Detoxification is a natural process that occurs in the body ongoing. It takes place in several major organs, with the liver and kidneys being the main detoxification organs. Here are some of my favourite ways to support detoxification and reduce bloating within the body.
1) Fasting – a simple and effective intervention you can incorporate into your lifestyle to support detoxification and thus reduce bloating. Sufficient time, at least 16 hours, without food allows the body time to eliminate waste and toxins efficiently. Evidence suggests that fasting can promote liver health, by increasing the production of certain enzymes involved in detoxification.
2) Wednesday Cleanse Day – not just a pretty pink tonic, this delicious drink is packed with beautiful natural ingredients that support detoxification and digestion. Incorporating this ritual into your daily routine will also help to increase your water intake, which is super important for detoxification and eliminating waste!
3) Hydration and movement – to support your lymphatic system and promote sweating, an easy and underappreciated way to improve detoxification. To support your lymphatic system and ensure your lymph is flowing, make sure you are drinking enough water to stay hydrated, for most people, this is 2-3L daily. To promote sweating, aim for 30 minutes of high-intensity exercise such as running, a spin class or boxing. You won’t regret it!
4) Nourish your body – start your day with a colourful plate and a good quality source of protein. Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, wheatgrass, and broccoli contain chlorophyll which has cleansing properties, fresh cranberries and berries are rich in antioxidants which support detoxification, and citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges and grapefruit aid hydration and support elimination pathways.
Written by Alex Kingston - Alex is a degree qualified clinical nutritionist based in Sydney, Australia. To find out more about Alex click this link to view her website.
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