In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need to perform an organ detox. Our bodies would always work like they are supposed to. They would filter out minor toxins to keep us healthy and full of energy. This is, however, not a perfect world. We live in environments full of pollution. Our diets have become anything but pure. And our water supply has been largely compromised. At numerous points in life, we all need to do an organ detox.
Toxins from our food, home, and water have been shown to cause disease, and our bodies are not made to remove all of these toxins as quickly as we would like.
You may notice your body has exhibited unpleasant but inexplicable symptoms. However, you may have ignored many of them, deciding they are simply a normal part of life. It’s crucial you pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you. For example, signs you need a detox include: depression, insomnia, lethargy, indigestion, stress, body odor, weight gain, skin problems, a white or yellow tongue, and mental fog.
Here is how you can perform detoxes for multiple organs!
Liver and Gallbladder
The liver is a very important organ. It helps with digestion, stores energy, helps blood to clot, and breaks down medicines and alcohol so that the body can safely process them. It also makes bile that is stored in the gallbladder. This bile is used to help the gut digest fats. (source) It is easy to see that if something is wrong with one or both of these organs, the body will not function as it should.
There are plenty of liver and gallbladder flushes or detoxes available for use. However, for those who are new to the detox game, adding the fruits and vegetables listed below to your diet is a good start.
How to Detox the Liver and Gallbladder!
First, as with any detox diet, you must cut out the foods that will hinder your progress. This includes, for example, processed foods or foods with added sugar. Once you cut out the bad, you will reap far more benefits from the good.
For the liver, you can eat garlic, grapefruit, beets, carrots, green tea, leafy green vegetables, avocados, apples, quinoa, buckwheat, cruciferous vegetables, lemons, limes, walnuts, cabbage, and turmeric.
For the gallbladder, consume real apple juice, citrus fruits, unrefined olive oil, lemon juice, and lots of water.
The pancreas is an important part of the digestive system. It produces enzymes and hormones that the small intestine uses to further break down food. It also produces and secretes insulin into the bloodstream to help the body regulate its blood sugar levels. (source) This organ needs to be in top working order at all times.
How to Detox the Pancreas!
Once again, the first step in your detox diet is to remove any toxic food. Time to get rid of fast food, processed foods, or foods high in added sugar. You wouldn’t dry off while still in the shower, would you? And you wouldn’t put fresh oil in your car without draining the old, mucky oil, first. Along the same vein, you shouldn’t detox your pancreas unless you are cutting out the bad foods that may have caused it harm in the first place. So, ditch the toxic food, then you’ll be ready to add in the good stuff!
For the pancreas, it is important to start the day with lemon, kiwi, papaya, or pineapple juice. Also, increase the amount of vitamin B rich leafy green vegetables in your diet. Hot baths and showers are important as well, along with reducing stress.
To reduce stress and improve the health of your pancreas, try any of the following:
- Keep a journal—this will help you process and clear your mind
- Exercise—even if it’s just walking outdoors. Yoga is great, too!
- Practice deep breathing several times throughout the day
- Introduce meditation into your morning routine—even if it’s only five-minute sessions
The kidneys are located just below the rib cage, and they work together to remove toxins and waste from the blood. They turn these toxins and waste into urine, and that is the vehicle through which toxins leave the body. Healthy kidneys are key for a healthy body. (source)
How to Detox the Kidneys!
Wait! Before you start eating the right foods for your kidney detox, what should you do? That’s right, you need to stop eating all of the toxic foods that have likely been a part of your diet. Say goodbye to processed and high-added sugar foods, and say hello to kidney health!
To detox the kidneys, fruit is necessary. Consume all sorts of fruit and naturally made fruit juices (including berries). You can also add ginger, turmeric, parsley, kale, and pumpkin seeds to your diet to increase kidney health.
The intestines move the food we eat through our bodies. Healthy intestines take the needed nutrients from the foods we eat and move along what we don’t need, until it leaves the body. The small intestine is where 90% of all food and water absorption happens. The large intestine absorbs water and pushes everything else out of the body.
How to Detox the Intestines!
You’re ready to do your intestines a huge favor by detoxing them. That’s great! But remember, the first step to any detox is to remove toxic foods. Once you’ve done away with the foods that have been causing you harm, then you can add in the foods that will help you heal.
To detox the intestines, it is important to perform a colon cleanse. Foods that will help with the process include kefir, spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, garlic, apple cider vinegar, flax or chia seeds, green tea, fruit, lemon, and avocados. Water is also essential!
These foods will help the body get back into working order in no time at all. But for best results, make these healthy foods a permanent habit! Your body will continue to thrive and heal if you remain persistent in your healthy food choices.
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(h/t: Family Life Goals)