Detox Your Body With Everyday Superfoods | Superfood Diet Tips To Help Boost Your Health
There are all kinds of people and companies out there promoting various detoxification regimens. What’s the deal? Is it important to detoxify periodically? Does it work? What are the benefits? Let’s take a quick look at some of the issues. Probably the first question we should ask:
Are people toxic, and if so, why?
The simple answer is: Absolutely, most people are extremely toxic! – Why? They are extremely toxic for several reasons, and top amongst them is that they eat way too many toxic foods. Contrary to popular opinion, even the healthiest of foods contains some toxins. Virtually all plants, which is ultimately where all food comes from (directly or indirectly), contains toxins. In most cases, these toxins are simply defense mechanisms that the plants have evolved to protect themselves. That’s right, plants protect themselves! Just like any organism, they have developed strategies to help insure the survival of their species. There are natural predators and pests that consume virtually every type of plant. Over time, these predators and pests learn that they can only consume so much of a given plant without getting sick (a result of consuming too much of a specific toxin). By eating a variety of plants, the organisms are able to get adequate nourishment without over-consuming any one toxin.
The same is true of humans. All foods that we eat (to the best of my knowledge) also contain toxins. Obviously, over the millennium, cultures & civilizations have identified foods that are safe to eat vs. those that are not. It isn’t that the safe ones contain no toxins, it is just that they contain low enough amounts, along with beneficial nutrients, to make their consumption more beneficial than harmful.
Toxins in your Environment
Of course foods are not the only source of toxins, there are many others such as: in our air; in our water; all kinds of toxic chemicals are released into the environment by the tons and hundreds of tons every day. Eventually, all of these substances work their way up the food chain, becoming more and more concentrated along the way. The organisms at the top of the food chain have the highest concentrations of these toxins. That also means that consuming foods that are high on the food chain also contributes to a significantly higher toxin load. This helps to explain some of the harmful effects of high animal / meat consumption as demonstrated in The China Study and other places.
OK, sorry for the segway but I felt it important to make those points.
Back to The Story of Toxicity.
So, basically everyone consumes & builds up toxins, even if they eat a “healthy diet.” Of course there are many people whose diets are far from healthy, unfortunately, that applies to the vast majority of Americans. As such, the vast majority of Americans consume lots of low-nutrient, high-toxin foods (on top of all the other toxins we all encounter regularly) leading to a perpetual state of significant toxicity.
Now, regarding the question as to how effective the various detoxification programs are… Can they help detoxify your system? Absolutely! The big question is “How often would a person need to detoxify and for how long, to achieve worthwhile, significant results?” That, my friends is the $64,000 question! It is one that no one really has a good answer to. It is all pure speculation. Of course these are the kinds of things that the companies marketing such products love, since there’s no way to really tell if your detoxification program is doing you any long-term good.
Long Term Benefits Negligible
My opinion is that any benefits are negligible for the vast majority of people. It would likely take 3 days of detoxification a week for those consuming the average SAD (Standard American Diet) to have a real impact. Someone eating really clean and healthy is more likely to noticeably benefit from regular, periodic detoxification… but they also don’t need them near as much. Historically, those promoting periodic cleanses or detoxification would recommend doing a 3 day detox cleanse every 6 months or so. This seems like a very reasonable goal although the benefits are still very difficult to quantify.
Personally, although such a plan makes sense and can be helpful, I believe that there is a far better and healthier ways to go.
The best way to detoxify, in my opinion, is to:
- Minimize the ongoing toxin load.
- Consume healthy foods that help to naturally detoxify the body on an ongoing basis.
- Incorporate the appropriate detoxification methods to properly detoxify your body periodically.
The best way to minimize the ongoing toxin load is to eat as clean and healthy as possible while incorporating as many superfoods into your diet as possible. The best way to do that it to use something like Raw Power Superfood Mix because it incorporates over 30 whole-superfood ingredients into a product that is extremely versatile, cost-effective, and tastes great. Yes, I’m promoting the product I developed but I developed it to help those who use it enhance their health.
High Fiber and Detoxification
A high fiber intake is essential to proper ongoing detoxification. If your bowels aren’t working properly (and that means having the same # of BMs / day as the # of meals regularly consumed) then you are toxic, period. For fiber to work its magic you also need to consume lots of pure water.
Additional Detox Strategies
Additional detox strategies include: regular, daily exercise; making sure you sweat everyday (far infra-red saunas can be a great help); use a good quality water purifier; make sure that the air quality in your work and living space is what it should be (easier said than done); and for some the most important thing is to manage your stress levels more effectively. The stress response activates a series of physiological responses that are quite toxic.
Learn to release those stressful thoughts and be appreciative for what you do have going for you in life!