake and balances the bloods pH levels. Such a tiny, blue, round fruit yet it packs huge detoxifying benefits. Blueberries are rich in the powerful compound proanthocyanidin. This is a major detoxifier. Blueberries also are filled with anti-inflammatory aspirin, they are antibacterial and provide such cleansing properties that aid in the prevention of UTI’s – urinary tract infections. The colorful grapefruit is filled with high fiber content, vitamin C and lycopene. All of these combine to boost the immune system thereby reducing the risk of cancer – in particular, prostate cancer. Grapefruit is wonderful for cleansing the bowels as it efficiently helps reduce cholesterol. Bonus – grapefruit aids in weight loss. It activates the liver’s ability to burn fat as it actually burns more calories than consumed. As in all citrus the lemon contains huge amounts of vitamin C. This vitamin aids in the removal of free radicals and carcinogens from the body, helps the liver clear toxins and promotes healthier digestion. The juice of just one lemon per day, either in warm or cool water, can totally aid in detoxification and liver cleansing.
Vegetables are an excellent source for detoxifying. This includes spinach, kale, dark lettuce and collard greens and these greens contain some of the most powerfully dense combination of nutrients on earth. These greens contain vitamins and minerals which are high in fiber. Fiber is wonderful when cleansing the intestinal tract These greens also contain phytonutrients also assisting in cleansing liver function and neutralizing harmful free radicals found in many external pollutants. Garlic is a root/tubular/bulb vegetable. Fresh garlic sports a vast array of detoxifying clout. It is able to fend off carcinogens, cleanse arterial blockages, it aids in regulating blood pressure and clearing mucous from the sinuses and lungs. Garlic is a natural anti-bacterial substance which can also eliminate microorganisms, bacteria and certain viruses from the blood. The almond is an excellent nut able to keep you healthy. Eat a handful a day! This little, brown nut is packed with anti-oxidant powers. Almonds contain huge amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, calcium and copper. They are a great source of omega-3 fatty acid and an even better source of fiber. All of these traits combine to remove cholesterol and purify the blood. Due to the beneficial proteins and low glycemic rating almonds also help maintain even blood sugar levels along with promoting consistently healthy intestinal function.
Recent studies have been promising on the consumption of various teas and spices for continued health benefits. This would include green, jasmine, traditional flavored English or all black teas. They discovered that most cells in the body could benefit from tea – with virtually no downside. Tea helps your heart by keeping blood vessels unclogged and flexible. It improves bone health and aids in muscular strength. Tea reduces oxidative stress and inflammation preventing the usual bone and muscle deterioration. It aids in your ability to think clearly as it allows for more efficient blood flow. Tea may even reduce cancer risk. Side bonus? Tea reduces fat. It blocks adipogenesis, or the formation of fat cells. Mentally tea soothes nerves, boosts energy and generally can just make life a little better. The spice, curcumin, is a compound derived from the beautifully, orange colored spice, turmeric. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory in the liver. Being an anti-inflammatory it also can reduce pain.
Research shows curcumin could significantly reduce bile duct blockage and fibrosis by reducing reactions from the inflammatory process in the liver. This is an all around power packed spice, generally found in curries, that can truly aid in detoxification and it tastes good, too. Last but never least is seaweed. Seaweed and marine algae have more concentrated nutrition than vegetables grown on land. They have long been considered to possess powers to prolong life, prevent disease, and impart beauty and health. For thousands of years, this mineral-rich vegetable has been a staple in Asian diets. It contains distinctive plant compounds that bind to radioactive and heavy metal toxins, in particular lead and mercury. Seaweed is also rich in iodine, minerals and vitamins. It remains an excellent source of detoxifying, edible and nutrition packed food.
I continue to be a proponent of healthy living. Anything we can do to detox, de-stress, eat right and live a healthier life sounds good to me. By inserting theses simple nutritious foods into your diet, along with adding in a quick, daily Far Infrared sauna, you can be assured you are doing just about everything possible to maintain positive health habits. By eliminating the harmful toxins and chemicals from your system you will enjoy robust health, mental clarity, added energy, deeper sleep and a longer, healthier life and enjoy a continual good mood!