Q: I’m interested in doing a detox—what should I do?
A: Detoxification is the elimination of toxins from the body, and you should consult with a naturopath who specializes in detox. According to Dr. John Dempster, of Toronto’s 889 Yonge, there are a few things you can do right away, though, to lower the amount of toxins going into your body in the first place:
1. Drink plenty of water—it processes waste very well. Aim for 10+ cups per day. In the morning, add some lemon to your water to give your liver a quick “wake-up”—it’ll help your liver get ready for all of the work it is going to do that day.
2. Using chemical-free cleaning products in your house is a form of detoxification in itself. Eliminating chemical detergents and chemical household cleaning products lessens your daily intake of chemicals. Opt for natural products for your laundry, dishwasher and household cleaning. This will greatly reduce the amount of toxins that your body continuously works to eliminate from your body every day.
3. Incorporate more whole foods into your diet. By eating foods in their “whole form” (i.e. the way nature made them), you’ll be ingesting much more fibre, which aids in the elimination of toxins from the body. Some whole foods: lentils, nuts, seeds, and whole grains such as barley, oats and quinoa. Dark green and red vegetables and fruits are also very strong detoxifiers.
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