Yesterday, we talked about how our bodies stash and store toxins when they don’t have the vitamins, minerals, water, or other resources needed to properly bind them and flush them out of our bodies. Sure, it can be depressing to realize that trendy juice fast or other traditional detox we were eyeing is off the table due to a long-standing nutrient deficit. But it’s not all bad news!
The thing is, there are three primary ways to approach detoxification: addition, subtraction, and non-nutritive supports.
The Subtraction approach, of course, is when we remove something from our lives to give our bodies a break from stress or toxins and free up energy for cleanup. These are your sugar detoxes, the giving up of lattes or gluten – that kind of thing. This is probably the most common approach but, as anyone who’s tried it can tell you, it can be really hard. Particularly when there are addictions to be broken, or when our bodies are using something as a crutch.
Less common, but arguably a lot easier and more fun, is the Addition approach. Detoxing by Addition is simple: all you have to do is intentionally and strategically add nutrient-dense foods to whatever you’re already eating!
There are two supremely cheap and easy ways to get started taking advantage of the Detoxing by Addition approach:
- Drink Enough Water. Water consumption can be a controversial topic, and its definitely something I’ll be tackling elsewhere on this blog. For now, though, the important thing to understand is that water is essential for scores of critical bodily processes. You just don’t function as effectively when you’re not fully hydrated, and you definitely can’t detoxify well! Hydration is the #1 nutritional deficiency in the country. (To figure out the bare minimum amount of water you need to drink every day, take your weight in pounds and divide it by 2. The result is the number of ounces of water you should aim to drink daily.)
- Eat (Delicious) Liver-Friendly Foods. Your liver plays a key role in your body’s detoxification processes. Since modern life is incredibly toxic, most of our livers are chronically and obscenely overworked. Consistently eating liver-supporting foods is a fantastic way to help your body restock its supply of the vitamins and minerals it needs to bind and flush toxins out of your system. Considering that many detoxifying, liver-friendly foods are delicious, this won’t exactly be a hardship!
In fact, you might already count multiple yummy, detox-supporting foods on your favorites list if you enjoy:
Green Leafy Veggies
Tea (Green, Dandelion)
What do you think? Did you see anything on that list you could easily add to your diet, or happily eat more of?