This post isn’t filled with original content. It’s sort of a summary of what I learned from watching Hungry for Change (a great documentary on Netflix!) and it really stuck with me. There’s a certain part of the documentary where they talk about detoxing and how our bodies know how to detox. And guess what? It doesn’t need a $300 juice cleanse or any special pills. Since our bodies know how to do it all already, we just need to assist. They outline 4 things you can to do help your body detox on its own:
- Drink (LOTS) more water! I bet we all don’t drink as much water as we should be. Adam and I got an actual water cooler installed in our house so we always have instant access to cold or hot water. It really encourages us to drink glasses of water with lemon and hot tea. I loved that in the documentary, they suggest adding lemon juice and apple cider vinegar to your water or green it up with barley grass powder, wheatgrass powder, spirulina or chlorella.
- Add a GREEN juice to your day. Aka mostly vegetables. And guess what? You can be a decent juicer for $100 and just juice your own kale, celery and cucumber! Avoid juicing a lot of fruits. You don’t need all that sugar. One fruit (like an apple) will cut the flavor but you really don’t need a lot. Also make sure that you aren’t juicing 24/7. You need fibers and the other nutrients that come with a whole veggie/fruit.
- Breathe Deep Into Your Abdomen. Sounds silly but it’s helpful. They explain it really well on their website: “Deep breathing, where you fill your belly and expand your diaphragm downwards, is one of the most powerful exercise you can do to activate your lymph system which helps to detoxify your body. Think of your lymph system as your own personal garbage removal system (which most of us will need in full steam after the holiday season). Practise 10 deep slow breaths counting 4 seconds in, 8 seconds hold and 8 seconds out. You can do this exercize watching the TV, walking the dog, during meditation or whilst practising yoga. According to the ‘Tao of Breathing’ up to 70% of our body’s waste products are eliminated via our lungs and the rest through the urine, skin and feces. When the efficiency of our lungs is reduced due to poor breathing less oxygen is available to our cells, it slows down the flow of blood which carries wastes from the kidneys and lungs. Our lymphatic system which fights off viral and bacterial invaders is weakened along with a slower digestive process. Breathe long slow and deep in a mindful state as often as possible.”
- Add More Parsley and Cilantro (Coriander) To Your Diet. According to Hungry for Change, parsley and cilantro (coriander) are very powerful natural green plant foods for detoxing heavy metals out of your body. Add these amazing herbs to juices, salads, soups and meals. They included the following recipe:
Heavy Metal Detox Pesto Recipe:
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/3 cup Brazil nuts (selenium source) or macadamia nuts
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds (cysteine source)
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (zinc, magnesium sources)
- 1 cup fresh cilantro (corriander)
- 1 cup parsley
- 2/3 cup cold pressed olive oil
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice (Vitamin C source)
- Big pinch of sea salt and or dulse flakes to flavor
Soak the seeds and nuts over night to release the enzyme exhibitors. Process the parsley, cilantro (corriander) and olive oil in a blender until chopped. Add the garlic, nuts, and seeds, salt / dulse and lemon juice and mix until the mixture is finely blended into a paste. Store in dark glass jars if possible. It freezes well also if needs be. Enjoy!