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How to support your bodies detoxification processes.

In my last post, I spoke about the importance of supporting your body's natural detoxification pathways. Here are 5 diet and lifestyle tips that I follow to help support detoxification.

1. Eat 5-7 servings of vegetables per day.

Especially allium and cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables contain a compound called sulphorophane that assists with phase I detoxification of the liver.

2. Avoid processed foods and pro-inflammatory oils.

Particularly seed oils such as canola and sunflower oils. I opt for cold pressed olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oils in my kitchen.

3. Exercise

Exersice increases breathing, blood circulation and sweat production, all of which are important in toxin release.

4. Limit alcohol

Alcohol congests the liver's natural detox process by giving it more work to do. I enjoy the occasional glass of wine but refrain from bindge drinking or having more than one unit at a time.

5. Choose organic where possible.

Non-organic fruit and vegetables are still better than no fruit and veg, that being said, our crops are sprayed with pesticides which are toxins that also increases the load on the liver. I opt for organic where possible, use an anti-pesticide spray when I can for non- organic produce or peel my veggies for the rest. There are some fruit and veg called the dirty dozen, these are fruit and vegetables with very high pesticide residue and I try to buy organic here when I can. Meat, chicken, eggs and animal products I avoid if not free range, pasture reared and antibiotic free.

Disclaimer : Health related information provided in these posts are for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or to treat any disease, nor does it replace professional medical advice. Always consult with your primary health care provider if you have any health concerns or queries.

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