In recent years, people are becoming more and more proactive in taking care of their health. Detoxification practices are some of the more popular ways to rejuvenate a tired body. There are various detox practices that can be found on the internet including consuming specific commercial products, detox diets, or even fast for a specific amount of time to achieve the so-called ‘toxin removal’ goal, thereby enhancing health and encouraging weight loss.
The term ‘toxin’ in the context of detox refers to the pollutants, contaminants, heavy metals, and synthetic chemicals in our bodies that could affect our health negatively. However, there is little to no evidence of study to signify detox diets can remove toxins from the body. These random and unproven detox practices sometimes could be very misleading, and do more harm than good to the body.
Providentially, our bodies are well-equipped with complex systems that can eliminate toxins through organs like the liver, kidneys, digestive system, skin, and lungs. In other words, as long as these crucial organs are in a healthy state, the body does not have to rely on special diets or excessive health products to carry out the detoxifying process.
So here are several safe, practical, and fundamental practices everyone can practice to promote the body’s natural detoxification.
Control Alcohol Consumption
Our liver will metabolise 90% of our alcohol consumption every time we drink. According to a research by Duke University, the only way our liver can ‘digest’ alcohol is to metabolise them into acetaldehyde which will be removed by the body later.
The whole process is simply too stressful for the liver, that is why excessive drinking can severely damage liver function by causing inflammation. Limiting or restraining entirely from alcoholic drinks is the best way to keep the body’s detoxification function strong.
Have Sufficient Sleep
A night of adequate sleep ensures the body promotes its natural detoxifying nature. With sufficient rest, the brain will remove toxic waste by-products such as beta-amyloid. Having insufficient sleep will cause build-up of the toxins which can affect several aspects of health.
It is recommended to have 7 to 9 hours of sleep regularly for the body to stay healthy.
Drink More Water
Drinking water is more than just quenching our thirst, as it regulates the body temperature, lubricates joints, promotes digestion, eases nutrient absorption, boosts energy levels, and detoxifies the body. Besides, drinking water can also help remove carbon dioxide through urination.
Hence, staying hydrated is essential to maintain the body’s detoxification process. It is recommended for an average person to drink about 3.2 liters of water a day.
Cut Sugar & Reduce Consumption On Processed Foods
Processed foods and other foods that are in high sugar contents are thought to be at the root of many health issues. High consumption of sugary and highly processed foods has been linked to obesity and other chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Health issues as such will obstruct important organs that carry the body’s natural ability to detoxify itself. Hence, cutting down on high sugar foods can keep the body’s detoxification system healthy.
Regardless of losing weight, exercising consistently is also associated with promoting better cardiovascular health and a reduced risk of health conditions like type-2 diabetes, inflammation, and heart diseases. The key essence here is the condition of inflammation as it helps us recover from the infection and wound healing.
However, too much inflammation will weaken our immune system and our body’s detoxification capabilities. Study shows that exercising as little as 20 minutes can show signs of the body promoting anti-inflammatory effects. By reducing inflammation, the body can function properly with a better immune and detoxification system to free the body from harmful contaminants.
Trendy detoxification practices and diets are said to be able to remove toxins within the body while promoting weight loss. However, there are minimal clinical studies and
proven test results to back it up to be reliable and safe.
Also, these ‘unknown’ practices are not necessary as our body is highly efficient in detoxifying toxins on its own.