We all know that the best ways to take care of your body is through diet and exercise, but are there any additional steps to maintain your health? Over time, poor diet, inactivity and stress can lead to clogged organs and thick fluid.
That’s why it’s important to detoxify your body at least once a year to reset your system. Here are the most important systems and organs to detox and how to do it.
The liver detoxifies the blood and gets rid of rid alcohol and drugs. It also stores vitamins and iron and regulates cholesterol, hormone and energy (1, 2).
When the organ is overwhelmed by excess consumption of fatty foods and alcohol or regular prescription use, it cannot perform its tasks. This means that the blood cannot be efficiently filtered.
To clear the liver, avoid high sugar, high fat or high alcohol food and eat more liver-healthy foods like ginger, cumin, cayenne, lemon, tomatoes, garlic, turmeric, green tea and cruciferous vegetables. You can detox your liver in as little as 3 days with this diet.
When your body is overloaded with toxins, bile released in the gallbladder from the liver can become too concentrated. This can clog the organ and ultimately result in gallstones and pain.
Gallstones typically occur in patients with high cholesterol, high fat diets. They can also be caused by skipping meals, losing weight too quickly or not eating enough fiber (3).
The organ responds well to daily peppermint and milk thistle ingestion but the most important thing is to stay hydrated, eat lots of insoluble fiber and avoid high-fat foods (4).
Blood is one the most important fluids in your body as it transports oxygen and nutrients to body tissue and collects its waste for processing.
Factors like age and poor diet can make arteries less flexible and full of plaque, putting stress on the heart and limiting blood circulation (5).
Dehydration also makes blood more sticky and harder to move throughout the body (6).
Some prescription medication, on the other hand, increases your change of developing blood clots, which clog arteries and cause heart attack, stroke and even death (7).
When the liver and kidneys aren’t working properly, blood begins to get overloaded with toxins and circulates them to your major organs.
That’s why it’s important to eat antioxidant rich foods like blueberries, dark leafy vegetables, beets, lemons and garlic.
You can also try holistic treatments like the blood-purifying diuretic Burdock root or the expectorant and circulation-booting red clover (8,9).