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Digestive Health

How can my body get rid of all kinds of toxins?

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  • ALisa Oz, Health Education, answered

    The modern world is full of environmental hazards. With all the pesticides and herbicides, agricultural antibiotics and hormones, flame-retardant treatments, petrochemicals, heavy metals, and radiation, it is a wonder we do not all have horns sprouting out of our heads and a fourteen-year lifespan.

    Thankfully, we have built in methods of dealing with these external assailants. Your body is constantly ridding itself of all kinds of toxins through its various systems of elimination. Helping it clear these more effectively is critical for vibrant health. Peeing and pooping are of course the most obvious ways we eliminate waste material. You need to drink plenty of water to keep these moving smoothly. Both the kidneys and the bowel rely on adequate water intake for optimal excretion. (If you suffer from chronic constipation even though you are drinking lots of water and eating enough fiber, try taking some extra magnesium with your vitamins in the morning.)

    Fasting is another way you can aid your body in getting rid of toxins. The idea behind restricting food intake is that when you reduce the amount of food coming in, the body can more efficiently work on moving out waste. A fast does not have to be forty days on water. You can do a juice fast or even eat a plant-based raw diet, which has a purifying effect.

  • AJill Grimes, MD, Family Medicine, answered

    If you're looking to cleanse your body of toxins, make it simple and stick to water, fruits, veggies, and simple proteins (eggs, beans or meat) for a healthy jump start. Ignore all the claims about colonics that cleanse your body of toxins. If you are really ready to work hard to increase your energy levels and improve your health, then the cleansing diet you want is simple: stick to fruits, vegetables, and a protein source at every meal and snack. Eliminate processed foods. Skip anything with high-fructose corn syrup and every other additive or chemical that you cannot pronounce. Drink water -- add a lemon or lime slice for a change of taste now and then.


    If you are serious about eliminating toxins, give up caffeine, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners, too.


    How long do you have to stick to this supercleanse diet? Start with one day, and see if you can't last several days. If you really want to jump start a weight loss program, commit to a whole week.


    This is not a very low-calorie diet that requires medical supervision, and it is not dangerous in any way.


    Do I think you need to live on this forever? Well, you'd certainly be healthy if you did.

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