Detox from Environmental Chemicals

Just like sponges, our bodies absorb the things they come in contact with. Sometimes this can be great: after all, who doesn’t love the healing powers of antioxidants or the way protein helps to build our muscles? But unfortunately, our bodies also absorb toxins and environmental chemicals the same way that they absorb good things—and the toxins stay in your system all too easily.

While they’re in our systems, toxins don’t sit around quietly. They go to work, harming our essential systems and leaving damaged cells in their wake. Fortunately, our bodies do have natural defense mechanisms built in to remove some of the environmental chemicals we encounter daily, but we have to activate many of them ourselves through our actions.

To naturally detox your body from the environmental chemicals you encounter every day, you can follow a few easy steps:

Drink plenty of water.

Our bodies’ main ways to detox all rely on water to help flush toxins and waste out of our system. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty; sip water throughout the day to stay well hydrated.

Eat foods high in fiber.

Fiber helps to move waste out of our bodies by effectively scrubbing our digestive tract as it makes its way out, and that is essential for a thorough detox. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are all great sources of fiber. As an added bonus, adding more fiber to your diet helps to keep you full for longer, which can help you eat fewer calories overall.

Avoid foods with toxins.

When you eat foods that have been exposed to toxins or are engineered with toxic ingredients, you are only adding to the load of environmental chemicals you would naturally face. Choose organic foods to avoid the toxins food absorbs through chemical exposure. Also, avoid pre-processed foods with ingredients you cannot identify or purchase. Chemically derived ingredients are not real food, and they only serve to put more toxins in your system.