Are you in good health?
Unhealthy food – carbonated drinks, snacks and sweets – are poisons to our body because they contain a lot of additives, colors, preservatives and artificial flavors. This is a perfect ground for free radicals to further pollute our organism.
Before you start introducing new types of food or eliminating processed food from your diet, get a checkup.
It’s best to consult your doctor and ask for advice.
Don’t seek a fast result
It’s wise to start small. You might not be a heavy smoker, but if you suddenly quit you are putting your body and organism through a shock. Proper nutrition is crucial, but unfortunately, too much fresh, healthy food too suddenly can bring certain problems. Your body does not know why you are eliminating certain food. It can only react when it does not receive the usual fuel. You don’t want to shock or stress your body; give your body time to get used to new eating habits.
Always listen to your body
Remember: fasting, detoxification, and healthy eating are different things. Giving up sugar, carb or caffeine can have many unpleasant effects. Headaches and irritability, dehydration and problems with the digestive system – these are all side effects that might happen if you don’t listen to your body. Be honest with yourself and trust your instincts.
When you think about detoxification, you can think about it in a way of introducing healthier eating habits.
How can you start with a good version of detox?
- Protect your brain and body from pesticides
If you aren’t eating organic, you should start.
Consumers and nutritionists still fight the battle on whether organic food is healthier or not. The fact is that more and more people have are becoming concerned about the quality of food and its nutritional values, and logically, the toxic effects of ingredients.
The main difference starts with farming methods. Unlike conventional farming that uses chemical fertilizers to influence the growth, organic farming methods do not allow chemical ingredients produced for the sole reason to increase the production. Farmers that produce organic food use only natural composts, and manures.
Conventional farming uses harmful pesticides and herbicides to manage insects and weeds, while organic farming methods are based on prevention in a natural way using beneficial insects for killing the harmful ones.
The premise for healthy food, after all, is healthy soil and chemicals kill minerals from the earth, fungi, worms, bacteria, and insects that prepare the soil for plants to use.
You have probably heard of the dirty dozen list, the list of fruit and vegetables that are most exposed to harmful chemicals. The latest report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found pesticide residue in 68% of the food they tested. Let’s take a look at the list:
- Sweet bell peppers
- Green beans
You are probably eating on a daily basis at least half from this list.
The list exposed fruits and vegetables are:
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet potatoes
- Sweet peas
This list is known as Clean 15.
But, what does the science say?
A 12-year German study concluded that organic food contains higher levels of minerals, in particular potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin C.
According to a study published in the journal Environmental Research, when you eat mostly organic food for at least one week you “can reduce pesticide exposure by almost 90 percent.”
“Conventional food production commonly uses organophosphate pesticides, which are neurotoxins that act on the nervous system of insects — and humans — by blocking an important enzyme,” explains lead investigator, Dr. Liza Oates.
Researchers from the University of Barcelona found that organically grown tomatoes contained higher levels of polyphenols than tomatoes grown with pesticides. These natural plant antioxidants are associated with reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, and degenerative diseases.
- Go smoke-free (and stay smoke-free)
Researchers from the University of Arizona found that one cigarette significantly impairs blood flow in the heart. Another study done by Norwegian researchers found that women who smoked one to four cigarettes a day tripled their risk of dying from heart disease and saw a fivefold jump in the risk of dying from lung cancer.
If you are exposed to secondhand smoke, it’s not less threatening. One way to fight it is to include broccoli and cauliflower in your diet because these veggies contain sulforaphane that is linked to lower disease risks, that is, lung cancer, according to studies.
- Be careful when wish is on the menu
Remember the heavy metals we talked about earlier? Unfortunately, we can get heavy metals from fish. Mercury, a metal found naturally almost all around us, can increase risks of heart attack and is present in fish It is used in farming and manufacturing, and because it circulates in air, water,
and soil. When in water, mercury changes in methylmercury and fish absorb the new form of the metal. When you eat fish you absorb it too, but it will be removed through urine and feces. However, it can also be removed through breast milk. When the levels of mercury are high, consequences on health can be big.
This does not mean you should not eat fish, because all fish contains traces of mercury. Moreover, fish and shellfish contain important nutrients we need.
However, some fish and shellfish contain higher levels of mercury, such as Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, or Tilefish. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advise women who may become pregnant, pregnant women, and nursing mothers to avoid eating these fish. Young children should also avoid fish high in mercury as it can damage the nervous system.
When you eat fish, you should:
Eat up to 12 ounces (2 average meals) a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury
FDA also concluded that:
- Five of the most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish.
- Another commonly eaten fish, albacore (“white”) tuna has more mercury than canned light tuna. So, when choosing your two meals of fish and shellfish, you may eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) of albacore tuna per week.
- Avoid processed food
You already know this but I will repeat nevertheless. Avoid processed and fast food because it contains additives and other chemicals, preservatives, colorants, flavor and textures.
And added sugar.
We are not only talking about calories. Sugar can be harmful in many ways, after all it is one of the major causes of many dangerous health conditions. It is directly associated with risks of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Sugar can also increase levels of cholesterol and contribute to fat accumulation in the liver. Are you aware of how much sugar is in your coffee?
And you can develop an addiction to processed junk food.
It’s not going to be easy to cut down on snacks you love, but you should still do it. Take one step at the time.
Regular exercising helps your lymphatic system and removes toxins through the skin. Any kind of movement is beneficial, even walking or jumping on trampoline. When you don’t exercise, fluids can easier accumulate in your body and thus affect your heart and lungs. Walking in nature, stretching, running, yoga – pick your like and help your body to stay healthy.
- Avoid sweet-smelling air fresheners
Are you having frequent headaches? Do you feel like there’s something in the air that irritates your eyes? Aerosol cleaners can be culprits. Avoid using air fresheners to cover unpleasant smells. Open the windows and let some fresh air into your house and pollutants out. Add plants that purify the air such as Boston ferns or Areca palms.
That’s it. Turn your bad habits into good ones. Try to thinks outside of the box and spend more time in nature. Do little things that can help your body stay healthy.
An official cleanse program may not be the right move for you.
Think about what you eat and drink. Detox diets can limit the nutrient intake and decrease your energy.
We encounter toxic substances all the time. Make the smart choice and opt for a healthy lifestyle.